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.

Introit

Antiphon:
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)

Psalm:
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


 4And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.

 5And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.

 6And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

 7Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.

 8And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.

 9And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.



Old Testament: Jer. 29:11-14


 11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

 12Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

 13And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

 14And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.



Epistle: Jas. 1:22-27


 22But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

 23For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

 24For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

 25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

 26If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.

 27Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.



Verse

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


 23And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

 24Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

 25These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.

 26At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:

 27For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.

 28I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.

 29His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.

 30Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.



Offertory

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


 1How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!

 2My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

 3Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God.

 4Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.

 5Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

 6Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.

 7They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.

 8O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.

 9Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.

 10For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

 11For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

 12O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.



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


 1These also are the generations of Aaron and Moses in the day that the LORD spake with Moses in mount Sinai.

 2And these are the names of the sons of Aaron; Nadab the firstborn, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

 3These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the priests which were anointed, whom he consecrated to minister in the priest's office.

 4And Nadab and Abihu died before the LORD, when they offered strange fire before the LORD, in the wilderness of Sinai, and they had no children: and Eleazar and Ithamar ministered in the priest's office in the sight of Aaron their father.

 5And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 6Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister unto him.

 7And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of the congregation, to do the service of the tabernacle.

 8And they shall keep all the instruments of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the charge of the children of Israel, to do the service of the tabernacle.

 9And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given unto him out of the children of Israel.

 10And thou shalt appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall wait on their priest's office: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.

 11And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 12And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine;

 13Because all the firstborn are mine; for on the day that I smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I hallowed unto me all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast: mine shall they be: I am the LORD.

 14And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, saying,

 15Number the children of Levi after the house of their fathers, by their families: every male from a month old and upward shalt thou number them.

 16And Moses numbered them according to the word of the LORD, as he was commanded.





 39All that were numbered of the Levites, which Moses and Aaron numbered at the commandment of the LORD, throughout their families, all the males from a month old and upward, were twenty and two thousand.

 40And the LORD said unto Moses, Number all the firstborn of the males of the children of Israel from a month old and upward, and take the number of their names.

 41And thou shalt take the Levites for me (I am the LORD) instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel; and the cattle of the Levites instead of all the firstlings among the cattle of the children of Israel.

 42And Moses numbered, as the LORD commanded him, all the firstborn among the children of Israel.

 43And all the firstborn males by the number of names, from a month old and upward, of those that were numbered of them, were twenty and two thousand two hundred and threescore and thirteen.

 44And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 45Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle; and the Levites shall be mine: I am the LORD.

 46And for those that are to be redeemed of the two hundred and threescore and thirteen of the firstborn of the children of Israel, which are more than the Levites;

 47Thou shalt even take five shekels apiece by the poll, after the shekel of the sanctuary shalt thou take them: (the shekel is twenty gerahs:)

 48And thou shalt give the money, wherewith the odd number of them is to be redeemed, unto Aaron and to his sons.



Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 124


 1If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say;

 2If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us:

 3Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:

 4Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul:

 5Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.

 6Blessed be the LORD, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.

 7Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.

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



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


 25And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,

 26If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

 27And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

 28For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

 29Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

 30Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

 31Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?

 32Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.

 33So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

 34Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?

 35It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

 1Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.

 2And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

 3And he spake this parable unto them, saying,

 4What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

 5And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

 6And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

 7I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

 8Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?

 9And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

 10Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.



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