20th Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 24 (October 22)

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

Entrance: LSB 940 Holy God, We Praise Thy Name

Of the Day: LSB 734 I Trust, O Lord, Your Holy Name

Offertory: LSB 781 We Give Thee But Thine Own

Distribution: LSB 732 All Depends on Our Possessing;

LSB 850 God of Grace and God of Glory

Closing: LSB 854 Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go

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).

Dr Martin Luther:

“The tribute money had never been paid before the time when Christ was to be born. In this manner he indicated how his realm should not be in any way secular and that he should not rule as a secular ruler over a secular dominion, but that he would subject himself and his parents to the secular powers....Since, however, all his works are nothing but precious teaching, there is no other possible explanation than that, following God’s counsel and purpose, he does not want to exercise worldly rule, but wants to be a subject.” LW 52:8

Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)

Worldview Everlasting – Render Unto the Hypocrites (Matthew 22:15-22)

Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on Matt. 22:15-22

Worldview Everlasting – Don't Let Your Confession Go Country (1 Thessalonians 1:1-10)

Thanks, grace, joy, relief. Paul has them all as he writes 1 Thessalonians and Pastor Fisk walks you through chapter 1 in this edition of Greek Tuesday. The word has spread that the Thessalonians have remained faithful to their confession. And in today’s Greek Tuesday, like Paul to the Thessalonians, Pastor Fisk encourages you not to get caught up in new fads that will fade, but to cling to the Word which never changes and will always remain.

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)

Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Twentieth Sunday of Pentecost — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

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 15)

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

Entrance: LSB 813 Rejoice, O Pilgrim Throng

Of the Day: LSB 510 A Multitude Comes from the East and the West

Offertory: LSB 516 Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying

Distribution: LSB 676 Behold a Host, Arrayed in White;

LSB 631 Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face

Closing: LSB 818 In Thee Is Gladness

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).

Dr Martin Luther:

“As Isaiah 61:10 says: ‘He has clothed me with the garments of salvation and has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decorated with a crown and like a bride adorned with her jewels.’ (Matt. 22:11), namely, the great trust and righteousness through which we are clothed with Christ Himself as with a gift. This is the gold, these are the robes which the Gentile church has received through the early church and the Apostles.” LW 12:294

Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)

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)

Worldview Everlasting – Mosaic Code of Joyfulness and Kindness...Brutal on the Conscience (Philippians 4:4-13)

This is the last hurrah of Paul’s letter of relief to the Philippians as Greek Tuesday takes on chapter 4. You know how you were always told to “rejoice in the Lord always”, as if that was something you could do? BE HAPPY!! OR ELSE!! Well, what if instead of feeling like less of a Christian because you just couldn’t manage to rejoice all the time, Paul was saying, “Be relieved in the Lord always!” Now that is a different story entirely, and one filled with hope in what Christ has done, not what you’ve done. Sit down with your Bible and favorite beverage and ride along as Pastor Fisk takes us through Philippians 4:4-13.

Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Nineteenth Sunday of Pentecost — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

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.


Dr. Jan Lohmeyer, adjunct professor, Concordia University, Texas, discusses Apologetics and Teens with Pr. Todd Wilken:


1. (mp3, 28:23, 26.0 MB, 2017-Jun-15)


2. (mp3, 44:39, 40.9 MB, 2017-Jul-19)


3. (mp3, 28:34, 26.2 MB, 2017-Aug-23)


18th Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 22 (October 8)

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

Entrance: LSB 909 Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

Of the Day: LSB 544 O Love, How Deep

Offertory: LSB 691 Fruitful Trees, the Spirit’s Sowing

Distribution: LSB 827 Hark the Voice of Jesus Calling;

LSB 540 Christ, the Word of God Incarnate

Closing: LSB 644 The Church’s One Foundation

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).

Dr Martin Luther:

“When the world hears, then, that its highest gifts are disapproved by the Gospel and that only this King is commended, it is not only offended, but even prepares weapons and strives with all its might to vindicate its own gifts against this affront. This is the occasion for the bitterest conflicts; thus the world and this King attack each other with hostile hearts, with this result, about which Psalm 118:22 prophesies: ‘The Stone which the builders rejected has become the chief Cornerstone.’” LW 12:62

Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)

Worldview Everlasting – No Confidence In Colorful Metaphors (Philippians 3:4b-14)

Our human condition is such that we are always striving to find our relief, our confidence, in ourselves and our works. But Paul warns against that very strongly in today’s text, going so far as to use some choice Greek…colorful metaphors… Philippians 3:4-14 is not a text to play around with. Once again, while we are looking for Law to do, Paul is busy delivering Christ for us. Don’t miss the sweet Gospel so plainly given in this passage, because the English tradition of translation, once again, hasn’t done us any favors in that area.

Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Eighteenth Sunday of Pentecost — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

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)

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

Entrance: LSB 812 Come, Let Us Join Our Cheerful Songs

Of the Day: LSB 539 Christ Is the World’s Redeemer

Offertory: LSB 554 O Jesus, King Most Wonderful

Distribution: LSB 543 What Wondrous Love Is This;

LSB 900 Jesus! Name of Wondrous Love

Closing: LSB 807 When Morning Gilds the Skies

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).

Dr Martin Luther:

“With this question the Lord cornered them and made it impossible for them to escape either to the right or to the left. In fact, He always held His own and coped with them masterfully. Christ’s rather pointed answer befits their haughty question. They should have told themselves: ‘John, who is now imprisoned, definitely proclaimed that a man would follow him directly, that this man would baptize with fire and with the Holy Spirit, and that the people would flock to him. This surely must be He.’” LW 22:240

Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)

Worldview Everlasting – My Two Sons (Matthew 21:23-32)

Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on Matthew 21:23-32.

Worldview Everlasting – The Grammar Police Use Dodgeballs (Philippians 2:1-18)

Sometimes something as simple as an alternate translation can make the difference between salvation by faith and salvation by works. Philippians has many famous passages concerning what we are supposed to do as Christians - how we are to live out our Christian life. But as is so often the case, what if Philippians 2 isn’t about so much as what we do, but what Christ has done for us? Pastor Fisk takes on Philippians 2:1-18 in today’s Greek Tuesday and points us back to salvation by grace alone through faith alone.

Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Seventeenth Sunday of Pentecost — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

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)

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.



Gloria in Excelsis - Salutation 

Triple Alleluia - Both 

Alleluia 1 with Proper Verse 

Alleluia 2 with Proper Verse 

Holy Gospel & Responses 



Proper Preface and Sanctus 

Lord's Prayer 

Words of Our Lord 

Pax Domini and Agnus Dei 

Nunc Dimittis 


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

Entrance: LSB 838 The Saints in Christ Are One in Every Place

Of the Day: LSB 853 How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord

Offertory: LSB 757 Lord, It Belongs Not to My Care

Distribution: LSB 555 Salvation unto Us Has Come;

LSB 742 For Me to Live Is Jesus

Closing: LSB 738 Lord of All Hopefulness

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).

Dr Martin Luther:

“Observe, therefore, the wickedness of the human heart! When God saves the unworthy without merits, or rather justifies the ungodly with their many demerits, it does not accuse him of injustice; it does not demand to know why he wills this, which in its judgment is most unjust, but because it is advantageous and pleasing to itself it deems it just and good. But when he damns those without merit, then since this is disadvantageous to itself, it is unjust, it is intolerable, and here there is protesting, murmuring, and blaspheming.” LW 33:207–8

Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)

Worldview Everlasting – Symphonizing the Idle w/ Equal Dikaios (Matthew 20:1-16)

Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on Matthew 20:1-16.

Worldview Everlasting – I Will Rejoice In...SQUIRREL!!! (Philippians 1:12-14,19-30)

The Gospel is relief. No matter what I see or experience in this life, Christ has got me in His Cross, in His Word and in His Sacrament. And when I die I go to be with Him. Paul is full of hope and joy in this first chapter of Philippians. But that joy isn’t what you think it is, you silly American! You’ll want to watch this episode to find out how we tend to twist the word “joy” and make it about something it is not.

Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Sixteenth Sunday of Pentecost — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

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)

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

Entrance: LSB 816 From All That Dwell Below the Skies

Of the Day: LSB 501 Come Down, O Love Divine

Offertory: LSB 843 “Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive”

Distribution: LSB 606 I Lay My Sins on Jesus;

LSB 496 Holy Spirit, Light Divine

Closing: LSB 685 Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus

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).

Dr Martin Luther:

“Now when we look at the account to see how much we owe we must quiver and quake and have no other recourse than to say: ‘I am in debt to others, but there are those who are in debt to me; I shall remit to them, one and all, whatever they owe me, and then O Lord, I pray thee, forgive me also.’ With that I draw a line through the reckoning and cancel it out. If we did not have this expedient we should be badly off.” LW 36:357

Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)

Worldview Everlasting – 490xBacon (Matthew 18:21-35)

Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on Matt. 18:21-35.

Worldview Everlasting – Apathetic About Doctrine Is A Pathetic Way To Be (Romans 14:1-12)

Romans 14 is about…wait for it…closed communion!!! Wait, what? Yep. But of course, not the way we might think. You won’t want to miss this episode of Greek Tuesday where Pastor Fisk goes through Romans 14 and 16, dealing with the Biblical examples of house churches, closed communion, and false teachers. Here’s a hint: house churches today aren’t necessarily the same thing as in the Bible, closed communion is good, and false teachers are to be avoided. Now go watch the entire episode to get the full details in all their awesomeness!

Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Fifteenth Sunday of Pentecost — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

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)

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

Entrance: LSB 820 My Soul, Now Praise Your Maker

Of the Day: LSB 579 The Law of God Is Good and Wise

Offertory: LSB 612 As Rebels, Lord, Who Foolishly Have Wandered

Distribution: LSB 605 Father Welcomes;

LSB 686 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Closing: LSB 707 Oh, That the Lord Would Guide My Ways

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).

Dr Martin Luther:

“If I see something in him (i.e. my neighbor) that does not please me very much, I should pull back and take a look at myself. There I will find many things which do not please other people either and which I want them to pardon and tolerate. This will soon relieve the itch that tickles and enjoys someone else’s transgressions, and Master Smart Aleck will toddle along and stop passing judgment.” LW 21:215

Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)

Worldview Everlasting – Absolute Power (to Humiliate [in a Good Way]) (Matthew 18:1-20)

Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on Matthew 18:1-20.

Worldview Everlasting – If You Could Respect Authority That Would Be Great (Romans 13:1-10)

Romans 13. A chapter so often abused by those in power. And misunderstood by those subject to those in power. Do we as Christians stand up and fight against an oppressive government? Or do we remain passive in the face of persecution by unjust rulers? What about a boss who is kind of a jerk? The answer, of course, is found in Christ. But as usual, many of us miss him in our standard reading of this chapter. Pastor Fisk helps us out though and gives some tough answers to tough questions as he takes on Romans 13:1-10 in today’s Greek Tuesday.


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.