December 2nd, 2018
Ad Te Levavi (Advent 1)
Explanation of the Week
The new church year begins by focusing on the humble coming of our Lord. "Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey." Even as He was born in a lowly manger, so Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a beast of burden. For He bears the sin of the world. He is the Son of David riding to His enthronement on the cross, where He shows Himself to be "The Lord, our Righteousness" (Jer 23:5-8). Our Lord still comes in great humility to deliver His righteousness to us in the Word and Sacraments. Before receiving Christ's body and blood, we also sing, "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" (Mt 21:1-9) And as we receive the Sacrament, we set our hearts on His return in glory, for "Our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed" (Rom 13:11-14).
To You, O LORD, I lift | up my soul.*
O my God, I trust in You; Let me not | be ashamed;
Let not my enemies triumph | over me.*
Let no one who waits on You | be ashamed. (Psalm 25:1-3a)
Show me Your | ways, O LORD;*
teach | me Your paths.
For You are the God of my sal- | vation;*
on You I wait | all the day.
Let integrity and uprightness pre- | serve me,*
for I | wait for You.
Redeem Isra- | el, O God,*
out of all their | troubles. (Psalm 25:4-5, 21-22)
Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Stir up, we beseech Thee, Thy power, O Lord, and come, that by Thy protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Thy mighty deliverance; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
Excita quaesumus Domine potentiam tuam, et veni, ut ab imminentibus peccatorum nostrorum periculis te mereamur protegente eripi, et te liberante saluari. Qui cum Patre et Spiritu sancto vivis et regnas DEUS, per omnia secula seculorum, Amen.
Old Testament (LSB): Jer. 23:5-8
5 "The days are coming," declares the LORD,
"when I will raise up to David [a]
a righteous Branch,
a King who will reign wisely
and do what is just and right in the land.
6 In his days Judah will be saved
and Israel will live in safety.
This is the name by which he will be called:
The LORD Our Righteousness.
7 "So then, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "when people will no longer say, 'As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,' 8 but they will say, 'As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.' Then they will live in their own land."Footnotes:
Jeremiah 23:5 Or up from David's line
Old Testament: Jer. 33:14-18
14 " 'The days are coming,' declares the LORD, 'when I will fulfill the gracious promise I made to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah.
15 " 'In those days and at that time
I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David's line;
he will do what is just and right in the land.
16 In those days Judah will be saved
and Jerusalem will live in safety.
This is the name by which it [a]
will be called:
The LORD Our Righteousness.'
17 For this is what the LORD says: 'David will never fail to have a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel, 18 nor will the priests, who are Levites, ever fail to have a man to stand before me continually to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings and to present sacrifices.' "Footnotes:
Jeremiah 33:16 Or he
Let no one who | waits on You*
be a- /shamed, O Lord
Show me Your | ways, O LORD;
teach | me Your paths. (Psalm 25:3-4)
Epistle: Rom. 13:11-14
11And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.[a]Footnotes:
Romans 13:14 Or the flesh
Alle- | luia.*
Alle- | luia.
Show us Your | mercy, LORD,*
and grant us Your salvation. Alle- | luia. (Psalm 85:7)
Gospel: Matt. 21:1-9
The Triumphal Entry
1As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away."
4This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
5"Say to the Daughter of Zion,
'See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.' "[a]
6The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. 8A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
to the Son of David!"
"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"[c]
in the highest!"Footnotes:
Matthew 21:5 Zech. 9:9
Matthew 21:9 A Hebrew expression meaning "Save!" which became an exclamation of praise; also in verse 15
Matthew 21:9 Psalm 118:26
Matthew 21:9 A Hebrew expression meaning "Save!" which became an exclamation of praise; also in verse 15
To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me. Let no one who waits on You be ashamed. (Psalm 25)
Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 1
BOOK I : Psalms 1-41
1 Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.
4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
First Reading: Is. 8:9-9:7
Raise the war cry, [a]
you nations, and be shattered!
Listen, all you distant lands.
Prepare for battle, and be shattered!
Prepare for battle, and be shattered! 10
Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted;
propose your plan, but it will not stand,
for God is with us. [b]
Fear God 11
The LORD spoke to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people. He said: 12
"Do not call conspiracy
everything that these people call conspiracy [c]
do not fear what they fear,
and do not dread it. 13
The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy,
he is the one you are to fear,
he is the one you are to dread, 14
and he will be a sanctuary;
but for both houses of Israel he will be
a stone that causes men to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.
And for the people of Jerusalem he will be
a trap and a snare. 15
Many of them will stumble;
they will fall and be broken,
they will be snared and captured." 16
Bind up the testimony
and seal up the law among my disciples. 17
I will wait for the LORD,
who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob.
I will put my trust in him. 18
Here am I, and the children the LORD has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the LORD Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion. 19
When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? 20
To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn. 21
Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God. 22
Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness.
To Us a Child Is Born 1
Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan- 2
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death [d]
a light has dawned. 3
You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as men rejoice
when dividing the plunder. 4
For as in the day of Midian's defeat,
you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor. 5
Every warrior's boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
will be fuel for the fire. 6
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, [e]
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7
Of the increase of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David's throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.Footnotes:
Isaiah 8:9 Or Do your worst
Isaiah 8:10 Hebrew Immanuel
Isaiah 8:12 Or Do not call for a treaty / every time these people call for a treaty
Isaiah 9:2 Or land of darkness
Isaiah 9:6 Or Wonderful, Counselor
Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 143
A psalm of David.
1 O LORD, hear my prayer,
listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
come to my relief.
2 Do not bring your servant into judgment,
for no one living is righteous before you.
3 The enemy pursues me,
he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in darkness
like those long dead.
4 So my spirit grows faint within me;
my heart within me is dismayed.
5 I remember the days of long ago;
I meditate on all your works
and consider what your hands have done.
6 I spread out my hands to you;
my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.
7 Answer me quickly, O LORD;
my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.
9 Rescue me from my enemies, O LORD,
for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground.
11 For your name's sake, O LORD, preserve my life;
in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
destroy all my foes,
for I am your servant.
Second Reading: 1 Pt. 4:1-19
Living for God 1
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. 2
As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3
For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4
They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you. 5
But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6
For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit. 7
The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. 8
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9
Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. 11
If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Suffering for Being a Christian 12
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. 13
But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14
If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15
If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16
However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17
For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18
"If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?"[a] 19
So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.Footnotes:
1 Peter 4:18 Prov. 11:31