March 6th, 2019

Ash Wednesday

Collect (LSB)

Almighty and everlasting God, You despise nothing You have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create in us new and contrite hearts that, lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, we may receive from You full pardon and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Old Testament (LSB): Joel 2:12-19

Return to the LORD

 12"Yet even now," declares the LORD,
   (A) "return to me with all your heart,(B) with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
 13and(C) rend your hearts and not(D) your garments."Return to the LORD your God,
   (E) for he is gracious and merciful,slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;
   (F) and he relents over disaster. 14(G) Who knows whether he will not turn and relent,
   and(H) leave a blessing behind him,(I) a grain offering and a drink offering
   for the LORD your God?

 15(J) Blow the trumpet in Zion;
   (K) consecrate a fast;call a solemn assembly;
 16gather the people.(L) Consecrate the congregation;
   assemble the elders;(M) gather the children,
   even nursing infants.(N) Let the bridegroom leave his room,
   and the bride her chamber.

 17(O) Between the(P) vestibule and the(Q) altar
   (R) let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weepand say, "Spare your people, O LORD,
   and make not your heritage a reproach,
   a byword among the nations.[a](S) Why should they say among the peoples,
   'Where is their God?'"

The LORD Had Pity

 18(T) Then the LORD became jealous for his land
   (U) and had pity on his people. 19The LORD answered and said to his people,"Behold,(V) I am sending to you
   grain, wine, and oil,
   and you will be satisfied;and I will no more make you
   a reproach among the nations.

Footnotes:Joel 2:17 Or reproach, that the nations should rule over them
Cross references:Joel 2:12 : Deut 4:30; 1 Sam 7:3; Jer 4:1; Hos 12:6 Joel 2:12 : 1 Sam 7:6 Joel 2:13 : Psalm 34:18 Joel 2:13 : Gen 37:29 Joel 2:13 : Exodus 34:6; Psalm 86:5, 15; Jonah 4:2 Joel 2:13 : Num 23:19; Ezek 24:14 Joel 2:14 : Jonah 3:9 Joel 2:14 : Hag 2:19; Mal 3:10 Joel 2:14 : Joel 1:9, 13 Joel 2:15 : Joel 2:1 Joel 2:15 : Joel 1:14 Joel 2:16 : Josh 3:5 Joel 2:16 : 2 Chr 20:13 Joel 2:16 : Deut 24:5; Eccles 3:5; Zech 12:12-14; 1 Cor 7:5 Joel 2:17 : Ezek 8:16 Joel 2:17 : 1 Kgs 6:3; 2 Chr 3:4 Joel 2:17 : 2 Chr 4:1 Joel 2:17 : Joel 1:9 Joel 2:17 : Psalm 42:3; 79:10; 115:2 Joel 2:18 : Zech 1:14; 8:2 Joel 2:18 : Psalm 103:13 Joel 2:19 : Joel 1:10; Psalm 4:7; Mal 3:10-12

Old Testament: Jonah 3:1-10

Jonah Goes to Nineveh

 1Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2"Arise, go to(A) Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you." 3So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now(B) Nineveh was an exceedingly great city,[a] three days’ journey in breadth.[b] 4Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, "Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!" 5(C) And the people of Nineveh believed God.(D) They called for a fast and(E) put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.

The People of Nineveh Repent

 6The word reached[c] the king of Nineveh, and(F) he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth,(G) and sat in ashes. 7And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh,(H) "By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor(I) beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, 8but let man and(J) beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God.(K) Let everyone turn from his evil way and from(L) the violence that is in his hands. 9(M) Who knows? God may turn and relent(N) and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish."

 10When God saw what they did,(O) how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

Footnotes:Jonah 3:3 Hebrew a great city to God Jonah 3:3 Or a visit was a three days’ journey Jonah 3:6 Or had reached
Cross references:Jonah 3:2 : Jonah 1:2 Jonah 3:3 : Jonah 3:2 Jonah 3:5 : Matt 12:41; Luke 11:32 Jonah 3:5 : 2 Chr 20:3 Jonah 3:5 : 2 Sam 3:31 Jonah 3:6 : Job 1:20; Ezek 26:16 Jonah 3:6 : Job 2:8 Jonah 3:7 : Dan 6:26 Jonah 3:7 : Jonah 4:11; Psalm 36:6; Joel 1:18, 20 Jonah 3:8 : Jonah 3:7 Jonah 3:8 : Jer 18:11; 36:3 Jonah 3:8 : Isa 59:6 Jonah 3:9 : 2 Sam 12:22; Joel 2:14 Jonah 3:9 : Psalm 85:3 Jonah 3:10 : Jer 18:8

Epistle: 2 Cor. 5:20-6:10

20Therefore,(B) God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21(C) For our sake he made him to be sin(D) who knew no sin, so that in him we might become(E) the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 6

 1(F) Working together with him, then,(G) we appeal to you(H) not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2For he says,

   (I) "In a favorable time I listened to you,
   and in a day of salvation I have helped you."


   Behold,(J) now is the(K) favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 3We(L) put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4but(M) as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way:(N) by great endurance,(O) in afflictions,(P) hardships, calamities, 5(Q) beatings, imprisonments,(R) riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6(S) by purity,(T) knowledge, patience, kindness,(U) the Holy Spirit,(V) genuine love; 7by(W) truthful speech, and(X) the power of God; with(Y) the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8through honor and dishonor,(Z) through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9as unknown, and(AA) yet well known;(AB) as dying, and behold, we live;(AC) as punished, and yet not killed; 10(AD) as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing;(AE) as poor, yet making many rich;(AF) as having nothing,(AG) yet possessing everything.

Gospel: Matt. 6:16-21


 16"And(A) when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others.(B) Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17But when you fast,(C) anoint your head and wash your face, 18that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret.(D) And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

 19(E) "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where(F) moth and rust[a] destroy and where thieves(G) break in and steal, 20(H) but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Footnotes:Matthew 6:19 Or worm; also verse 20
Cross references:Matthew 6:16 : Isa 58:5 Matthew 6:16 : Matthew 6:2, 5 Matthew 6:17 : Ruth 3:3; 2 Sam 12:20 Matthew 6:18 : Matthew 6:4, 6 Matthew 6:19 : Matthew 19:21; Luke 12:21, 33, 34; 18:22; 1 Tim 6:9, 10, 17-19; Heb 13:5 Matthew 6:19 : James 5:2, 3 Matthew 6:19 : Matthew 24:43 Matthew 6:20 : Matthew 6:19

Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 6

First Reading: Gen. 1:1-19

The Creation of the World
 1In the(A) beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2The earth was(B) without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

 3And God said,(C) "Let there be light," and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

 6And God said,(D) "Let there be an expanse[a] in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters." 7And God made[b] the expanse and(E) separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were(F) above the expanse. And it was so. 8And God called the expanse Heaven.[c] And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

 9And God said,(G) "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear." And it was so. 10God called the dry land Earth,[d] and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

 11And God said,(H) "Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants[e] yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth." And it was so. 12The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

 14And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for(I) signs and for(J) seasons,[f] and for days and years, 15and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth." And it was so. 16And God(K) made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18to(L) rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

Footnotes:Genesis 1:6 Or a canopy; also verses 7, 8, 14, 15, 17, 20 Genesis 1:7 Or fashioned; also verse 16 Genesis 1:8 Or Sky; also verses 9, 14, 15, 17, 20, 26, 28, 30; 2:1 Genesis 1:10 Or Land; also verses 11, 12, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 30; 2:1 Genesis 1:11 Or small plants; also verses 12, 29 Genesis 1:14 Or appointed times
Cross references:Genesis 1:1 : Job 38:4-7; Psalm 33:6; 136:5; Isa 42:5; 45:18; John 1:1-3; Acts 14:15; 17:24; Col 1:16, 17; Heb 1:10; 11:3; Rev 4:11 Genesis 1:2 : Jer 4:23 Genesis 1:3 : 2 Cor 4:6 Genesis 1:6 : Job 37:18; Psalm 136:5; Jer 10:12; 51:15 Genesis 1:7 : Prov 8:27-29 Genesis 1:7 : Psalm 148:4 Genesis 1:9 : Job 38:8-11; Psalm 33:7; 136:6; Jer 5:22; 2 Pet 3:5 Genesis 1:11 : Psalm 104:14 Genesis 1:14 : Jer 10:2; Ezek 32:7, 8; Joel 2:30, 31; 3:15; Matt 24:29; Luke 21:25 Genesis 1:14 : Psalm 104:19 Genesis 1:16 : Deut 4:19; Psalm 136:7-9 Genesis 1:18 : Jer 31:35

Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 51

Second Reading: Mk. 1:1-13

John the Baptist Prepares the Way
 1The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ,(A) the Son of God.[a]

 2(B) As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,[b]
   (C) "Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
   who will prepare your way, 3(D) the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
   (E) 'Prepare[c] the way of the Lord,
   make his paths straight,'"

 4(F) John appeared, baptizing in(G) the wilderness and proclaiming(H) a baptism of(I) repentance(J) for the forgiveness of sins. 5And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan,(K) confessing their sins. 6Now John was(L) clothed with camel’s hair and(M) wore a leather belt around his waist and ate(N) locusts and wild honey. 7And he preached, saying,(O) "After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8(P) I have baptized you with water, but(Q) he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

The Baptism of Jesus
 9(R) In those days Jesus(S) came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And when he came up out of the water, immediately he(T) saw(U) the heavens being torn open(V) and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11And(W) a voice came from heaven,(X) "You are my beloved Son;[d] with you I am well pleased."
The Temptation of Jesus
 12(Y) The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13(Z) And he was in the wilderness forty days, being(AA) tempted by(AB) Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and(AC) the angels were ministering to him.

Footnotes:Mark 1:1 Some manuscripts omit the Son of God Mark 1:2 Some manuscripts in the prophets Mark 1:3 Or crying: Prepare in the wilderness Mark 1:11 Or my Son, my (or the) Beloved
Cross references:Mark 1:1 : Matt 14:33 Mark 1:2 : For Mark 1:2-8, Matt 3:1-11; Luke 3:2-16 Mark 1:2 : Matt 11:10; Luke 1:17, 76; 7:27; Mal 3:1 Mark 1:3 : John 1:23; Isa 40:3 Mark 1:3 : Luke 1:76 Mark 1:4 : John 1:6, 7 Mark 1:4 : Josh 15:61; Judg 1:16 Mark 1:4 : Acts 2:38 Mark 1:4 : Mark 1:15 Mark 1:4 : Matt 26:28; Luke 1:77 Mark 1:5 : Acts 19:18 Mark 1:6 : 2 Kgs 1:8; Zech 13:4; Heb 11:37 Mark 1:6 : Lev 11:22 Mark 1:6 : 1 Sam 14:26 Mark 1:7 : John 1:15, 27; 3:30, 31; Acts 13:25 Mark 1:8 : John 1:26; Acts 1:5; 11:16 Mark 1:8 : John 1:33 Mark 1:9 : For Mark 1:9-11, Matt 3:13-17; Luke 3:21, 22; John 1:32-34 Mark 1:9 : Matt 2:23 Mark 1:10 : Acts 7:56 Mark 1:10 : Isa 64:1 Mark 1:10 : John 1:32, 33; Luke 4:18, 21; Acts 10:38 Mark 1:11 : John 12:28 Mark 1:11 : Mark 9:7; Psalm 2:7; Isa 42:1; Eph 1:6; Col 1:13; 2 Pet 1:17; 1 John 5:9 Mark 1:12 : Matt 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13 Mark 1:13 : Mark 1:12 Mark 1:13 : Heb 2:18; 4:15 Mark 1:13 : 1 Chr 21:1 Mark 1:13 : Matt 26:53; Luke 22:43


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