May 21st, 2018
O God, who gave Your Holy Spirit to the apostles, grant us that same Spirit that we may live in faith and abide in peace; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Old Testament (LSB): Isaiah 57:15-21
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.
16 For I will not contend forever,
Nor will I always be angry;
For the spirit would fail before Me,
And the souls which I have made.
17 For the iniquity of his covetousness
I was angry and struck him;
I hid and was angry,
And he went on backsliding in the way of his heart.
18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him;
I will also lead him,
And restore comforts to him
And to his mourners.
19 “ I create the fruit of the lips:
Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,”
Says the LORD,
“ And I will heal him.”
20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea,
When it cannot rest,
Whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
21 “ There is no peace,”
Says my God, “for the wicked.”
Old Testament: Isaiah 32:14-20
14 Because the palaces will be forsaken,
The bustling city will be deserted.
The forts and towers will become lairs forever,
A joy of wild donkeys, a pasture of flocks—
15 Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high,
And the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,
And the fruitful field is counted as a forest.
The Peace of God’s Reign
16 Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
And righteousness remain in the fruitful field.
17 The work of righteousness will be peace,
And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.
18 My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation,
In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places,
19 Though hail comes down on the forest,
And the city is brought low in humiliation.
20 Blessed are
you who sow beside all waters,
Who send out freely the feet of the ox and the donkey.
Epistle: Acts 10:42-48
42 And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. 43 To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.”
The Holy Spirit Falls on the Gentiles
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. 45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered, 47 “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?
” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days.
Gospel: John 3:16-21
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 90
A Prayer of Moses the man of God.
1 Lord, You have been our dwelling place[a] in all generations.Footnotes:
2 Before the mountains were brought forth,
Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
3 You turn man to destruction,
And say, “Return, O children of men.”
4 For a thousand years in Your sight
Are like yesterday when it is past,
And like a watch in the night.
5 You carry them away like a flood;
They are like a sleep.
In the morning they are like grass which grows up:
6 In the morning it flourishes and grows up;
In the evening it is cut down and withers.
7 For we have been consumed by Your anger,
And by Your wrath we are terrified.
8 You have set our iniquities before You,
Our secret sins in the light of Your countenance.
9 For all our days have passed away in Your wrath;
We finish our years like a sigh.
10 The days of our lives are seventy years;
And if by reason of strength they are eighty years,
Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow;
For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
11 Who knows the power of Your anger?
For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath.
12 So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.
13 Return, O LORD!
And have compassion on Your servants.
14 Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy,
That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!
15 Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us,
The years in which we have seen evil.
16 Let Your work appear to Your servants,
And Your glory to their children.
17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us,
And establish the work of our hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our hands.
Psalm 90:1 Septuagint, Targum, and Vulgate read refuge
First Reading: Num. 22:1-20
Balak Sends for Balaam 1
Then the children of Israel moved, and camped in the plains of Moab on the side of the Jordan across from
Now Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. 3
And Moab was exceedingly afraid of the people because they were
many, and Moab was sick with dread because of the children of Israel. 4
So Moab said to the elders of Midian, “Now this company will lick up everything around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field.” And Balak the son of Zippor was
king of the Moabites at that time. 5
Then he sent messengers to Balaam the son of Beor at Pethor, which is
near the River[a]
in the land of the sons of his people,[b]
to call him, saying: “Look, a people has come from Egypt. See, they cover the face of the earth, and are settling next to me! 6
Therefore please come at once, curse this people for me, for they are
too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land, for I know that he whom you bless is
blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed.” 7
So the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the diviner’s fee in their hand, and they came to Balaam and spoke to him the words of Balak. 8
And he said to them, “Lodge here tonight, and I will bring back word to you, as the LORD speaks to me.” So the princes of Moab stayed with Balaam. 9
Then God came to Balaam and said, “Who are
these men with you?” 10
So Balaam said to God, “Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, has sent to me, saying, 11
‘Look, a people has come out of Egypt, and they cover the face of the earth. Come now, curse them for me; perhaps I shall be able to overpower them and drive them out.’” 12
And God said to Balaam, “You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are
So Balaam rose in the morning and said to the princes of Balak, “Go back to your land, for the LORD has refused to give me permission to go with you.” 14
And the princes of Moab rose and went to Balak, and said, “Balaam refuses to come with us.” 15
Then Balak again sent princes, more numerous and more honorable than they. 16
And they came to Balaam and said to him, “Thus says Balak the son of Zippor: ‘Please let nothing hinder you from coming to me; 17
for I will certainly honor you greatly, and I will do whatever you say to me. Therefore please come, curse this people for me.’” 18
Then Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, “Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more. 19
Now therefore, please, you also stay here tonight, that I may know what more the LORD will say to me.” 20
And God came to Balaam at night and said to him, “If the men come to call you, rise and
go with them; but only the word which I speak to you—that you shall do.”Footnotes:
Numbers 22:5 That is, the Euphrates
Numbers 22:5 Or the people of Amau
Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 19
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;Footnotes:
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line[a] has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.
In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
6 Its rising is from one end of heaven,
And its circuit to the other end;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can understand his errors?
Cleanse me from secret faults.
13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins;
Let them not have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
And I shall be innocent of great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19:4 Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate read sound;
Targum reads business
Second Reading: Lk. 22:1-23
The Plot to Kill Jesus 1
Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover. 2
And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill Him, for they feared the people. 3
Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve. 4
So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him to them. 5
And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. 6
So he promised and sought opportunity to betray Him to them in the absence of the multitude.
Jesus and His Disciples Prepare the Passover 7
Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover must be killed. 8
And He sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat.” 9
So they said to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare?” 10
And He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters. 11
Then you shall say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”’ 12
Then he will show you a large, furnished upper room; there make ready.” 13
So they went and found it just as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover.
Jesus Institutes the Lord’s Supper 14
When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve[a]
apostles with Him. 15
Then He said to them, “With fervent
desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 16
for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17
Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it
among yourselves; 18
for I say to you,[b]
I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19
And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it,
and gave it
to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 20
Likewise He also took
the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is
the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you. 21
But behold, the hand of My betrayer is
with Me on the table. 22
And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!” 23
Then they began to question among themselves, which of them it was who would do this thing.Footnotes:
Luke 22:14 NU-Text omits twelve.
Luke 22:18 NU-Text adds from now on.