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

 4Then they set out from Mount Hor by the way of the Red Sea, to (A)go around the land of Edom; and the people became impatient because of the journey.

 5The people spoke against God and Moses, "(B)Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and (C)we loathe this miserable food."

The Bronze Serpent

 6(D)The LORD sent fiery serpents among the people and (E)they bit the people, so that (F)many people of Israel died.

 7(G)So the people came to Moses and said, "We have sinned, because we have spoken against the LORD and you; (H)intercede with the LORD, that He may remove the serpents from us." And Moses interceded for the people.

 8Then the LORD said to Moses, "Make a (I)fiery serpent, and set it on a standard; and it shall come about, that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, he will live."

 9And Moses made a (J)bronze serpent and set it on the standard; and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.

Cross references:Numbers 21:4 : Deut 2:8 Numbers 21:5 : Num 14:2, 3 Numbers 21:5 : Num 11:6 Numbers 21:6 : Deut 8:15 Numbers 21:6 : Jer 8:17 Numbers 21:6 : 1 Cor 10:9 Numbers 21:7 : Num 11:2; Ps 78:34; Is 26:16; Hos 5:15 Numbers 21:7 : Ex 8:8; 1 Sam 12:19; Acts 8:24 Numbers 21:8 : Is 14:29; 30:6; John 3:14 Numbers 21:9 : 2 Kin 18:4; John 3:14, 15

Old Testament: Jer. 29:11-14

 11'For I know the (A)plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for (B)welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a (C)hope.

 12'Then you will (D)call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will (E)listen to you.

 13'You will (F)seek Me and find Me when you (G)search for Me with all your heart.

 14'I will be (H)found by you,' declares the LORD, 'and I will (I)restore your fortunes and will (J)gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,' declares the LORD, 'and I will (K)bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.'

Cross references:Jeremiah 29:11 : Ps 40:5; Jer 23:5, 6; 30:9, 10 Jeremiah 29:11 : Is 40:9-11; Jer 30:18-22 Jeremiah 29:11 : Jer 31:17; Hos 2:15 Jeremiah 29:12 : Ps 50:15; Jer 33:3; Dan 9:3 Jeremiah 29:12 : Ps 145:19 Jeremiah 29:13 : Deut 4:29; Ps 32:6; Matt 7:7 Jeremiah 29:13 : 1 Chr 22:19; 2 Chr 22:9; Jer 24:7 Jeremiah 29:14 : Deut 30:1-10; Ps 32:6; Is 55:6 Jeremiah 29:14 : Jer 30:3; 32:37-41 Jeremiah 29:14 : Is 43:5, 6; Jer 23:8; 32:37 Jeremiah 29:14 : Jer 3:14; 12:15; 16:15

Epistle: Jas. 1:22-27

 22(A)But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

 23For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face (B)in a mirror;

 24for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.

 25But one who looks intently at the perfect law, (C)the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be (D)blessed in what he does.

 26If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not (E)bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless.

 27Pure and undefiled religion (F)in the sight of our God and Father is this: to (G)visit (H)orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by (I)the world.

Cross references:James 1:22 : Matt 7:24-27; Luke 6:46-49; Rom 2:13; James 1:22-25; 2:14-20 James 1:23 : 1 Cor 13:12 James 1:25 : John 8:32; Rom 8:2; Gal 2:4; 6:2; James 2:12; 1 Pet 2:16 James 1:25 : John 13:17 James 1:26 : Ps 39:1; 141:3; James 3:2-12 James 1:27 : Rom 2:13; Gal 3:11 James 1:27 : Matt 25:36 James 1:27 : Deut 14:29; Job 31:16, 17, 21; Ps 146:9; Is 1:17, 23 James 1:27 : Matt 12:32; Eph 2:2; Titus 2:12; James 4:4; 2 Pet 1:4; 2:20; 1 John 2:15-17


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

Prayer Promises

 23"(A)In that day (B)you will not question Me about anything Truly, truly, I say to you, (C)if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you.

 24"(D)Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your (E)joy may be made full.

 25"These things I have spoken to you in (F)figurative language; (G)an hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the Father.

 26"(H)In that day (I)you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will request of the Father on your behalf;

 27for (J)the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and (K)have believed that (L)I came forth from the Father.

 28"(M)I came forth from the Father and have come into the world; I am leaving the world again and (N)going to the Father."

 29His disciples said, "Lo, now You are speaking plainly and are not using (O)a figure of speech.

 30"Now we know that You know all things, and have no need for anyone to question You; by this we (P)believe that You (Q)came from God."

Cross references:John 16:23 : John 14:20; 16:26 John 16:23 : John 16:19, 30 John 16:23 : John 15:16 John 16:24 : John 14:14 John 16:24 : John 3:29; 15:11 John 16:25 : Matt 13:34; John 10:6; 16:29 John 16:25 : John 16:2 John 16:26 : John 14:20; 16:23 John 16:26 : John 16:19, 30 John 16:27 : John 14:21, 23 John 16:27 : John 2:11; 16:30 John 16:27 : John 8:42 John 16:28 : John 8:42; 16:30 John 16:28 : John 13:1, 3; 16:5, 10, 17 John 16:29 : Matt 13:34; John 10:6; 16:25 John 16:30 : John 2:11; 16:27 John 16:30 : John 8:42; 16:28


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

Longing for the Temple Worship.

For the choir director; on the Gittith. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

    1How lovely are Your (A)dwelling places,
         O LORD of hosts!
    2My (B)soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD;
         My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the (C)living God.
    3The bird also has found a house,
         And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young,
         Even Your (D)altars, O LORD of hosts,
         (E)My King and my God.
    4How (F)blessed are those who dwell in Your house!
         They are (G)ever praising You. Selah.
    5How blessed is the man whose (H)strength is in You,
         In whose heart are the (I)highways to Zion!
    6Passing through the valley of [a]Baca they make it a spring;
         The (J)early rain also covers it with blessings.
    7They (K)go from strength to strength,
         Every one of them (L)appears before God in Zion.
    8O (M)LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;
         Give ear, O (N)God of Jacob! Selah.
    9Behold our (O)shield, O God,
         And look upon the face of (P)Your anointed.
    10For (Q)a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.
         I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God
         Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
    11For the LORD God is (R)a sun and (S)shield;
         The LORD gives grace and (T)glory;
         (U)No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
    12O LORD of hosts,
         How (V)blessed is the man who trusts in You!

Footnotes:Psalm 84:6 Probably, Weeping; or Balsam trees
Cross references:Psalm 84:1 : Ps 43:3; 132:5 Psalm 84:2 : Ps 42:1, 2; 63:1 Psalm 84:2 : Ps 42:2 Psalm 84:3 : Ps 43:4 Psalm 84:3 : Ps 5:2 Psalm 84:4 : Ps 65:4 Psalm 84:4 : Ps 42:5, 11 Psalm 84:5 : Ps 81:1 Psalm 84:5 : Ps 86:11; 122:1; Jer 31:6 Psalm 84:6 : Ps 107:35; Joel 2:23 Psalm 84:7 : Prov 4:18; Is 40:31; John 1:16; 2 Cor 3:18 Psalm 84:7 : Ex 34:23; Deut 16:16; Ps 42:2 Psalm 84:8 : Ps 59:5; 80:4; 84:1 Psalm 84:8 : Ps 81:1 Psalm 84:9 : Gen 15:1; Ps 3:3; 28:7; 59:11; 115:9-11 Psalm 84:9 : 1 Sam 16:6; 2 Sam 19:21; Ps 2:2; 132:17 Psalm 84:10 : Ps 27:4 Psalm 84:11 : Is 60:19, 20; Mal 4:2; Rev 21:23 Psalm 84:11 : Gen 15:1 Psalm 84:11 : Ps 85:9 Psalm 84:11 : Ps 34:9, 10 Psalm 84:12 : Ps 2:12; 40:4

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

Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 124

Praise for Rescue from Enemies.

A Song of Ascents, of David.

    1"(A)Had it not been the LORD who was on our side,"
         (B)Let Israel now say,
    2"Had it not been the LORD who was on our side
         When men rose up against us,
    3Then they would have (C)swallowed us alive,
         When their (D)anger was kindled against us;
    4Then the (E)waters would have engulfed us,
         The stream would have swept over our soul;
    5Then the (F)raging waters would have swept over our soul."
    6Blessed be the LORD,
         Who has not given us to be (G)torn by their teeth.
    7Our soul has (H)escaped (I)as a bird out of the (J)snare of the trapper;
         The snare is broken and we have escaped.
    8Our (K)help is in the name of the LORD,
         Who (L)made heaven and earth.

Cross references:Psalm 124:1 : Ps 94:17 Psalm 124:1 : Ps 129:1 Psalm 124:3 : Num 16:30; Ps 35:25; 56:1; 57:3; Prov 1:12 Psalm 124:3 : Gen 39:19; Ps 138:7 Psalm 124:4 : Job 22:11; Ps 18:16; 32:6; 69:2; 144:7 Psalm 124:5 : Job 38:11 Psalm 124:6 : Ps 27:2; Prov 30:14 Psalm 124:7 : Ps 141:10; 2 Cor 11:33; Heb 11:34 Psalm 124:7 : Prov 6:5 Psalm 124:7 : Ps 91:3; Hos 9:8 Psalm 124:8 : Ps 121:2 Psalm 124:8 : Gen 1:1; Ps 134:3

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

Discipleship Tested

 25Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them,

 26"(A)If anyone comes to Me, and does not [a]hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.

 27"Whoever does not (B)carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.

 28"For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?

 29"Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him,

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

 31"Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and (C)consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand?

 32"Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.

 33"So then, none of you can be My disciple who (D)does not give up all his own possessions.

 34"Therefore, salt is good; but (E)if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned?

 35"It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. (F)He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

The Lost Sheep

 1Now all the (G)tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him.

 2Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, "This man receives sinners and (H)eats with them."

 3So He told them this parable, saying,

 4"(I)What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?

 5"When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

 6"And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'

 7"I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

The Lost Coin

 8"Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?

 9"When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!'

 10"In the same way, I tell you, there is joy (J)in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

Footnotes:Luke 14:26 I.e. by comparison of his love for Me
Cross references:Luke 14:26 : Matt 10:37 Luke 14:27 : Matt 10:38; 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23 Luke 14:31 : Prov 20:18 Luke 14:33 : Phil 3:7; Heb 11:26 Luke 14:34 : Matt 5:13; Mark 9:50 Luke 14:35 : Matt 11:15 Luke 15:1 : Luke 5:29 Luke 15:2 : Matt 9:11 Luke 15:4 : Matt 18:12-14; Luke 15:4-7 Luke 15:10 : Matt 10:32; Luke 15:7


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