The Second Sunday in Advent

(06 December 2020)

Isaiah 40:1–11; Ps. 85:1-13; 2 Peter 3:8–14; Mark 1:1–8

Hymn of Invocation
LSB 331 The Advent of Our King

 

Hymn of the Day
Savior of the nations, come (LSB 332)

 

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
Once He came in blessing (LSB 333)


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


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


Jerusalem the golden (LSB 672)



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

 

You Are Prepared through Repentance for the Coming of the Lord

The gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mark 1:1) begins when John the Baptist appears and comes “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Mark 1:4). As the prophet Isaiah had written, John is the messenger of the Lord, sent before His face to prepare His way. To this day, the ministry of the forerunner continues in the preaching of the Law and the Gospel and in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. By these ways and means, “the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together” (Is. 40:5), and the Good Shepherd “will gather the lambs in his arms” (Is. 40:11). He speaks “tenderly to Jerusalem,” and He comforts His people by pardoning their iniquity (Is. 40:1–2). What is more, He promises “new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13). Repent, therefore, and humble yourself as you wait for His coming in peace (2 Peter 3:14), because He “is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).


Summary: LCMS

Hymns: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


Pastors' Roundtable — John the Baptist Prepares the Way, — Issues Etc. Encore

Pr. Charlie Henrickson of St. Matthew Lutheran, Bonne Terre, Mo., and Pr. Shawn Kumm of Zion Lutheran, Laramie, WY, discuss the Gospel Lesson with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 54:49, 22.0 MB, 2011-Dec-01)


Lectionary Podcast - Second Sunday in Advent - Dr. Peter Scaer

Dr. Peter Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel Lesson from the Greek text. (22:59)


Mark 1:1–8 (SBLGNT)

1 Ἀρχὴ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου Ἰησοῦ ⸀χριστοῦ.

2 ⸀Καθὼς γέγραπται ἐν ⸂τῷ Ἠσαΐᾳ τῷ προφήτῃ⸃· ⸀Ἰδοὺ ἀποστέλλω τὸν ἄγγελόν μου πρὸ προσώπου σου, ὃς κατασκευάσει τὴν ὁδόν ⸀σου·

3 φωνὴ βοῶντος ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ· Ἑτοιμάσατε τὴν ὁδὸν κυρίου, εὐθείας ποιεῖτε τὰς τρίβους αὐτοῦ,

4 ἐγένετο Ἰωάννης ⸀ὁ βαπτίζων ἐν τῇ ⸀ἐρήμῳ κηρύσσων βάπτισμα μετανοίας εἰς ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν.

5 καὶ ἐξεπορεύετο πρὸς αὐτὸν πᾶσα ἡ Ἰουδαία χώρα καὶ οἱ Ἱεροσολυμῖται ⸂πάντες, καὶ ἐβαπτίζοντο⸃ ⸂ὑπʼ αὐτοῦ ἐν τῷ Ἰορδάνῃ ποταμῷ⸃ ἐξομολογούμενοι τὰς ἁμαρτίας αὐτῶν.

6 ⸂καὶ ἦν⸃ ὁ Ἰωάννης ἐνδεδυμένος τρίχας καμήλου καὶ ζώνην δερματίνην περὶ τὴν ὀσφὺν αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἔσθων ἀκρίδας καὶ μέλι ἄγριον.

7 καὶ ἐκήρυσσεν λέγων· Ἔρχεται ὁ ἰσχυρότερός μου ὀπίσω μου, οὗ οὐκ εἰμὶ ἱκανὸς κύψας λῦσαι τὸν ἱμάντα τῶν ὑποδημάτων αὐτοῦ·

8 ⸀ἐγὼ ἐβάπτισα ⸀ὑμᾶς ὕδατι, αὐτὸς δὲ βαπτίσει ὑμᾶς ⸀ἐν πνεύματι ἁγίῳ.


Literal Translation

(1)  The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

(2)  As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way,

(3)  the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’”

(4)  John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

(5)  And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

(6)  Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey.

(7)  And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.

(8)  I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”



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.



First Sunday In Advent

(29 November 2020)

Isaiah 64:1–9; Ps. 80:1–7; 1 Corinthians 1:3–9; Mark 11:1–10 or Mark 13:24–37

Hymn of Invocation
The advent of our King (LSB 331)



Hymn of the Day

LSB 332 Savior of the Nations, Come

 


Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion

LSB 333 Once He Came in Blessing

 

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

 

LSB 340 Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

 


Jerusalem the golden (LSB 672)



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

  

The Lord Jesus Comes in Meekness and Humility to Save Us

Although we pray that God “would rend the heavens and come down” (Is. 64:1), that He would take vengeance against our enemies, we ourselves “have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment” (Is. 64:6). We have continued in our sins for “a long time, and shall we be saved?” (Is. 64:5). Yet the Lord does not punish us in anger. He comes in voluntary meekness and humility to save us by His grace. Just as He once came into Jerusalem to sacrifice Himself for us upon the cross (Mark 11:4–8), He still comes to His Church with the fruits of His Passion. By His ministry of the Gospel, we are “enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge,” and so He will “sustain you to the end” (1 Cor. 1:5, 8). Although “heaven and earth will pass away,” His words “will not pass away” (Mark 13:31). As He sends disciples to call us to Himself in the fellowship of His Church, so will He “send out the angels” to gather us and all of His elect “from the ends of the earth” to Himself in heaven forever (Mark 13:27)


Summary: LCMS

Hymns: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


Football, Falling Stars, and Christ’s Prophetic Lingo: Thinking Like a Prophet about Mark 13:24-27 - Chad Bird

 

Pastors' Roundtable — "No One Knows the Day or the Hour" Mark 13:24-37 — Issues Etc.

Pr. Tim Rossow of Bethany Lutheran, Naperville, Ill., and Pr. Mark Nebel of St. John Lutheran, Red Bud, Ill., discuss the Gospel Lesson with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:20, 23.4 MB, 2012-Nov-20)


Lectionary Podcast - First Sunday in Advent - Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr.

Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr., Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses Mark 11:1–10 from the Greek text.


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, 56:36, 51.8 MB, 2017-Nov-28)


Mark 13:24-37 (SBLGNT)

24 Ἀλλὰ ἐν ἐκείναις ταῖς ἡμέραις μετὰ τὴν θλῖψιν ἐκείνην ὁ ἥλιος σκοτισθήσεται, καὶ ἡ σελήνη οὐ δώσει τὸ φέγγος αὐτῆς,

25 καὶ οἱ ἀστέρες ⸂ἔσονται ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ πίπτοντες⸃, καὶ αἱ δυνάμεις αἱ ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς σαλευθήσονται.

26 καὶ τότε ὄψονται τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐρχόμενον ἐν νεφέλαις μετὰ δυνάμεως πολλῆς καὶ δόξης·

27 καὶ τότε ἀποστελεῖ τοὺς ⸀ἀγγέλους καὶ ἐπισυνάξει τοὺς ⸀ἐκλεκτοὺς ἐκ τῶν τεσσάρων ἀνέμων ἀπʼ ἄκρου γῆς ἕως ἄκρου οὐρανοῦ.

28 Ἀπὸ δὲ τῆς συκῆς μάθετε τὴν παραβολήν· ὅταν ⸂ἤδη ὁ κλάδος αὐτῆς⸃ ἁπαλὸς γένηται καὶ ἐκφύῃ τὰ φύλλα, γινώσκετε ὅτι ἐγγὺς τὸ θέρος ἐστίν·

29 οὕτως καὶ ὑμεῖς, ὅταν ⸂ἴδητε ταῦτα⸃ γινόμενα, γινώσκετε ὅτι ἐγγύς ἐστιν ἐπὶ θύραις.

30 ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι οὐ μὴ παρέλθῃ ἡ γενεὰ αὕτη μέχρις οὗ ⸂ταῦτα πάντα⸃ γένηται.

31 ὁ οὐρανὸς καὶ ἡ γῆ ⸀παρελεύσονται, οἱ δὲ λόγοι μου οὐ ⸀μὴ ⸁παρελεύσονται.

32 Περὶ δὲ τῆς ἡμέρας ἐκείνης ἢ ⸀τῆς ὥρας οὐδεὶς οἶδεν, οὐδὲ οἱ ἄγγελοι ⸀ἐν οὐρανῷ οὐδὲ ὁ υἱός, εἰ μὴ ὁ πατήρ.

33 βλέπετε ⸀ἀγρυπνεῖτε, οὐκ οἴδατε γὰρ πότε ὁ καιρός ἐστιν·

34 ὡς ἄνθρωπος ἀπόδημος ἀφεὶς τὴν οἰκίαν αὐτοῦ καὶ δοὺς τοῖς δούλοις αὐτοῦ τὴν ἐξουσίαν, ⸀ἑκάστῳ τὸ ἔργον αὐτοῦ, καὶ τῷ θυρωρῷ ἐνετείλατο ἵνα γρηγορῇ.

35 γρηγορεῖτε οὖν, οὐκ οἴδατε γὰρ πότε ὁ κύριος τῆς οἰκίας ἔρχεται, ⸀ἢ ὀψὲ ἢ ⸀μεσονύκτιον ἢ ἀλεκτοροφωνίας ἢ πρωΐ,

36 μὴ ἐλθὼν ἐξαίφνης εὕρῃ ὑμᾶς καθεύδοντας·

37 ⸀ὃ δὲ ὑμῖν λέγω πᾶσιν λέγω· γρηγορεῖτε.


Literal Translation

(24)  “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,

(25)  and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

(26)  And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.

(27)  And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

(28)  “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near.

(29)  So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates.

(30)  Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.

(31)  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

(32)  “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

(33)  Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.

(34)  It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake.

(35)  Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning—

(36)  lest he come suddenly and find you asleep.

(37)  And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”


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.



Day of National Thanksgiving

(November 26)

Deuteronomy 8:1–10; Ps. 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

LSB 785 We Praise You, O God



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

LSB 895 Now Thank We All Our God

 

 

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: LCMS

Hymns: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


Jesus Heals the Ten Lepers — Pastors Roundtable — Issues Etc.

Pastor Charles Lehmann of St. John Lutheran, Accident, Md., and Pastor Brian Holle of Messiah Lutheran, Lebanon, Ill, discuss the healing of the ten lepers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 54:25, 21.8 MB, 2011-Sept-22)


Liturgy for a Day of Thanksgiving — Pr. David Petersen — Issues Etc.

Pastor David Peterson, Redeemer Lutheran, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the liturgy for Thanksgiving Day with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:19, 36.2 MB, 2016-Nov-24)


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.


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.



The Last Sunday of the Church Year

Proper 29 (November 20-26)

Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24; Ps. 95:1-7; 1 Corinthians 15:20–28; Matthew 25:31–46

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


Hymn of the Day
LSB 532 The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns

 

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


At the name of Jesus (LSB 512)

 


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


Sing with all the saints in glory (LSB 671)



Processional Out / Hymn of Departure / Catechetical Hymn
For all the saints who from their labors rest (LSB 677)

 

By the Cross of Christ We Enter the Kingdom of Our God and Father

When the crucified and risen Lord Jesus comes to judge the living and the dead, “He will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats” (Matt. 25:32). “To those on His right,” who have been crucified and raised with Him through repentance and faith in His Gospel, He will grant the blessed Kingdom of His Father (Matt. 25:34). Having been justified by His grace, they live unto righteousness in Him (Matt. 25:35–40). But “those on His left,” who trust in themselves and despise their neighbor, will depart “into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt. 25:41). Until that day, the Lord searches for His sheep “as a shepherd seeks out his flock” (Ezek. 34:11–12). Through His preaching of repentance He disciplines the proud sheep and goats, “the fat and the strong,” but through the preaching of forgiveness He rescues the lost, binds up the injured, strengthens the weak, and feeds “the lean sheep” (Ezek. 34:16, 20). In this way, He destroys the power of death in the children of Adam by His Cross, so that “in Christ shall all be made alive” by His Resurrection (1 Cor. 15:20–26).


Summary: LCMS

Hymns: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


Who’s Afraid of the Final Judgment?

Goats, Sheep, and the Genesis Gospel in Matthew 25 - Chad Bird

 

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, 1:10:19, 64.4 MB, 2017-Nov-20)


Matthew 25:31-46, The Final Judgment, Pastors’ Roundtable -- Issues, Etc.

Pr. Kevin Golden of Village Lutheran, Ladue, Mo., and Pr. Dan Kistler of Our Savior Lutheran, Pacifica, Calif., discuss the Gospel lesson with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 54:29, 21.9 MB, 2011-Nov-17)


Lectionary Podcast - Last Sunday of the Church Year - Matthew 25:31–46 with Dr. John G. Nordling

Dr. John G. Nordling, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Matthew 25:31-46 (SBLGNT)

31 Ὅταν δὲ ἔλθῃ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐν τῇ δόξῃ αὐτοῦ καὶ πάντες ⸀οἱ ἄγγελοι μετʼ αὐτοῦ, τότε καθίσει ἐπὶ θρόνου δόξης αὐτοῦ·

32 καὶ ⸀συναχθήσονται ἔμπροσθεν αὐτοῦ πάντα τὰ ἔθνη, καὶ ἀφορίσει αὐτοὺς ἀπʼ ἀλλήλων, ὥσπερ ὁ ποιμὴν ἀφορίζει τὰ πρόβατα ἀπὸ τῶν ἐρίφων,

33 καὶ στήσει τὰ μὲν πρόβατα ἐκ δεξιῶν αὐτοῦ τὰ δὲ ἐρίφια ἐξ εὐωνύμων.

34 τότε ἐρεῖ ὁ βασιλεὺς τοῖς ἐκ δεξιῶν αὐτοῦ· Δεῦτε, οἱ εὐλογημένοι τοῦ πατρός μου, κληρονομήσατε τὴν ἡτοιμασμένην ὑμῖν βασιλείαν ἀπὸ καταβολῆς κόσμου.

35 ἐπείνασα γὰρ καὶ ἐδώκατέ μοι φαγεῖν, ἐδίψησα καὶ ἐποτίσατέ με, ξένος ἤμην καὶ συνηγάγετέ με,

36 γυμνὸς καὶ περιεβάλετέ με, ἠσθένησα καὶ ἐπεσκέψασθέ με, ἐν φυλακῇ ἤμην καὶ ἤλθατε πρός με.

37 τότε ἀποκριθήσονται αὐτῷ οἱ δίκαιοι λέγοντες· Κύριε, πότε σε εἴδομεν πεινῶντα καὶ ἐθρέψαμεν, ἢ διψῶντα καὶ ἐποτίσαμεν;

38 πότε δέ σε εἴδομεν ξένον καὶ συνηγάγομεν, ἢ γυμνὸν καὶ περιεβάλομεν;

39 πότε δέ σε εἴδομεν ⸀ἀσθενοῦντα ἢ ἐν φυλακῇ καὶ ἤλθομεν πρός σε;

40 καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ βασιλεὺς ἐρεῖ αὐτοῖς· Ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ἐφʼ ὅσον ἐποιήσατε ἑνὶ τούτων τῶν ἀδελφῶν μου τῶν ἐλαχίστων, ἐμοὶ ἐποιήσατε.

41 τότε ἐρεῖ καὶ τοῖς ἐξ εὐωνύμων· Πορεύεσθε ἀπʼ ἐμοῦ ⸀οἱ κατηραμένοι εἰς τὸ πῦρ τὸ αἰώνιον τὸ ἡτοιμασμένον τῷ διαβόλῳ καὶ τοῖς ἀγγέλοις αὐτοῦ.

42 ἐπείνασα γὰρ καὶ οὐκ ἐδώκατέ μοι φαγεῖν, ⸀ἐδίψησα καὶ οὐκ ἐποτίσατέ με,

43 ξένος ἤμην καὶ οὐ συνηγάγετέ με, γυμνὸς καὶ οὐ περιεβάλετέ με, ἀσθενὴς καὶ ἐν φυλακῇ καὶ οὐκ ἐπεσκέψασθέ με.

44 τότε ἀποκριθήσονται καὶ αὐτοὶ λέγοντες· Κύριε, πότε σε εἴδομεν πεινῶντα ἢ διψῶντα ἢ ξένον ἢ γυμνὸν ἢ ἀσθενῆ ἢ ἐν φυλακῇ καὶ οὐ διηκονήσαμέν σοι;

45 τότε ἀποκριθήσεται αὐτοῖς λέγων· Ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ἐφʼ ὅσον οὐκ ἐποιήσατε ἑνὶ τούτων τῶν ἐλαχίστων, οὐδὲ ἐμοὶ ἐποιήσατε.

46 καὶ ἀπελεύσονται οὗτοι εἰς κόλασιν αἰώνιον, οἱ δὲ δίκαιοι εἰς ζωὴν αἰώνιον.


Literal Translation

(31)  But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.

(32)  And before Him shall be gathered all the nations; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

(33)  And indeed He will set the sheep off His right, but the goats off the left hand.

(34)  Then the King will say to those on His right, Come, the blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

(35)  For I hungered, and you gave Me food to eat; I thirsted, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you took Me in;

(36)  naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.

(37)  Then the righteous will answer, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungry, and fed You; or thirsting, and gave You drink?

(38)  And when did we see You a stranger, and took You in; or naked, and clothed You?

(39)  And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and came to You?

(40)  And answering, the King will say to them, Truly I say to you, In so far as you did it to one of these, the least of My brothers, you did it to Me.

(41)  Then He will also say to those on His left, Go away from Me, cursed ones, into the everlasting fire having been prepared for the Devil and his angels.

(42)  For I hungered, and you did not give Me a thing to eat. I thirsted and you did not give Me a thing to drink;

(43)  I was a stranger, and you did not take Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.

(44)  Then they also will answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungering, or thirsting, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to You?

(45)  Then He will answer them, saying, Truly I say to you, In so far as you did not do it to one of these, the least, neither did you do it to Me.

(46)  And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting life.


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.



24th Sunday After Pentecost

(Second Last Sunday of the Church Year)

Proper 28 (November 13-19)

Zephaniah 1:7–16; Ps. 90:1-12; 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11; Matthew 25:14–30

Hymn of Invocation
In the very midst of life (LSB 755)

 



Hymn of the Day / Catechetical Hymn of the Week

The Day Is Surely Drawing Near (LSB 508)

 

 

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
I walk in danger all the way (LSB 716)

 

If thou but trust in God to guide thee (LSB 750)


Lo! He comes with clouds descending (LSB 336)


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



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

 

 

God’s Gift of Forgiveness Engenders Our Forgiveness of Others

The Day of the Lord is “near and hastening fast,” and it will be “a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation” (Zeph. 1:14, 15). The Lord will search out and punish “the men who are complacent” concerning His Word, “who fill their master’s house with violence and fraud” (Zeph. 1:9, 12). Then all their works and efforts will be for nothing: “Though they build houses, they shall not inhabit them; though they plant vineyards, they shall not drink wine from them” (Zeph. 1:13). But those who fear, love and trust in the Lord are “good and faithful” stewards of His property (Matt. 25:21). They live by faith in His free gift of forgiveness, and they multiply His goods in the loving forgiveness of their neighbor, and “the Master of those servants” settles His accounts with them by the gracious reckoning of His Gospel (Matt. 25:19). Likewise, “God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 5:9). Therefore, let us also “put on the breastplate of faith and love” in our dealings with one another (1 Thess. 5:8).


Summary: LCMS

Hymns: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


The Talented Idolater: If Cows Had Gods, a Harsh Jesus, and Laughing in the Eschaton - Chad Bird

 

Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Second Last Sunday of 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, 1:01:29, 56.3 MB, 2017-Nov-14)


Lectionary Podcast - Pentecost 24 - Matthew 25:14-30 with Dr. John G. Nordling

Dr. John G. Nordling, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Matthew 25:14-30 (SBLGNT)

14 Ὥσπερ γὰρ ἄνθρωπος ἀποδημῶν ἐκάλεσεν τοὺς ἰδίους δούλους καὶ παρέδωκεν αὐτοῖς τὰ ὑπάρχοντα αὐτοῦ,

15 καὶ ᾧ μὲν ἔδωκεν πέντε τάλαντα ᾧ δὲ δύο ᾧ δὲ ἕν, ἑκάστῳ κατὰ τὴν ἰδίαν δύναμιν, καὶ ἀπεδήμησεν. εὐθέως

16 ⸀πορευθεὶς ὁ τὰ πέντε τάλαντα λαβὼν ἠργάσατο ἐν αὐτοῖς καὶ ⸀ἐκέρδησεν ἄλλα ⸀πέντε

17 ⸀ὡσαύτως ὁ τὰ δύο ⸀ἐκέρδησεν ἄλλα δύο

18 ὁ δὲ τὸ ἓν λαβὼν ἀπελθὼν ὤρυξεν ⸀γῆν καὶ ⸀ἔκρυψεν τὸ ἀργύριον τοῦ κυρίου αὐτοῦ.

19 μετὰ δὲ ⸂πολὺν χρόνον⸃ ἔρχεται ὁ κύριος τῶν δούλων ἐκείνων καὶ συναίρει ⸂λόγον μετʼ αὐτῶν⸃

20 καὶ προσελθὼν ὁ τὰ πέντε τάλαντα λαβὼν προσήνεγκεν ἄλλα πέντε τάλαντα λέγων Κύριε, πέντε τάλαντά μοι παρέδωκας ἴδε ἄλλα πέντε τάλαντα ⸀ἐκέρδησα.

21 ⸀ἔφη αὐτῷ ὁ κύριος αὐτοῦ Εὖ, δοῦλε ἀγαθὲ καὶ πιστέ, ἐπὶ ὀλίγα ἦς πιστός, ἐπὶ πολλῶν σε καταστήσω εἴσελθε εἰς τὴν χαρὰν τοῦ κυρίου σου.

22 προσελθὼν ⸀δὲ καὶ ὁ τὰ δύο ⸀τάλαντα εἶπεν· Κύριε, δύο τάλαντά μοι παρέδωκας ἴδε ἄλλα δύο τάλαντα ⸀ἐκέρδησα.

23 ἔφη αὐτῷ ὁ κύριος αὐτοῦ Εὖ, δοῦλε ἀγαθὲ καὶ πιστέ, ἐπὶ ὀλίγα ἦς πιστός, ἐπὶ πολλῶν σε καταστήσω εἴσελθε εἰς τὴν χαρὰν τοῦ κυρίου σου.

24 προσελθὼν δὲ καὶ ὁ τὸ ἓν τάλαντον εἰληφὼς εἶπεν Κύριε, ἔγνων σε ὅτι σκληρὸς εἶ ἄνθρωπος, θερίζων ὅπου οὐκ ἔσπειρας καὶ συνάγων ὅθεν οὐ διεσκόρπισας

25 καὶ φοβηθεὶς ἀπελθὼν ἔκρυψα τὸ τάλαντόν σου ἐν τῇ γῇ ἴδε ἔχεις τὸ σόν.

26 ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ κύριος αὐτοῦ εἶπεν αὐτῷ Πονηρὲ δοῦλε καὶ ὀκνηρέ, ᾔδεις ὅτι θερίζω ὅπου οὐκ ἔσπειρα καὶ συνάγω ὅθεν οὐ διεσκόρπισα;

27 ἔδει ⸂σε οὖν⸃ βαλεῖν ⸂τὰ ἀργύριά⸃ μου τοῖς τραπεζίταις, καὶ ἐλθὼν ἐγὼ ἐκομισάμην ἂν τὸ ἐμὸν σὺν τόκῳ.

28 ἄρατε οὖν ἀπʼ αὐτοῦ τὸ τάλαντον καὶ δότε τῷ ἔχοντι τὰ δέκα τάλαντα

29 τῷ γὰρ ἔχοντι παντὶ δοθήσεται καὶ περισσευθήσεται ⸂τοῦ δὲ⸃ μὴ ἔχοντος καὶ ὃ ἔχει ἀρθήσεται ἀπʼ αὐτοῦ.

30 καὶ τὸν ἀχρεῖον δοῦλον ἐκβάλετε εἰς τὸ σκότος τὸ ἐξώτερον ἐκεῖ ἔσται ὁ κλαυθμὸς καὶ ὁ βρυγμὸς τῶν ὀδόντων.


Literal Translation

(14)  For it is as if a man going abroad called his own slaves and delivered his goods to them.

(15)  And to one indeed he gave five talents, and to another, two, and to another, one, to each according to his ability. And he went abroad at once.

(16)  And going, the one who received the five talents worked with them and made another five talents.

(17)  In the same way, the one with the two also did; he also gained another two.

(18)  But going away, the one who received the one dug in the earth and hid his lord's silver.

(19)  And after much time, the lord of those slaves came and took account with them.

(20)  And coming up, the one who received five talents brought another five talents near, saying, Lord, you delivered five talents to me. Behold, I gained another five talents above them.

(21)  And his lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful over a few things; I will set you over many. Enter into the joy of your lord.

(22)  And the one who received two talents also coming up, he said, Lord, you delivered two talents to me. Behold, I have gained two other talents above them.

(23)  His lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful over a few things, I will set you over many. Enter into the joy of your lord.

(24)  And the one who received the one talent also coming up, he said, Lord, I knew you, that you are a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter;

(25)  and being afraid, going away, I hid your talent in the earth. Behold, you have yours.

(26)  And answering, his lord said to him, Evil and slothful slave! You knew that I reap where I did not sow, and I gather where I did not scatter.

(27)  Then you ought to have put my silver to the bankers, and coming I would have received my own with interest.

(28)  Therefore, take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents.

(29)  For to each who has, more will be given, and he will abound. But from him who does not have, even that which he has will be taken from him.

(30)  And throw the worthless slave out into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of the teeth.


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.



23rd Sunday After Pentecost

(Third Last Sunday of the Church Year)

Proper 27 (November 6-12)

Amos 5:18–24; Ps. 70:1-5; 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18; Matthew 25:1–13

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

 

Of the Day: LSB 516 Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying

 

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
The Bridegroom soon will call us (LSB 514)


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


From God can nothing move me (LSB 713)


Jesus, Thy boundless love to me (LSB 683)



Hymn of Departure
Who trusts in God a strong abode (LSB 714)

 

The Gospel Prepares Us for Our Heavenly Bridegroom’s Coming

The Day of the Lord is “darkness, and not light” (Amos 5:18, 20) for all who trust in their own righteousness and piety. The Lord will not accept their “burnt offerings and grain offerings,” nor will He look upon their “peace offerings” (Amos 5:22). Instead He desires a heart of faith that trusts in Him, which lets “justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5:24) in love for the neighbor. In order for the “lamps” of our lives to burn brightly with such love, we must be filled with the “oil” of forgiveness through faith in our Bridegroom, Jesus Christ (Matt 25:1–4). Therefore, as we await His coming, wisdom directs us “to the dealers” (Matt 25:9), that is, to the ministers of His Gospel. Thus we wait upon the Lord, and we “encourage one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:18). Waking or sleeping, we are prepared to meet Him when He comes “with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God,” and “we will always be with the Lord” (1 Thess 4:16, 17).

 


Summary: LCMS 

Hymns: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


Playing with Fire: Wise & Foolish Virgins, Oil & Fire, and God’s Long But Limited Patience - Chad Bird

 

Pastors’ Roundtable -- “The Parable of the Ten Virgins” Matthew 25:1-13 – Issues Etc

Pr. Ryan Fehrmann of Grace Lutheran, Paris, Ill., and Pr. Kirk Clayton of Zion Lutheran, Mascoutah, Ill., discuss Matthew 25:1-13 with Pr Todd Wilken (, 50:55, 20.6 MB, 2013-Nov-20)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost — 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, 38:37, 35.4 MB, 2017-Nov-08)


Lectionary Podcast - Pentecost 23 - Matthew 25:1-13 with Dr. Charles A. Gieschen

Dr. Charles A. Gieschen, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Matthew 25:1-13 (SBLGNT)

1 Τότε ὁμοιωθήσεται ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν δέκα παρθένοις, αἵτινες λαβοῦσαι τὰς λαμπάδας ⸀ἑαυτῶν ἐξῆλθον εἰς ⸀ὑπάντησιν τοῦ νυμφίου.

2 πέντε δὲ ⸂ἐξ αὐτῶν ἦσαν⸃ ⸂μωραὶ καὶ πέντε φρόνιμοι⸃.

3 ⸂αἱ γὰρ⸃ μωραὶ λαβοῦσαι τὰς λαμπάδας αὐτῶν οὐκ ἔλαβον μεθʼ ἑαυτῶν ἔλαιον·

4 αἱ δὲ φρόνιμοι ἔλαβον ἔλαιον ἐν τοῖς ⸀ἀγγείοις μετὰ τῶν λαμπάδων ⸀ἑαυτῶν.

5 χρονίζοντος δὲ τοῦ νυμφίου ἐνύσταξαν πᾶσαι καὶ ἐκάθευδον.

6 μέσης δὲ νυκτὸς κραυγὴ γέγονεν· Ἰδοὺ ὁ ⸀νυμφίος, ἐξέρχεσθε εἰς ἀπάντησιν ⸀αὐτοῦ.

7 τότε ἠγέρθησαν πᾶσαι αἱ παρθένοι ἐκεῖναι καὶ ἐκόσμησαν τὰς λαμπάδας ⸀ἑαυτῶν.

8 αἱ δὲ μωραὶ ταῖς φρονίμοις εἶπαν· Δότε ἡμῖν ἐκ τοῦ ἐλαίου ὑμῶν, ὅτι αἱ λαμπάδες ἡμῶν σβέννυνται.

9 ἀπεκρίθησαν δὲ αἱ φρόνιμοι λέγουσαι· Μήποτε ⸂οὐ μὴ⸃ ἀρκέσῃ ἡμῖν καὶ ὑμῖν· ⸀πορεύεσθε μᾶλλον πρὸς τοὺς πωλοῦντας καὶ ἀγοράσατε ἑαυταῖς.

10 ἀπερχομένων δὲ αὐτῶν ἀγοράσαι ἦλθεν ὁ νυμφίος, καὶ αἱ ἕτοιμοι εἰσῆλθον μετʼ αὐτοῦ εἰς τοὺς γάμους, καὶ ἐκλείσθη ἡ θύρα.

11 ὕστερον δὲ ἔρχονται καὶ αἱ λοιπαὶ παρθένοι λέγουσαι· Κύριε κύριε, ἄνοιξον ἡμῖν·

12 ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν· Ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, οὐκ οἶδα ὑμᾶς.

13 γρηγορεῖτε οὖν, ὅτι οὐκ οἴδατε τὴν ἡμέραν οὐδὲ τὴν ⸀ὥραν.


Literal Translation

(1)  Then the kingdom of Heaven shall be compared to ten virgins who taking their lamps, went out to a meeting of the bridegroom.

(2)  And five of them were wise, and five foolish.

(3)  Those being foolish, taking their lamps, did not take oil with them.

(4)  But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

(5)  But the bridegroom delaying, all nodded and slept.

(6)  And at midnight, a cry occurred: Behold, the bridegroom comes! Go out to meet him.

(7)  Then all those virgins were aroused and prepared their lamps.

(8)  And the foolish said to the wise, Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.

(9)  But the wise answered, saying, No, lest there not be enough for us and you. But rather, go to those who sell and buy for yourselves.

(10)  But they going away to buy, the bridegroom came. And those ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut.

(11)  And afterwards, the rest of the virgins also came, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

(12)  But answering, he said, Truly I say to you, I do not know you.

(13)  Therefore, watch, for you do not know the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man comes.


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.



All Saints’ Sunday (Observed)

(November 1-5)

Revelation 7:2–8, 9–17; Ps. 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

LSB 677 For All the Saints

 

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).

 


Summary: LCMS

Hymns: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


Pastors’ Roundtable -- “The Beatitudes”, Matthew 5:1-12 – Issues Etc

Pr. Jon Furgeson of Peace Lutheran, St. Louis, Mo., and Pr. Ernie Lassman of Messiah Lutheran, Seattle, Wash., discuss Matthew 5:1-12 with Pr Todd Wilken (mp3, 54:29, 21.9 MB, 2011-Nov-03)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): All Saints’ Day Observed — 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, 10:07, 9.3 MB, 2017-Nov-01)


Lawless Beatitudes: How Jesus Uses Isaiah to Summarize the Blessed Life, Not to Give Us a To-Do List - Chad Bird

 

Lectionary Podcast - All Saints Sunday - Matthew 5:1-12 with Dr. Charles A. Gieschen

Dr. Charles A. Gieschen, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


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.


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.



Reformation Sunday

(Oct 25-31)

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)

Starts at 2:53

 

Of the Day: LSB 555 Salvation unto Us Has Come

 

Offertory Hymn
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)


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



Processional Out
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, justifies 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, in order that we may 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: LCMS 

Hymns: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch

 


Pastors’ Roundtable -- The Truth Will Set You Free, John 8:31-36 – Issues Etc

Pr. Jon Furgeson of Peace Lutheran, St. Louis, Mo. and Pr. Larry Peters of Grace Lutheran, Clarksville, Tenn., discuss John 8:31-36 with Pr Todd Wilken (mp3, 57:20, 23.4 MB, 2012-Nov-08)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Reformation 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, 57:18, 52.7 MB, 2016-Oct-24)


Lectionary Podcast - Reformation Sunday - Matthew 11:12-19 with Dr. Peter Scaer

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


A Mighty Hebrew Fortress: Shining Light on Psalm 46 from the Hebrew - Chad Bird


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

(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.

(37)  I know that you are Abraham's seed, but you seek to kill Me, because My Word is not given room in you.

(38)  I speak what I have seen with My Father. And you therefore do what you have seen with your father.


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.


20th Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 24 (October 16-22)

Isaiah 45:1–7; Ps. 96:1-13; 1 Thessalonians 1:1–10; Matthew 22:15–22

Hymn of Invocation
I trust, O Lord, Your holy name (LSB 734)


Hymn of the Day / Catechetical Hymn of the Week
LSB 940 Holy God, We Praise Thy Name

 

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
Rejoice, my heart, be glad and sing (LSB 737)


All depends on our possessing (LSB 732)


Evening and morning (LSB 726)


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



Hymn of Departure
Sing praise to God, the highest good (LSB 819)

 

 

We Are Recreated in the Image of God by the Cross of Christ

Plotting against Jesus, the Pharisees attempted “to entangle Him in His talk” by asking about the payment of taxes to Caesar (Matt. 22:15). The Lord pointed to coins required for the tax, and He answered that we should “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Matt. 22:21). But if coins bearing the image of Caesar should be rendered to him, then man–who is made in the image of God–must be rendered to the Lord. That tax is paid for us by the Lord Jesus, the Image of God in the flesh, by His self-offering on the Cross. And from His Cross, as the Lord’s anointed, He reigns as the true Caesar over all nations “from the rising of the sun and from the west” (Is. 45:6). The Lord once called and anointed Cyrus “to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings” (Is. 45:1). Now by the preaching of the Gospel, “in power and in the Holy Spirit” (1 Thess. 1:4), foreigners from all over the world are “turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God” (1 Thess. 1:9–10).

 


Summary: LCMS 

Hymns: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


Pastors’ Roundtable -- Matthew 22:15-22, “Paying Taxes to Caesar” -- Issues Etc

Pr. Brian Holle of Messiah Lutheran, Lebanon, Ill. and Pr. Jim Roemke of Good Shepherd Lutheran, Middleville, Mich., discuss Matt 22:1-14 with Pr Todd Wilken (mp3, 57:20, 23.4 MB, 2012-Nov-08)


Rendering to Caesar and Christ: Paying Taxes and Being Stamped with the Image and Inscription of God - Chad Bird

 

Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Twentieth Sunday of Pentecost — 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, 57:51, 53.0 MB, 2017-Oct-16)


Matthew 22:15-22 (SBLGNT)

15 Τότε πορευθέντες οἱ Φαρισαῖοι συμβούλιον ἔλαβον ὅπως αὐτὸν παγιδεύσωσιν ἐν λόγῳ.

16 καὶ ἀποστέλλουσιν αὐτῷ τοὺς μαθητὰς αὐτῶν μετὰ τῶν Ἡρῳδιανῶν ⸀λέγοντες· Διδάσκαλε, οἴδαμεν ὅτι ἀληθὴς εἶ καὶ τὴν ὁδὸν τοῦ θεοῦ ἐν ἀληθείᾳ διδάσκεις, καὶ οὐ μέλει σοι περὶ οὐδενός, οὐ γὰρ βλέπεις εἰς πρόσωπον ἀνθρώπων·

17 εἰπὸν οὖν ἡμῖν τί σοι δοκεῖ· ἔξεστιν δοῦναι κῆνσον Καίσαρι ἢ οὔ;

18 γνοὺς δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς τὴν πονηρίαν αὐτῶν εἶπεν· Τί με πειράζετε, ὑποκριταί;

19 ἐπιδείξατέ μοι τὸ νόμισμα τοῦ κήνσου. οἱ δὲ προσήνεγκαν αὐτῷ δηνάριον.

20 καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς· Τίνος ἡ εἰκὼν αὕτη καὶ ἡ ἐπιγραφή;

21 λέγουσιν ⸀αὐτῷ· Καίσαρος. τότε λέγει αὐτοῖς· Ἀπόδοτε οὖν τὰ Καίσαρος Καίσαρι καὶ τὰ τοῦ θεοῦ τῷ θεῷ.

22 καὶ ἀκούσαντες ἐθαύμασαν, καὶ ἀφέντες αὐτὸν ἀπῆλθαν.


Literal Translation

(15)  Then going, the Pharisees took counsel so as they might trap Him in words.

(16)  And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth, and it does not concern You about anyone, for You do not look to the face of men.

(17)  Then tell us, what do You think? Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?

(18)  But knowing their wickedness, Jesus said, Why do you test Me, hypocrites?

(19)  Show Me the tribute coin. And they brought a denarius to Him.

(20)  And He said to them, Whose image and inscription is this?

(21)  They said to Him, Caesar's. Then He said to them, Then give to Caesar the things of Caesar, and to God the things of God.

(22)  And hearing, they marveled. And leaving Him, they went away.


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.



19th Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 23 (October 9-15)

Isaiah 25:6–9; Ps. 23:1-6; Philippians 4:4–13; Matthew 22:1–14

Hymn of Invocation
Jesus, priceless treasure (LSB 743)



Hymn of the Day

LSB 510 A Multitude Comes from the East and the West

 

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
Jesus Christ, our blessed Savior (LSB 627) (Catechetical)


Jesus, grant that balm and healing (LSB 421)


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


Thee will I love, my strength, my tower (LSB 694)



Hymn of Departure
Jesus, Thy boundless love to me (LSB 683)

 

 

Clothed in the Righteousness of Christ, We Partake of His Wedding Feast

By His Cross and Resurrection, the Lord has swallowed up death forever, and by His Gospel He “will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of His people He will take away from all the earth” (Is. 25:8). Therefore, “let us be glad and rejoice in His salvation” (Is. 25:9). On the Mountain of the Lord of hosts–in His Church on earth, as in the kingdom of heaven–He has made “for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine” (Is. 25:6). It is the royal “wedding feast” of the Son of God, “and everything is ready” (Matt. 22:1, 4). Thus, His servants are sent into the highways and bi-ways to invite and gather as many as they find, “both good and bad,” to fill the wedding hall with guests (Matt. 22:8–10). In Holy Baptism, He clothes them all in the “wedding garment” of His own perfect righteousness (Matt. 22:11). Therefore, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God,” and “rejoice in the Lord always” (Phil. 4:4–6).

 


Summary: LCMS 

Hymns: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


Pastors’ Roundtable -- Matthew 22:1-14, “The Parable of the Wedding Feast” -- Issues Etc

Pr. Michael Walther of Good Shepherd Lutheran, Collinsville, Ill, and Pr. Peter Kirby of Zion Lutheran, Carlinville, Ill., discuss Matt 22:1-14 with Pr Todd Wilken (mp3, 54:29, 21.9 MB, 2011-Oct-06)


A Quentin Tarantino Parable: The Joyous and Violent Story of the King’s Wedding Feast for His Son - Chad Bird


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Nineteenth Sunday of Pentecost — 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, 57:45, 52.9 MB, 2017-Oct-10)


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 23 - Series A - Matthew 22:1-14 with Dr. Peter Scaer

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


Matthew 22:1-14 (SBLGNT)

1 Καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ Ἰησοῦς πάλιν εἶπεν ⸂ἐν παραβολαῖς αὐτοῖς⸃ λέγων·

2 Ὡμοιώθη ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν ἀνθρώπῳ βασιλεῖ, ὅστις ἐποίησεν γάμους τῷ υἱῷ αὐτοῦ.

3 καὶ ἀπέστειλεν τοὺς δούλους αὐτοῦ καλέσαι τοὺς κεκλημένους εἰς τοὺς γάμους, καὶ οὐκ ἤθελον ἐλθεῖν.

4 πάλιν ἀπέστειλεν ἄλλους δούλους λέγων· Εἴπατε τοῖς κεκλημένοις· Ἰδοὺ τὸ ἄριστόν μου ⸀ἡτοίμακα, οἱ ταῦροί μου καὶ τὰ σιτιστὰ τεθυμένα, καὶ πάντα ἕτοιμα· δεῦτε εἰς τοὺς γάμους.

5 οἱ δὲ ἀμελήσαντες ἀπῆλθον, ⸀ὃς μὲν εἰς τὸν ἴδιον ἀγρόν, ⸁ὃς δὲ ⸀ἐπὶ τὴν ἐμπορίαν αὐτοῦ·

6 οἱ δὲ λοιποὶ κρατήσαντες τοὺς δούλους αὐτοῦ ὕβρισαν καὶ ἀπέκτειναν.

7 ⸂ὁ δὲ βασιλεὺς⸃ ὠργίσθη, καὶ πέμψας τὰ στρατεύματα αὐτοῦ ἀπώλεσεν τοὺς φονεῖς ἐκείνους καὶ τὴν πόλιν αὐτῶν ἐνέπρησεν.

8 τότε λέγει τοῖς δούλοις αὐτοῦ· Ὁ μὲν γάμος ἕτοιμός ἐστιν, οἱ δὲ κεκλημένοι οὐκ ἦσαν ἄξιοι·

9 πορεύεσθε οὖν ἐπὶ τὰς διεξόδους τῶν ὁδῶν, καὶ ὅσους ⸀ἐὰν εὕρητε καλέσατε εἰς τοὺς γάμους.

10 καὶ ἐξελθόντες οἱ δοῦλοι ἐκεῖνοι εἰς τὰς ὁδοὺς συνήγαγον πάντας ⸀οὓς εὗρον, πονηρούς τε καὶ ἀγαθούς· καὶ ἐπλήσθη ὁ ⸀γάμος ἀνακειμένων.

11 εἰσελθὼν δὲ ὁ βασιλεὺς θεάσασθαι τοὺς ἀνακειμένους εἶδεν ἐκεῖ ἄνθρωπον οὐκ ἐνδεδυμένον ἔνδυμα γάμου·

12 καὶ λέγει αὐτῷ· Ἑταῖρε, πῶς εἰσῆλθες ὧδε μὴ ἔχων ἔνδυμα γάμου; ὁ δὲ ἐφιμώθη.

13 τότε ⸂ὁ βασιλεὺς εἶπεν⸃ τοῖς διακόνοις· Δήσαντες αὐτοῦ πόδας καὶ χεῖρας ⸂ἐκβάλετε αὐτὸν⸃ εἰς τὸ σκότος τὸ ἐξώτερον· ἐκεῖ ἔσται ὁ κλαυθμὸς καὶ ὁ βρυγμὸς τῶν ὀδόντων.

14 πολλοὶ γάρ εἰσιν κλητοὶ ὀλίγοι δὲ ἐκλεκτοί.


Literal Translation

(1)  And answering, Jesus again spoke to them in parables, saying:

(2)  The kingdom of Heaven is compared to a man, a king, who made a wedding feast for his son.

(3)  And he sent his slaves to call those being invited to the wedding feast, but they did not desire to come.

(4)  Again, he sent other slaves, saying, Tell the ones invited, Behold, I have prepared my supper; my oxen, and the fatlings are killed, and all things ready; come to the wedding feast.

(5)  But not caring they went away, one to his own field, and one to his trading.

(6)  And the rest, seizing his slaves, insulted and killed them.

(7)  And hearing, the king became angry. And sending his armies, he destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

(8)  Then he said to his slaves, Indeed, the wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy.

(9)  Then go onto the exits of the highways and call to the wedding feast as many as you may find.

(10)  And going out into the highways, those slaves gathered all, as many as they found, both evil and good. And the wedding feast was filled with reclining guests.

(11)  And the king coming in to look over those reclining, he saw a man there not having been dressed in a wedding garment.

(12)  And he said to him, Friend, how did you come in here, not having a wedding garment? But he was speechless.

(13)  Then the king said to the servants, Binding his feet and hands, take him away and throw him out into the outer darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of the teeth.

(14)  For many are called, but few chosen.


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.



18th Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 22 (October 2-8)

Isaiah 5:1–7; Ps. 80:7-19; Philippians 3:4b–14; Matthew 21:33–46

Hymn of Invocation
From depths of woe I cry to Thee (LSB 607)



Hymn of the Day / Catechetical Hymn of the Week
O love, how deep, how broad, how high (LSB 544)



Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
What God ordains is always good (LSB 760)


My song is love unknown (LSB 430)


If Your beloved Son, O God (LSB 568)


Christ, the Word of God incarnate (LSB 540)



Hymn of Departure
May God bestow on us His grace (LSB 823)

 

The True Vine Redeems the Vineyard of the Lord of Hosts

The vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel” (Is. 5:7), which He planted “on a very fertile hill” (Is. 5:1). He did everything for His vineyard, not only clearing it of stones and planting it with “choice vines,” but also building the “watchtower” of His prophets and hewing out the “wine vat” of His priesthood in its midst (Is. 5:2). But when “He looked for it to yield grapes,” there were only “wild grapes” of bloodshed and unrighteousness (Is. 5:2, 7). The Lord Jesus likewise described the unfaithfulness of those who were called to care for His vineyard (Matt. 21:33–35). But in this He also describes His Cross and Passion (Matt. 21:38–39), by which He has redeemed the vineyard for Himself. He is the true Vine, planted by death into the ground, and in His Resurrection He brings forth “the fruits in their seasons” (Matt. 21:41). Among those good grapes of the true Vine is the Apostle Paul. Once a zealous persecutor of the Church, he “suffered the loss of all things,” in order to “gain Christ and be found in Him,” to “know Him and the power of His resurrection” (Phil. 3:8–10).

 


Summary: LCMS

Hymns: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Eighteenth Sunday of Pentecost — 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, 57:00, 52.2 MB, 2017-Oct-02)


Rocking the Vineyard: The All-Important Thing Jesus Didn’t Say in the Parable of the Wicked Tenants - Chad Bird


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 22 - Series A - Matthew 21:33–46 with Dr. David Scaer

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


Matthew 21:33-46 (SBLGNT)

33 Ἄλλην παραβολὴν ἀκούσατε. ⸀Ἄνθρωπος ἦν οἰκοδεσπότης ὅστις ἐφύτευσεν ἀμπελῶνα καὶ φραγμὸν αὐτῷ περιέθηκεν καὶ ὤρυξεν ἐν αὐτῷ ληνὸν καὶ ᾠκοδόμησεν πύργον, καὶ ἐξέδετο αὐτὸν γεωργοῖς, καὶ ἀπεδήμησεν.

34 ὅτε δὲ ἤγγισεν ὁ καιρὸς τῶν καρπῶν, ἀπέστειλεν τοὺς δούλους αὐτοῦ πρὸς τοὺς γεωργοὺς λαβεῖν τοὺς καρποὺς αὐτοῦ.

35 καὶ λαβόντες οἱ γεωργοὶ τοὺς δούλους αὐτοῦ ὃν μὲν ἔδειραν, ὃν δὲ ἀπέκτειναν, ὃν δὲ ἐλιθοβόλησαν.

36 πάλιν ἀπέστειλεν ἄλλους δούλους πλείονας τῶν πρώτων, καὶ ἐποίησαν αὐτοῖς ὡσαύτως.

37 ὕστερον δὲ ἀπέστειλεν πρὸς αὐτοὺς τὸν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ λέγων· Ἐντραπήσονται τὸν υἱόν μου.

38 οἱ δὲ γεωργοὶ ἰδόντες τὸν υἱὸν εἶπον ἐν ἑαυτοῖς· Οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ κληρονόμος· δεῦτε ἀποκτείνωμεν αὐτὸν καὶ ⸀σχῶμεν τὴν κληρονομίαν αὐτοῦ·

39 καὶ λαβόντες αὐτὸν ἐξέβαλον ἔξω τοῦ ἀμπελῶνος καὶ ἀπέκτειναν.

40 ὅταν οὖν ἔλθῃ ὁ κύριος τοῦ ἀμπελῶνος, τί ποιήσει τοῖς γεωργοῖς ἐκείνοις;

41 λέγουσιν αὐτῷ· Κακοὺς κακῶς ἀπολέσει αὐτούς, καὶ τὸν ἀμπελῶνα ἐκδώσεται ἄλλοις γεωργοῖς, οἵτινες ἀποδώσουσιν αὐτῷ τοὺς καρποὺς ἐν τοῖς καιροῖς αὐτῶν.

42 Λέγει αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Οὐδέποτε ἀνέγνωτε ἐν ταῖς γραφαῖς· Λίθον ὃν ἀπεδοκίμασαν οἱ οἰκοδομοῦντες οὗτος ἐγενήθη εἰς κεφαλὴν γωνίας· παρὰ κυρίου ἐγένετο αὕτη, καὶ ἔστιν θαυμαστὴ ἐν ὀφθαλμοῖς ἡμῶν;

43 διὰ τοῦτο λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι ἀρθήσεται ἀφʼ ὑμῶν ἡ βασιλεία τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ δοθήσεται ἔθνει ποιοῦντι τοὺς καρποὺς αὐτῆς.

44 ⸂Καὶ ὁ πεσὼν ἐπὶ τὸν λίθον τοῦτον συνθλασθήσεται· ἐφʼ ὃν δʼ ἂν πέσῃ λικμήσει αὐτόν.⸃

45 Καὶ ἀκούσαντες οἱ ἀρχιερεῖς καὶ οἱ Φαρισαῖοι τὰς παραβολὰς αὐτοῦ ἔγνωσαν ὅτι περὶ αὐτῶν λέγει·

46 καὶ ζητοῦντες αὐτὸν κρατῆσαι ἐφοβήθησαν τοὺς ὄχλους, ⸂ἐπεὶ εἰς⸃ προφήτην αὐτὸν εἶχον.


Literal Translation

(33)  Hear another parable: There was a certain man, a house master, who planted a vineyard and placed a hedge around it; and he dug a winepress in it, and built a tower. And he rented it to vinedressers and left the country.

(34)  And when the season of the fruits came, he sent his slaves to the vinedressers to receive his fruits.

(35)  And the vinedressers, taking his slaves, they beat this one, and they killed one, and they stoned another.

(36)  Again he sent other slaves, more than the first. And they did the same to them.

(37)  And at last he sent his son to them, saying, They will respect my son.

(38)  But seeing the son, the vinedressers said among themselves, This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and possess his inheritance.

(39)  And taking him, they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

(40)  Therefore, when the lord of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?

(41)  They said to Him, Bad men! He will miserably destroy them, and he will rent out the vineyard to other vinedressers who will give to him the fruits in their seasons.

(42)  Jesus said to them, Did you never read in the Scriptures, "A Stone which the builders rejected, this One became the Head of the Corner? This was from the Lord, and it is a wonder in our eyes?"

(43)  Because of this I say to you, The kingdom of God will be taken from you, and it will be given to a nation producing the fruits of it.

(44)  And he who falls on this Stone will be broken; but on whomever It falls, It will pulverize him.

(45)  And hearing His parables, the chief priests and the Pharisees knew that He was speaking about them.

(46)  And seeking to lay hold of Him, they feared the crowds, because they held Him as a prophet.


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.



17th Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 21 (September 25–October 1)

Ezekiel 18:1–4, 25–32; Ps. 25:1-10; Philippians 2:1–4, 5–13, 14–18; Matthew 21:23–27, 28–32

 

Hymn of Invocation
Triune God, be Thou our stay (LSB 505)


Hymn of the Day
Lord God, to Thee we give all praise (LSB 522)


Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
To God the Holy Spirit let us pray (LSB 768)

 

Christ, the Lord of hosts, unshaken (LSB 521) (Catechetical)

 

O Jesus, King most wonderful (LSB 554)

 

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



Hymn of Departure
God’s own child, I gladly say it (LSB 594)

 

The Cross of Christ Opens to Us the Way of Repentance to Life with God

The way of the Lord is righteous and just: “the soul who sins shall die” (Ezek. 18:4). However, because the Lord has “no pleasure in the death of anyone” (Ezek. 18:32), He calls sinners to repentance and faith in His gracious forgiveness of sins. The man who is thus turned away from his wickedness, who henceforth lives by the grace of God, “shall surely live; he shall not die” (Ezek. 18:28). This way of repentance has been opened for us by the Cross of Christ. In the righteousness of faith and love, “He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death” (Phil. 2:8), and He was vindicated in His Resurrection from the dead. Indeed, “God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name” (Phil. 2:9). He has given us this name in our Baptism into Christ, in whom we now “shine as lights in the world” (Phil. 2:15). He uses the authority that He has received from His Father (Matt. 21:23–27) to preach a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, by which even “the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God” (Matt. 21:31–32).

 


Summary: LCMS

Hymns: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


 

Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Seventeenth Sunday of Pentecost — 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, 52.3 MB, 2017-Sep-25)


 

Rebel Jesus: A Heated Dialogue, an Insulting Parable, and Prostitutes with Roman Soldiers - Chad Bird

 

Lectionary Podcast - Proper 21 - Series A - Matthew 21:23-32 with Dr. David Scaer

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


Matthew 21:23–32 (SBLGNT)

23 Καὶ ⸂ἐλθόντος αὐτοῦ⸃ εἰς τὸ ἱερὸν προσῆλθον αὐτῷ διδάσκοντι οἱ ἀρχιερεῖς καὶ οἱ πρεσβύτεροι τοῦ λαοῦ λέγοντες· Ἐν ποίᾳ ἐξουσίᾳ ταῦτα ποιεῖς; καὶ τίς σοι ἔδωκεν τὴν ἐξουσίαν ταύτην;

24 ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Ἐρωτήσω ὑμᾶς κἀγὼ λόγον ἕνα, ὃν ἐὰν εἴπητέ μοι κἀγὼ ὑμῖν ἐρῶ ἐν ποίᾳ ἐξουσίᾳ ταῦτα ποιῶ·

25 τὸ βάπτισμα ⸀τὸ Ἰωάννου πόθεν ἦν; ἐξ οὐρανοῦ ἢ ἐξ ἀνθρώπων; οἱ δὲ διελογίζοντο ⸀ἐν ἑαυτοῖς λέγοντες· Ἐὰν εἴπωμεν· Ἐξ οὐρανοῦ, ἐρεῖ ἡμῖν· Διὰ τί οὖν οὐκ ἐπιστεύσατε αὐτῷ;

26 ἐὰν δὲ εἴπωμεν· Ἐξ ἀνθρώπων, φοβούμεθα τὸν ὄχλον, πάντες γὰρ ⸂ὡς προφήτην ἔχουσιν τὸν Ἰωάννην⸃.

27 καὶ ἀποκριθέντες τῷ Ἰησοῦ εἶπαν· Οὐκ οἴδαμεν. ἔφη αὐτοῖς καὶ αὐτός· Οὐδὲ ἐγὼ λέγω ὑμῖν ἐν ποίᾳ ἐξουσίᾳ ταῦτα ποιῶ.

28 Τί δὲ ὑμῖν δοκεῖ; ἄνθρωπος εἶχεν τέκνα δύο. ⸀προσελθὼν τῷ πρώτῳ εἶπεν· Τέκνον, ὕπαγε σήμερον ἐργάζου ἐν τῷ ⸀ἀμπελῶνι.

29 ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν· ⸂Οὐ θέλω· ὕστερον δὲ μεταμεληθεὶς⸃ ἀπῆλθεν.

30 ⸂προσελθὼν δὲ⸃ τῷ ⸀δευτέρῳ εἶπεν ὡσαύτως· ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν· ⸂Ἐγώ, κύριε· καὶ οὐκ⸃ ἀπῆλθεν.

31 τίς ἐκ τῶν δύο ἐποίησεν τὸ θέλημα τοῦ πατρός; ⸀λέγουσιν· Ὁ ⸀πρῶτος. λέγει αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι οἱ τελῶναι καὶ αἱ πόρναι προάγουσιν ὑμᾶς εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ.

32 ἦλθεν γὰρ ⸂Ἰωάννης πρὸς ὑμᾶς⸃ ἐν ὁδῷ δικαιοσύνης, καὶ οὐκ ἐπιστεύσατε αὐτῷ· οἱ δὲ τελῶναι καὶ αἱ πόρναι ἐπίστευσαν αὐτῷ· ὑμεῖς δὲ ἰδόντες ⸀οὐδὲ μετεμελήθητε ὕστερον τοῦ πιστεῦσαι αὐτῷ.


Literal Translation

(23)  And He having come into the temple, the chief priests and elders of the people came near to Him as He was teaching, saying, By what authority do You do these things? And who gave this authority to You?

(24) And answering, Jesus said to them, I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I also will tell you by what authority I do these things.

(25) The baptism of John, from where was it? From Heaven, or from men? And they reasoned among themselves, saying, If we shall say, From Heaven, He will say to us, Why then did you not believe him?

(26) But if we should say, From men, we fear the people. For all hold John to be a prophet.

(27) And answering Jesus, they said, We do not know. And He said to them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

(28) But what do you think? A man had two children, and coming to the first he said, Child, go today; work in my vineyard.

(29) And answering, he said, I will not. But afterward, having regretted, he went.

(30) And having come to the second, he said the same. And answering, he said, I go, sir; but he did not leave.

(31) Which of the two did the will of the father? They said to Him, The first. Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, The tax collectors and the harlots go before you into the kingdom of God.

(32) For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him. But the tax-collectors and the harlots believed him. And having seen, you did not repent afterwards to believe him.


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.



16th Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 20 (September 18–24)

Isaiah 55:6–9; Ps. 27:1-9; Philippians 1:12–14, 19–30; Matthew 20:1–16

 

Hymn of Invocation
O God, my faithful God (LSB 745)



Hymn of the Day / Catechetical Hymn of the Week
Salvation unto us has come (LSB 555)



Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
Seek where you may to find a way (LSB 557)


Now, my tongue, the myst’ry telling (LSB 630)


O dearest Jesus, what law hast Thou broken (LSB 439)


Take my life and let it be (LSB 783)



Hymn of Departure
Lord of all hopefulness (LSB 738)

 

Disciples Live in Their Vocations by Grace through Faith in Christ

Those who are sent as “laborers for His vineyard” (Matt. 20:1) depict the wide diversity of vocations to which the disciples of Christ Jesus are called. Whatever our particular stations in life may be, we are called to live and serve by faith in His promises. Our labors do not merit anything before Him, for He is already generous to one and all without partiality. In mercy He has chosen to bear “the burden of the day and the scorching heat” on our behalf, to make us equal to Himself, and to give us what belongs to Him, that is, the Kingdom of heaven (Matt. 20:12–15). This way of the Lord is foolishness to the world and foreign to our thoughts, but He draws near, so that “He may be found” (Is. 55:6), that “He may have compassion” and “abundantly pardon” (Is. 55:7). So it is that we are found in Christ Jesus, and He is honored in our bodies, “whether by life or by death” (Phil. 1:20), by “fruitful labor” (Phil. 1:22), or by suffering. It is by faith in His forgiveness that our works are “worthy of the Gospel” (Phil. 1:27).


Summary:  LCMS

Hymns:  Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Sixteenth Sunday of Pentecost — 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, 57:11, 52.4 MB, 2017-Sep-20)


Pastors' Round-Table -- The Laborers in the Vineyard: Matthew 20:1-16 -- Issues Etc.

Pr. Ben Ball of St. Paul Lutheran-Hamel, Ill., and Pr. Chris Hull of Christ Lutheran, Normal, Ill, discuss the Gospel reading with Pastor Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 56:09, 22.6 MB, 2013-Jan-22)


Evil Eyes and Eccentric Employers: God’s Crazy Method of Paying the Laborers in His Vineyard - Chad Bird

 

Lectionary Podcast - Proper 20 - Series A - Matthew 20:1-16 with Dr. John G. Nordling

Dr. John G. Nordling, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Matthew 20:1–16 (SBLGNT)

1 Ὁμοία γάρ ἐστιν ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν ἀνθρώπῳ οἰκοδεσπότῃ ὅστις ἐξῆλθεν ἅμα πρωῒ μισθώσασθαι ἐργάτας εἰς τὸν ἀμπελῶνα αὐτοῦ.

2 ⸂συμφωνήσας δὲ⸃ μετὰ τῶν ἐργατῶν ἐκ δηναρίου τὴν ἡμέραν ἀπέστειλεν αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸν ἀμπελῶνα αὐτοῦ.

3 καὶ ἐξελθὼν περὶ τρίτην ὥραν εἶδεν ἄλλους ἑστῶτας ἐν τῇ ἀγορᾷ ἀργούς·

4 καὶ ἐκείνοις εἶπεν· Ὑπάγετε καὶ ὑμεῖς εἰς τὸν ἀμπελῶνα, καὶ ὃ ἐὰν ᾖ δίκαιον δώσω ὑμῖν·

5 οἱ δὲ ἀπῆλθον. ⸀πάλιν ἐξελθὼν περὶ ἕκτην καὶ ἐνάτην ὥραν ἐποίησεν ὡσαύτως.

6 περὶ δὲ τὴν ⸀ἑνδεκάτην ἐξελθὼν εὗρεν ἄλλους ⸀ἑστῶτας, καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς· Τί ὧδε ἑστήκατε ὅλην τὴν ἡμέραν ἀργοί;

7 λέγουσιν αὐτῷ· Ὅτι οὐδεὶς ἡμᾶς ἐμισθώσατο. λέγει αὐτοῖς· Ὑπάγετε καὶ ὑμεῖς εἰς τὸν ⸀ἀμπελῶνα.

8 ὀψίας δὲ γενομένης λέγει ὁ κύριος τοῦ ἀμπελῶνος τῷ ἐπιτρόπῳ αὐτοῦ· Κάλεσον τοὺς ἐργάτας καὶ ἀπόδος ⸀αὐτοῖς τὸν μισθὸν ἀρξάμενος ἀπὸ τῶν ἐσχάτων ἕως τῶν πρώτων.

9 ⸂καὶ ἐλθόντες⸃ οἱ περὶ τὴν ἑνδεκάτην ὥραν ἔλαβον ἀνὰ δηνάριον.

10 ⸂καὶ ἐλθόντες⸃ οἱ πρῶτοι ἐνόμισαν ὅτι ⸀πλεῖον λήμψονται· καὶ ἔλαβον ⸂τὸ ἀνὰ δηνάριον καὶ αὐτοί⸃.

11 λαβόντες δὲ ἐγόγγυζον κατὰ τοῦ οἰκοδεσπότου

12 ⸀λέγοντες· Οὗτοι οἱ ἔσχατοι μίαν ὥραν ἐποίησαν, καὶ ἴσους ⸂αὐτοὺς ἡμῖν⸃ ἐποίησας τοῖς βαστάσασι τὸ βάρος τῆς ἡμέρας καὶ τὸν καύσωνα.

13 ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς ⸂ἑνὶ αὐτῶν εἶπεν⸃· Ἑταῖρε, οὐκ ἀδικῶ σε· οὐχὶ δηναρίου συνεφώνησάς μοι;

14 ἆρον τὸ σὸν καὶ ὕπαγε· θέλω δὲ τούτῳ τῷ ἐσχάτῳ δοῦναι ὡς καὶ σοί·

15 ⸀οὐκ ἔξεστίν μοι ⸂ὃ θέλω ποιῆσαι⸃ ἐν τοῖς ἐμοῖς; ⸀ἢ ὁ ὀφθαλμός σου πονηρός ἐστιν ὅτι ἐγὼ ἀγαθός εἰμι;

16 οὕτως ἔσονται οἱ ἔσχατοι πρῶτοι καὶ οἱ πρῶτοι ⸀ἔσχατοι.


Literal Translation

(1)  For the kingdom of Heaven is like a man, a housemaster, who went out when it was early to hire workers into his vineyard.

(2)  And agreeing with the workers for a denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard.

(3)  And going out about the third hour, he saw others standing idle in the market.

(4)  And he said to them, You also go into the vineyard, and I will give you whatever is just. And they went.

(5)  Again, going out about the sixth and ninth hour, he did the same.

(6)  And going out about the eleventh hour, he found others standing idle, and said to them, Why do you stand here idle all day?

(7)  They said to him, Because no one has hired us. He said to them, You also go into the vineyard, and you will receive whatever is just.

(8)  But evening having come, the lord of the vineyard said to his manager, Call the workers and pay them the wage, beginning from the last to the first.

(9)  And the ones having come the eleventh hour each received a denarius.

(10)  And having come, the first supposed that they would receive more. And they also each received a denarius.

(11)  And having received it, they murmured against the housemaster,

(12)  saying, These last have performed one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.

(13)  But answering, he said to one of them, Friend, I do not wrong you. Did you not agree to a denarius with me?

(14)  Take yours and go. But I desire to give to this last as also to you.

(15)  Or is it not lawful for me to do what I desire with my things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?

(16)  So the last shall be first, and the first last; for many are called, but few chosen.


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.



15th Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 19 (September 11–17)

Genesis 50:15–21; Ps. 103:1-12; Romans 14:1–12; Matthew 18:21–35

Hymn of Invocation:

LSB 501 Come Down, O Love Divine

 

Hymn of the Day
"Forgive our sins as we forgive" (LSB 843)



Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
Entrust your days and burdens (LSB 754)

 

Jesus, I will ponder now (LSB 440) (Catechetical)

 

All Christians who have been baptized (LSB 596)

 

Where charity and love prevail (LSB 845)



Hymn of Departure
A mighty fortress is our God (LSB 656)

 

Forgiving as the Lord Forgives Us

In settling His accounts with us, our Lord acts not with anger, but with compassion. He does not imprison us as we deserve, but He forgives all our debts and releases us (Matt. 18:23–27). Therefore, our Lord bids each of us to have “mercy on your fellow servant,” and “forgive your brother from your heart” (Matt 18:33, 35). By the Lord’s forgiveness of our sins, we are free to forgive those who sin against us, because He has been handed over to the jailers in our stead, and He has paid our entire debt with His lifeblood. Whether we live or die, we “are the Lord’s” (Rom. 14:8). Since we all will “stand before the judgment seat of God,” we are not to despise our brother (Rom. 14:10), but gladly forgive him. By the grace of God, our brother also “will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand” (Rom. 14:4). Though we daily sin against each other, the Lord intends “to bring it about that many people should be kept alive” (Gen. 50:20). Jesus speaks kindly by His Gospel and promises: “I will provide for you and your little ones” (Gen 50:21).


Summary: LCMS 

Hymns: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Fifteenth Sunday of Pentecost — 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, 57:14, 52.4 MB, 2017-Sept-11)


Pastors' Round-Table -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- "The Unforgiving Servant" -- Issues Etc.

Pastor Charlie Henrickson of St. Matthew Lutheran, Bonne Terre, Mo, and Pastor Mark Nuckols of St. Paul Lutheran, Austin, Tx. discuss the Gospel reading with Pastor Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:24, 21.8 MB, 2001-Sept-08)


Bookkeeping Forgiveness: Jesus’ Anti-Lamech Parable about Unbridled Absolution - Chad Bird


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 19 - Series A - Matthew 18:21-35 with Dr. John G. Nordling

Dr. John G. Nordling, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Matthew 18:21–35 (SBLGNT)

21 Τότε προσελθὼν ⸂αὐτῷ ὁ Πέτρος εἶπεν⸃· Κύριε, ποσάκις ἁμαρτήσει εἰς ἐμὲ ὁ ἀδελφός μου καὶ ἀφήσω αὐτῷ; ἕως ἑπτάκις;

22 λέγει αὐτῷ ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Οὐ λέγω σοι ἕως ἑπτάκις ἀλλὰ ἕως ἑβδομηκοντάκις ἑπτά.

23 Διὰ τοῦτο ὡμοιώθη ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν ἀνθρώπῳ βασιλεῖ ὃς ἠθέλησεν συνᾶραι λόγον μετὰ τῶν δούλων αὐτοῦ·

24 ἀρξαμένου δὲ αὐτοῦ συναίρειν ⸀προσηνέχθη ⸂αὐτῷ εἷς⸃ ὀφειλέτης μυρίων ταλάντων.

25 μὴ ἔχοντος δὲ αὐτοῦ ἀποδοῦναι ἐκέλευσεν αὐτὸν ὁ ⸀κύριος πραθῆναι καὶ τὴν ⸀γυναῖκα καὶ τὰ τέκνα καὶ πάντα ὅσα ⸀ἔχει καὶ ἀποδοθῆναι.

26 πεσὼν οὖν ὁ δοῦλος προσεκύνει αὐτῷ λέγων· ⸀Μακροθύμησον ἐπʼ ⸀ἐμοί, καὶ πάντα ⸂ἀποδώσω σοι⸃.

27 σπλαγχνισθεὶς δὲ ὁ κύριος τοῦ δούλου ἐκείνου ἀπέλυσεν αὐτόν, καὶ τὸ δάνειον ἀφῆκεν αὐτῷ.

28 ἐξελθὼν δὲ ὁ δοῦλος ἐκεῖνος εὗρεν ἕνα τῶν συνδούλων αὐτοῦ ὃς ὤφειλεν αὐτῷ ἑκατὸν δηνάρια, καὶ κρατήσας αὐτὸν ἔπνιγεν λέγων· ⸀Ἀπόδος εἴ τι ὀφείλεις.

29 πεσὼν οὖν ὁ σύνδουλος ⸀αὐτοῦ παρεκάλει αὐτὸν λέγων· Μακροθύμησον ἐπʼ ⸀ἐμοί, καὶ ἀποδώσω σοι.

30 ὁ δὲ οὐκ ἤθελεν, ἀλλὰ ἀπελθὼν ἔβαλεν αὐτὸν εἰς φυλακὴν ἕως ⸀οὗ ἀποδῷ τὸ ὀφειλόμενον.

31 ἰδόντες ⸀οὖν οἱ σύνδουλοι αὐτοῦ τὰ γενόμενα ἐλυπήθησαν σφόδρα, καὶ ἐλθόντες διεσάφησαν τῷ κυρίῳ ἑαυτῶν πάντα τὰ γενόμενα.

32 τότε προσκαλεσάμενος αὐτὸν ὁ κύριος αὐτοῦ λέγει αὐτῷ· Δοῦλε πονηρέ, πᾶσαν τὴν ὀφειλὴν ἐκείνην ἀφῆκά σοι, ἐπεὶ παρεκάλεσάς με·

33 οὐκ ἔδει καὶ σὲ ἐλεῆσαι τὸν σύνδουλόν σου, ὡς κἀγὼ σὲ ἠλέησα;

34 καὶ ὀργισθεὶς ὁ κύριος αὐτοῦ παρέδωκεν αὐτὸν τοῖς βασανισταῖς ἕως οὗ ἀποδῷ πᾶν τὸ ⸀ὀφειλόμενον.

35 Οὕτως καὶ ὁ πατήρ μου ὁ ⸀οὐράνιος ποιήσει ὑμῖν ἐὰν μὴ ἀφῆτε ἕκαστος τῷ ἀδελφῷ αὐτοῦ ἀπὸ τῶν καρδιῶν ⸀ὑμῶν.


Literal Translation

(21)  Then coming up to Him, Peter said, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?

(22)  Jesus said to him, I do not say to you, Until seven times, but, Until seventy times seven.

(23)  Because of this the kingdom of Heaven has been compared to a man, a king, who desired to take account with his slaves.

(24)  And he having begun to reckon, one debtor of ten thousand talents was brought near to him.

(25)  But he not having any to repay, the lord commanded him to be sold, also his wife and children, and all things, as much as he had, even to pay back.

(26)  Then having fallen down, the slave bowed the knee to him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay all to you.

(27)  And being filled with pity, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the loan.

(28)  But having gone out, that slave found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii. And seizing him, he choked him, saying, Pay me whatever you owe.

(29)  Then having fallen down at his feet, his fellow slave begged him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay all to you.

(30)  But he would not, but having gone away he threw him into prison until he should pay back the amount owing.

(31)  But his fellow slaves, seeing the things happening, they were greatly grieved. And having come they reported to their lord all the things happening.

(32)  Then having called him near, his lord said to him, Wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt, since you begged me.

(33)  Ought you not also to have mercy on your fellow slave, as I also had mercy?

(34)  And being angry, his lord delivered him up to the tormentors until he pay back all that debt to him.

(35)  So also My heavenly Father will do to you unless each of you from your hearts forgive his brother their deviations.


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.



Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 18 (September 4–10)

Ezekiel 33:7–9; Ps. 32:1-7; Romans 13:1–10; Matthew 18:1–20

 

Hymn of Invocation / Catechetical Hymn of the Week
"As surely as I live," God said (LSB 614)



Hymn of the Day
My soul, now praise your maker (LSB 820)



Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
The Law of God is good and wise (LSB 579)


Thy strong word did cleave the darkness (LSB 578)


These are the holy Ten Commands (LSB 581)


Chief of sinners though I be (LSB 611)



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

 

Living as Humble Little Children of the Father

True greatness is not self-sufficient strength, but humility like that of a little child. The greatness of child-like faith receives all good things as gracious gifts from our Father in heaven. Apart from such faith, “you will never enter the kingdom of heaven,” but whoever is humbled like a little child will be “the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:3–4). Though in our sin we deserve to be “drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matt. 18:6), we have instead been drowned (“buried”) with Christ in Baptism and then raised to the new, humble life of a child of God. The Lord sends His watchman to warn us with a word from His mouth, in order that we may not die in our iniquity, but be turned from our pride and selfishness to live (Ezek. 33:7–9). Thus we live in humility and faith before God as well as in love for our neighbor, which “is the fulfilling of the law” (Rom. 13:10). In the reverent fear of God, we do no harm to our neighbor, but we “pay to all what is owed to them” (Rom. 13:7) and we “owe no one anything, except to love each other” (Rom. 13:8).


Summary: LCMS

Hymns: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


Scandalizing and Eye-Gouging: Jesus’ Call to Radical Repentance and Childlike Lowliness in Matt. 18 - Chad Bird

 

 

Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Fourteenth Sunday of Pentecost — 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, 57:49, 52.9 MB, 2017-Sep-05)

 


 

Lectionary Podcast - Proper 18 - Series A - Matthew 18:1-20 with Dr. John G. Nordling

Dr. John G. Nordling, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Matthew 18:1–20 (SBLGNT)

1 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 τοιοῦτο⸃ ἐπὶ 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.

11Ἦλθεν γὰρ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου σῶσαι τὸ ἀπολωλός.

12 τί ὑμῖν δοκεῖ; ἐὰν γένηταί τινι ἀνθρώπῳ ἑκατὸν πρόβατα καὶ πλανηθῇ ἓν ἐξ αὐτῶν, οὐχὶ ⸀ἀφήσει τὰ ἐνενήκοντα ἐννέα ἐπὶ τὰ ὄρη ⸀καὶ πορευθεὶς ζητεῖ τὸ πλανώμενον;

13 καὶ ἐὰν γένηται εὑρεῖν αὐτό, ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι χαίρει ἐπʼ αὐτῷ μᾶλλον ἢ ἐπὶ τοῖς ἐνενήκοντα ἐννέα τοῖς μὴ πεπλανημένοις.

14 οὕτως οὐκ ἔστιν θέλημα ⸀ἔμπροσθεν τοῦ πατρὸς ⸀ὑμῶν τοῦ ἐν οὐρανοῖς ἵνα ἀπόληται ⸀ἓν τῶν μικρῶν τούτων.

15 Ἐὰν δὲ ἁμαρτήσῃ ⸂εἰς σὲ⸃ ὁ ἀδελφός σου, ⸀ὕπαγε ἔλεγξον αὐτὸν μεταξὺ σοῦ καὶ αὐτοῦ μόνου. ἐάν σου ἀκούσῃ, ἐκέρδησας τὸν ἀδελφόν σου·

16 ἐὰν δὲ μὴ ἀκούσῃ, παράλαβε μετὰ σοῦ ἔτι ἕνα ἢ δύο, ἵνα ἐπὶ στόματος δύο μαρτύρων ἢ τριῶν σταθῇ πᾶν ῥῆμα·

17 ἐὰν δὲ παρακούσῃ αὐτῶν, εἰπὸν τῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ· ἐὰν δὲ καὶ τῆς ἐκκλησίας παρακούσῃ, ἔστω σοι ὥσπερ ὁ ἐθνικὸς καὶ ὁ τελώνης.

18 ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ὅσα ⸀ἐὰν δήσητε ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἔσται δεδεμένα ⸀ἐν οὐρανῷ καὶ ὅσα ἐὰν λύσητε ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἔσται λελυμένα ⸁ἐν οὐρανῷ.

19 Πάλιν ⸀ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι ἐὰν δύο ⸂συμφωνήσωσιν ἐξ ὑμῶν⸃ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς περὶ παντὸς πράγματος οὗ ἐὰν αἰτήσωνται, γενήσεται αὐτοῖς παρὰ τοῦ πατρός μου τοῦ ἐν οὐρανοῖς.

20 οὗ γάρ εἰσιν δύο ἢ τρεῖς συνηγμένοι εἰς τὸ ἐμὸν ὄνομα, ἐκεῖ εἰμι ἐν μέσῳ αὐτῶν.


Literal Translation

(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.

(12)  What do you think? If there be to any man a hundred sheep, and one of them strays away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains, and having gone he seeks the one having strayed?

(13)  And if he happens to find it, truly I say to you that he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine not having gone astray.

(14)  So it is not the will before your Father in Heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

(15)  But if your brother may sin against you, go and reprove him between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.

(16)  But if he does not hear, take one or two more with you, "so that on the mouth of two" or "three witnesses every word may stand". Deut. 19:15

(17)  But if he fails to hear them, tell it to the assembly. And if he also fails to hear the assembly, let him be to you as the nations and the tax collector.

(18)  Truly I say to you, Whatever you bind on the earth will be, having been bound in Heaven. And whatever you loose on the earth will be, having been loosed in Heaven.

(19)  Again I say to you, If two of you agree on earth as to anything, whatever they shall ask, it shall be to them from My Father in Heaven.

(20)  For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there I am in their midst.


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.



Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 17 (August 28–September 3)

Jeremiah 15:15–21; Ps. 26:1-12; Romans 12:9–21; Matthew 16:21–28

Hymn of Invocation
O God, my faithful God (LSB 696)



Hymn of the Day / Catechetical Hymn of the Week:

LSB 531 Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus


Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
If God Himself be for me (LSB 724)



Come, Thou bright and Morning Star (LSB 872)


From God can nothing move me (LSB 713)



O God of light, Your Word, a lamp unfailing (LSB 836)




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


 

The Glory of God is the Passion and Cross of Christ Jesus.

After St. Peter confessed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, our Lord “began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised” (Matt 16:21). Upon hearing this “theology of the Cross,” Simon Peter stumbled into a satanic “theology of glory.” But the glory of God is revealed in the Passion and Cross of His incarnate Son. The faithful prophets, such as Jeremiah, suffered persecution and rejection in anticipation of Jesus’ Cross. Yet the Lord did not abandon them; He remembered them, and He was with them to deliver them (Jer. 15:15–20). By His Cross Jesus has redeemed the world, and in His Resurrection He has vindicated all who trust in Him. Thus the Christian life is a discipleship of self-sacrificing love. Since Christ Jesus has reconciled us to God, we “live peaceably with all” (Rom. 12:18). By the certainty of His Cross and Resurrection, we “rejoice in hope,” and we are “patient in tribulation” and “constant in prayer” (Rom. 12:12).

 


Summary: LCMS

Hymns: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


Matthew 16:21–28, “Get Behind Me, Satan” – Pastors Troup and Briel – Pastors’ Roundtable – Issues, Etc.

Pastor Tony Troup of Immanuel Lutheran, Waterloo, Ill., and Pastor Steve Briel of St. John Lutheran, Corcoran, Minn., discuss the Gospel reading with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 54:19, 21.8 MB, 2011-Aug-25)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Thirteenth Sunday of Pentecost — 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, 57:04, 52.2 MB, 2017-Aug-29)


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 17 - Series A - Matthew 16:21–28 with Dr. Peter Scaer

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


Matthew 16:21–28 (SBLGNT)

21 Ἀπὸ τότε ἤρξατο ⸂ὁ Ἰησοῦς⸃ δεικνύειν τοῖς μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ ὅτι δεῖ αὐτὸν ⸂εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα ἀπελθεῖν⸃ καὶ πολλὰ παθεῖν ἀπὸ τῶν πρεσβυτέρων καὶ ἀρχιερέων καὶ γραμματέων καὶ ἀποκτανθῆναι καὶ τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ ἐγερθῆναι.

22 καὶ προσλαβόμενος αὐτὸν ὁ Πέτρος ἤρξατο ἐπιτιμᾶν αὐτῷ λέγων· Ἵλεώς σοι, κύριε· οὐ μὴ ἔσται σοι τοῦτο.

23 ὁ δὲ στραφεὶς εἶπεν τῷ Πέτρῳ· Ὕπαγε ὀπίσω μου, Σατανᾶ· σκάνδαλον ⸂εἶ ἐμοῦ⸃, ὅτι οὐ φρονεῖς τὰ τοῦ θεοῦ ἀλλὰ τὰ τῶν ἀνθρώπων.

24 Τότε ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν τοῖς μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ· Εἴ τις θέλει ὀπίσω μου ἐλθεῖν, ἀπαρνησάσθω ἑαυτὸν καὶ ἀράτω τὸν σταυρὸν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀκολουθείτω μοι.

25 ὃς γὰρ ⸀ἐὰν θέλῃ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ σῶσαι ἀπολέσει αὐτήν· ὃς δʼ ἂν ἀπολέσῃ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ εὑρήσει αὐτήν.

26 τί γὰρ ⸀ὠφεληθήσεται ἄνθρωπος ἐὰν τὸν κόσμον ὅλον κερδήσῃ τὴν δὲ ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ ζημιωθῇ; ἢ τί δώσει ἄνθρωπος ἀντάλλαγμα τῆς ψυχῆς αὐτοῦ;

27 μέλλει γὰρ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἔρχεσθαι ἐν τῇ δόξῃ τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ μετὰ τῶν ἀγγέλων αὐτοῦ, καὶ τότε ἀποδώσει ἑκάστῳ κατὰ τὴν πρᾶξιν αὐτοῦ.

28 ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ⸀ὅτι εἰσίν τινες ⸂τῶν ὧδε ἑστώτων⸃ οἵτινες οὐ μὴ γεύσωνται θανάτου ἕως ἂν ἴδωσιν τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐρχόμενον ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ αὐτοῦ.


Literal Translation

(21)  From that time, Jesus began to show to His disciples that it was necessary for Him to go away to Jerusalem, and to suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and to be killed, and to be raised on the third day.

(22)  And having taken Him near, Peter began to rebuke Him, saying, God be gracious to You, Lord; this shall never be to You.

(23)  But turning He said to Peter, Go behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you do not think of the things of God, but the things of men.

(24)  Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and let him bear his cross, and let him follow Me.

(25)  For whoever may desire to save his life will lose it. But whoever may lose his life for My sake will find it.

(26)  For what will a man be benefited if he should gain the whole world, but forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give as an exchange for his soul?

(27)  For the Son of Man is about to come with His angels in the glory of His Father. And then "He will give reward to each according to his practice."

(28)  Truly I say to you, There are some standing here who will not taste of death, never, until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.


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.



Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 16A (August 21–27)

Isaiah 51:1–6; Ps. 138:1-8; Romans 11:33–12:8; Matthew 16:13–20

Hymn of Invocation
Triune God, be Thou our stay (LSB 505)



Hymn of the Day / Catechetical Hymn of the Week
Built on the Rock the Church shall stand (LSB 645)


Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
In the shattered bliss of Eden (LSB 572)


Dear Christians, one and all, rejoice (LSB 556)


O Christ, our true and only light (LSB 839)

 


I know my faith is founded (LSB 587)



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

 

 

The Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God

Jesus asked His disciples: “But who do you say that I am?” The question is also put to us: “Who do you say that He is?” Flesh and blood do not reveal this to us, but by the Ministry of the Gospel the Father in heaven reveals His Son to us on earth, who has become flesh and suffered death for our salvation. Thus we believe and confess that He is “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt 16:16). As He died for our transgressions and was raised for our justification, He looses us from all our sins and preserves our life within His Church, against which even “the gates of hell shall not prevail” (Matt. 16:18–19). His salvation is forever, and His righteousness “will never be dismayed” (Is. 51:6). He comforts us with the Gospel in His Church, so that “joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song” (Is. 51:3). Therefore, “according to the measure of faith that God has assigned” (Rom. 12:3), we also offer ourselves “as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God” (Rom. 12:1) through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

 


Summary: LCMS 

Hymns: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


Hades Vanquished and Peter the Rock: Understanding the Images and Old Testament Backdrop of Matt. 16 - Chad Bird

 

Matthew 16:13-20, “You Are the Christ” – Pastors Rossow and Ostermeyer – Pastors’ Roundtable – Issues, Etc.

Pastor Timothy Ostermeyer of Hope Lutheran, St. Ann, Mo., and Pastor Timothy Rossow of Bethany Lutheran, Naperville, Ill., discuss Matt. 16:13-20, "You are the Christ", with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 54:29, 21.9 MB, 2011-Aug-18)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Twelfth Sunday of Pentecost — 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, 57:19, 52.5 MB, 2017-Aug-21)


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 16 - Series A - Matthew 16:13-20 with Dr. Arthur Just

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


Matthew 16:13–20 (SBLGNT)

13 Ἐλθὼν δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἰς τὰ μέρη Καισαρείας τῆς Φιλίππου ἠρώτα τοὺς μαθητὰς αὐτοῦ λέγων· ⸀Τίνα λέγουσιν οἱ ἄνθρωποι εἶναι τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου;

14 οἱ δὲ εἶπαν· Οἱ μὲν Ἰωάννην τὸν βαπτιστήν, ἄλλοι δὲ Ἠλίαν, ἕτεροι δὲ Ἰερεμίαν ἢ ἕνα τῶν προφητῶν.

15 λέγει αὐτοῖς· Ὑμεῖς δὲ τίνα με λέγετε εἶναι;

16 ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ Σίμων Πέτρος εἶπεν· Σὺ εἶ ὁ χριστὸς ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ θεοῦ τοῦ ζῶντος.

17 ⸂ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ⸃ ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Μακάριος εἶ, Σίμων Βαριωνᾶ, ὅτι σὰρξ καὶ αἷμα οὐκ ἀπεκάλυψέν σοι ἀλλʼ ὁ πατήρ μου ὁ ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς·

18 κἀγὼ δέ σοι λέγω ὅτι σὺ εἶ Πέτρος, καὶ ἐπὶ ταύτῃ τῇ πέτρᾳ οἰκοδομήσω μου τὴν ἐκκλησίαν, καὶ πύλαι ᾅδου οὐ κατισχύσουσιν αὐτῆς·

19 ⸀δώσω σοι τὰς ⸀κλεῖδας τῆς βασιλείας τῶν οὐρανῶν, καὶ ὃ ⸀ἐὰν δήσῃς ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἔσται δεδεμένον ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς, καὶ ὃ ⸁ἐὰν λύσῃς ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἔσται λελυμένον ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς.

20 τότε ⸀διεστείλατο τοῖς ⸀μαθηταῖς ἵνα μηδενὶ εἴπωσιν ὅτι αὐτός ⸀ἐστιν ὁ χριστός.


Literal Translation

(13)  And coming into the parts of Caesarea of Philip, Jesus questioned His disciples, saying, Whom do men say Me the Son of Man to be?

(14)  And they said, Some say John the Baptist, and others Elijah, and others Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.

(15)  He said to them, But you, whom do you say Me to be?

(16)  And answering, Simon Peter said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

(17)  And answering, Jesus said to him, Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal it to you, but My Father in Heaven.

(18)  And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My assembly, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against her.

(19)  And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven. And whatever you bind on earth shall occur, having been bound in Heaven. And whatever you may loose on the earth shall be, having been loosed in Heaven.

(20)  Then He warned His disciples that they should tell no one that He is Jesus the Christ.


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.



Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 15A (August 14–20)

Isaiah 56:1, 6–8; Ps. 67:1-7; Romans 11:1–2a, 13–15, 28–32; Matthew 15:21–28

 

Hymn of Invocation
When in the hour of deepest need (LSB 615)



Hymn of the Day / Catechetical Hymn of the Week
I bind unto myself today (LSB 604)



Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
Hear us, Father, when we pray (LSB 773)

 


O God, my faithful God (LSB 696)

 


Evening and morning (LSB 726)

 


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



Hymn of Departure
May God bestow on us His grace (LSB 823)

 

The Church Lives Under the Cross of Christ and Prays in the Hope of His Mercy

By her persistent prayer that Jesus would have mercy and help her (Matt. 15:22, 24), and even in the face of His initial silence and apparent rejection (Matt. 15:23–26), the Canaanite woman boldly confessed her faith in Him (Matt 15:28). Her beautiful example encourages us to cling to the words and promises of the Gospel, even in the face of the Law that accuses and condemns us. “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Rom. 11:29), and His Law “has consigned all to disobedience” for the very purpose “that He may have mercy on all” (Rom. 11:32). Hence, the woman’s faith and hope were not disappointed, but her prayers were answered in the mercy of Christ. Not only does He grant us the crumbs from His Table, but He also feeds us with “the children’s bread” in the house of His Father (Matt. 15:26–27). He has brought us to His “holy mountain,” and He makes us joyful in His house, where He hears our prayers and accepts our sacrifice of praise upon the altar of His cross (Is. 56:7).

 


Summary: LCMS

Hymns: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


A Cruel Christ? The Canaanite Woman's Dogged Faith When Jesus Says "No" - Chad Bird

 

 

The Faith of the Canaanite Woman, Matthew 15:21-28 – Pastors’ Roundtable - Issues, Etc.

Pr. Michael Walther of Good Shepherd Lutheran, Collinsville, Ill., and Pr. Christopher Gillespie of Grace Lutheran, Dryer, Ind. discuss Matt. 15:21-28 with Pastor Todd Wilken. (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2013-Feb-22)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Eleventh Sunday of Pentecost — 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, 56:49, 52.0 MB, 2017-Aug-15)


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 15 - Series A - Matthew 15:21-28 with Dr. Peter J. Scaer

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


Matthew 15:21–28 (SBLGNT)

21 Καὶ ἐξελθὼν ἐκεῖθεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἀνεχώρησεν εἰς τὰ μέρη Τύρου καὶ Σιδῶνος.

22 καὶ ἰδοὺ γυνὴ Χαναναία ἀπὸ τῶν ὁρίων ἐκείνων ἐξελθοῦσα ⸀ἔκραζεν λέγουσα· Ἐλέησόν με, κύριε ⸀υἱὸς Δαυίδ· ἡ θυγάτηρ μου κακῶς δαιμονίζεται.

23 ὁ δὲ οὐκ ἀπεκρίθη αὐτῇ λόγον. καὶ προσελθόντες οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ ⸀ἠρώτουν αὐτὸν λέγοντες· Ἀπόλυσον αὐτήν, ὅτι κράζει ὄπισθεν ἡμῶν.

24 ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν· Οὐκ ἀπεστάλην εἰ μὴ εἰς τὰ πρόβατα τὰ ἀπολωλότα οἴκου Ἰσραήλ.

25 ἡ δὲ ἐλθοῦσα ⸀προσεκύνει αὐτῷ λέγουσα· Κύριε, βοήθει μοι.

26 ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν· Οὐκ ἔστιν καλὸν λαβεῖν τὸν ἄρτον τῶν τέκνων καὶ βαλεῖν τοῖς κυναρίοις.

27 ἡ δὲ εἶπεν· Ναί, κύριε, καὶ γὰρ τὰ κυνάρια ἐσθίει ἀπὸ τῶν ψιχίων τῶν πιπτόντων ἀπὸ τῆς τραπέζης τῶν κυρίων αὐτῶν.

28 τότε ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῇ· Ὦ γύναι, μεγάλη σου ἡ πίστις· γενηθήτω σοι ὡς θέλεις. καὶ ἰάθη ἡ θυγάτηρ αὐτῆς ἀπὸ τῆς ὥρας ἐκείνης.


Literal Translation

(21)  And going out from there, Jesus withdrew to the parts of Tyre and Sidon.

(22)  And, behold, a woman of Canaan coming forth from those borders cried out to Him, saying, Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is badly demon-possessed.

(23)  But He did not answer her a word. And coming near, His disciples asked Him, saying, Send her away, for she cries out after us.

(24)  But answering, He said, I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

(25)  But coming, she worshiped Him, saying, Lord, help me!

(26)  But answering, He said, It is not good to take the bread of the children to throw it to the little dogs.

(27)  But she said, Yes, Lord; for even the little dogs eat of the crumbs falling from the table of their lords.

(28)  Then answering, Jesus said to her, O woman, great is your faith; let it be to you as you desire. And her daughter was healed from that hour.


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.



Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 14A (August 7–13)

Job 38:4–18; Ps. 18:1-6, 7-16; Romans 10:5–17; Matthew 14:22–33

Hymn of Invocation
From depths of woe I cry to Thee (LSB 607)



Hymn of the Day

LSB 717 Eternal Father, Strong to Save



Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
O little flock, fear not the foe (LSB 666)


All glory be to God on high (LSB 947) (Catechetical)


Salvation unto us has come (LSB 555)


Evening and morning (LSB 726)



Hymn of Departure
Sing with all the saints in glory (LSB 671)

 

Christ the Crucified Comes to Save Us by the Word of Faith.

The Lord who “laid the foundation of the earth” (Job 38:4) is the Author and Giver of life who governs all things by His Word. His wisdom and power are beyond our understanding, except as He reveals Himself in the incarnate Word, Christ Jesus. He has “entered into the springs of the sea” and “walked in the recesses of the deep” (Job 38:16), and He draws near to us in mercy. We have been “a long way from the land, beaten by the waves,” and tossed about by hostile winds (Matt. 14:24). In our mortality and sinful unbelief, we do not always recognize the Lord Jesus. But as we cry out in fear, He speaks tenderly to us: “Do not be afraid,” and He reaches out His hand to save us (Matt. 14:27, 31). “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom. 10:13), and now we call upon Him in faith, because we have heard “through the Word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17). “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (Rom. 10:8).

 


Summary: LCMS
Hymns: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


Sea Monsters, French Art, and Jesus Walking on Water: Unearthing Four Layers of Intertextual Meaning - Chad Bird

 

Pastors Roundtable: Matthew 14:22-33, “Jesus Walks on the Sea” - Pastors Golden and Martin - Issues, Etc.

Pastor Kevin Martin of Our Savior Lutheran, Raleigh, NC and Pastor Kevin Golden of Village Lutheran, Ladue, Mo. discuss Matt. 14:22-33, Jesus Walks on the Sea, with Pastor Todd Wilken. (mp3, 54:29, 21.9 MB, 2011-Aug-04)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Tenth Sunday of Pentecost — 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, 52.5 MB, 2017-Aug-07)


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 14 - Series A - Matthew 14:22–33 with Dr. Arthur Just

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


Matthew 14:22–33 (SBLGNT)

22 Καὶ εὐθέως ⸀ἠνάγκασεν τοὺς μαθητὰς ἐμβῆναι ⸀εἰς πλοῖον καὶ προάγειν αὐτὸν εἰς τὸ πέραν, ἕως οὗ ἀπολύσῃ τοὺς ὄχλους.

23 καὶ ἀπολύσας τοὺς ὄχλους ἀνέβη εἰς τὸ ὄρος κατʼ ἰδίαν προσεύξασθαι. ὀψίας δὲ γενομένης μόνος ἦν ἐκεῖ.

24 τὸ δὲ πλοῖον ἤδη ⸂σταδίους πολλοὺς ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς ἀπεῖχεν⸃, βασανιζόμενον ὑπὸ τῶν κυμάτων, ἦν γὰρ ἐναντίος ὁ ἄνεμος.

25 τετάρτῃ δὲ φυλακῇ τῆς νυκτὸς ⸀ἦλθεν πρὸς ⸀αὐτοὺς περιπατῶν ἐπὶ ⸂τὴν θάλασσαν⸃.

26 ⸂οἱ δὲ μαθηταὶ ἰδόντες αὐτὸν⸃ ἐπὶ ⸂τῆς θαλάσσης⸃ περιπατοῦντα ἐταράχθησαν λέγοντες ὅτι Φάντασμά ἐστιν, καὶ ἀπὸ τοῦ φόβου ἔκραξαν.

27 ⸀εὐθὺς δὲ ἐλάλησεν ⸂αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς⸃ λέγων· Θαρσεῖτε, ἐγώ εἰμι· μὴ φοβεῖσθε.

28 Ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ⸂αὐτῷ ὁ Πέτρος εἶπεν⸃· Κύριε, εἰ σὺ εἶ, κέλευσόν με ⸂ἐλθεῖν πρὸς σὲ⸃ ἐπὶ τὰ ὕδατα·

29 ὁ δὲ εἶπεν· Ἐλθέ. καὶ καταβὰς ἀπὸ τοῦ ⸀πλοίου Πέτρος περιεπάτησεν ἐπὶ τὰ ὕδατα ⸂καὶ ἦλθεν⸃ πρὸς τὸν Ἰησοῦν.

30 βλέπων δὲ τὸν ἄνεμον ⸀ἰσχυρὸν ἐφοβήθη, καὶ ἀρξάμενος καταποντίζεσθαι ἔκραξεν λέγων· Κύριε, σῶσόν με.

31 εὐθέως δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἐκτείνας τὴν χεῖρα ἐπελάβετο αὐτοῦ καὶ λέγει αὐτῷ· Ὀλιγόπιστε, εἰς τί ἐδίστασας;

32 καὶ ⸀ἀναβάντων αὐτῶν εἰς τὸ πλοῖον ἐκόπασεν ὁ ἄνεμος.

33 οἱ δὲ ἐν τῷ ⸀πλοίῳ προσεκύνησαν αὐτῷ λέγοντες· Ἀληθῶς θεοῦ υἱὸς εἶ.


Literal Translation

(22)  And immediately Jesus made His disciples get into a boat and to go before Him to the other side until He should dismiss the crowds.

(23)  And having dismissed the crowds, He went up into the mountain alone to pray. And evening coming on, He was there alone.

(24)  But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.

(25)  But in the fourth watch of the night, Jesus went out to them, walking on the sea.

(26)  And seeing Him walking on the sea, the disciples were troubled, saying, It is a phantom! And they cried out from the fear.

(27)  But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, Be comforted! I AM! Do not fear.

(28)  And answering Him, Peter said, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the waters.

(29)  And He said, Come! And going down from the boat, Peter walked on the waters to go to Jesus.

(30)  But seeing the wind strong, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, Lord, save me!

(31)  And immediately stretching out the hand, Jesus took hold of him, and said to him, Little-faith, why did you doubt?

(32)  And coming into the boat, the wind ceased.

(33)  And those in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, Truly, You are the Son of God.


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.



Ninth Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 13A (July 31–August 6)

Isaiah 55:1–5; Ps. 136:1-9, 23-26; Romans 9:1–5, 6–13; Matthew 14:13–21

Hymn of Invocation
Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord (LSB 497)



Hymn of the Day / Catechetical Hymn of the Week
 

LSB 642 O Living Bread from Heaven

 

Offertory Hymn
Feed Thy children, God most holy (LSB 774)



Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
Lord Jesus Christ, life-giving bread (LSB 625)


The gifts Christ freely gives (LSB 602)


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


In Thee is gladness (LSB 818)



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

 

Christ Jesus, the Living Bread from Heaven, Feeds the Children of God.

By the Gospel of “the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever” (Rom. 9:5), we are “the children of God” (Rom. 9:8), “not because of works but because of His call” (Rom. 9:11). Therefore, “listen diligently,” and “hear, that your soul may live.” By His sacrificial death in His flesh and blood He has made “an everlasting covenant” for us. Since He now calls us to Himself, we come to Him “and eat what is good, and delight … in rich food” (Is. 55:2–3). He has come with divine compassion to save us from sin and death and to feed us with Himself. As our Lord Jesus once took bread, “said a blessing,” broke the loaves, “and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds” (Matt. 14:18–19), He also now takes bread, blesses it by His Word to be His very Body, and distributes it to His Church by the hand of His called and ordained servants. Just as “they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces,” there is more than enough for His whole Church to eat and to be satisfied (Matt. 14:20).

 


Summary: LCMS 

Hymns: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


The Lord’s Long Supper: The Feeding of the 5000 as Exodus Recapitulated and Eucharist Anticipated - Chad Bird

 

Pastors Roundtable: Matthew 14:13-21, “Jesus Feeds the 5,000” - Issues Etc.

Pastor Jonathan Ferguson of Peace Lutheran, St. Louis, Mo, and Pastor Ralph Patrick of Peace with Christ Lutheran, Fort Collins, Colo., discuss the Gospel Lesson with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 54:17, 21.8 MB, 2011-Jul-28)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Ninth Sunday of Pentecost — 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, 53:21, 48.8 MB, 2017-Aug-04)


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 13 - Series A - Matthew 14:13–21 with Dr. Arthur Just

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


Matthew 14:13–21 (SBLGNT)

13 ⸂Ἀκούσας δὲ⸃ ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἀνεχώρησεν ἐκεῖθεν ἐν πλοίῳ εἰς ἔρημον τόπον κατʼ ἰδίαν· καὶ ἀκούσαντες οἱ ὄχλοι ἠκολούθησαν αὐτῷ πεζῇ ἀπὸ τῶν πόλεων.

14 καὶ ⸀ἐξελθὼν εἶδεν πολὺν ὄχλον, καὶ ἐσπλαγχνίσθη ἐπʼ αὐτοῖς καὶ ἐθεράπευσεν τοὺς ἀρρώστους αὐτῶν.

15 ὀψίας δὲ γενομένης προσῆλθον αὐτῷ οἱ ⸀μαθηταὶ λέγοντες· Ἔρημός ἐστιν ὁ τόπος καὶ ἡ ὥρα ἤδη παρῆλθεν· ἀπόλυσον τοὺς ὄχλους, ἵνα ἀπελθόντες εἰς τὰς κώμας ἀγοράσωσιν ἑαυτοῖς βρώματα.

16 ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Οὐ χρείαν ἔχουσιν ἀπελθεῖν· δότε αὐτοῖς ὑμεῖς φαγεῖν.

17 οἱ δὲ λέγουσιν αὐτῷ· Οὐκ ἔχομεν ὧδε εἰ μὴ πέντε ἄρτους καὶ δύο ἰχθύας.

18 ὁ δὲ εἶπεν· Φέρετέ μοι ⸂ὧδε αὐτούς⸃.

19 καὶ κελεύσας τοὺς ὄχλους ἀνακλιθῆναι ἐπὶ ⸂τοῦ χόρτου⸃, λαβὼν τοὺς πέντε ἄρτους καὶ τοὺς δύο ἰχθύας, ἀναβλέψας εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν εὐλόγησεν καὶ κλάσας ἔδωκεν τοῖς μαθηταῖς τοὺς ἄρτους οἱ δὲ μαθηταὶ τοῖς ὄχλοις.

20 καὶ ἔφαγον πάντες καὶ ἐχορτάσθησαν, καὶ ἦραν τὸ περισσεῦον τῶν κλασμάτων δώδεκα κοφίνους πλήρεις.

21 οἱ δὲ ἐσθίοντες ἦσαν ἄνδρες ὡσεὶ πεντακισχίλιοι χωρὶς γυναικῶν καὶ παιδίων.


Literal Translation

(13)  And having heard, Jesus withdrew privately from there in a boat, into a deserted place. And hearing, the crowds followed Him on foot out of the cities.

(14)  And going out, Jesus saw a great crowd and was filled with pity toward them. And He healed their infirm ones.

(15)  And evening coming, His disciples came near to Him saying, The place is deserted, and the hour is already gone by. Dismiss the crowds, that going away into the villages they may buy provisions for themselves.

(16)  But Jesus said to them, They have no need to go away. You give them food to eat.

(17)  But they said to Him, We have nothing here except five loaves and two fish.

(18)  And He said, Bring them here to Me.

(19)  And commanding the crowds to recline on the grass, and taking the five loaves and two fish, looking up to Heaven, He blessed. And breaking, He gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave to the crowds.

(20)  And all ate and were satisfied. And they took up the left over pieces, twelve hand-baskets full.

(21)  And the ones eating were about five thousand men, besides women and 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.