Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

22  September 2019

Season:                              Season of the Church: Pentecost
Color:                                 Green
Divine Service:                   Setting II
Lectionary Propers:            Series C – 20
Introit:                                 Psalm 119: 137 – 140  antiphon: verse 144
Old Testament:                   Amos 8: 4 – 7
Psalm:                                Psalm 113 antiphon: verse 3
Epistle:                               1 Timothy 2: 1 – 15
Gradual:                              Psalm 34: 9, 19, alt.
Verse:                                 1 Timothy 2: 5 – 6a
Gospel:                               Luke 16: 1 – 15
Proper Preface:                  Common  
 

 

The Lord Is Rich in His Grace and Mercy

     Because God, our Savior, “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4), He urges “that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people” (1 Tim. 2:1). Christians should so pray “without anger or quarreling, but “adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control” (1 Tim. 2:8, 9). For the Lord does not forget “the poor of the land” (Amos 8:4). He remembers them according to the foolishness of the cross. “For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15). Though we try to justify ourselves “before men,” God knows our sinful hearts and calls us to repentance (Luke 16:15). Though we are “not strong enough to dig,” and we are “ashamed to beg” (Luke 16:3), He justifies us by His grace and welcomes us into His “eternal dwellings” (Luke 16:9). More shrewd than even “the sons of this world” (Luke 16:8), He requires His stewards of the Gospel to bestow forgiveness freely.
 
Opening Hymn:                  966 / Before You Lord We Bow
Sermon Hymn:                   557 / Seek Where You May Find A Way
Distribution Hymns:            332 / Savior To The Nations Come
728 / How Firm A Foundation
420 / Christ, The Life Of All The Living
729 / I Am Trusting Thee Lord Jesus
699 / I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say
Closing Hymn:                    851 / Of Glory, Lord You Have Bought Us

FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

15 September 2019

Season:               Season of the Church: Pentecost
Color:                   Green Divine
Propers:               19 – Series C
Service:                Setting II
Introit:                   Psalm 30: 2 – 5antiphon: verses 11a, 12b
Old Testament:     Ezekiel  34: 11 – 24
Psalm                    Psalm 119: 169 – 176 antiphon: verse 176
Epistle:                  1 Timothy 1: (5 – 11) 12 – 17
Gradual:                 Psalm 34: 9, 19, alt.
Verse:                     Luke 15: 10
Gospel:                   Luke 15: 1 – 10
Proper Preface:      Common  
 

 

 

 

Jesus Christ Is the Great Shepherd of His Sheep

      “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Tim. 1:15). As He had mercy on Paul, in order to “display his perfect patience” (1 Tim. 1:16), so also does He seek out His sheep “from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness” (Ezek. 34:12). To deliver His flock, He “will seek the lost, … bring back the strayed, … bind up the injured, and … strengthen the weak” (Ezek. 34:16), and “they shall no longer be a prey” (Ezek. 34:22). He sets over them one great Good Shepherd, the Son of David, who “shall feed them and be their shepherd” (Ezek. 34:23). For Christ Jesus is the one man who, “having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them,” would “leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it” (Luke 15:4). When He finds the lost one and brings it home rejoicing, “the angels of God” and all the company of heaven rejoice with Him, with great joy (Luke 15:7, 10).
 
Opening Hymn:          711 / Savior, Like A Shepherd Lead Us
Sermon Hymn:            609 / Jesus Sinners Doth Receive
Distribution Hymns:    709 / The King Of Love My Shepherd Is
392 / God Loves Me Dearly
683 / Jesus, Thy Boundless Love To Me
571 / God Loved The World So That He Gave
740 / I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb
Closing Hymn:             686 / Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing

 Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

 8 September 2019

 
Season:                                 Season of the Church: Pentecost
Color:                                     Green
Divine Service:                       Setting II
Introit:                                     Psalm 119: 28 – 32 antiphon: verse 27
Old Testament:                       Deuteronomy 30: 15 – 20
Psalm                                     Psalm 1antiphon: verse 6
Epistle:                                    Philemon 1 – 21
Gradual:                                  Psalm 34: 9, 19, alt
Verse:                                      Galatians 6: 14
Gospel:                                    Luke 14: 25 – 35
Proper Preface:                       Common
 
 

 

 
 
 

Christ Jesus Has Paid the Cost of Discipleship for You

     A disciple of Jesus Christ will “bear his own cross” (Luke 14:27) and follow the Lord through death into life. Discipleship is costly because it crucifies the old man with “all that he has” (Luke 14:33), in order to raise up the new man in Christ. The disciple disavows “his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life” (Luke 14:26), in deference to Christ. That way of the cross is impossible, except that Christ Jesus has already paid the cost. His cross is set before you as “life and good, death and evil” (Deut. 30:15). Taking up His cross is to “choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him” (Deut. 30:19–20). To live that life in Christ is also to bear His cross in love, “that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own accord” (Philemon 14).
 
Opening Hymn:          427 / In The Cross Of Christ I Glory
Sermon Hymn:           853 / How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord
Distribution Hymns:    CCLI / Word of God Speak
CCLI / Lord, I Lift Your Name On High
770 / What A Friend We Have In Jesus
CCLI / How Great Is Our God
AGPS 145 / Jesus, Name Above All Names
Closing Hymn:            783 / Take My Life And Let It Be
 

Legend for musical sources that are not the Lutheran Service Book:

AGPS:  All God’s People Sing, St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 1992.
CCLI:    website of Christian Copyright Licensing International

TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

1 September 2019

Season:                                    Time Of The Church; Pentecost
Color:                                       Green
Divine Service:                         Setting II
Introit:                                       Psalm 75: 1 – 2, 6, 9 antiphon: verse 7
Old Testament:                         Proverbs 25: 2 – 10
Psalm                                       Psalm 131 antiphon: verse 2
Epistle:                                     Hebrews 13: 1 – 17
Gradual:                                   Psalm 34: 9, 19, alt
Verse:                                      Luke 14: 11
Gospel:                                    Luke 14: 1 – 14
Proper Preface:                       Common
 
 

 

We Are Humbled and Exalted by the Cross of Christ

     “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,” Jesus proclaims, but “he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:11). For your hope is in the name of the Lord, who humbled Himself unto death on the cross and was exalted in His resurrection. So, are you humbled by His cross, and “at the resurrection of the just,” He will say to you, “Friend, move up higher” (Luke 14:10, 13–14)? By His grace, the King will honor you “in the presence of a noble,” where your eyes will gaze upon the Prince, His dearly beloved Son (Prov. 25:7). As He has dealt so graciously with you, “do not neglect to do good and to share what you have” (Heb. 13:16) and “do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers” (Heb. 13:2). Humble yourself and exalt your neighbor.
 
 
 
 
Opening Hymn:                         813 / Rejoice O Pilgrim Throng
Sermon Hymn:                          842 / Son Of God, Eternal Savior
Distribution Hymns:                   641 / You Satisfy The Hungry Heart
728 / How Firm A Foundation
620 / Jesus Comes Today With Healing
845 / Where Charity And Love Prevail
628 / Your Table I Approach
Closing Hymn:                           850 / God Of Grace And God Of Glory