January 26th, 2019

St. Titus


Collect (LSB)

Almighty God, You called Titus to the work of pastor and teacher. Make all shepherds of Your flock diligent in preaching Your holy Word so that the whole world may know the immeasurable riches of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Old Testament (LSB): Acts 20:28-35


 28Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

 29For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

 30Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

 31Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

 32And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

 33I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.

 34Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.

 35I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.



Epistle: Titus 1:1-9


 1Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;

 2In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

 3But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;

 4To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

 5For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:

 6If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.

 7For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;

 8But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;

 9Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.



Gospel: Luke 10:1-9


 1After these things the LORD appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.

 2Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

 3Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.

 4Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.

 5And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house.

 6And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.

 7And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.

 8And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you:

 9And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.



First Reading: Zech. 2:1-3:10


 1I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand.

 2Then said I, Whither goest thou? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem, to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length thereof.

 3And, behold, the angel that talked with me went forth, and another angel went out to meet him,

 4And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein:

 5For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.

 6Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the LORD: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the LORD.

 7Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon.

 8For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.

 9For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me.

 10Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD.

 11And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee.

 12And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.

 13Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.

 1And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.

 2And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

 3Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.

 4And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.

 5And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.

 6And the angel of the LORD protested unto Joshua, saying,

 7Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.

 8Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.

 9For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.

 10In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree.



Second Reading: Rom. 15:1-13


 1We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

 2Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.

 3For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.

 4For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

 5Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

 6That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 7Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

 8Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:

 9And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.

 10And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.

 11And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.

 12And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.

 13Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.



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