By Jonathan Conner
The Lection (Scripture Readings)
Upon uttering our unified “Amen” to the Collect of the Day, the Divine Service transitions from prayer and praise to the hearing of God’s Word. His Word, as Scripture declares, powerfully conveys God’s grace as it creates and strengthens faith. Paul writes, “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17).
The Divine Service, which announces the giving of God’s grace in the Introit and prays for it in the Collect, now moves to the conveying of His grace through the reading and proclaiming of the Word. This is the high point of the Service of the Word, for as Jesus promises, He is present where believers gather in His Name.
The Divine Service follows an ascending order of Biblical readings:
- The Old Testament prepares us for Christ as it recounts God’s redemptive work among Israel and prophesies of the coming Messiah.
- The Epistle applies God’s Word to our lives even as it explains the significance of Christ’s life and work.
- The Gospel recounts the very words and works of Jesus.
We acknowledge the great value of His words by standing and calling out our Alleluias when the Gospel is read.