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.