Third Sunday After Pentecost

30 June 2019

Season:                                  Time of the Church
Color:                                      Green
Divine Service:                        I
Proper Preface:                      Common
Introit:                                     Psalms 85: 8 – 10, 13 antiphon: verse 7
Old Testament:                       1 Kings 19: 9b – 21.   “The Lord speaks to Elijah”
Gradual:                                  Romans 10: 15b, 18b; Isaiah 52: 7b; alternate
Psalm                                      Psalms 16:antiphon: verse 11“You will not abandon my soul”
Epistle:                                    Galatians 5: 1, 13 – 25   “Walk in the Spirit”
Verse:                                      Luke 9: 51.
Gospel:                                    Luke 9: 51 – 62              The Samaritan Village rejects Jesus & the cost of following Jesus.

Christ’s Messengers Proclaim His Kingdom

When the prophet Elijah became discouraged and despaired of his life, the word of the Lord came to him (1 Kings 19:9b) and stood him on the mount before the Lord (1 Kings 19:11). The Lord made Himself known to the prophet — not in the impressive power of gale force winds, or in an earthquake, or in the fire, but in the sound of a low whisper (1 Kings 19:12). Today God reveals Himself to us through the frail preaching of the Gospel. The Son of Man sends messengers ahead of him … to make preparations for him (Luke 9:52). Putting their hand to that plow of preaching, they go and proclaim the kingdom of God, and they do not look back (Luke 9:60, 62). What they preach is not the power of the Law with its yoke of slavery, but the power of God unto salvation through the Gospel of forgiveness, by which Christ has set us free (Gal. 5:1).


Opening Hymn:          819 / Sing Praise To God, The Highest Good
Sermon Hymn:           688 / “Come Follow Me” The Savior Spake
Distribution Hymns:    691 / Fruitful Trees, The Spirit Sowing
649 / Blest Be The Tie That Binds
595 / O Blessed Spring
712 / Seek Ye First 645 / Built On The Rock
Closing Hymn:            685 / Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus

Second Sunday After Pentecost

 23 June 2019

Season:                                    Time of the Church
Color:                                        Green
Divine Service:                          I
Proper Preface:                        Common
Introit:                                       Psalms 71: 20 – 24 antiphon: verse 3
Old Testament:                         Isaiah 65: 1 – 9            “I will bring forth offspring from Jacob”
Gradual:                                    Romans 10: 8b, 10
Psalm:                                       Psalm 3:antiphon: verse 8    “I cried to the Lord and He answered me”
Epistle:                                      Galatians 3: 23 – 4: 7  “You are no longer a slave, but a son”
Verse:                                        Luke 8: 39a                 “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.”
Gospel:                                      Luke 8: 26 – 39           Jesus heals a demon-possessed man

Jesus Brings Release from the Bonds of Sin, Death and the Devil

The Lord finds those who did not seek Him or ask for Him. He spreads out His hands to a rebellious people (Is. 65:2) and calls them to be His people and to dwell in peace upon His holy mountain (Is. 65:9). For wherever Jesus Christ enters in, Satan is cast out. Those who were enslaved and driven mad by the assaults and accusations of the devil are set free by the Word of Christ. He drowns and destroys the old Adam in us with the waters of Holy Baptism and thereby brings us out of death into life. No longer naked in our shame, living among the tombs (Luke 8:27), we are brought into the Lord’s house, fully clothed by Christ; He has come in the fullness of time (Gal. 4:4) to fulfill the Law on our behalf and to redeem us from its every accusation. Therefore, having been justified by His grace through faith in His Gospel, you are no longer a slave, but a son (Gal. 4:7).
Opening Hymn:          825 / Rise, Shine, You People
Sermon Hymn:           601 / All Who Believe And Are Baptized
Distribution Hymns:    653 / In Christ There Is No East Or West
644 / The Church’s One Foundation
846 / Your Hand, O Lord, In Days Of Old
811 / Oh, That I Had A Thousand Voices
623 / Lord Jesus Christ, We Humbly Pray
Closing Hymn:            660 / Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus

Season:                                  Pentecost
Color:                                      White
Divine Service:                       I
Introit:                                     Psalms 16: 8 – 11 antiphon: Liturgical Text        
Old Testament:                       Proverbs 8: 1 – 4, 22 – 31
Gradual:                                  Romans 10: 8b, 10
Psalm                                      Psalm 8:antiphon: verse 9   
Second Reading:                     Acts 2: 14a, 22 – 36
Verse:                                      Isaiah 6: 3b
Gospel:                                    John 8: 48 – 59

The Triune God Reveals Himself in Christ Jesus

  The divine Word of the Father also is the holy wisdom who “was beside him, like a master workman,” who “was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always” (Prov. 8:30). This Word became flesh and suffered death in order to bestow life by the preaching of His Gospel “to the children of man” (Prov. 8:4). He honors the Father, and the Father glorifies Him by raising Him from the dead, so that all who keep His Word “will never see death” (John 8:51). Long ago, “father Abraham rejoiced” in the day of Christ, for “he saw it and was glad” (John 8:56). Though Christ was “crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men,” “God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death” (Acts 2:23, 24). As He “received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:33), so it is by and through the Son that God the Father pours out the Holy Spirit upon His Church.
Opening Hymn:          507 / Holy, Holy, Holy
Sermon Hymn:           498 / Come Holy Spirit, Creator Blest
Distribution Hymns:     817 / Earth And All Stars
818 / In Thee Is Gladness
950 / Splendor And Honor
894 / For The Fruits Of His Creation
506 / Glory Be To The Father
Closing Hymn:            822 / Alleluia! Let Praises Ring

9 June 2019

Divine Service:           Setting I
Color:                          Red
Introit:                          Psalms 104: 24, 27-28, 30 antiphon: Liturgical Text     
Old Testament:            Genesis 11: 1-9
Gradual:                       Acts 2: 17b; Romans 10: 10
Psalm                          143:antiphon: verse 10  
Second Reading:         Acts 2: 1 – 21
Alleluia & Verse:          Liturgical Text
Gospel:                        John 14: 23 – 31

The Holy Spirit Gives Peace

Following the flood, Noah’s descendants failed to spread out and fill the earth as God had spoken. Rather, they exalted themselves; with “one language and the same words” (Gen. 11:1), they spoke proudly and arrogantly. The Lord humbled them by confusing “the language of all the earth,” dividing and dispersing the people (Gen. 11:9). That dispersal was reversed on Pentecost Day (the 50th day of Easter), when God caused the one Gospel of the Lord, Jesus Christ, to be preached in a multitude of languages. “At this sound the multitude came together” (Acts 2:6), for the preaching of Christ is the primary work of the Holy Spirit, whereby He gathers people from all nations into one Church. The Holy Spirit teaches and brings to our remembrance the words of Jesus, which are the words of the Father who sent Him. These words bestow forgiveness and peace to those who keep and hold on to them in love for Jesus. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27).

Pentecost Sermon

Readings Summary

Opening Hymn:          497 / Come Holy Ghost, God and Lord
Sermon Hymn:           502 / Holy Spirit, The Dove Sent From Heaven
Distribution Hymn:      529 / My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less
637 / Draw Near and Take The Body Of the Lord
496 / Holy Spirit, Light Divine
631 / Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face To Face
702 / My Faith Looks Up To Thee
Closing Hymn:            503 / O Day Full Of Grace .


2 June 2019

Divine Service:           Setting I
Color:                          White
Introit:                         Psalms 110: 1, 4 – 5 antiphon: Psalm 47: 5                       
First Reading:             Acts 1: 1 – 11
Gradual:                      adapted from Matthew 28: 7; Hebrews 2: 7; Psalm 8: 6
Psalm                          Psalm 47:antiphon: verse 5                
Epistle:                        Ephesians 1: 15 – 23
Alleluia & Verse:        Romans 6: 9; Matthew 28: 20b
Gospel:                        Luke 24 44 – 53 & John 17: 20 – 26 (Seventh Sunday of Easter)

Luke 24: 44 – 53: Christ Ascended Is with You Always

  In His resurrection, the Lord Jesus presented Himself alive to the apostles,appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3). Then He ascended to the right hand of the Father, not orphaning His Church, but filling all things in heaven and on earth, and giving gifts to His disciples. So today, He continues to preach repentance for the forgiveness of sins(Luke 24:47) through the apostles whom he had chosen(Acts 1:2), evento the end of the earth (Acts 1:8). Jesus comes among us today by His Word and Spirit, whom He pours out upon the church, which is his body (Eph. 1:22–23). In His Church, He blesses us with forgiveness, lifts us up in His hands and seats us with Himself in the heavenly places (Eph. 1:20).

John 17:20–26: Jesus Is with Us in His Holy Christian Church

  On the night when He was betrayed, Jesus interceded for His Church — for His apostles and all who believe in Him through their word — that all of His disciples may become perfectly one in the Father and the Son (John 17:21–23). For Jesus became flesh and dwells among us in order to reveal the Father and His name, to share with us the glory of His righteousness, and to bring us to the Father in Himself. As the Father loved the Son from before the foundation of the world (John 17:24), so He loves the whole world (John 17:23, 26). Through the apostolic witness to the baptism, cross and resurrection of Jesus (Acts 1:21–22), the Lord gathers His disciples throughout the world with one accord as one body in Christ (Acts 1:14). And so with one voice and by one Spirit, His Bride prays, “Come” (Rev. 22:17). And He comes to us. He gives us the water of life without price to wash our robes and quench our thirst (Rev. 22:17); He feeds us fromthe tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit (Rev. 22:2).
Opening Hymn:          821 / Alleluia! Sing To Jesus
Sermon Hymn:           525 / Crown Him With Many Crowns
Distribution Hymns:    529 / Since Our Great High Priest, Christ Jesus
492 / On Christ’s Ascension I Now Build
493 / A Hymn Of Glory Let Us Sing
632 / O Jesus, Blessed Lord, To Thee
494 / See, The Lord Ascends In Triumph
Closing Hymn:            340 / Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates .