January 13th, 2019

The Baptism of Our Lord


Explanation of the Week

In the days of Solomon, the Lord dwelt among His people in the temple. The glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord in the form of a cloud. (1 Ki 8:6-13) Now He who is the glory of the Lord in the flesh, Jesus, enters the temple to show that He is Himself the everlasting temple and dwelling place of God. (Lk 2:41-52) Our young Lord, true man, subject to His mother Mary and Joseph, reveals Himself also to be true God, whose father is not Joseph but the Almighty Father in heaven. Jesus does this at the time of the Passover. For He came to be the sacrificial Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Even as He was found after three days, so He would later rise from the dead on the third day that the favor of God might rest also upon us. It is by these mercies of God that we present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God through Christ. (Rom 12:1-5)

Introit

Antiphon:
I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and | lifted up,*
     And the train of His robe filled the | temple.
And I heard the voice of a great multitude, | saying,*
     "Alleluia! For the Lord God Omni- | potent reigns! (Isaiah 6:1, Revelation 19:6)

Psalm:
Make a joyful shout to the LORD, | all you lands!*
     Serve the LORD with | gladness;
Know that the LORD, | He is God;*
     it is He who has made us, and not | we ourselves;
enter into His gates with thanks- | giving,*
     and into His | courts with praise.
For the LORD is good; His mercy is ever- | lasting,*
     and His truth endures to all gener- | ations. (Psalm 100:1-5)

Collect (LSB)

Father in heaven, at the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River You pro claimed Him Your beloved Son and anointed Him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized in His name faithful in their calling as Your children and inheritors with Him of everlasting life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Collect (TLH)

O Lord, we beseech Thee mercifully to receive the prayers of Thy people who call upon Thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfill the same; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Collecta Latina

Vota nostra Domine supplicantis populi tui coelesti pietate prosequere, ut ea quae agenda sunt, videant, et ad implenda quae viderint convalescant. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus sancti Deus. Per omnia secula seculorum, Amen.

Old Testament (LSB): Isaiah 42:1-7


 1Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

 2He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

 3A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.

 4He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

 5Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:

 6I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

 7To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.



Old Testament: Isaiah 61:1-3


 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.



Gradual

Blessed be the LORD God, the God of | Israel,*
     who only does | wondrous things!
And blessed be His glorious name for- | ever!*
     And let the whole earth be filled with His | glory. (Psalm 72:18–19)

Epistle: 1 Cor. 1:26-31


 26For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

 27But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

 28And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

 29That no flesh should glory in his presence.

 30But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

 31That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.



Verse

Alle- | luia.*
     Alle- | luia.
Teach me to | do Your will,*
     for You | are my God;
Your Spir- | it is good.*
     Lead me in the land of uprightness. Alle- | luia. (Psalm 143:10 )

Gospel: Matt. 3:13-17


 13Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

 14But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

 15And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

 16And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

 17And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.



Offertory

Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the LORD, He is God. (Psalm 100)

Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 13


 1How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?

 2How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?

 3Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;

 4Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

 5But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.

 6I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.



First Reading: Ezek. 36:13-28


 13Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they say unto you, Thou land devourest up men, and hast bereaved thy nations:

 14Therefore thou shalt devour men no more, neither bereave thy nations any more, saith the Lord GOD.

 15Neither will I cause men to hear in thee the shame of the heathen any more, neither shalt thou bear the reproach of the people any more, neither shalt thou cause thy nations to fall any more, saith the Lord GOD.

 16Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

 17Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman.

 18Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it:

 19And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them.

 20And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land.

 21But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went.

 22Therefore say unto the house of Israel, thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.

 23And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.

 24For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

 25Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.

 26A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

 27And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

 28And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.



Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 86


 1Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy.

 2Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.

 3Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.

 4Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

 5For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

 6Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.

 7In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.

 8Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.

 9All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.

 10For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.

 11Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.

 12I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.

 13For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

 14O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.

 15But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

 16O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.

 17Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me.



Second Reading: Rom. 4:1-25


 1What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?

 2For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.

 3For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

 4Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

 5But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

 6Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,

 7Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

 8Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

 9Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.

 10How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

 11And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:

 12And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.

 13For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

 14For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:

 15Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

 16Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,

 17(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

 18Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

 19And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb:

 20He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

 21And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

 22And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

 23Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

 24But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

 25Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.



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