December 27th, 2017

St. John, Apostle and Evangelist


Collect (LSB)

Merciful Lord, cast the bright beams of Your light upon Your Church that we, being instructed in the doctrine of Your blessed apostle and evangelist John, may come to the light of everlasting life; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Old Testament: Hosea 14:1-9


Israel Restored at Last

 1 O Israel, return to the LORD your God,
      For you have stumbled because of your iniquity;
       2 Take words with you,
      And return to the LORD.
      Say to Him,
      “ Take away all iniquity;
      Receive us graciously,
      For we will offer the sacrifices[a] of our lips.
       3 Assyria shall not save us,
      We will not ride on horses,
      Nor will we say anymore to the work of our hands, ‘You are our gods.’
      For in You the fatherless finds mercy.”
       4 “ I will heal their backsliding,
      I will love them freely,
      For My anger has turned away from him.
       5 I will be like the dew to Israel;
      He shall grow like the lily,
      And lengthen his roots like Lebanon.
       6 His branches shall spread;
      His beauty shall be like an olive tree,
      And his fragrance like Lebanon.
       7 Those who dwell under his shadow shall return;
      They shall be revived like grain,
      And grow like a vine.
      Their scent[b]shall be like the wine of Lebanon.
       8 “ Ephraim shall say, ‘What have I to do anymore with idols?’
      I have heard and observed him.
      I am like a green cypress tree;
      Your fruit is found in Me.”
       9 Who is wise?
      Let him understand these things.
      Who is prudent?
      Let him know them.
      For the ways of the LORD are right;
      The righteous walk in them,
      But transgressors stumble in them.

Footnotes:Hosea 14:2 Literally bull calves; Septuagint reads fruit. Hosea 14:7 Literally remembrance


Old Testament (LSB): Rev. 1:1-6


Introduction and Benediction

 1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.

Greeting the Seven Churches

   
 4 John, to the seven churches which are in Asia:Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed[a] us from our sins in His own blood, 6 and has made us kings[b] and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Footnotes:Revelation 1:5 NU-Text reads loves us and freed; M-Text reads loves us and washed. Revelation 1:6 NU-Text and M-Text read a kingdom.


Epistle: 1 John 1:1-10


What Was Heard, Seen, and Touched

 1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— 2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write to you that your[a] joy may be full.

Fellowship with Him and One Another

    5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

Footnotes:1 John 1:4 NU-Text and M-Text read our.


Gospel: John 21:19-24


19 This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”

The Beloved Disciple and His Book
    20 Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” 21 Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?” 22 Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.” 23 Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?” 24 This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true.



First Reading: Is. 51:17-52:12


God’s Fury Removed

    17 Awake, awake!
      Stand up, O Jerusalem,
      You who have drunk at the hand of the LORD
      The cup of His fury;
      You have drunk the dregs of the cup of trembling,
      And drained it out.
       18 There is no one to guide her
      Among all the sons she has brought forth;
      Nor is there any who takes her by the hand
      Among all the sons she has brought up.
       19 These two things have come to you;
      Who will be sorry for you?—
      Desolation and destruction, famine and sword—
      By whom will I comfort you?
       20 Your sons have fainted,
      They lie at the head of all the streets,
      Like an antelope in a net;
      They are full of the fury of the LORD,
      The rebuke of your God.
       21 Therefore please hear this, you afflicted,
      And drunk but not with wine.
       22 Thus says your Lord,
      The LORD and your God,
      Who pleads the cause of His people:
      “ See, I have taken out of your hand
      The cup of trembling,
      The dregs of the cup of My fury;
      You shall no longer drink it.
       23 But I will put it into the hand of those who afflict you,
      Who have said to you,[a]
      ‘ Lie down, that we may walk over you.’
      And you have laid your body like the ground,
      And as the street, for those who walk over.”

God Redeems Jerusalem

 1 Awake, awake!
      Put on your strength, O Zion;
      Put on your beautiful garments,
      O Jerusalem, the holy city!
      For the uncircumcised and the unclean
      Shall no longer come to you.
       2 Shake yourself from the dust, arise;
      Sit down, O Jerusalem!
      Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck,
      O captive daughter of Zion! 3 For thus says the LORD:
      “ You have sold yourselves for nothing,
      And you shall be redeemed without money.” 4 For thus says the Lord GOD:
      “ My people went down at first
      Into Egypt to dwell there;
      Then the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.
       5 Now therefore, what have I here,” says the LORD,
      “ That My people are taken away for nothing?
      Those who rule over them
      Make them wail,”[b] says the LORD,
      “ And My name is blasphemed continually every day.
       6 Therefore My people shall know My name;
      Therefore they shall know in that day
      That I am He who speaks:
      ‘ Behold, it is I.’”
       7 How beautiful upon the mountains
      Are the feet of him who brings good news,
      Who proclaims peace,
      Who brings glad tidings of good things,
      Who proclaims salvation,
      Who says to Zion,
      “ Your God reigns!”
       8 Your watchmen shall lift up their voices,
      With their voices they shall sing together;
      For they shall see eye to eye
      When the LORD brings back Zion.
       9 Break forth into joy, sing together,
      You waste places of Jerusalem!
      For the LORD has comforted His people,
      He has redeemed Jerusalem.
       10 The LORD has made bare His holy arm
      In the eyes of all the nations;
      And all the ends of the earth shall see
      The salvation of our God.
       11 Depart! Depart! Go out from there,
      Touch no unclean thing;
      Go out from the midst of her,
      Be clean,
      You who bear the vessels of the LORD.
       12 For you shall not go out with haste,
      Nor go by flight;
      For the LORD will go before you,
      And the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

Footnotes:Isaiah 51:23 Literally your soul Isaiah 52:5 Dead Sea Scrolls read Mock; Septuagint reads Marvel and wail; Targum reads Boast themselves; Vulgate reads Treat them unjustly.


Second Reading: Matt. 2:1-12


Wise Men from the East

 1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:
       6 ‘ But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
      Are not the least among the rulers of Judah;
      For out of you shall come a Ruler
       Who will shepherd My people Israel.’[a] 7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.” 9 When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.

Footnotes:Matthew 2:6 Micah 5:2


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