May 26th, 2019

Rogate (Easter 6)

Explanation of the Week

"Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you." (Jn 16:23-33) To pray in Jesus' name is to pray as one baptized. For it is in the water that He put His name upon you, claiming you as His own, making you sons of God in Him with access to the Father. By His incarnation and crucifixion our Lord Jesus broke through the barrier of sin which separated us from God, opening a portal to the Father. To pray in Jesus' name is to pray with faith in Him as the one Mediator between God and men, who gave Himself a ransom for all. (I Timothy 2:1-6) Like Moses in the wilderness, Jesus is our go-between and intercessor before the throne of heaven. He was lifted up for us on the cross that we might be saved and restored to fellowship with the Father. (Num 21:4-9) Looking into this perfect teaching of liberty (James 1:22-27) we pray with boldness and confidence as dear children of God.


With a voice of singing, declare, proclaim this, utter it to the end of the earth. Alle- | luia.*
     The LORD has redeemed His servant Jacob! Alle- | luia. (Isaiah 40:20)

Make a joyful shout to God, | all the earth!*
     Sing out the honor | of His name.
I cried to Him | with my mouth,*
     and He was extolled | with my tongue.
Certainly God has | heard me;*
     He has attended to the voice | of my prayer.
Blessed be God, who has not turned a- | way my prayer,*
     nor His mer- | cy from me! (Psalm 66:1, 17, 19-20)

Collect (LSB)

O God, the Giver of all that is good, by Your holy inspiration grant that we may think those things that are right and by Your merciful guiding accomplish them; 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)

O God, from whom all good things do come, grant to us, Thy humble servants, that by Thy holy inspiration we may think those things that be right and by Thy merciful guiding may perform the same; 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

Deus a quo bona cuncta procedunt, largire supplicibus tuis, ut cogitemus te inspirante quae recta sunt, et te gubernante eadem faciamus. 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): Num. 21:4-9

The Bronze Serpent

 4From Mount Hor(A) they set out by the way to the Red Sea,(B) to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. 5And the people(C) spoke against God and against Moses,(D) "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and(E) we loathe this worthless food." 6(F) Then the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and(G) they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. 7(H) And the people came to Moses and said, "We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you.(I) Pray to the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us." So Moses prayed for the people. 8And the LORD said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live." 9So(J) Moses made a bronze[a] serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.

Footnotes:Numbers 21:9 Or copper
Cross references:Numbers 21:4 : Numbers 20:22; 33:41 Numbers 21:4 : Judg 11:18 Numbers 21:5 : Psalm 78:19 Numbers 21:5 : Exodus 16:3; 17:3 Numbers 21:5 : Numbers 11:6 Numbers 21:6 : Deut 8:15; 1 Cor 10:9; Isa 14:29; 30:6 Numbers 21:6 : Jer 8:17 Numbers 21:7 : Psalm 78:34; Numbers 11:2 Numbers 21:7 : Exodus 8:8, 28; 1 Sam 12:19; 1 Kgs 13:6; Acts 8:24 Numbers 21:9 : John 3:14, 15; 2 Kgs 18:4

Old Testament: Jer. 29:11-14

11(A) For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil,(B) to give you a future and a hope. 12(C) Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 13(D) You will seek me and find me, when you seek me(E) with all your heart. 14I will be found by you, declares the LORD,(F) and I will restore your fortunes and(G) gather you from all the nations and all the places(H) where I have driven you, declares the LORD, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

Footnotes:Jeremiah 29:11 Or peace
Cross references:Jeremiah 29:11 : Isa 55:8, 9 Jeremiah 29:11 : Jeremiah 31:17 Jeremiah 29:12 : Jeremiah 33:3; Dan 9:3 Jeremiah 29:13 : 2 Chr 15:2; Psalm 32:6; 78:34; Prov 8:17; Isa 55:6; Hos 3:5; Lev 26:39-42; Deut 30:1-3 Jeremiah 29:13 : Jeremiah 24:7; Deut 4:29 Jeremiah 29:14 : Jeremiah 30:3 Jeremiah 29:14 : Jeremiah 23:3 Jeremiah 29:14 : Jeremiah 8:3

Epistle: Jas. 1:22-27

 22But be(A) doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25But the one who looks into the perfect law,(B) the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts,(C) he will be blessed in his doing.

 26If anyone thinks he is religious(D) and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s(E) religion is worthless. 27Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:(F) to visit(G) orphans and widows in their affliction, and(H) to keep oneself(I) unstained from the world.

Cross references:James 1:22 : Rom 2:13; James 2:14-20; Matt 7:21, 24-27; Luke 8:21; John 13:17 James 1:25 : James 2:12; Gal 2:4; 5:1, 13; 1 Pet 2:16; 2 Pet 2:19; John 8:32 James 1:25 : Psalm 1:1, 2; Luke 11:28 James 1:26 : James 3:2, 3; Psalm 39:1; James 3:6; Psalm 34:13; 141:3 James 1:26 : Acts 26:5 James 1:27 : Matt 25:36 James 1:27 : Job 31:17, 18; Isa 1:17, 23 James 1:27 : 1 Tim 5:22; 1 John 5:18 James 1:27 : 2 Pet 3:14


Alle- | luia.*
     Alle- | luia.
Christ who has redeemed us | with His blood,*
     is risen and has appeared unto us. Alle- | luia.
I came forth from the Father and have come in- | to the world.*
     Again, I leave the world and go to the Father. Alle- | luia. (Liturgical text, John 16:28)

Gospel: John 16:23-30

23(A) In that day you will(B) ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you,(C) whatever you ask of the Father in my name,(D) he will give it to you. 24Until now you have asked nothing in my name.(E) Ask, and you will receive,(F) that your joy may be full.

I Have Overcome the World

 25"I have said these things to you in figures of speech.(G) The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father. 26In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; 27(H) for the Father himself loves you, because(I) you have loved me and(J) have believed that I came from God.[a] 28(K) I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now(L) I am leaving the world and going to the Father."

 29His disciples said, "Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not(M) using figurative speech! 30Now we know that(N) you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that(O) you came from God."

Footnotes:John 16:27 Some manuscripts from the Father
Cross references:John 16:23 : John 16:26; John 14:20 John 16:23 : John 16:19, 30 John 16:23 : John 14:13 John 16:23 : John 15:16; Eph 1:3 John 16:24 : Matt 7:7 John 16:24 : John 15:11 John 16:25 : John 16:2 John 16:27 : John 14:21, 23; 17:23 John 16:27 : John 21:15-17; 1 Cor 16:22 John 16:27 : John 16:30; John 17:8 John 16:28 : John 8:14; 13:3 John 16:28 : John 14:12 John 16:29 : John 16:25 John 16:30 : John 21:17; John 2:24, 25 John 16:30 : John 16:27, 28; John 3:2


Oh, bless our God, you peoples! And make the voice of His praise to be heard, Who keeps our soul among the living, And does not allow our feet to be moved: Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer, Nor His mercy from me, Alleluia. (Psalm 66)

Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 84

My Soul Longs for the Courts of the LORD

To the choirmaster: according to(A) The Gittith.[a] A Psalm of(B) the Sons of Korah.

 1How(C) lovely is your(D) dwelling place,
   O LORD of hosts! 2My soul(E) longs, yes,(F) faints
   for the courts of the LORD;my heart and flesh sing for joy
   to(G) the living God.

 3Even the sparrow finds a home,
   and the swallow a nest for herself,
   where she may lay her young,at your altars, O LORD of hosts,
   (H) my King and my God. 4(I) Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
   ever(J) singing your praise!

 5Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
   (K) in whose heart are the highways to Zion.[b] 6As they go through the Valley of Baca
   they make it a place of springs;
   (L) the early rain also covers it with(M) pools. 7They go(N) from strength to strength;
   each one(O) appears before God in Zion.

 8O(P) LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;
   give ear, O God of Jacob!
9(Q) Behold our(R) shield, O God;
   look on the face of your anointed!

 10For a day(S) in your courts is better
   than a thousand elsewhere.I would rather be(T) a doorkeeper in the house of my God
   than dwell in the tents of wickedness. 11For the LORD God is(U) a sun and(V) shield;
   the LORD bestows favor and honor.(W) No good thing does he withhold
   from those who(X) walk uprightly. 12O LORD of hosts,
   (Y) blessed is the one who trusts in you!

Footnotes:Psalm 84:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term Psalm 84:5 Hebrew lacks to Zion
Cross references:Psalm 84:1 : Psalm 8, title; 81, title Psalm 84:1 : Psalm 42, title Psalm 84:1 : Psalm 27:4 Psalm 84:1 : Psalm 43:3; 132:5 Psalm 84:2 : Psalm 42:1, 2; 63:1 Psalm 84:2 : Psalm 73:26; 119:81; 143:6; Job 19:27 Psalm 84:2 : Psalm 42:2 Psalm 84:3 : Psalm 5:2 Psalm 84:4 : Psalm 65:4 Psalm 84:4 : Psalm 42:5, 11; 43:5 Psalm 84:5 : Psalm 122:1 Psalm 84:6 : Joel 2:23 Psalm 84:6 : Ezek 34:26 Psalm 84:7 : Prov 4:18; Isa 40:31; John 1:16; 2 Cor 3:18 Psalm 84:7 : Psalm 42:2 Psalm 84:8 : Psalm 59:5 Psalm 84:9 : Psalm 80:14 Psalm 84:9 : Psalm 3:3 Psalm 84:10 : Psalms 42:2 Psalm 84:10 : 1 Chr 26:19 Psalm 84:11 : Isa 60:19, 20; Psalm 27:1; Mal 4:2; Rev 21:23 Psalm 84:11 : Psalms 42:9 Psalm 84:11 : Psalm 85:12; Psalm 34:9, 10; Matt 6:33; 7:11 Psalm 84:11 : Psalm 15:2; Prov 2:7 Psalm 84:12 : Psalm 2:12

First Reading: Num. 3:1-16; Num. 3:39-48

Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 124

Our Help Is in the Name of the LORD

A Song of(A) Ascents. Of David.

 1(B) If it had not been the LORD who was on our side—
   (C) let Israel now say— 2if it had not been the LORD who was on our side
   when people rose up against us, 3then they would have(D) swallowed us up alive,
   when their anger was kindled against us; 4then(E) the flood would have(F) swept us away,
   the torrent would have gone(G) over us; 5then over us would have gone
   the raging waters.

 6Blessed be the LORD,
   who has not given us
   as prey to their teeth! 7We have escaped like a bird
   from(H) the snare of the fowlers;the snare is broken,
   and we have escaped!

 8(I) Our help is in the name of the LORD,
   who made heaven and earth.

Cross references:Psalm 124:1 : Psalm 120, title Psalm 124:1 : Psalm 94:17 Psalm 124:1 : Psalm 129:1 Psalm 124:3 : Psalm 56:1 Psalm 124:4 : Psalm 32:6; Job 22:11 Psalm 124:4 : Psalm 69:2; Isa 8:8 Psalm 124:4 : Psalm 69:1 Psalm 124:7 : Psalm 91:3 Psalm 124:8 : Psalm 121:2

Second Reading: Lk. 14:25-15:10

The Cost of Discipleship

 25Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, 26(A) "If anyone comes to me and(B) does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters,(C) yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27(D) Whoever does not(E) bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not(F) first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.' 31Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not(G) sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33(H) So therefore, any one of you who(I) does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

Salt Without Taste Is Worthless

 34(J) "Salt is good,(K) but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? 35It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away.(L) He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

 1Now(M) the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2And the Pharisees and the scribes(N) grumbled, saying,(O) "This man receives sinners and(P) eats with them."

 3So he told them this parable: 4(Q) "What man of you, having a hundred sheep,(R) if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine(S) in the open country, and(T) go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5And when he has found it,(U) he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for(V) I have found my sheep that was lost.' 7Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who(W) repents than over ninety-nine(X) righteous persons who need no repentance.

The Parable of the Lost Coin

 8"Or what woman, having ten silver coins,[a] if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.' 10Just so, I tell you, there is joy before(Y) the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

Footnotes:Luke 15:8 Greek ten drachmas; a drachma was a Greek coin approximately equal in value to a Roman denarius, worth about a day’s wage for a laborer
Cross references:Luke 14:26 : Luke 14:33; Matt 10:37; Deut 33:9 Luke 14:26 : Luke 16:13 Luke 14:26 : John 12:25; Acts 20:24; Rev 12:11 Luke 14:27 : Luke 9:23; Matt 10:38; 16:24; Mark 8:34 Luke 14:27 : John 19:17 Luke 14:28 : Prov 24:27 Luke 14:31 : Luke 14:28 Luke 14:33 : Phil 3:7 Luke 14:33 : Luke 14:26; Luke 18:28 Luke 14:34 : Mark 9:50 Luke 14:34 : Matt 5:13 Luke 14:35 : Matt 11:15 Luke 15:1 : Matt 11:19 Luke 15:2 : Luke 19:7; Exodus 16:2, 7, 8; Num 14:2; Josh 9:18 Luke 15:2 : Luke 7:39 Luke 15:2 : Luke 5:30; Matt 9:11; 11:19; Mark 2:16; Acts 11:3; 1 Cor 5:11; Gal 2:12 Luke 15:4 : For Luke 15:4-7, Matt 18:12-14 Luke 15:4 : Ezek 34:6; 1 Pet 2:25 Luke 15:4 : Exodus 3:1; 1 Sam 17:28 Luke 15:4 : Ezek 34:4, 11, 12, 16; Luke 19:10 Luke 15:5 : Isa 40:11; 49:22; 60:4; 66:12 Luke 15:6 : 1 Pet 2:25 Luke 15:7 : Luke 15:10; Luke 5:32 Luke 15:7 : Luke 5:32; Matt 9:13 Luke 15:10 : Luke 12:8


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