September 2nd, 2018

Trinity 14


Epistle: Gal. 5:16-22


Walking in the Spirit

    16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,[a] fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders,[b] drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Footnotes:Galatians 5:19 NU-Text omits adultery. Galatians 5:21 NU-Text omits murders.


Gospel: Luke 17:11-19


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.”



Old Testament: Jer. 17:13-14


13 O LORD, the hope of Israel,
      All who forsake You shall be ashamed.
      “ Those who depart from Me
      Shall be written in the earth,
      Because they have forsaken the LORD,
      The fountain of living waters.”

Jeremiah Prays for Deliverance
    14 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed;
      Save me, and I shall be saved,
      For You are my praise.
      



Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 119:105-112


נNUN

 105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
         And a light to my path.
 106 I have sworn and confirmed
         That I will keep Your righteous judgments.
 107 I am afflicted very much;
         Revive me, O LORD, according to Your word.
 108 Accept, I pray, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD,
         And teach me Your judgments.
 109 My life is continually in my hand,
         Yet I do not forget Your law.
 110 The wicked have laid a snare for me,
         Yet I have not strayed from Your precepts.
 111 Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever,
         For they are the rejoicing of my heart.
 112 I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes
         Forever, to the very end.
         
   



Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 66


To the Chief Musician. A Song. A Psalm.

 1 Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!
 2 Sing out the honor of His name;
         Make His praise glorious.
 3 Say to God,
         “How awesome are Your works!
         Through the greatness of Your power
         Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.
 4 All the earth shall worship You
         And sing praises to You;
         They shall sing praises to Your name.”  Selah  
         
 5 Come and see the works of God;
         He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men.
 6 He turned the sea into dry land;
         They went through the river on foot.
         There we will rejoice in Him.
 7 He rules by His power forever;
         His eyes observe the nations;
         Do not let the rebellious exalt themselves.  Selah  
         
 8 Oh, bless our God, you peoples!
         And make the voice of His praise to be heard,
 9 Who keeps our soul among the living,
         And does not allow our feet to be moved.
 10 For You, O God, have tested us;
         You have refined us as silver is refined.
 11 You brought us into the net;
         You laid affliction on our backs.
 12 You have caused men to ride over our heads;
         We went through fire and through water;
         But You brought us out to rich fulfillment.
         
 13 I will go into Your house with burnt offerings;
         I will pay You my vows,
 14 Which my lips have uttered
         And my mouth has spoken when I was in trouble.
 15 I will offer You burnt sacrifices of fat animals,
         With the sweet aroma of rams;
         I will offer bulls with goats.  Selah  
         
 16 Come and hear, all you who fear God,
         And I will declare what He has done for my soul.
 17 I cried to Him with my mouth,
         And He was extolled with my tongue.
 18 If I regard iniquity in my heart,
         The Lord will not hear.
 19 But certainly God has heard me;
         He has attended to the voice of my prayer.
         
 20 Blessed be God,
         Who has not turned away my prayer,
         Nor His mercy from me!



Collect

Keep, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy Church with Thy perpetual mercy; and because the frailty of man without Thee cannot but fall, keep us ever by Thy help from all things hurtful and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Old Testament (LSB): Prov. 4:10-23


10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings,
      And the years of your life will be many.
       11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom;
      I have led you in right paths.
       12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered,
      And when you run, you will not stumble.
       13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go;
      Keep her, for she is your life.
       14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,
      And do not walk in the way of evil.
       15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
      Turn away from it and pass on.
       16 For they do not sleep unless they have done evil;
      And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall.
       17 For they eat the bread of wickedness,
      And drink the wine of violence.
       18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun,[a]
      That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
       19 The way of the wicked is like darkness;
      They do not know what makes them stumble.
       20 My son, give attention to my words;
      Incline your ear to my sayings.
       21 Do not let them depart from your eyes;
      Keep them in the midst of your heart;
       22 For they are life to those who find them,
      And health to all their flesh.
       23 Keep your heart with all diligence,
      For out of it spring the issues of life.
      

Footnotes:Proverbs 4:18 Literally light


Collect (LSB)

O Lord, keep Your Church with Your perpetual mercy; and because of our frailty we cannot but fall, keep us ever by Your help from all things hurtful and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Collecta Latina

Custodi quaesumus Domine Ecclesiam tuam propitiatione perpetua, et quia sine te labitur humana mortalitas, tuis semper auxiliis et abstrahatur a noxiis, et ad salutaria dirigatur. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus sancti Deus. Per omnia secula seculorum, Amen.

Explanation of the Week

The ten lepers cried out from a distance, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" (Luke 17:11-19). Their condition cut them off from God and others. So also do the works of the flesh cut us off from God and others. "Those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God" (Gal 5:16-24). Thus we cry out with the lepers, "Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy," eagerly seeking His good gifts. Jesus said to the lepers, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed. So too, we walk by faith and not by sight, being confident of Jesus' help before we see any evidence of it, trusting that Jesus' cleansing words of forgiveness will restore us to wholeness in the resurrection. Let us be as the one leper who returned to the true High Priest to give Him thanks and glory. For Jesus bore our infirmities in His sacrifice at Calvary. His words are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh (Prov 4:10-23).

Introit

Antiphon:
O God, be- | hold our shield,*
     and look upon the face of Your a- | nointed.
For a day | in Your courts*
     is better than a | thousand. (Psalm 84:9-10)

Psalm:
How lovely is Your tabernacle, O | LORD of hosts!*
     My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts | of the LORD;
Blessed are those who dwell | in Your house;*
     They will still be | praising You
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house | of my God*
     than dwell in the tents of | wickedness.
The LORD will give grace and | glory;*
     no good thing will | He withhold. (Psalm 84: 1-2, 4, 10, 11)

Offertory

The Angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good. (Psalm 34)

Gradual

It is good to give thanks / to the LORD,*
     and to sing praises to Your name, / O Most High;
to declare Your lovingkindness in the / morning,*
     and Your faithfulness / every night. (Psalm 92:1–2)

Verse

Alle- / luia.*
     Alle- / luia.
Praise is awaiting You, O God, in / Zion;*
     and to You the vow shall be performed. Alle- / luia. (Psalm 65:1)

First Reading: 1 Kings 18:20-40


Elijah’s Mount Carmel Victory

    20 So Ahab sent for all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together on Mount Carmel. 21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word. 22 Then Elijah said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. 23 Therefore let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it. 24 Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD; and the God who answers by fire, He is God.” So all the people answered and said, “It is well spoken.” 25 Now Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one bull for yourselves and prepare it first, for you are many; and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it.” 26 So they took the bull which was given them, and they prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying, “O Baal, hear us!” But there was no voice; no one answered. Then they leaped about the altar which they had made. 27 And so it was, at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, “Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 28 So they cried aloud, and cut themselves, as was their custom, with knives and lances, until the blood gushed out on them. 29 And when midday was past, they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice. But there was no voice; no one answered, no one paid attention. 30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me.” So all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down. 31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD had come, saying, “Israel shall be your name.”[a] 32 Then with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD; and he made a trench around the altar large enough to hold two seahs of seed. 33 And he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood, and said, “Fill four waterpots with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood.” 34 Then he said, “Do it a second time,” and they did it a second time; and he said, “Do it a third time,” and they did it a third time. 35 So the water ran all around the altar; and he also filled the trench with water. 36 And it came to pass, at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, “LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word. 37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that You are the LORD God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.” 38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The LORD, He is God! The LORD, He is God!” 40 And Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal! Do not let one of them escape!” So they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the Brook Kishon and executed them there.

Footnotes:1 Kings 18:31 Genesis 32:28


Second Reading: Eph. 2:1-22


By Grace Through Faith

 1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Brought Near by His Blood

    11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— 12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Christ Our Peace

    14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

Christ Our Cornerstone

    19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.



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