May 10th, 2018

Ascension


Collect (LSB)

Almighty God, as Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, ascended into the heavens, so may we also ascend in heart and mind and continually dwell there with Him, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Old Testament: Isaiah 57:15


15 For thus says the High and Lofty One
      Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
      “ I dwell in the high and holy place,
      With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,
      To revive the spirit of the humble,
      And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
      



Old Testament (LSB): 2 Kings 2:5-15


5 Now the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho came to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the LORD will take away your master from over you today?” So he answered, “Yes, I know; keep silent!” 6 Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, please, for the LORD has sent me on to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So the two of them went on. 7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood facing them at a distance, while the two of them stood by the Jordan. 8 Now Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up, and struck the water; and it was divided this way and that, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground. 9 And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” 10 So he said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.” 11 Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried out, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!” So he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces. 13 He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan. 14 Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the LORD God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over. 15 Now when the sons of the prophets who were from Jericho saw him, they said, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” And they came to meet him, and bowed to the ground before him.



Epistle: Acts 1:1-11


Prologue

 1 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, 3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

The Holy Spirit Promised

    4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me[a] in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Jesus Ascends to Heaven

    9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

Footnotes:Acts 1:8 NU-Text reads My witnesses.


Gospel: Mark 16:14-20


The Great Commission

    14 Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they[a] will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Christ Ascends to God’s Right Hand

    19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.[b]

Footnotes:Mark 16:18 NU-Text reads and in their hands they will. Mark 16:20 Verses 9–20 are bracketed in NU-Text as not original. They are lacking in Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus, although nearly all other manuscripts of Mark contain them.


Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 8; Ps. 15; Ps. 21; Ps. 47


To the Chief Musician. On the instrument of Gath.[a] A Psalm of David.

 1 O LORD, our Lord,
         How excellent is Your name in all the earth,
         Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
         
 2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
         You have ordained strength,
         Because of Your enemies,
         That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.
         
 3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
         The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
 4 What is man that You are mindful of him,
         And the son of man that You visit him?
 5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels,[b]
         And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
         
 6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
         You have put all things under his feet,
 7 All sheep and oxen—
         Even the beasts of the field,
 8 The birds of the air,
         And the fish of the sea
         That pass through the paths of the seas.
         
 9 O LORD, our Lord,
         How excellent is Your name in all the earth!

Footnotes:Psalm 8:1 Hebrew Al Gittith Psalm 8:5 Hebrew Elohim, God; Septuagint, Syriac, Targum, and Jewish tradition translate as angels.




A Psalm of David.

 1 LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle?
         Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
         
 2 He who walks uprightly,
         And works righteousness,
         And speaks the truth in his heart;
 3 He who does not backbite with his tongue,
         Nor does evil to his neighbor,
         Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;
 4 In whose eyes a vile person is despised,
         But he honors those who fear the LORD;
         He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
 5 He who does not put out his money at usury,
         Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
         
         He who does these things shall never be moved.





To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

 1 The king shall have joy in Your strength, O LORD;
         And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
 2 You have given him his heart’s desire,
         And have not withheld the request of his lips.  Selah  
         
 3 For You meet him with the blessings of goodness;
         You set a crown of pure gold upon his head.
 4 He asked life from You, and You gave it to him—
         Length of days forever and ever.
 5 His glory is great in Your salvation;
         Honor and majesty You have placed upon him.
 6 For You have made him most blessed forever;
         You have made him exceedingly glad with Your presence.
 7 For the king trusts in the LORD,
         And through the mercy of the Most High he shall not be moved.
         
 8 Your hand will find all Your enemies;
         Your right hand will find those who hate You.
 9 You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of Your anger;
         The LORD shall swallow them up in His wrath,
         And the fire shall devour them.
 10 Their offspring You shall destroy from the earth,
         And their descendants from among the sons of men.
 11 For they intended evil against You;
         They devised a plot which they are not able to perform.
 12 Therefore You will make them turn their back;
         You will make ready Your arrows on Your string toward their faces.
         
 13 Be exalted, O LORD, in Your own strength!
         We will sing and praise Your power.





To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

 1 Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples!
         Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
 2 For the LORD Most High is awesome;
         He is a great King over all the earth.
 3 He will subdue the peoples under us,
         And the nations under our feet.
 4 He will choose our inheritance for us,
         The excellence of Jacob whom He loves.  Selah  
         
 5 God has gone up with a shout,
         The LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
 6 Sing praises to God, sing praises!
         Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
 7 For God is the King of all the earth;
         Sing praises with understanding.
         
 8 God reigns over the nations;
         God sits on His holy throne.
 9 The princes of the people have gathered together,
         The people of the God of Abraham.
         For the shields of the earth belong to God;
         He is greatly exalted.



Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 24; Ps. 68; Ps. 148


A Psalm of David.

 1 The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness,
         The world and those who dwell therein.
 2 For He has founded it upon the seas,
         And established it upon the waters.
         
 3 Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?
         Or who may stand in His holy place?
 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
         Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
         Nor sworn deceitfully.
 5 He shall receive blessing from the LORD,
         And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
 6 This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,
         Who seek Your face.  Selah  
         
 7 Lift up your heads, O you gates!
         And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
         And the King of glory shall come in.
 8 Who is this King of glory?
         The LORD strong and mighty,
         The LORD mighty in battle.
 9 Lift up your heads, O you gates!
         Lift up, you everlasting doors!
         And the King of glory shall come in.
 10 Who is this King of glory?
         The LORD of hosts,
         He is the King of glory.  Selah  





To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A Song.

 1 Let God arise,
         Let His enemies be scattered;
         Let those also who hate Him flee before Him.
 2 As smoke is driven away,
         So drive them away;
         As wax melts before the fire,
         So let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
 3 But let the righteous be glad;
         Let them rejoice before God;
         Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.
         
 4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name;
         Extol Him who rides on the clouds,[a]
         By His name YAH,
         And rejoice before Him.
         
 5 A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
         Is God in His holy habitation.
 6 God sets the solitary in families;
         He brings out those who are bound into prosperity;
         But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
         
 7 O God, when You went out before Your people,
         When You marched through the wilderness,  Selah  
 8 The earth shook;
         The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God;
         Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
 9 You, O God, sent a plentiful rain,
         Whereby You confirmed Your inheritance,
         When it was weary.
 10 Your congregation dwelt in it;
         You, O God, provided from Your goodness for the poor.
         
 11 The Lord gave the word;
         Great was the company of those who proclaimed it:
 12 “Kings of armies flee, they flee,
         And she who remains at home divides the spoil.
 13 Though you lie down among the sheepfolds,
         You will be like the wings of a dove covered with silver,
         And her feathers with yellow gold.”
 14 When the Almighty scattered kings in it,
         It was white as snow in Zalmon.
         
 15 A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan;
         A mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan.
 16 Why do you fume with envy, you mountains of many peaks?
         This is the mountain which God desires to dwell in;
         Yes, the LORD will dwell in it forever.
         
 17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand,
         Even thousands of thousands;
         The Lord is among them as in Sinai, in the Holy Place.
 18 You have ascended on high,
         You have led captivity captive;
         You have received gifts among men,
         Even from the rebellious,
         That the LORD God might dwell there.
         
 19 Blessed be the Lord,
         Who daily loads us with benefits,
         The God of our salvation!  Selah  
 20 Our God is the God of salvation;
         And to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death.
         
 21 But God will wound the head of His enemies,
         The hairy scalp of the one who still goes on in his trespasses.
 22 The Lord said, “I will bring back from Bashan,
         I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,
 23 That your foot may crush them[b] in blood,
         And the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from your enemies.”
         
 24 They have seen Your procession, O God,
         The procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary.
 25 The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after;
         Among them were the maidens playing timbrels.
 26 Bless God in the congregations,
         The Lord, from the fountain of Israel.
 27 There is little Benjamin, their leader,
         The princes of Judah and their company,
         The princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali.
         
 28 Your God has commanded[c] your strength;
         Strengthen, O God, what You have done for us.
 29 Because of Your temple at Jerusalem,
         Kings will bring presents to You.
 30 Rebuke the beasts of the reeds,
         The herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples,
         Till everyone submits himself with pieces of silver.
         Scatter the peoples who delight in war.
 31 Envoys will come out of Egypt;
         Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God.
         
 32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth;
         Oh, sing praises to the Lord,  Selah  
 33 To Him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old!
         Indeed, He sends out His voice, a mighty voice.
 34 Ascribe strength to God;
         His excellence is over Israel,
         And His strength is in the clouds.
 35 O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places.
         The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people.
         
         Blessed be God!

Footnotes:Psalm 68:4 Masoretic Text reads deserts; Targum reads heavens (compare verse 34 and Isaiah 19:1). Psalm 68:23 Septuagint, Syriac, Targum, and Vulgate read you may dip your foot. Psalm 68:28 Septuagint, Syriac, Targum, and Vulgate read Command, O God.




Praise to the LORD from Creation

 1 Praise the LORD!
         
         Praise the LORD from the heavens;
         Praise Him in the heights!
 2 Praise Him, all His angels;
         Praise Him, all His hosts!
 3 Praise Him, sun and moon;
         Praise Him, all you stars of light!
 4 Praise Him, you heavens of heavens,
         And you waters above the heavens!
         
 5 Let them praise the name of the LORD,
         For He commanded and they were created.
 6 He also established them forever and ever;
         He made a decree which shall not pass away.
         
 7 Praise the LORD from the earth,
         You great sea creatures and all the depths;
 8 Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
         Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
 9 Mountains and all hills;
         Fruitful trees and all cedars;
 10 Beasts and all cattle;
         Creeping things and flying fowl;
 11 Kings of the earth and all peoples;
         Princes and all judges of the earth;
 12 Both young men and maidens;
         Old men and children.
         
 13 Let them praise the name of the LORD,
         For His name alone is exalted;
         His glory is above the earth and heaven.
 14 And He has exalted the horn of His people,
         The praise of all His saints—
         Of the children of Israel,
         A people near to Him.
         
         Praise the LORD!



First Reading: Num. 11:1-23; Num. 11:31-35



Second Reading: Lk. 17:1-19


Jesus Warns of Offenses
 1 Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. 3 Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you,[a] rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you,[b] saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”
Faith and Duty
    5 And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” 6 So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. 7 And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? 8 But will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink’? 9 Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not.[c] 10 So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’”
Ten Lepers Cleansed
    11 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 13 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. 17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

Footnotes:Luke 17:3 NU-Text omits against you. Luke 17:4 M-Text omits to you. Luke 17:9 NU-Text ends verse with commanded; M-Text omits him.


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