Old Testament: Genesis 21:8-21
Epistle: Romans 6:1-11
Gospel: Matthew 10:24-39
God of strength and courage, in Jesus Christ you set us free from sin and death, and call us to the risk of faith and service. Give us grace to follow him who gave himself for others, that, by our service, we may find the life he came to bring. Amen.
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