Peace Lutheran Church Sussex, Wisconsin

Congregation at Prayer: July 19, 2020

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 85—A Prayer for Mercy for God’s People—Even when the Lord punished Israel and Judah with captivities that scattered them during times of captivity, He did so out of love to bring about their repentance. Psalm 85 speaks of the grace of God. He has been “favorable to His land” which means that His grace is upon the people whom He has chosen. He brings us back from the captivity of sin. He forgives our sin. He takes away His wrath. He turns from the fierceness of His anger. He causes us to hear again the sweet words of His forgiveness, mercy, and truth. “Righteousness and peace have kissed each other” speaks of how Christ’s righteousness has brought about our peace with God. When we are troubled in our conscience about whether or not God can forgive, restore, and bring us back from the folly of our wayward ways, Psalm 85 stands as a testimony to His abiding mercy and love for us.