January 20th, 2019

Epiphany 2


Explanation of the Week

The coming of the Messianic kingdom means the restoration of creation. The sign of this restoration is that "the mountains shall drip with sweet wine." (Amos 9:11-15) When the elements of a fallen creation fail and run short at a wedding feast, our Lord Jesus steps in to restore creation and miraculously changes water into an abundance of the very best wine. (Jn 2:1-11) With this sign Christ manifests His glory. The "back" of God (Ex 33:12-23) is revealed to those who believe. The hour will come when Jesus will again manifest His glory by taking creation's curse into His own body to release us from its power. The Groom will give His life for the Bride (Eph 5:22-32), and from His side will flow water and blood, the holy sacraments by which she is cleansed and made one with Him. Through this sacrificial love of Christ we are enabled to "be kindly affectionate to one another, . . . in honor giving preference to one another." (Rom 12:6-16)

Introit

Antiphon:
All the earth shall | worship You,*
     and sing praises to | You, O God.
They shall sing praises | to Your name;*
     to Your name, | O Most High. (Psalm 66:4, 92:1)

Psalm:
Make a joyful shout to God, | all the earth!*
     Sing out the honor of His name; make His praise | glorious.
Say to God, "How awesome | are Your works!*
     All the earth shall sing prais- | es to You."
Come and see the | works of God;*
     He is awesome in His doing toward the | sons of men.
Blessed be God, who has not turned a- | way my prayer,*
     nor His mercy | from me! (Psalm 66:1-5, 20)

Collect (LSB)

Almighty and everlasting God, who governs all things in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the prayers of Your people and grant us Your peace through all our days; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Collect (TLH)

Almighty and everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth, mercifully hear the supplications of Thy people and grant us Thy peace all the days of our life; 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

Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui coelestia simul et terrestria moderaris, supplicationes nostras clementer exaudi, et pacem tuam nostris concede temporibus. 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): Ex. 33:12-23


 12And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.

 13Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.

 14And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

 15And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.

 16For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.

 17And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.

 18And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.

 19And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

 20And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

 21And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:

 22And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:

 23And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.



Old Testament: Deut. 18:15-19


 15The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;

 16According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.

 17And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken.

 18I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

 19And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.



Gradual

He sent His word and | healed them,*
     and delivered them from their de- | structions.
Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His | goodness,*
     and for His wonderful works to the child- | ren of men! (Psalm 107:20–21)

Epistle: Rom. 12:6-16


 6Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

 7Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;

 8Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

 9Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

 10Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

 11Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

 12Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

 13Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

 14Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

 15Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

 16Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.



Verse

Alle- | luia.*
     Alle- | luia.
Praise Him, all His | angels;*
     praise Him, all His hosts! Alle- | luia. (Psalm 148:2)

Gospel: John 2:1-11


 1And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:

 2And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.

 3And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.

 4Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.

 5His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

 6And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.

 7Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.

 8And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.

 9When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,

 10And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

 11This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.



Offertory

Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul, Alleluia. (Psalm 66)

Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 14


 1The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

 2The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

 3They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

 4Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.

 5There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

 6Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge.

 7Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.



First Reading: Ezek. 47:1-14; Ezek 47:21-23


 1Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.

 2Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side.

 3And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles.

 4Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins.

 5Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.

 6And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river.

 7Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other.

 8Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.

 9And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.

 10And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from Engedi even unto Eneglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.

 11But the miry places thereof and the marishes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt.

 12And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.

 13Thus saith the Lord GOD; This shall be the border, whereby ye shall inherit the land according to the twelve tribes of Israel: Joseph shall have two portions.

 14And ye shall inherit it, one as well as another: concerning the which I lifted up mine hand to give it unto your fathers: and this land shall fall unto you for inheritance.





 21So shall ye divide this land unto you according to the tribes of Israel.

 22And it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you, and to the strangers that sojourn among you, which shall beget children among you: and they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.

 23And it shall come to pass, that in what tribe the stranger sojourneth, there shall ye give him his inheritance, saith the Lord GOD.



Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 16


 1Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.

 2O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;

 3But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

 4Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.

 5The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

 6The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.

 7I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.

 8I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

 9Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

 10For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

 11Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.



Second Reading: Rom. 9: 19-33


 19Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?

 20Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?

 21Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

 22What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

 23And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

 24Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

 25As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.

 26And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.

 27Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:

 28For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

 29And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.

 30What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.

 31But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.

 32Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;

 33As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.



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