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


The Bronze Snake

 4 They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, [a] to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; 5 they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the desert? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!"

 6 Then the LORD sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. 7 The people came to Moses and said, "We sinned when we spoke against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD will take the snakes away from us." So Moses prayed for the people.

 8 The LORD said to Moses, "Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live." 9 So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, he lived.

Footnotes:Numbers 21:4 Hebrew Yam Suph ; that is, Sea of Reeds


Old Testament: Jer. 29:11-14


11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back from captivity. [a] I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile."

Footnotes:Jeremiah 29:14 Or will restore your fortunes


Epistle: Jas. 1:22-27


 22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

 26If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. 27Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by 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


23In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

 25"Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. 26In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father."

 29Then Jesus' disciples said, "Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came 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


For the director of music. According to gittith. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. [a]

 1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
       O LORD Almighty!

 2 My soul yearns, even faints,
       for the courts of the LORD;
       my heart and my flesh cry out
       for the living God.

 3 Even the sparrow has found a home,
       and the swallow a nest for herself,
       where she may have her young—
       a place near your altar,
       O LORD Almighty, my King and my God.

 4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
       they are ever praising you.
       Selah

 5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
       who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.

 6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
       they make it a place of springs;
       the autumn rains also cover it with pools. [b]

 7 They go from strength to strength,
       till each appears before God in Zion.

 8 Hear my prayer, O LORD God Almighty;
       listen to me, O God of Jacob.
       Selah

 9 Look upon our shield, [c] O God;
       look with favor on your anointed one.

 10 Better is one day in your courts
       than a thousand elsewhere;
       I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
       than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
       the LORD bestows favor and honor;
       no good thing does he withhold
       from those whose walk is blameless.

 12 O LORD Almighty,
       blessed is the man who trusts in you.

Footnotes:Psalm 84:1 Title: Probably a musical term Psalm 84:6 Or blessings Psalm 84:9 Or sovereign


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



Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 124


A song of ascents. Of David.

 1 If the LORD had not been on our side—
       let Israel say-

 2 if the LORD had not been on our side
       when men attacked us,

 3 when their anger flared against us,
       they would have swallowed us alive;

 4 the flood would have engulfed us,
       the torrent would have swept over us,

 5 the raging waters
       would have swept us away.

 6 Praise be to the LORD,
       who has not let us be torn by their teeth.

 7 We have escaped like a bird
       out of the fowler's snare;
       the snare has been broken,
       and we have escaped.

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



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


The Cost of Being a Disciple

 25Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26"If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. 27And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

 28"Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? 29For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, 30saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'

 31"Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.

 34"Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 35It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.
      "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

 1Now the tax collectors and "sinners" were all gathering around to hear him. 2But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."

 3Then Jesus told them this parable: 4"Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' 7I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

The Parable of the Lost Coin

 8"Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.' 10In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

Footnotes:Luke 15:8 Greek ten drachmas, each worth about a day's wages


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