March 6th, 2019
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
Rend Your Heart
12 "Even now," declares the LORD,
"return to me with all your heart,
with fasting and weeping and mourning."
13 Rend your heart
and not your garments.
Return to the LORD your God,
for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
and he relents from sending calamity.
14 Who knows? He may turn and have pity
and leave behind a blessing—
grain offerings and drink offerings
for the LORD your God.
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion,
declare a holy fast,
call a sacred assembly.
16 Gather the people,
consecrate the assembly;
bring together the elders,
gather the children,
those nursing at the breast.
Let the bridegroom leave his room
and the bride her chamber.
17 Let the priests, who minister before the LORD,
weep between the temple porch and the altar.
Let them say, "Spare your people, O LORD.
Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn,
a byword among the nations.
Why should they say among the peoples,
'Where is their God?' "
The LORD's Answer
18 Then the LORD will be jealous for his land
and take pity on his people.
19 The LORD will reply [a]
"I am sending you grain, new wine and oil,
enough to satisfy you fully;
never again will I make you
an object of scorn to the nations.Footnotes:
Joel 2:19 Or LORD was jealous ? / and took pity ? / 19 The
Old Testament: Jonah 3:1-10
Jonah Goes to Nineveh
1 Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: 2 "Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you."
3 Jonah obeyed the word of the LORD and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very important city—a visit required three days. 4 On the first day, Jonah started into the city. He proclaimed: "Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned." 5 The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.
6 When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. 7 Then he issued a proclamation in Nineveh:
"By the decree of the king and his nobles:
Do not let any man or beast, herd or flock, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. 8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. 9 Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish."
10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened.
Epistle: 2 Cor. 5:20-6:10
20We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 6 1
As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain. 2
For he says,
"In the time of my favor I heard you,
and in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.
Paul's Hardships 3
We put no stumbling block in anyone's path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. 4
Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5
in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6
in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7
in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8
through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9
known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10
sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
Gospel: Matt. 6:16-21
16"When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 17But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Treasures in Heaven
19"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 6
First Reading: Gen. 1:1-19
The Beginning 1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2
Now the earth was [a]
formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3
And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. 4
God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. 5
God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. 6
And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water." 7
So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. 8
God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day. 9
And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. 10
God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good. 11
Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. 12
The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13
And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day. 14
And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, 15
and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. 16
God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17
God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, 18
to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19
And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.Footnotes:
Genesis 1:2 Or possibly became
Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 51
Second Reading: Mk. 1:1-13
John the Baptist Prepares the Way 1
The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.[a] 2
It is written in Isaiah the prophet:
"I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way"[b]
"a voice of one calling in the desert,
'Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.' "[c] 4
And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5
The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6
John wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7
And this was his message: "After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8
I baptize you with[d]
water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus 9
At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10
As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11
And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." 12
At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert, 13
and he was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.Footnotes:
Mark 1:1 Some manuscripts do not have the Son of God.
Mark 1:2 Mal. 3:1
Mark 1:3 Isaiah 40:3
Mark 1:8 Or in