The emphasis in most of the texts selected for us for next Sunday is on obedient, faithful response to God for all that God has done. Therefore, the service and the message for the service should also be a faithful, thankful response to God by all who participate in the worship events.
The unifying factor in most of the texts selected for us for next Sunday appears to be the call to “patient faithfulness.” It is a message first of all for those of us who are ministers of the word and Sacraments. If we are willing to accept this message and to apply it in our lives, we may then with integrity and enthusiasm share it with other people.
It is made abundantly clear in most of the texts selected for next Sunday that rich people who indulge themselves in luxury with no regard for the poor and needy will suffer in the future. The Lord will provide wonderful things for the poor and needy who turn to the Lord for help. Those who are rich and selfish can avoid future suffering if they will be generous to the poor now in the name of the Lord.
Most of the texts selected from the Israelite Scriptures for this occasion praise the Lord for raising the poor, the needy, and the barren from the dust, and condemn those who oppress the poor. The Newer Testament texts urge the followers of Jesus as the Christ to express themselves to God with all types of prayers (1 Timothy 2:1-7) and to use material things prudently (Luke 16:1-13).
The most important theme for the texts selected for next weekend is God’s gracious rescue from sin and death of those who are lost. It is shown in these texts that as sinners we do not deserve God’s mercy and forgiveness. Nevertheless, God forgives us because God wants to forgive us. It is always appropriate for us to respond to God with joyful gratitude.