February 24th, 2019

St. Matthias the Apostle


Collect (LSB)

Almighty God, You chose Your servant Matthias to be numbered among the Twelve. Grant that Your Church, ever preserved from false teachers, may be taught and guided by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Old Testament (LSB): Isaiah 66:1-2


 1Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?

 2For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.



Epistle: Acts 1:15-26


 15And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)

 16Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.

 17For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.

 18Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.

 19And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.

 20For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.

 21Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,

 22Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.

 23And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.

 24And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,

 25That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.

 26And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.



Gospel: Matt. 11:25-30


 25At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

 26Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.

 27All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

 28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.



First Reading: Job 19:1-12; Job 19:21-27


 1Then Job answered and said,

 2How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?

 3These ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed that ye make yourselves strange to me.

 4And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself.

 5If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach:

 6Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net.

 7Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.

 8He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths.

 9He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.

 10He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree.

 11He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies.

 12His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle.





 21Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.

 22Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?

 23Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!

 24That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!

 25For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

 26And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

 27Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.



Second Reading: John 8:1-20


 1Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

 2And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

 3And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

 4They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

 5Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

 6This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

 7So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

 8And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

 9And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

 10When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

 11She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

 12Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

 13The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.

 14Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.

 15Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.

 16And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.

 17It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.

 18I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.

 19Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.

 20These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.



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