Second Sunday after Pentecost C
Text: Galatians 1:3-9
3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4who gave himself for our sins to set us free from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
6I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are confusing you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8But even if we or an angel from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that one be accursed! 9As we have said before, so now I repeat, if anyone proclaims to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let that one be accursed!
Song: Living Without Love
Artist: Saves the Day
Take my hand let me see you rise again
I know you said we don’t have a chance to be saved
We’re lost, we’re torn, we praise, we scorn, we’re stuck, and we’ll stay
Oh you are not the one to blame
The past, the pain, all that it had once became.
Too much to hold, too dark, too cold.
You lost your way that’s all
Living without you, living without love… is it the life I need?
No more tomorrow, no morning sorrow – now it’s all up to me…
Here Paul is frustrated with the Galatian church. They have bought into the idea from some folks that the Good News of Jesus’ unconditional love isn’t enough for the Christian life. These opponents argued that a Christian first needs to follow a set of laws to really make their faith count. Paul warns against the dangers of making the Gospel of God’s love depend on our actions, no matter how noble they might seem. Paul yearns to see the church rise again and to cease living without love.