Sermon (Ephesians 1:1-10)
Collect for Illumination (Calvin & Bucer)
“Almighty and gracious Father, since our whole salvation stands in our knowledge of your Holy Word, strengthen us now by your Holy Spirit that our hearts may be set free from all worldly thoughts and attachments of the flesh, so that we may hear and receive that same Word, and, recognizing your gracious will for us, may love and serve you with earnest delight, praising and glorifying you in Jesus Christ our Lord.” We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord, in the power of the Spirit, Amen.
God recently blessed our family with the addition of an adopted daughter. As I read through Scriptures, Paul’s use of the adoption-theme jumped out at me. The doctrine of adoption is often over-looked, but it is central to the good news that Jesus brought into this world in His Incarnation.