January 1st, 2019

Circumcision and Name of Jesus


Collect (LSB)

Lord God, You made Your beloved Son, our Savior, subject to the Law and caused Him to shed His blood on our behalf. Grant us the true circumcision of the Spirit that our hearts may be made pure from all sins; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Old Testament (LSB): Num. 6:22-27


 22And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 23Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them,

 24The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:

 25The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

 26The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

 27And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel, and I will bless them.



Old Testament: Isaiah 55:1-13


 1Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

 2Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

 3Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

 4Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.

 5Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.

 6Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

 7Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

 8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

 9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 10For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

 11So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

 12For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

 13Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.



Epistle: Gal. 3:23-29


 23But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

 24Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

 25But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

 26For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

 27For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

 29And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.



Gospel: Luke 2:21


 21And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.



Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 122; Ps. 72


 1I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

 2Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem.

 3Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together:

 4Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD.

 5For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.

 6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

 7Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.

 8For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.

 9Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.





 1Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son.

 2He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.

 3The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.

 4He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.

 5They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.

 6He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth.

 7In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.

 8He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.

 9They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.

 10The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.

 11Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.

 12For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.

 13He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.

 14He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight.

 15And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised.

 16There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.

 17His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.

 18Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.

 19And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.

 20The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.



First Reading: Is. 61:1-11


 1The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

 2To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

 3To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

 4And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.

 5And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.

 6But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.

 7For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.

 8For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

 9And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed.

 10I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

 11For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.



Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 90; Ps. 115


 1Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

 2Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

 3Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

 4For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

 5Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.

 6In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.

 7For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.

 8Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.

 9For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.

 10The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

 11Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.

 12So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

 13Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.

 14O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

 15Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.

 16Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.

 17And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.





 1Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake.

 2Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?

 3But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.

 4Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

 5They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:

 6They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:

 7They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.

 8They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

 9O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

 10O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

 11Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

 12The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.

 13He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.

 14The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.

 15Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.

 16The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD's: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

 17The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.

 18But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD.



Second Reading: Luke 1:57-80


 57Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.

 58And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.

 59And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.

 60And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John.

 61And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.

 62And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.

 63And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.

 64And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God.

 65And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea.

 66And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.

 67And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,

 68Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,

 69And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;

 70As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:

 71That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;

 72To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;

 73The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,

 74That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,

 75In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

 76And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

 77To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,

 78Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,

 79To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

 80And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.



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