THE THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT

(15 December 2019)

Isaiah 35:1–10; Ps. 146:1-10; James 5:7–11; Matthew 11:2–15

Hymn of Invocation
O Lord, how shall I meet You (LSB 334)



Hymn of the Day
Hark! A thrilling voice is sounding (LSB 345)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
Dear Christians, one and all, rejoice (LSB 556)

O Savior, rend the heavens wide (LSB 355) (Catechetical Hymn)

Rejoice, my heart, be glad and sing (LSB 737)

Praise the Almighty, my soul, adore Him (LSB 797)



Hymn of Departure
Rejoice, rejoice, believers (LSB 515)

 

The Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ Brings True Rejoicing, Even under the Cross

Sometimes life requires the astonishing patience of Job. Like him, we are to rejoice in the midst of affliction, be grounded in repentance under the cross of Christ, hope relentlessly in His resurrection, that we might see “the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful” (James 5:11). In the promise of the Gospel, therefore, “be patient” and “establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand” (James 5:7, 8). Like St. John, the Baptist, whatever your own kind of prison or suffering may be, call upon Jesus and receive the strength of His Word from those He sends to you. For as “the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up,” so is the good news of Jesus preached to you, also (Matt. 11:5). He comes and restores the fortunes of Zion, His holy Church, so that “sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Is. 35:10).


Summary Courtesy: LCMS -- Hymn Recommendations: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Third Sunday in Advent — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:15, 65.7 MB, 2016-Dec-05)


Lectionary Podcast - Advent 3 - Series A - Matthew 11:2-15 with Dr. Peter Scaer

Dr. Peter Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Matthew 11:2–15 (SBLGNT)

2 Ὁ δὲ Ἰωάννης ἀκούσας ἐν τῷ δεσμωτηρίῳ τὰ ἔργα τοῦ χριστοῦ πέμψας διὰ τῶν μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ

3 εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Σὺ εἶ ὁ ἐρχόμενος ἢ ἕτερον προσδοκῶμεν;

4 καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Πορευθέντες ἀπαγγείλατε Ἰωάννῃ ἃ ἀκούετε καὶ βλέπετε·

5 τυφλοὶ ἀναβλέπουσιν καὶ χωλοὶ περιπατοῦσιν, λεπροὶ καθαρίζονται καὶ κωφοὶ ἀκούουσιν, καὶ νεκροὶ ἐγείρονται καὶ πτωχοὶ εὐαγγελίζονται·

6 καὶ μακάριός ἐστιν ὃς ἐὰν μὴ σκανδαλισθῇ ἐν ἐμοί.

7 Τούτων δὲ πορευομένων ἤρξατο ὁ Ἰησοῦς λέγειν τοῖς ὄχλοις περὶ Ἰωάννου· Τί ἐξήλθατε εἰς τὴν ἔρημον θεάσασθαι; κάλαμον ὑπὸ ἀνέμου σαλευόμενον;

8 ἀλλὰ τί ἐξήλθατε ἰδεῖν; ἄνθρωπον ἐν μαλακοῖς ἠμφιεσμένον; ἰδοὺ οἱ τὰ μαλακὰ φοροῦντες ἐν τοῖς οἴκοις τῶν βασιλέων εἰσίν.

9 ἀλλὰ τί ἐξήλθατε; προφήτην ἰδεῖν; ναί, λέγω ὑμῖν, καὶ περισσότερον προφήτου.

10 οὗτός ἐστιν περὶ οὗ γέγραπται· Ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ ἀποστέλλω τὸν ἄγγελόν μου πρὸ προσώπου σου, ὃς κατασκευάσει τὴν ὁδόν σου ἔμπροσθέν σου.

11 ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, οὐκ ἐγήγερται ἐν γεννητοῖς γυναικῶν μείζων Ἰωάννου τοῦ βαπτιστοῦ· ὁ δὲ μικρότερος ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ τῶν οὐρανῶν μείζων αὐτοῦ ἐστιν.

12 ἀπὸ δὲ τῶν ἡμερῶν Ἰωάννου τοῦ βαπτιστοῦ ἕως ἄρτι ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν βιάζεται, καὶ βιασταὶ ἁρπάζουσιν αὐτήν.

13 πάντες γὰρ οἱ προφῆται καὶ ὁ νόμος ἕως Ἰωάννου ἐπροφήτευσαν·

14 καὶ εἰ θέλετε δέξασθαι, αὐτός ἐστιν Ἠλίας ὁ μέλλων ἔρχεσθαι.

15 ὁ ἔχων ὦτα ἀκουέτω.


Literal Translation

2  But hearing in the prison of the works of Christ, sending two of his disciples,

3  John said to Him, Are You the One coming, or are we to look for another?

4  And answering, Jesus said to them, Going, relate to John what you hear and see:

5  The blind receive sight, and the lame walk; lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear; the dead are raised, and the poor are given the gospel.

6  And blessed is the one, whoever shall not be offended in Me.

7  But as these were going, Jesus began to say to the crowds about John, What did you go out into the wilderness to behold? A reed being shaken with the wind?

8  But what did you go out to see? A man being clothed in soft garments? Behold, those wearing soft things are in the houses of kings.

9  But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and one more excellent than a prophet.

10  For this is the one about whom it has been written: "Behold, I send out My messenger before Your face, who shall prepare Your way before You."

11  Truly I say to you, There has not arisen among those born of a woman any greater than John the Baptist. But the least in the kingdom of Heaven is greater than he is.

12  But from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent seize it.

13  For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.

14  And if you are willing to receive, he is Elijah, the one going to come.

15  The one having ears to hear, let him hear.



THE SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT

(08 December 2019)

Isaiah 11:1–10; Ps. 72:1-7; Romans 15:4–13; Matthew 3:1–12

Hymn of Invocation
Open now thy gates of beauty (LSB 901)


Hymn of the Day / Catechetical Hymn of the Week

On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry (LSB 344)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
When all the world was cursed (LSB 346)


Comfort, comfort ye My people (LSB 347)

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming (LSB 359)

The night will soon be ending (LSB 337)



Hymn of Departure
Sing praise to the God of Israel (LSB 936)

By the Preaching of Repentance, We Are Prepared for the Coming of the Lord

John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, ‘Repent’” (Matt. 3:1–2). His preaching of repentance for the forgiveness of sins prepared people for the coming of Christ into the world. St. John’s work was historically complete with the incarnate Advent of Jesus; but his vital ministry continues in preaching Law and Gospel. The Son of God has come in the flesh, “a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots” (Is. 11:1), and continues to bear the fruits of righteousness. His good tree of the cross is “a signal for the peoples” (Is. 11:10), by which He calls the nations to repentance. “With the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips” (Is. 11:4), He slays the wicked and brings the dead to life, making sons of Abraham out of lifeless stones. So also the “root of Jesse” comes to us, “even he who arises to rule the Gentiles” (Rom. 15:12), that “we might have hope” and be filled “with all joy and peace in believing” (Rom. 15:4, 13).


Summary Courtesy: LCMS -- Hymn Recommendations: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch

 


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Second Sunday in Advent — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:20, 31.0 MB, 2016-Nov-28)


Lectionary Podcast - Advent 2 - Series A - Matthew 3:1-12 with Dr. Arthur Just

Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson.


Matthew 3:1–12 (SBLGNT)

1 Ἐν δὲ ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις παραγίνεται Ἰωάννης ὁ βαπτιστὴς κηρύσσων ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ τῆς Ἰουδαίας

2 καὶ λέγων· Μετανοεῖτε, ἤγγικεν γὰρ ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν.

3 οὗτος γάρ ἐστιν ὁ ῥηθεὶς διὰ Ἠσαΐου τοῦ προφήτου λέγοντος· Φωνὴ βοῶντος ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ· Ἑτοιμάσατε τὴν ὁδὸν κυρίου, εὐθείας ποιεῖτε τὰς τρίβους αὐτοῦ.

4 αὐτὸς δὲ ὁ Ἰωάννης εἶχεν τὸ ἔνδυμα αὐτοῦ ἀπὸ τριχῶν καμήλου καὶ ζώνην δερματίνην περὶ τὴν ὀσφὺν αὐτοῦ, ἡ δὲ τροφὴ ἦν αὐτοῦ ἀκρίδες καὶ μέλι ἄγριον.

5 τότε ἐξεπορεύετο πρὸς αὐτὸν Ἱεροσόλυμα καὶ πᾶσα ἡ Ἰουδαία καὶ πᾶσα ἡ περίχωρος τοῦ Ἰορδάνου,

6 καὶ ἐβαπτίζοντο ἐν τῷ Ἰορδάνῃ ποταμῷ ὑπʼ αὐτοῦ ἐξομολογούμενοι τὰς ἁμαρτίας αὐτῶν.

7 Ἰδὼν δὲ πολλοὺς τῶν Φαρισαίων καὶ Σαδδουκαίων ἐρχομένους ἐπὶ τὸ βάπτισμα αὐτοῦ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Γεννήματα ἐχιδνῶν, τίς ὑπέδειξεν ὑμῖν φυγεῖν ἀπὸ τῆς μελλούσης ὀργῆς;

8 ποιήσατε οὖν καρπὸν ἄξιον τῆς μετανοίας

9 καὶ μὴ δόξητε λέγειν ἐν ἑαυτοῖς· Πατέρα ἔχομεν τὸν Ἀβραάμ, λέγω γὰρ ὑμῖν ὅτι δύναται ὁ θεὸς ἐκ τῶν λίθων τούτων ἐγεῖραι τέκνα τῷ Ἀβραάμ.

10 ἤδη δὲ ἡ ἀξίνη πρὸς τὴν ῥίζαν τῶν δένδρων κεῖται· πᾶν οὖν δένδρον μὴ ποιοῦν καρπὸν καλὸν ἐκκόπτεται καὶ εἰς πῦρ βάλλεται.

11 Ἐγὼ μὲν ὑμᾶς βαπτίζω ἐν ὕδατι εἰς μετάνοιαν· ὁ δὲ ὀπίσω μου ἐρχόμενος ἰσχυρότερός μού ἐστιν, οὗ οὐκ εἰμὶ ἱκανὸς τὰ ὑποδήματα βαστάσαι· αὐτὸς ὑμᾶς βαπτίσει ἐν πνεύματι ἁγίῳ καὶ πυρί·

12 οὗ τὸ πτύον ἐν τῇ χειρὶ αὐτοῦ, καὶ διακαθαριεῖ τὴν ἅλωνα αὐτοῦ καὶ συνάξει τὸν σῖτον αὐτοῦ εἰς τὴν ἀποθήκην, τὸ δὲ ἄχυρον κατακαύσει πυρὶ ἀσβέστῳ.


Literal Translation

1  Now in those days John the Baptist came preaching in the deserted places of Judea,

2  and saying, Repent! For the kingdom of Heaven has drawn near.

3  For this is he spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord! Make His paths straight!" Isa. 40:3

4  And John himself had his clothing from hairs of a camel, and a belt of leather about his loin. And his food was locusts and wild honey.

5  Then Jerusalem and all Judea went out to him, and all the neighborhood of the Jordan,

6  and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.

7  But seeing many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, Offspring of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

8  Therefore, bring forth fruits worthy of repentance.

9  And do not think to say within yourselves, We have a father, Abraham. For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.

10  But already the axe is even laid at the root of the trees; therefore, any tree not bringing forth good fruit is cut off and is thrown into fire.

11  I indeed baptize you in water to repentance; but He who is coming after me is stronger than me, of whom I am not able to lift The sandals. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fire,

12  whose fan is in His hand, and He will cleanse His floor and will gather His wheat into the storehouse. But He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.



In this Gottescast, The Gottesdienst Crowd discusses the ceremonies of Advent and Christmas and preaching on Christmas Eve and Day. David Petersen (pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, IN, and author of the recurring column "Commentary on the War" in the Gottesdienst Journal) joins us for the discussion.

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THE FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT

(01 December 2019)

Isaiah 2:1–5; Ps. 122:1-9; Romans 13:8–14; Matthew 21:1–11 or Matthew 24:36–44

Hymn of Invocation / Catechetical Hymn of the Week


The advent of our King (LSB 331)


Hymn of the Day

Savior of the nations, come (LSB 332)



Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion

O Lord, how shall I meet You (LSB 334)



Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates (LSB 340)



Once He came in blessing (LSB 333)



Jerusalem, O city fair and high (LSB 674)


Hymn of Departure

O Savior, rend the heavens wide (LSB 355)


The Lord Comes in Meekness and Humility to Save Us Now

The Lord Jesus enters Jerusalem “humble, and mounted on a donkey,” riding on “a beast of burden” (Matt. 21:5), as He Himself bears the sins of the world in His body. Now He comes by the Ministry of the Gospel to save us from sin, death, the devil, and hell. Therefore, we sing, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Matt. 21:9). For we are called “to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob,” His holy Church, “that He may teach us His ways and that we may walk in His paths” (Is. 2:3). By His Word, we “walk in the light of the Lord” (Is. 2:5). That is to live in love, which “does no wrong to a neighbor” (Rom. 13:10). We “cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light,” for “salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed” (Rom. 13:11, 12). Hence, the entire Christian life is a time to wake and watch, “for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming” (Matt. 24:42).


Summary Courtesy: LCMS . Hymn recommendations: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): First Sunday in Advent — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:09, 31.0 MB, 2016-Nov-21)


Lectionary Podcast - Advent 1 - Series A - Matthew 21:1-11 with Dr. Peter Scaer

Dr. Peter Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the first Gospel lesson.


Matthew 21:1–11 (SBLGNT)

1 Καὶ ὅτε ἤγγισαν εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα καὶ ἦλθον εἰς Βηθφαγὴ εἰς τὸ Ὄρος τῶν Ἐλαιῶν, τότε Ἰησοῦς ἀπέστειλεν δύο μαθητὰς

2 λέγων αὐτοῖς· Πορεύεσθε εἰς τὴν κώμην τὴν κατέναντι ὑμῶν, καὶ εὐθέως εὑρήσετε ὄνον δεδεμένην καὶ πῶλον μετʼ αὐτῆς· λύσαντες ἀγάγετέ μοι.

3 καὶ ἐάν τις ὑμῖν εἴπῃ τι, ἐρεῖτε ὅτι Ὁ κύριος αὐτῶν χρείαν ἔχει· εὐθὺς δὲ ἀποστελεῖ αὐτούς.

4 Τοῦτο δὲ γέγονεν ἵνα πληρωθῇ τὸ ῥηθὲν διὰ τοῦ προφήτου λέγοντος·

5 Εἴπατε τῇ θυγατρὶ Σιών· Ἰδοὺ ὁ βασιλεύς σου ἔρχεταί σοι πραῢς καὶ ἐπιβεβηκὼς ἐπὶ ὄνον καὶ ἐπὶ πῶλον υἱὸν ὑποζυγίου.

6 πορευθέντες δὲ οἱ μαθηταὶ καὶ ποιήσαντες καθὼς συνέταξεν αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς

7 ἤγαγον τὴν ὄνον καὶ τὸν πῶλον, καὶ ἐπέθηκαν ἐπʼ αὐτῶν τὰ ἱμάτια, καὶ ἐπεκάθισεν ἐπάνω αὐτῶν.

8 ὁ δὲ πλεῖστος ὄχλος ἔστρωσαν ἑαυτῶν τὰ ἱμάτια ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ, ἄλλοι δὲ ἔκοπτον κλάδους ἀπὸ τῶν δένδρων καὶ ἐστρώννυον ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ.

9 οἱ δὲ ὄχλοι οἱ προάγοντες αὐτὸν καὶ οἱ ἀκολουθοῦντες ἔκραζον λέγοντες· Ὡσαννὰ τῷ υἱῷ Δαυίδ· Εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος ἐν ὀνόματι κυρίου· Ὡσαννὰ ἐν τοῖς ὑψίστοις.

10 καὶ εἰσελθόντος αὐτοῦ εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα ἐσείσθη πᾶσα ἡ πόλις λέγουσα· Τίς ἐστιν οὗτος;

11 οἱ δὲ ὄχλοι ἔλεγον· Οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ προφήτης Ἰησοῦς ὁ ἀπὸ Ναζαρὲθ τῆς Γαλιλαίας.


Literal Translation

1  And when they drew near to Jerusalem and came into Bethphage, toward the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,

2  saying to them, Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tied, and a colt with her. Loosening, lead them to Me.

3  And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, The Lord has need of them. And he will send them at once.

4  But all this happened that might be fulfilled that spoken by the prophet, saying:

5  "Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your King comes to you, meek and mounted on an ass, even a colt, the son of an ass."

6  And the disciples, having gone and having done as Jesus ordered them,

7  they led the ass and the colt. And they put on them their garments, and set Him on them.

8  And the very great crowd strewed their garments in the road. And others were cutting branches from the trees and were spreading them in the way.

9  And the crowd, the ones going before and the ones following, were crying out, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David! "Blessed is He coming in the name of the Lord"! Hosanna in the highest!

10  And as He entered into Jerusalem, all the city was shaken, saying, Who is this?

11  And the crowds said, This is Jesus, the Prophet, the One from Nazareth of Galilee.


Matthew 24:36–44 (SBLGNT)

36 Περὶ δὲ τῆς ἡμέρας ἐκείνης καὶ ὥρας οὐδεὶς οἶδεν, οὐδὲ οἱ ἄγγελοι τῶν οὐρανῶν οὐδὲ ὁ υἱός, εἰ μὴ ὁ πατὴρ μόνος.

37 ὥσπερ γὰρ αἱ ἡμέραι τοῦ Νῶε, οὕτως ἔσται ἡ παρουσία τοῦ υἱοῦ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου·

38 ὡς γὰρ ἦσαν ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ταῖς πρὸ τοῦ κατακλυσμοῦ τρώγοντες καὶ πίνοντες, γαμοῦντες καὶ γαμίζοντες, ἄχρι ἧς ἡμέρας εἰσῆλθεν Νῶε εἰς τὴν κιβωτόν,

39 καὶ οὐκ ἔγνωσαν ἕως ἦλθεν ὁ κατακλυσμὸς καὶ ἦρεν ἅπαντας, οὕτως ἔσται καὶ ἡ παρουσία τοῦ υἱοῦ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου.

40 τότε δύο ἔσονται ἐν τῷ ἀγρῷ, εἷς παραλαμβάνεται καὶ εἷς ἀφίεται·

41 δύο ἀλήθουσαι ἐν τῷ μύλῳ, μία παραλαμβάνεται καὶ μία ἀφίεται.

42 γρηγορεῖτε οὖν, ὅτι οὐκ οἴδατε ποίᾳ ἡμέρᾳ ὁ κύριος ὑμῶν ἔρχεται.

43 ἐκεῖνο δὲ γινώσκετε ὅτι εἰ ᾔδει ὁ οἰκοδεσπότης ποίᾳ φυλακῇ ὁ κλέπτης ἔρχεται, ἐγρηγόρησεν ἂν καὶ οὐκ ἂν εἴασεν διορυχθῆναι τὴν οἰκίαν αὐτοῦ.

44 διὰ τοῦτο καὶ ὑμεῖς γίνεσθε ἕτοιμοι, ὅτι ᾗ οὐ δοκεῖτε ὥρᾳ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἔρχεται.


Literal Translation

36  But as to that day and that hour, no one knows, neither the angels of Heaven, except My Father only.

37  But as the days of Noah, so also will be the coming of the Son of Man.

38  For as they were in the days before the flood: eating, and drinking, marrying, and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah went into the ark.

39  And they did not know until the flood came and took all away. So also will be the coming of the Son of Man.

40  At that time two will be out in the field; the one is taken away, and the one is left;

41  two grinding at the mill; one is taken away, and one is left.

42  Watch, then, for you do not know in what hour your Lord comes.

43  But know this, that if the housemaster had known in what watch the thief comes, he would have watched and not have allowed his house to be dug through.

44  Because of this, you also be ready, for in that hour you think not, the Son of Man comes.



In this Gottescast, The Gottesdienst Crowd takes up a discussion pastoral care to the sick and dying. David Petersen (pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, IN, and author of the recurring column "Commentary on the War" in the Gottesdienst Journal) joins us for the discussion.

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DAY OF NATIONAL THANKSGIVING

(28 November 2019)

Deuteronomy 8:1–10; Psalm 67:1–7; Philippians 4:6–20 or 1 Timothy 2:1–4; Luke 17:11–19

 

Processional Hymn
Evening and morning (LSB 726)

Hymn of the Day
We praise You, O God, our Redeemer, Creator (LSB 785)



Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
Sing praise to God, the highest good (LSB 819)



Entrust your days and burdens (LSB 754)


Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (LSB 790)




Processional Out
Now thank we all our God (LSB 895)


We Praise God for Sustaining Life in and through His Word

The nation resounds with thanksgiving for the earth’s bountiful harvest, crops of wheat and grains, all beneath the canopy of God’s almighty care. But “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deut. 8:1–10). The Church is the vessel through which the Word of God penetrates the world with its Law and Gospel. It is this divine Word which proclaims Jesus as the sole source of life, health, and wholeness. It is Jesus who heals lepers with His Word, “Go show yourselves to the priests” (Luke 17:11–19). Of the ten cleansed, only one expresses thanksgiving back to Jesus. But true gratitude proceeds from a heart sustained by faith. Jesus bids this one Samaritan to “rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” So also, we are sent from the Divine Service, bolstered in our faith by Baptismal and Eucharist blessing to be thankful in our circumstances of plenty and hunger, abundance and need (Phil. 4:6–20).


Summary Courtesy: LCMS -- Hymn Recommendations: Dr Richard Stuckwisch


Luke 17:11–19 (SBLGNT)

11 Καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ πορεύεσθαι εἰς Ἰερουσαλὴμ καὶ αὐτὸς διήρχετο διὰ μέσον Σαμαρείας καὶ Γαλιλαίας.

12 καὶ εἰσερχομένου αὐτοῦ εἴς τινα κώμην ἀπήντησαν δέκα λεπροὶ ἄνδρες, οἳ ἔστησαν πόρρωθεν,

13 καὶ αὐτοὶ ἦραν φωνὴν λέγοντες· Ἰησοῦ ἐπιστάτα, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.

14 καὶ ἰδὼν εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Πορευθέντες ἐπιδείξατε ἑαυτοὺς τοῖς ἱερεῦσιν. καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ ὑπάγειν αὐτοὺς ἐκαθαρίσθησαν.

15 εἷς δὲ ἐξ αὐτῶν, ἰδὼν ὅτι ἰάθη, ὑπέστρεψεν μετὰ φωνῆς μεγάλης δοξάζων τὸν θεόν,

16 καὶ ἔπεσεν ἐπὶ πρόσωπον παρὰ τοὺς πόδας αὐτοῦ εὐχαριστῶν αὐτῷ· καὶ αὐτὸς ἦν Σαμαρίτης.

17 ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν· Οὐχὶ οἱ δέκα ἐκαθαρίσθησαν; οἱ δὲ ἐννέα ποῦ;

18 οὐχ εὑρέθησαν ὑποστρέψαντες δοῦναι δόξαν τῷ θεῷ εἰ μὴ ὁ ἀλλογενὴς οὗτος;

19 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Ἀναστὰς πορεύου· ἡ πίστις σου σέσωκέν σε.


Literal Translation

11  And it happened in His going to Jerusalem even He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

12  And He entering into a certain village, ten leprous men met Him, who stood afar off.

13  And they lifted their voice, saying, Jesus, Master, pity us.

14  And seeing them, He said to them, Going, show yourselves to the priests. And it happened in their going they were cleansed.

15  And one of them, seeing that he was cured, returned glorifying God with a loud voice.

16  And he fell on his face at His feet, thanking Him. And he was a Samaritan.

17  And answering, Jesus said, Were not the ten cleansed? But where are the nine?

18  Were not any found returning to give glory to God except this foreigner?

19  And He said to him, Rising up, go! Your faith has cured you.



THE LAST SUNDAY OF THE CHURCH YEAR

Proper 29 (24 November 2019)

Malachi 3:13–18; Psalm 46:1–11; Colossians 1:13–20; Luke 23:27–43

Hymn of Invocation
Let all mortal flesh keep silence (LSB 621)

Hymn of the Day
Lord, enthroned in heav’nly splendor (LSB 534)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
Wide open stand the gates (LSB 639) (Catechetical)

At the name of Jesus (LSB 512)

O Morning Star, how fair and bright (LSB 395)

For all the saints who from their labors rest (LSB 677)

Hymn of Departure
Lord, Thee I love with all my heart (LSB 708)

Jesus Christ Reigns Enduring the Cross—Its Scorn and Shame

The Lord Jesus reigns in love among those who are baptized in His name. “They shall be mine,” He says, “and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him” (Mal. 3:17). Jesus’ service through crucifixion for sinful men anchors us in new life. In the proclamation of His Son, God makes His justice clear defining “the distinction between the righteous and the wicked” (Mal. 3:18). He truly is “the King of the Jews” (Luke 23:38), who governs His Church with all authority in heaven and on earth. He has come into His Kingdom by His cross, and He graciously remembers us in Paradise. Therefore, do not weep for Him, but with repentant faith “weep for yourselves and for your children” (Luke 23:28). Then the mountains and hills of Jerusalem, His holy Church, shall cover you with His righteousness and peace. For He “is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” (Col. 1:15). “All things were created through him and for him” (Col. 1:16), and “all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell” bodily in Him, reconciling all things to Himself “by the blood of His cross” (Col. 1:19–20).


Summary Courtesy: LCMS -- Hymn Recommendations: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Last Sunday of the Church Year — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:12, 31.5 MB, 2016-Nov-07)


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 29 - Series C - Luke 23:27-43 with Dr. Ryan Tietz

Dr. Ryan Tietz, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses Luke 23:27-43


Luke 23:27-43 (SBLGNT)

27 Ἠκολούθει δὲ αὐτῷ πολὺ πλῆθος τοῦ λαοῦ καὶ γυναικῶν αἳ ἐκόπτοντο καὶ ἐθρήνουν αὐτόν.

28 στραφεὶς δὲ πρὸς αὐτὰς ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν· Θυγατέρες Ἰερουσαλήμ, μὴ κλαίετε ἐπʼ ἐμέ· πλὴν ἐφʼ ἑαυτὰς κλαίετε καὶ ἐπὶ τὰ τέκνα ὑμῶν,

29 ὅτι ἰδοὺ ἔρχονται ἡμέραι ἐν αἷς ἐροῦσιν Μακάριαι αἱ στεῖραι καὶ αἱ κοιλίαι αἳ οὐκ ἐγέννησαν καὶ μαστοὶ οἳ οὐκ ἔθρεψαν.

30 τότε ἄρξονται λέγειν τοῖς ὄρεσιν· Πέσετε ἐφʼ ἡμᾶς, καὶ τοῖς βουνοῖς· Καλύψατε ἡμᾶς·

31 ὅτι εἰ ἐν τῷ ὑγρῷ ξύλῳ ταῦτα ποιοῦσιν, ἐν τῷ ξηρῷ τί γένηται;

32 Ἤγοντο δὲ καὶ ἕτεροι κακοῦργοι δύο σὺν αὐτῷ ἀναιρεθῆναι.

33 καὶ ὅτε ἦλθον ἐπὶ τὸν τόπον τὸν καλούμενον Κρανίον, ἐκεῖ ἐσταύρωσαν αὐτὸν καὶ τοὺς κακούργους, ὃν μὲν ἐκ δεξιῶν ὃν δὲ ἐξ ἀριστερῶν.

34 ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς ἔλεγεν· Πάτερ, ἄφες αὐτοῖς, οὐ γὰρ οἴδασιν τί ποιοῦσιν. διαμεριζόμενοι δὲ τὰ ἱμάτια αὐτοῦ ἔβαλον κλήρους.

35 καὶ εἱστήκει ὁ λαὸς θεωρῶν. ἐξεμυκτήριζον δὲ καὶ οἱ ἄρχοντες λέγοντες· Ἄλλους ἔσωσεν, σωσάτω ἑαυτόν, εἰ οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ χριστὸς τοῦ θεοῦ, ὁ ἐκλεκτός.

36 ἐνέπαιξαν δὲ αὐτῷ καὶ οἱ στρατιῶται προσερχόμενοι, ὄξος προσφέροντες αὐτῷ

37 καὶ λέγοντες· Εἰ σὺ εἶ ὁ βασιλεὺς τῶν Ἰουδαίων, σῶσον σεαυτόν.

38 ἦν δὲ καὶ ἐπιγραφὴ ἐπʼ αὐτῷ· Ὁ βασιλεὺς τῶν Ἰουδαίων οὗτος.

39 Εἷς δὲ τῶν κρεμασθέντων κακούργων ἐβλασφήμει αὐτόν λέγων· Οὐχὶ σὺ εἶ ὁ χριστός; σῶσον σεαυτὸν καὶ ἡμᾶς.

40 ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ ἕτερος ἐπιτιμῶν αὐτῷ ἔφη· Οὐδὲ φοβῇ σὺ τὸν θεόν, ὅτι ἐν τῷ αὐτῷ κρίματι εἶ;

41 καὶ ἡμεῖς μὲν δικαίως, ἄξια γὰρ ὧν ἐπράξαμεν ἀπολαμβάνομεν· οὗτος δὲ οὐδὲν ἄτοπον ἔπραξεν.

42 καὶ ἔλεγεν· Ἰησοῦ, μνήσθητί μου ὅταν ἔλθῃς ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ σου.

43 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Ἀμήν σοι λέγω σήμερον μετʼ ἐμοῦ ἔσῃ ἐν τῷ παραδείσῳ.


Literal Translation

(26) And as they led Him away, having laid hold on a certain Simon, a Cyrenian, coming from a field, they put the cross on him, to bear it behind Jesus.

(27) And a great multitude of people were following Him, and of women who also were bewailing and lamenting Him.

(28) And turning to them, Jesus said, Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep over Me, but weep over yourselves and over your children.

(29) For behold, days will come in which they will say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that did not bear, and breasts that did not suckle.

(30) "Then they will begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us! And to the hills, Cover us!"

(31) For if they do these things in the green tree, what may take place in the dry?

(32) And two others, two criminals, were led with Him to be put to death.

(33) And when they came on the place being called Skull, they crucified Him and the criminals there, one on the right, and one on the left.

(34) And Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. And dividing His garments, they cast a lot.

(35) And the people stood watching. And the rulers with them also scoffed, saying, He saved others; let Him save Himself, if this One is the Christ, the Elect of God.

(36) And coming near, the soldiers also mocked Him and were offering vinegar to Him,

(37) and saying, If You are the king of the Jews, save Yourself.

(38) And also an inscription was written over Him, in Greek and Latin and Hebrew letters: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

(39) And one of the hanged criminals blasphemed Him, saying, If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.

(40) But answering, the other rebuked him, saying, Do you not fear God, for you are in the same judgment?

(41) And we indeed justly, for we receive things worthy of what we did. But this One did nothing wrong.

(42) And he said to Jesus, Lord, remember me when You come in Your kingdom.

(43) And Jesus said to him, Truly I say to you, Today you will be with Me in Paradise.



TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 28 (17 November 2019)

Malachi 4:1–6; Psalm 98:1–9; 2 Thessalonians 3:1–5, 6–13; Luke 21:5–28, 29–36

Hymn of Invocation
Lord, keep us steadfast in Your Word (LSB 655)



Hymn of the Day
The day is surely drawing near (LSB 508)




Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
If thou but trust in God to guide thee (LSB 750) (Catechetical)



Wake, awake, for night is flying (LSB 516)



O Savior, rend the heavens wide (LSB 355)



Sing with all the saints in glory (LSB 671)




Hymn of Departure
Lord of our life and God of our salvation (LSB 659)


God’s Plan of Redemption Trumps Earthly Destruction and Violence

There are signs of the Lord’s coming all around: the cross that marks His Church, the violence and death of the sinful world, and the shaking of the natural order. “There will be great distress upon the earth” (Luke 21:23), but the faithful know that “the kingdom of God is near” (Luke 21:31). Therefore, “straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28). Be awake and alert, and heed the words of Christ, which “will not pass away” (Luke 21:33). For you “the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings” (Mal. 4:2). He sends His preachers of repentance in the spirit and power of Elijah “before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes” (Mal. 4:5), in order to “direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ” (2 Thess. 3:5). Although you are often faithless, “the Lord is faithful,” and by the preaching of His Word “He will establish you and guard you against the evil one” (2 Thess. 3:3). Therefore, “do not grow weary in doing good” (2 Thess. 3:13). In the midst of calamity, believe upon the Lord, Jesus Christ.


Summary Courtesy: LCMS / Hymn Suggestions by Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Luke 21:5-28 — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:12, 31.5 MB, 2016-Nov-07)


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 28 - Series C - Luke 21:5-28 with Dr. Charles Gieschen

Dr. Charles Gieschen, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses Luke 21:5-28


Luke 21:5-28 (SBLGNT)

5 Καί τινων λεγόντων περὶ τοῦ ἱεροῦ, ὅτι λίθοις καλοῖς καὶ ἀναθήμασιν κεκόσμηται εἶπεν·

6 Ταῦτα ἃ θεωρεῖτε, ἐλεύσονται ἡμέραι ἐν αἷς οὐκ ἀφεθήσεται λίθος ἐπὶ λίθῳ ὃς οὐ καταλυθήσεται.

7 Ἐπηρώτησαν δὲ αὐτὸν λέγοντες· Διδάσκαλε, πότε οὖν ταῦτα ἔσται, καὶ τί τὸ σημεῖον ὅταν μέλλῃ ταῦτα γίνεσθαι;

8 ὁ δὲ εἶπεν· Βλέπετε μὴ πλανηθῆτε· πολλοὶ γὰρ ἐλεύσονται ἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματί μου λέγοντες· Ἐγώ εἰμι καί· Ὁ καιρὸς ἤγγικεν· μὴ πορευθῆτε ὀπίσω αὐτῶν.

9 ὅταν δὲ ἀκούσητε πολέμους καὶ ἀκαταστασίας, μὴ πτοηθῆτε· δεῖ γὰρ ταῦτα γενέσθαι πρῶτον, ἀλλʼ οὐκ εὐθέως τὸ τέλος.

10 τότε ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς· Ἐγερθήσεται ἔθνος ἐπʼ ἔθνος καὶ βασιλεία ἐπὶ βασιλείαν,

11 σεισμοί τε μεγάλοι καὶ κατὰ τόπους λιμοὶ καὶ λοιμοὶ ἔσονται, φόβητρά τε καὶ σημεῖα ἀπʼ οὐρανοῦ μεγάλα ἔσται.

12 Πρὸ δὲ τούτων πάντων ἐπιβαλοῦσιν ἐφʼ ὑμᾶς τὰς χεῖρας αὐτῶν καὶ διώξουσιν, παραδιδόντες εἰς τὰς συναγωγὰς καὶ φυλακάς, ἀπαγομένους ἐπὶ βασιλεῖς καὶ ἡγεμόνας ἕνεκεν τοῦ ὀνόματός μου·

13 ἀποβήσεται ὑμῖν εἰς μαρτύριον.

14 θέτε οὖν ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ὑμῶν μὴ προμελετᾶν ἀπολογηθῆναι,

15 ἐγὼ γὰρ δώσω ὑμῖν στόμα καὶ σοφίαν ᾗ οὐ δυνήσονται ἀντιστῆναι ἢ ἀντειπεῖν ἅπαντες οἱ ἀντικείμενοι ὑμῖν.

16 παραδοθήσεσθε δὲ καὶ ὑπὸ γονέων καὶ ἀδελφῶν καὶ συγγενῶν καὶ φίλων, καὶ θανατώσουσιν ἐξ ὑμῶν,

17 καὶ ἔσεσθε μισούμενοι ὑπὸ πάντων διὰ τὸ ὄνομά μου.

18 καὶ θρὶξ ἐκ τῆς κεφαλῆς ὑμῶν οὐ μὴ ἀπόληται.

19 ἐν τῇ ὑπομονῇ ὑμῶν κτήσασθε τὰς ψυχὰς ὑμῶν.

20 Ὅταν δὲ ἴδητε κυκλουμένην ὑπὸ στρατοπέδων Ἰερουσαλήμ, τότε γνῶτε ὅτι ἤγγικεν ἡ ἐρήμωσις αὐτῆς.

21 τότε οἱ ἐν τῇ Ἰουδαίᾳ φευγέτωσαν εἰς τὰ ὄρη, καὶ οἱ ἐν μέσῳ αὐτῆς ἐκχωρείτωσαν, καὶ οἱ ἐν ταῖς χώραις μὴ εἰσερχέσθωσαν εἰς αὐτήν,

22 ὅτι ἡμέραι ἐκδικήσεως αὗταί εἰσιν τοῦ πλησθῆναι πάντα τὰ γεγραμμένα.

23 οὐαὶ ταῖς ἐν γαστρὶ ἐχούσαις καὶ ταῖς θηλαζούσαις ἐν ἐκείναις ταῖς ἡμέραις· ἔσται γὰρ ἀνάγκη μεγάλη ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς καὶ ὀργὴ τῷ λαῷ τούτῳ,

24 καὶ πεσοῦνται στόματι μαχαίρης καὶ αἰχμαλωτισθήσονται εἰς τὰ ἔθνη πάντα, καὶ Ἰερουσαλὴμ ἔσται πατουμένη ὑπὸ ἐθνῶν, ἄχρι οὗ πληρωθῶσιν καιροὶ ἐθνῶν.

25 Καὶ ἔσονται σημεῖα ἐν ἡλίῳ καὶ σελήνῃ καὶ ἄστροις, καὶ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς συνοχὴ ἐθνῶν ἐν ἀπορίᾳ ἤχους θαλάσσης καὶ σάλου,

26 ἀποψυχόντων ἀνθρώπων ἀπὸ φόβου καὶ προσδοκίας τῶν ἐπερχομένων τῇ οἰκουμένῃ, αἱ γὰρ δυνάμεις τῶν οὐρανῶν σαλευθήσονται.

27 καὶ τότε ὄψονται τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐρχόμενον ἐν νεφέλῃ μετὰ δυνάμεως καὶ δόξης πολλῆς.

28 ἀρχομένων δὲ τούτων γίνεσθαι ἀνακύψατε καὶ ἐπάρατε τὰς κεφαλὰς ὑμῶν, διότι ἐγγίζει ἡ ἀπολύτρωσις ὑμῶν.


Literal Translation

Luke 21:5-28

(5)  And as some were speaking about the temple, that it had been adorned with beautiful stones and gifts, He said,

(6)  As to these things that you see, days will come in which a stone will not be left on a stone, which will not be thrown down.

(7)  And they asked Him, saying, Teacher, then when will these things be? And what will be the sign when these things are about to happen?

(8)  And He said, Watch that you not be led astray. For many will come on My name, saying, I AM! Also, The time has come! Do not go after them.

(9)  And when you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be afraid. For these things must first occur, but the end is not at once.

(10)  Then He said to them, Nation will be lifted up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

(11)  Also there will be great earthquakes from place to place, and famines, and plagues. And also there will be terrors and great signs from Heaven.

(12)  But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you, and will persecute you, delivering you into the synagogues and prisons, being led away before kings and governors on account of My name.

(13)  But it will return to you for a testimony.

(14)  Then put into your hearts not to premeditate to make a defense.

(15)  For I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all those opposing you will not be able to withstand or contradict.

(16)  But you will be betrayed also by parents, and brothers, and relatives, and friends. And they will put some of you to death.

(17)  And you will be hated by all because of My name.

(18)  And a hair of your head shall in no way perish.

(19)  By your patience you will gain your souls.

(20)  And when you see Jerusalem being encircled by armies, then recognize that its destruction has come near.

(21)  Then let those in Judea flee into the mountains; and those in its midst, let them go out. And those in the open spaces, let them not go into her.

(22)  For these are days of vengeance when all things that have been written are to be fulfilled.

(23)  But woe to the pregnant women, and the ones suckling in those days; for great distress will be on the earth and wrath on this people.

(24)  And they will fall by the mouth of the sword and will be led captive to all the nations. And Jerusalem will be trodden down by nations, until the times of the nations are fulfilled.

(25)  And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars. And on the earth will be anxiety of nations with bewilderment, roaring of sea and of surf,

(26)  men fainting from fear, and expectation of the things coming on the earth. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

(27)  And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and much glory.

(28)  But these things beginning to happen, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.


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Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 27)

(10 November 2019)

Exodus 3:1-15; Ps. 148; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8, 13-17; Luke 20:27-40

Hymn of Invocation
Preserve Your Word, O Savior (LSB 658)

Hymn of the Day
From God can nothing move me (LSB 713)



Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
Christ sits at God’s right hand (LSB 564)


O Lord, how shall I meet You (LSB 334)


Jesus, Thy boundless love to me (LSB 683)


I know that my Redeemer lives (LSB 461)



Hymn of Departure / Catechetical Hymn of the Week
Who trusts in God a strong abode (LSB 714)

The Triune God Curbs Evil and Overcomes Death with Resurrection

Christians live as “sons of God, being sons of the resurrection” (Luke 20:36), for the Lord our God “is not God of the dead, but of the living” (Luke 20:38). “Those who deny that there is a resurrection” (Luke 20:27) neither know the Scriptures nor the power of God, but the baptized faithful know “that the dead are raised” (Luke 20:37). For the Lord, who was, and is, and is to come, knows Israel’s sufferings and has “come down to deliver them” (Ex. 3:7-8). Moses reveals the name of Yahweh to God’s chosen people, by which He is “remembered throughout all generations” (Exodus 3:15). In contrast to that sacred remembrance of His Name, St. Paul warns against the antichrist, who “takes his seat in the temple of God” (2 Thess. 2:4). That lawless man preaches and practices the activity of Satan. Christians, however, are comforted by the coming of the Lord Jesus, who slays the antichrist and refutes his false doctrine “with the breath of His mouth” (2 Thess. 2:8). By His preaching, “stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught” (2 Thess. 2:15). Hear, receive, and believe God’s promise of love, comfort, and good hope.


Summary Courtesy: LCMS // Hymn suggestions by Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


 


 


Luke 20:27-40 (SBLGNT)

27 Προσελθόντες δέ τινες τῶν Σαδδουκαίων, οἱ ἀντιλέγοντες ἀνάστασιν μὴ εἶναι, ἐπηρώτησαν αὐτὸν 28 λέγοντες· Διδάσκαλε, Μωϋσῆς ἔγραψεν ἡμῖν, ἐάν τινος ἀδελφὸς ἀποθάνῃ ἔχων γυναῖκα, καὶ οὗτος ἄτεκνος ᾖ, ἵνα λάβῃ ὁ ἀδελφὸς αὐτοῦ τὴν γυναῖκα καὶ ἐξαναστήσῃ σπέρμα τῷ ἀδελφῷ αὐτοῦ. 29 ἑπτὰ οὖν ἀδελφοὶ ἦσαν· καὶ ὁ πρῶτος λαβὼν γυναῖκα ἀπέθανεν ἄτεκνος· 30 καὶ ὁ δεύτερος31 καὶ ὁ τρίτος ἔλαβεν αὐτήν, ὡσαύτως δὲ καὶ οἱ ἑπτὰ οὐ κατέλιπον τέκνα καὶ ἀπέθανον· 32 ὕστερον καὶ ἡ γυνὴ ἀπέθανεν. 33 ἡ γυνὴ οὖν ἐν τῇἀναστάσει τίνος αὐτῶν γίνεται γυνή; οἱ γὰρ ἑπτὰ ἔσχον αὐτὴν γυναῖκα.

34 Καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Οἱ υἱοὶ τοῦ αἰῶνος τούτου γαμοῦσιν καὶ γαμίσκονται, 35 οἱ δὲ καταξιωθέντες τοῦ αἰῶνος ἐκείνου τυχεῖν καὶ τῆς ἀναστάσεως τῆς ἐκ νεκρῶν οὔτε γαμοῦσιν οὔτε γαμίζονται· 36 οὐδὲ γὰρ ἀποθανεῖν ἔτι δύνανται, ἰσάγγελοι γάρ εἰσιν καὶ υἱοί εἰσιν θεοῦ τῆς ἀναστάσεως υἱοὶ ὄντες. 37 ὅτι δὲ ἐγείρονται οἱ νεκροὶ καὶ Μωϋσῆς ἐμήνυσεν ἐπὶ τῆς βάτου, ὡς λέγει κύριον τὸν θεὸν Ἀβραὰμ καὶ θεὸν Ἰσαὰκ καὶ θεὸν Ἰακώβ· 38 θεὸς δὲ οὐκ ἔστιν νεκρῶν ἀλλὰ ζώντων, πάντες γὰρ αὐτῷ ζῶσιν. 39 ἀποκριθέντες δέ τινες τῶν γραμματέων εἶπαν· Διδάσκαλε, καλῶς εἶπας· 40 οὐκέτι γὰρ ἐτόλμων ἐπερωτᾶν αὐτὸν οὐδέν.


Literal Translation

Luke 20:27-40

(27)  And some of the Sadducees coming up, those speaking against a resurrection, that it was not to be, they questioned Him,

(28)  saying, Teacher, Moses wrote to us, If anyone's brother dies having a wife, and this one should die childless, that his brother should take the wife and raise up seed to his brother.

(29)  Then there were seven brothers. And having taken a wife, the first died childless.

(30)  And the second took the wife, and this one died childless.

(31)  And the third took her, and likewise also the seven did not leave children, and died.

(32)  And last of all the woman died.

(33)  Then in the resurrection, of which of them does she become wife? For the seven had her as wife.

(34)  And answering, Jesus said to them, The sons of this world marry and are given in marriage.

(35)  But those counted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage.

(36)  For they are not able to die any more; they are equal to angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.

(37)  But that the dead are raised, even Moses pointed out at the Bush, when he calls the Lord "the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob."

(38)  But He is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to Him.

(39)  And answering, some of the scribes said, Teacher, you speak well.

(40)  And they did not dare to question Him any more, not a thing.



In this Gottescast, The Gottesdienst Crowd discusses how one is to understand the Lutheran Reformation and how we thus observe it liturgically. David Petersen (pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Ind., and author of the recurring column "Commentary on the War" in the Gottesdienst Journal) joins us for the discussion.

You can read Bugenhagen's sermon for Luther's funeral here: http://luther.digitalscholarship.emory.edu/luther/luther_site/luther_frame.html

You can read Hamann's essay here: http://mercyjourney.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-false-antithesis-not-lutheran-but.html

You can read Stuckwisch's LSB Core Hymnody post here: http://sword-in-hat.blogspot.com/2007/08/lsb-core-hymnody-kernlieder.html

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ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY (Observed)

(03 November 2019)

Revelation 7:2–8, 9–17; Psalm 149:1–9; 1 John 3:1–3; Matthew 5:1–12

Processional Hymn: Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands (LSB 458)



Hymn of the Day: For All the Saints Who from Their Labors Rest (LSB 677)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion

At the Lamb’s high feast we sing (LSB 633)

Jerusalem the golden (LSB 672)

Sing with all the saints in glory (LSB 671)

Processional Out: Behold a host, arrayed in white (LSB 676)

Saints Are Blessed in the Eternal Presence of Christ

“A great multitude from all tribes and peoples and languages,” cry out “salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne” (Rev. 7:9–17). Faith-filled saints from every place and time with unified voices eternally magnify the Lamb of God. As His beloved children, we too, “shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:1–3). Joined with the throng of angels and a myriad of saints, we shall “serve Him day and night in His temple” (Rev. 7:9–17). In our earthly tension vacillating between saint and sinner, faith and doubt, sacred and profane, we earnestly seek Jesus to calm our fears, comfort our spirits, and forgive our sins. The Holy Spirit, through faith in Christ propels us forward, fortifying us in Word and Sacrament, to our eternal home. In the midst of our constant struggle as believers, we need to be blessed. And so we are. The poor in spirit, the meek, the hungry, the thirsty, the merciful, the pure, and the persecuted are all blessed and we will most certainly inherit the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 5:1–12).


Courtesy: LCMS (except hymn video)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): All Saints Sunday — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 1:06:23, 61.0 MB, 2016-Nov-01)


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 27 - Series C - Matt 5:1-12 with Dr. Charles Gieschen

Dr. Charles Gieschen, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel reading.


Matthew 5:1-12 (SBLGNT)

1 Ἰδὼν δὲ τοὺς ὄχλους ἀνέβη εἰς τὸ ὄρος· καὶ καθίσαντος αὐτοῦ προσῆλθαν αὐτῷ οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ·

2 καὶ ἀνοίξας τὸ στόμα αὐτοῦ ἐδίδασκεν αὐτοὺς λέγων·

3 Μακάριοι οἱ πτωχοὶ τῷ πνεύματι, ὅτι αὐτῶν ἐστιν ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν.

4 μακάριοι οἱ πενθοῦντες, ὅτι αὐτοὶ παρακληθήσονται.

5 μακάριοι οἱ πραεῖς, ὅτι αὐτοὶ κληρονομήσουσι τὴν γῆν.

6 μακάριοι οἱ πεινῶντες καὶ διψῶντες τὴν δικαιοσύνην, ὅτι αὐτοὶ χορτασθήσονται.

7 μακάριοι οἱ ἐλεήμονες, ὅτι αὐτοὶ ἐλεηθήσονται.

8 μακάριοι οἱ καθαροὶ τῇ καρδίᾳ, ὅτι αὐτοὶ τὸν θεὸν ὄψονται.

9 μακάριοι οἱ εἰρηνοποιοί, ὅτι αὐτοὶ υἱοὶ θεοῦ κληθήσονται.

10 μακάριοι οἱ δεδιωγμένοι ἕνεκεν δικαιοσύνης, ὅτι αὐτῶν ἐστιν ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν.

11 μακάριοί ἐστε ὅταν ὀνειδίσωσιν ὑμᾶς καὶ διώξωσιν καὶ εἴπωσιν πᾶν πονηρὸν καθʼ ὑμῶν ψευδόμενοι ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ.

12 χαίρετε καὶ ἀγαλλιᾶσθε, ὅτι ὁ μισθὸς ὑμῶν πολὺς ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς· οὕτως γὰρ ἐδίωξαν τοὺς προφήτας τοὺς πρὸ ὑμῶν.


Literal Translation

1  But seeing the crowds, He went up into the mountain, and seating Himself, His disciples came near to Him.

2  And opening His mouth, He taught them, saying:

3  Blessed are the poor in spirit! For theirs is the kingdom of the Heavens.

4  Blessed are the ones mourning! For they shall be comforted.

5  Blessed are the meek! For they shall inherit the earth.

6  Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness! For they shall be filled.

7  Blessed are the merciful! For they shall obtain mercy.

8  Blessed are the pure in heart! For they shall see God.

9  Blessed are the peacemakers! For they shall be called sons of God.

10  Blessed are they who have been persecuted for righteousness' sake! For theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.

11  Blessed are you when they shall reproach you, and persecute you, and shall say every evil word against you, lying, on account of Me.

12  Rejoice and leap for joy, for your reward is great in Heaven; for in this way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.



In this Gottescast, The Gottesdienst Crowd discusses the church in this world. Larry Beane (pastor of Salem Lutheran Church, Gretna, LA, and Sermons editor for the Gottesdienst Journal and the Gottesblog Whip) joins us for the discussion of his article, "We Raise the Dead"

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Reformation Day (Observed)

(27 October 2019)

Revelation 14:6–7; Ps. 46:1-11; Romans 3:19–28; John 8:31–36 or Matthew 11:12–19

Entrance Hymn: Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord (LSB 497) (start 2:55)

Of the Day: LSB 555 Salvation unto Us Has Come

Offertory: May God bestow on us His grace (LSB 823)

 

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion:

From God can nothing move me (LSB 713)

By grace I’m saved, grace free and boundless (LSB 566)

O Lord, we praise Thee (LSB 617)  (start 2:25)

Lord, keep us steadfast in Your word (LSB 655)

Closing: A mighty fortress is our God (LSB 656)

 The Son of God Has Set Us Free from Sin and Death by His Grace

“Wisdom is justified by her deeds” (Matt. 11:19), and the true Wisdom of God, Christ Jesus, the incarnate Son, has justified us by His deeds. He prepares His way by the preaching of repentance, but He has suffered the violence of the Law and voluntarily handed Himself over to violent men, that we might eat and drink with Him in His Kingdom and “remain in the house forever” (John 8:35). He is “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Matt. 11:18–19), and He has rescued us by His grace from the slavery of sin and death. By the proclamation of His eternal Gospel “to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people” (Rev. 14:6), “the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law” (Rom. 3:21), “that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26). And by the hearing of that Gospel of Christ Jesus, “whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith” (Rom. 3:25), “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31–32).


Summary Courtesy: LCMS

Hymn Suggestions: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch https://sword-in-hat.blogspot.com


 


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Eternal Gospel — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:20, 23.2 MB, 2015-Oct-19)


Lectionary Podcast - Reformation Day (Observed) with Dr. Peter J. Scaer

Dr. Peter J. Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


John 8:31-36 (SBLGNT)

31 Ἔλεγεν οὖν ὁ Ἰησοῦς πρὸς τοὺς πεπιστευκότας αὐτῷ Ἰουδαίους· Ἐὰν ὑμεῖς μείνητε ἐν τῷ λόγῳ τῷ ἐμῷ, ἀληθῶς μαθηταί μού ἐστε,

32 καὶ γνώσεσθε τὴν ἀλήθειαν, καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια ἐλευθερώσει ὑμᾶς.

33 ἀπεκρίθησαν ⸂πρὸς αὐτόν⸃· Σπέρμα Ἀβραάμ ἐσμεν καὶ οὐδενὶ δεδουλεύκαμεν πώποτε· πῶς σὺ λέγεις ὅτι Ἐλεύθεροι γενήσεσθε;

34 Ἀπεκρίθη αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι πᾶς ὁ ποιῶν τὴν ἁμαρτίαν δοῦλός ἐστιν τῆς ἁμαρτίας·

35 ὁ δὲ δοῦλος οὐ μένει ἐν τῇ οἰκίᾳ εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα· ⸀ὁ υἱὸς μένει εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα.

36 ἐὰν οὖν ὁ υἱὸς ὑμᾶς ἐλευθερώσῃ, ὄντως ἐλεύθεροι ἔσεσθε.


Literal Translation

John 8:31-36

(31) Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in Him, If you continue in My Word, you are truly My disciples.

(32) And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

(33) They answered Him, We are Abraham's seed, and we have been in slavery to no one, never! How do You say, You will become free?

(34) Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Everyone practicing sin is a slave of sin.

(35) But the slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains to the age.

(36) Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.


Matthew 11:12-19  (SBLGNT)

12 ἀπὸ δὲ τῶν ἡμερῶν Ἰωάννου τοῦ βαπτιστοῦ ἕως ἄρτι ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν βιάζεται, καὶ βιασταὶ ἁρπάζουσιν αὐτήν.

13 πάντες γὰρ οἱ προφῆται καὶ ὁ νόμος ἕως Ἰωάννου ἐπροφήτευσαν·

14 καὶ εἰ θέλετε δέξασθαι, αὐτός ἐστιν Ἠλίας ὁ μέλλων ἔρχεσθαι.

15 ὁ ἔχων ⸀ὦτα ἀκουέτω.

16 Τίνι δὲ ὁμοιώσω τὴν γενεὰν ταύτην; ὁμοία ἐστὶν παιδίοις ⸂καθημένοις ἐν ταῖς ἀγοραῖς ἃ προσφωνοῦντα τοῖς ἑτέροις⸃

17 ⸀λέγουσιν· Ηὐλήσαμεν ὑμῖν καὶ οὐκ ὠρχήσασθε· ⸀ἐθρηνήσαμεν καὶ οὐκ ἐκόψασθε·

18 ἦλθεν γὰρ Ἰωάννης μήτε ἐσθίων μήτε πίνων, καὶ λέγουσιν· Δαιμόνιον ἔχει·

19 ἦλθεν ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐσθίων καὶ πίνων, καὶ λέγουσιν· Ἰδοὺ ἄνθρωπος φάγος καὶ οἰνοπότης, τελωνῶν φίλος καὶ ἁμαρτωλῶν. καὶ ἐδικαιώθη ἡ σοφία ἀπὸ τῶν ⸀ἔργων αὐτῆς.


Literal Translation

Matthew 11:12-19

(12) But from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent seize it.

(13) For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.

(14) And if you are willing to receive, he is Elijah, the one going to come.

(15) The one having ears to hear, let him hear.

(16) But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like little children sitting in the markets, and calling to their mates,

(17) and saying, We piped to you, and you did not dance; we mourned to you, and you did not wail.

(18) For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a demon.

(19) The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold, a gluttonous man and a wine drinker, and a friend of tax collectors, and of sinners. And wisdom was justified by her children.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.



NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 24 (16 October 2016)

Genesis 32:22–30; Psalm 121:1–8; 2 Timothy 3:14—4:5; Luke 18:1–8

Hymn of InvocationHear us, Father, when we pray (LSB 773)

Hymn of the Day / Catechetical Hymn of the Week: I Trust, O Lord, Your Holy Name (LSB 734)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion:
All who believe and are baptized (LSB 601)

Rejoice, my heart, be glad and sing (LSB 737)

Eternal Spirit of the living Christ (LSB 769)

Praise the Almighty, my soul, adore Him (LSB 797)

Hymn of Departure: Holy God, we praise Thy name (LSB 940)

Faith Clings to the Word and Promises of God and Perseveres in Prayer

“Left alone,” Jacob wrestled through the night with the Lord, “until the breaking of the day” (Gen. 32:24). Though “Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as He wrestled with him” (Gen. 32:25), he would not let go until the Lord blessed him. At times we too strive with God; He strives with us and blesses us by grace. So Jesus teaches us “always to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1). Jesus speaks of “a judge who neither feared God nor respected man,” and of a widow “who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary’” (Luke 18:2–3). Because of her persistence, the judge agreed to “give her justice” (Luke 18:5). Our Lord dispenses justice generously and swiftly giving “justice to His elect, who cry to Him day and night” (Luke 18:7). He does so according to the Gospel. Therefore, His ministers are to persevere faithfully in their vocation, in what they “have learned and have firmly believed” (2 Tim. 3:14). On the basis of “the sacred writings” (2 Tim. 3:15), they are to “preach the Word” at all times and not lose heart (2 Tim. 4:2).


Summary Courtesy: LCMS . Hymn recommendations by Dr. Richard Stuckwisch: https://sword-in-hat.blogspot.com/


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 24 - Series C - Luke 18:1-8 with Dr. Peter Scaer

Dr. Peter Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel reading


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Parable of the Persistent Widow — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:18, 52.7 MB, 2016-Oct-12)


Luke 18:1–8 (SBLGNT)

1 Ἔλεγεν δὲ παραβολὴν αὐτοῖς πρὸς τὸ δεῖν πάντοτε προσεύχεσθαι αὐτοὺς καὶ μὴ ἐγκακεῖν,

2 λέγων· Κριτής τις ἦν ἔν τινι πόλει τὸν θεὸν μὴ φοβούμενος καὶ ἄνθρωπον μὴ ἐντρεπόμενος.

3 χήρα δὲ ἦν ἐν τῇ πόλει ἐκείνῃ καὶ ἤρχετο πρὸς αὐτὸν λέγουσα· Ἐκδίκησόν με ἀπὸ τοῦ ἀντιδίκου μου.

4 καὶ οὐκ ἤθελεν ἐπὶ χρόνον, μετὰ ταῦτα δὲ εἶπεν ἐν ἑαυτῷ· Εἰ καὶ τὸν θεὸν οὐ φοβοῦμαι οὐδὲ ἄνθρωπον ἐντρέπομαι,

5 διά γε τὸ παρέχειν μοι κόπον τὴν χήραν ταύτην ἐκδικήσω αὐτήν, ἵνα μὴ εἰς τέλος ἐρχομένη ὑπωπιάζῃ με.

6 εἶπεν δὲ ὁ κύριος· Ἀκούσατε τί ὁ κριτὴς τῆς ἀδικίας λέγει·

7 ὁ δὲ θεὸς οὐ μὴ ποιήσῃ τὴν ἐκδίκησιν τῶν ἐκλεκτῶν αὐτοῦ τῶν βοώντων αὐτῷ ἡμέρας καὶ νυκτός, καὶ μακροθυμεῖ ἐπʼ αὐτοῖς;

8 λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι ποιήσει τὴν ἐκδίκησιν αὐτῶν ἐν τάχει. πλὴν ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐλθὼν ἆρα εὑρήσει τὴν πίστιν ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς;


Literal

Luke 18:1-8

(1)  And He also spoke a parable to them to teach it is always right to pray, and not to faint,

(2)  saying, A certain judge was in a certain city, not fearing God and not respecting man.

(3)  And a widow was in that city, and she came to him, saying, Avenge me from my adversary.

(4)  And for a time he would not. But after these things he said to himself, Even if I do not fear God, and do not respect man,

(5)  yet because this widow causes me trouble, I will avenge her, that not coming to the end, she wear me down.

(6)  And the Lord said, Hear what the unrighteous judge says;

(7)  and will God not at all execute the avengement of His elect, those crying to Him day and night, also having been long-suffering over them?

(8)  I say to you that He will carry out the avengement of them speedily. But the Son of Man coming then, will He find faith on the earth?



18TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 23 (13 October 2019)

Ruth 1:1–19a; Psalm 111:1–10; 2 Timothy 2:1–13; Luke 17:11–19

Invocation: Jesus, Thy boundless love to me (LSB 683)

Hymn of the Day: Jesus, grant that balm and healing (LSB 421)

Distribution: Come, Thou Fount of ev’ry blessing (LSB 686)

Distribution: Sing praise to God, the highest good (LSB 819)

Distribution: Jesus Christ, our blessed Savior (LSB 627)

Distribution: Your hand, O Lord, in days of old (LSB 846)

Departure: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (LSB 790)

Faith Returns Thanks to God and Worships Him in the Person of Christ Jesus

Jesus comes in mercy, and by His Word heals you in body and soul. “Go and show yourselves to the priests,” for you are cleansed (Luke 17:14), and you are granted access to the Lord’s Temple. It is “at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks” (Luke 17:16), that you worship God, for Christ Jesus is your great High Priest; His Body is the true Temple. In Him you “find rest, each of you in the house of her husband” (Ruth 1:9), for the Lord has “visited His people and given them food” (Ruth 1:6). The person of Jesus Christ lodges Himself in holy food—bread and wine for believers to eat and drink. You lodge where Jesus lodges; His Father is your God, His people are your people. Death cannot part you from Him, because His death and resurrection are eternally yours through Holy Baptism. “Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead” (2 Tim. 2:8–9). As surely as death could not hold Him, so surely “the Word of God is not bound” (2 Tim. 2:9). His Gospel is entrusted “to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim. 2:2), so that you “may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 2:10). Such is the confession of faith for all the saints, who believe, teach, and confess the one Lord and Savior—Jesus Christ.


Summary Courtesy: LCMS . Hymn recommendations by Dr. Richard Stuckwisch: https://sword-in-hat.blogspot.com/


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Healing of Ten Lepers — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 1:01:47, 56.8 MB, 2016-Oct-04)


Lectionary Podcast-Proper 23-Series C-Pentecost 22 2016

Dr. John Nordling, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson.


Luke 17:11-19 (SBLGNT)

11 Καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ πορεύεσθαι εἰς Ἰερουσαλὴμ καὶ αὐτὸς διήρχετο διὰ μέσον Σαμαρείας καὶ Γαλιλαίας.

12 καὶ εἰσερχομένου αὐτοῦ εἴς τινα κώμην ἀπήντησαν δέκα λεπροὶ ἄνδρες, οἳ ἔστησαν πόρρωθεν,

13 καὶ αὐτοὶ ἦραν φωνὴν λέγοντες· Ἰησοῦ ἐπιστάτα, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.

14 καὶ ἰδὼν εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Πορευθέντες ἐπιδείξατε ἑαυτοὺς τοῖς ἱερεῦσιν. καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ ὑπάγειν αὐτοὺς ἐκαθαρίσθησαν.

15 εἷς δὲ ἐξ αὐτῶν, ἰδὼν ὅτι ἰάθη, ὑπέστρεψεν μετὰ φωνῆς μεγάλης δοξάζων τὸν θεόν,

16 καὶ ἔπεσεν ἐπὶ πρόσωπον παρὰ τοὺς πόδας αὐτοῦ εὐχαριστῶν αὐτῷ· καὶ αὐτὸς ἦν Σαμαρίτης.

17 ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν· Οὐχὶ οἱ δέκα ἐκαθαρίσθησαν; οἱ δὲ ἐννέα ποῦ;

18 οὐχ εὑρέθησαν ὑποστρέψαντες δοῦναι δόξαν τῷ θεῷ εἰ μὴ ὁ ἀλλογενὴς οὗτος;

19 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Ἀναστὰς πορεύου· ἡ πίστις σου σέσωκέν σε.


Literal

Luke 17:11-19

(11)  And it happened in His going to Jerusalem even He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

(12)  And He entering into a certain village, ten leprous men met Him, who stood afar off.

(13)  And they lifted their voice, saying, Jesus, Master, pity us.

(14)  And seeing them, He said to them, Going, show yourselves to the priests. And it happened in their going they were cleansed.

(15)  And one of them, seeing that he was cured, returned glorifying God with a loud voice.

(16)  And he fell on his face at His feet, thanking Him. And he was a Samaritan.

(17)  And answering, Jesus said, Were not the ten cleansed? But where are the nine?

(18)  Were not any found returning to give glory to God except this foreigner?

(19)  And He said to him, Rising up, go! Your faith has cured you.



17TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 22C (06 October 2019)

Habakkuk 1:1–4; 2:1–4; Psalm 62:1–12; 2 Timothy 1:1–14; Luke 17:1–10

Entrance: From depths of woe I cry to Thee (LSB 607)

Of the Day: If Your beloved Son, O God (LSB 568)

Distribution: Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands (LSB 458)

I know my faith is founded (LSB 587)

O love, how deep, how broad, how high (LSB 544)

All depends on our possessing (LSB 732)

Closing: May God bestow on us His grace (LSB 823)

We Walk by Faith, and Not by Sight, in the Peace of Christ’s Forgiveness

We are surrounded by “destruction and violence” (Hab. 1:3), because the Law “is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth” (Hab. 1:4). In fact, the Law cannot rescue us from our enemies; it is our fiercest enemy of all. Therefore, not by sight, experience or feeling, nor by works, but “the righteous shall live by his faith” (Hab. 2:4). “Temptations to sin are sure to come” (Luke 17:1), but, as often as we sin, the Lord rebukes us, turns us to repentance and forgives us. We pray that He would thus “increase our faith” (Luke 17:5). And indeed, He does! Though we are His “unworthy servants” (Luke 17:10), He prepares His Supper for us, dresses us properly, and gives us His body and blood to eat and drink. He appoints pastors for us, “by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 1:1). For the Gospel brings “life and immortality to light” (2 Tim. 1:10). This we believe. Therefore, “follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard,” by which He guards you “in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 1:13).


Summary Courtesy: LCMS . Hymn recommendations by Dr. Richard Stuckwisch: https://sword-in-hat.blogspot.com/


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Increase Our Faith — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:16, 52.6 MB, 2016-Sept-26)


Lectionary Podcast - Series C - Proper 22 - Luke 17:1–10 with Dr. Arthur Just

Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses Luke 17:1–10


Luke 17:1-10 (SBLGNT)

1 Εἶπεν δὲ πρὸς τοὺς μαθητὰς αὐτοῦ· Ἀνένδεκτόν ἐστιν τοῦ τὰ σκάνδαλα μὴ ἐλθεῖν, πλὴν οὐαὶ διʼ οὗ ἔρχεται·

2 λυσιτελεῖ αὐτῷ εἰ λίθος μυλικὸς περίκειται περὶ τὸν τράχηλον αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔρριπται εἰς τὴν θάλασσαν ἢ ἵνα σκανδαλίσῃ τῶν μικρῶν τούτων ἕνα.

3 προσέχετε ἑαυτοῖς. ἐὰν ἁμάρτῃ ὁ ἀδελφός σου ἐπιτίμησον αὐτῷ, καὶ ἐὰν μετανοήσῃ ἄφες αὐτῷ·

4 καὶ ἐὰν ἑπτάκις τῆς ἡμέρας ἁμαρτήσῃ εἰς σὲ καὶ ἑπτάκις ἐπιστρέψῃ πρὸς σὲ λέγων· Μετανοῶ, ἀφήσεις αὐτῷ.

5 Καὶ εἶπαν οἱ ἀπόστολοι τῷ κυρίῳ· Πρόσθες ἡμῖν πίστιν.

6 εἶπεν δὲ ὁ κύριος· Εἰ ἔχετε πίστιν ὡς κόκκον σινάπεως, ἐλέγετε ἂν τῇ συκαμίνῳ ταύτῃ· Ἐκριζώθητι καὶ φυτεύθητι ἐν τῇ θαλάσσῃ· καὶ ὑπήκουσεν ἂν ὑμῖν.

7 Τίς δὲ ἐξ ὑμῶν δοῦλον ἔχων ἀροτριῶντα ἢ ποιμαίνοντα, ὃς εἰσελθόντι ἐκ τοῦ ἀγροῦ ἐρεῖ αὐτῷ· Εὐθέως παρελθὼν ἀνάπεσε,

8 ἀλλʼ οὐχὶ ἐρεῖ αὐτῷ· Ἑτοίμασον τί δειπνήσω καὶ περιζωσάμενος διακόνει μοι ἕως φάγω καὶ πίω, καὶ μετὰ ταῦτα φάγεσαι καὶ πίεσαι σύ;

9 μὴ ἔχει χάριν τῷ δούλῳ ὅτι ἐποίησεν τὰ διαταχθέντα;

10 οὕτως καὶ ὑμεῖς, ὅταν ποιήσητε πάντα τὰ διαταχθέντα ὑμῖν, λέγετε ὅτι Δοῦλοι ἀχρεῖοί ἐσμεν, ὃ ὠφείλομεν ποιῆσαι πεποιήκαμεν.


Literal

Luke 17:1-10

(1)  And He said to the disciples, It is impossible that the offenses should not come, but woe to him by whom they come!

(2)  It is profitable for him if a millstone turned by an ass is put around his neck, and he be thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

(3)  Take heed to yourselves. And if your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.

(4)  And if seven times of the day he sins against you, and seven times of the day turns to you saying, I repent, you shall forgive him.

(5)  And the apostles said to the Lord, Give us more faith.

(6)  But the Lord said, If you had faith as a grain of mustard, you may say to this sycamine tree, Be rooted up and be planted in the sea! And it would obey you.

(7)  But which of you having a slave plowing or feeding will say at once to him coming out of the field, Come, recline?

(8)  But will he not say to him, Prepare something what I may eat, and having girded yourself, serve me until I eat and drink, and after these things you shall eat and drink?

(9)  Does not he have thanks to that slave because he did the things commanded of him? I think not.

(10)  So also when you have done all things commanded you, you say, We are unprofitable slaves, for we have done what we ought to do.



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St. Michael and All Angels Day

(29 September 2019)

Daniel 10:10-14; 12:1-3; Ps. 91:1-16; Revelation 12:7-12; Matthew 18:1-11 or Luke 10:17-20

Entrance: LSB 907 God Himself Is Present

Of the Day: LSB 522 Lord God, to Thee We Give All Praise

Offertory: LSB 520 Stars of the Morning, So Gloriously Bright

Distribution: LSB 521 Christ the Lord of Hosts, Unshaken

Dist.: LSB 716 I Walk in Danger All the Way

Closing: LSB 670 Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

Our Father in Heaven Protects His Children by Giving His Holy Angels Charge Over Them

We live in “a time of trouble” (Dan. 12:1), in the midst of great tribulation; for Satan and his wicked angels have been thrown out of heaven and have come down to earth “in great wrath,” with woeful “temptations to sin” and with constant accusations (Rev. 12:8-12; Matt. 18:7). Even so, we are encouraged by the presence and protection of St. Michael and the holy angels, whom God sends to help us in the strife (Dan. 10:11-13). By “the authority of his Christ,” His holy angels guard and keep us in body and soul. These heavenly servants of God preserve His human messengers on earth, the ministers of “the blood of the Lamb,” against all the power of the enemy; for by “the word of their testimony,” the Church is saved and the devil is defeated (Rev. 12:10-11; Luke 10:18-19). By their preaching and Baptism of repentance, the old Adam and the old evil foe are “drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matt. 18:6); and as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, so are His people delivered and raised from the dust of the earth through the forgiveness of their sins (Dan. 12:1-3).


Courtesy: LCMS (except hymn video)


Sermon Review: St. Michael and All Angels Day — The Rev. Matthew C. Harrison — Issues Etc.

The Rev. Matthew C. Harrison, Executive Director of LCMS World Relief and Human Care, preached a sermon on St. Michael and All Angels Day, which was reviewed on Issues Etc. (mp3, 26:30, 10.7 MB, 2009-Oct-12)


How to Review a Sermon:

When we listen to the sermon, we ask three simple questions: 

1) How often is Jesus mentioned? [Keep a tally.]

2) If Jesus is mentioned, is He the subject of the verbs? [Is Jesus performing the verbs?]

3) What are those verbs? (The Gospel isn’t Jesus your example, educator, life–coach [encourage-or] or therapist. The Gospel is Jesus, your crucified and risen Savior from sin and death.)

A Listener’s Guide to the Pulpit (Updated) by Pr. Todd Wilken



Matthew 18:1-11 (SBLGNT)

Ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ὥρᾳ προσῆλθον οἱ μαθηταὶ τῷ Ἰησοῦ λέγοντες· Τίς ἄρα μείζων ἐστὶν ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ τῶν οὐρανῶν; 2 καὶ προσκαλεσάμενος παιδίον ἔστησεν αὐτὸ ἐν μέσῳ αὐτῶν 3 καὶ εἶπεν· Ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ἐὰν μὴ στραφῆτε καὶ γένησθε ὡς τὰ παιδία, οὐ μὴ εἰσέλθητε εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τῶν οὐρανῶν. 4 ὅστις οὖν ταπεινώσει ἑαυτὸν ὡς τὸ παιδίον τοῦτο, οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ μείζων ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ τῶν οὐρανῶν· 5 καὶ ὃς ἐὰν δέξηται ἓν παιδίον τοιοῦτοἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματί μου, ἐμὲ δέχεται.

6 Ὃς δʼ ἂν σκανδαλίσῃ ἕνα τῶν μικρῶν τούτων τῶν πιστευόντων εἰς ἐμέ, συμφέρει αὐτῷ ἵνα κρεμασθῇ μύλος ὀνικὸς εἰς τὸν τράχηλον αὐτοῦ καὶ καταποντισθῇ ἐν τῷ πελάγει τῆς θαλάσσης. 7 οὐαὶ τῷ κόσμῳ ἀπὸ τῶν σκανδάλων· ἀνάγκη γὰρ ἐλθεῖν τὰ σκάνδαλα, πλὴν οὐαὶ τῷ ἀνθρώπῳ διʼ οὗ τὸ σκάνδαλον ἔρχεται.

8 Εἰ δὲ ἡ χείρ σου ἢ ὁ πούς σου σκανδαλίζει σε, ἔκκοψον αὐτὸν καὶ βάλε ἀπὸ σοῦ· καλόν σοί ἐστιν εἰσελθεῖν εἰς τὴν ζωὴν κυλλὸν ἢ χωλόν, ἢ δύο χεῖρας ἢ δύο πόδας ἔχοντα βληθῆναι εἰς τὸ πῦρ τὸ αἰώνιον. 9 καὶ εἰ ὁ ὀφθαλμός σου σκανδαλίζει σε, ἔξελε αὐτὸν καὶ βάλε ἀπὸ σοῦ· καλόν σοί ἐστιν μονόφθαλμον εἰς τὴν ζωὴν εἰσελθεῖν, ἢ δύο ὀφθαλμοὺς ἔχοντα βληθῆναι εἰς τὴν γέενναν τοῦ πυρός.

10 Ὁρᾶτε μὴ καταφρονήσητε ἑνὸς τῶν μικρῶν τούτων, λέγω γὰρ ὑμῖν ὅτι οἱ ἄγγελοι αὐτῶν ἐν οὐρανοῖς διὰ παντὸς βλέπουσι τὸ πρόσωπον τοῦ πατρός μου τοῦ ἐν οὐρανοῖς.

Luke 10:17-20 (SBLGNT)

Ὑπέστρεψαν δὲ οἱ ἑβδομήκοντα δύο μετὰ χαρᾶς λέγοντες· Κύριε, καὶ τὰ δαιμόνια ὑποτάσσεται ἡμῖν ἐν τῷ ὀνόματί σου. 18 εἶπεν δὲ αὐτοῖς· Ἐθεώρουν τὸν Σατανᾶν ὡς ἀστραπὴν ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ πεσόντα. 19 ἰδοὺ δέδωκα ὑμῖν τὴν ἐξουσίαν τοῦ πατεῖν ἐπάνω ὄφεων καὶ σκορπίων, καὶ ἐπὶ πᾶσαν τὴν δύναμιν τοῦ ἐχθροῦ, καὶ οὐδὲν ὑμᾶς οὐ μὴ ἀδικήσῃ. 20 πλὴν ἐν τούτῳ μὴ χαίρετε ὅτι τὰ πνεύματα ὑμῖν ὑποτάσσεται, χαίρετε δὲ ὅτι τὰ ὀνόματα ὑμῶν ἐγγέγραπται ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς.


Literal Translation

Matthew 18:1-11

(1)  In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Who then is greater in the kingdom of Heaven?

(2)  And having called forward a little child, Jesus set him in their midst.

(3)  And He said, Truly I say to you, Unless you convert and become as the little children, not at all can you enter into the kingdom of Heaven.

(4)  Then whoever will humble himself as this little child, this one is the greater in the kingdom of Heaven.

(5)  And whoever will receive one such little child in My name receives Me.

(6)  But whoever causes one of these little ones believing in Me to offend, it is better for him that a millstone turned by an ass be hung on his neck, and he be sunk in the depth of the sea.

(7)  Woe to the world from its offenses! It is a necessity for the offenses to come, yet woe to that man through whom the offense comes!

(8)  And if your hand or your foot offends you, cut it off and throw it from you; it is good for you to enter into life lame or maimed, than having two hands or two feet to be thrown into the everlasting fire.

(9)  And if your eye offends you, pluck it out and throw it from you; for it is good for you to enter into life one-eyed, than having two eyes to be thrown into the Hell of fire.

(10)  See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that their angels in Heaven continually look on the face of My Father in Heaven.

(11)  For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.

Luke 10:17-20

(17)  And the seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject to us through Your Name.

(18)  And He said to them, I saw Satan falling out of Heaven as lightning!

(19)  Behold, I have given you the authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and on all the power of the hostile one, and nothing shall hurt you, no, never!

(20)  But stop rejoicing in this, that the evil spirits submit to you. But rather rejoice that your names are written in Heaven.