May 30th, 2019

Ascension


Collect (LSB)

Almighty God, as Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, ascended into the heavens, so may we also ascend in heart and mind and continually dwell there with Him, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Old Testament (LSB): 2 Kings 2:5-15


 5And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.

 6And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the LORD hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on.

 7And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.

 8And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground.

 9And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.

 10And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.

 11And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

 12And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.

 13He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;

 14And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.

 15And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.



Old Testament: Isaiah 57:15


 15For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.



Epistle: Acts 1:1-11


 1The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,

 2Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:

 3To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

 4And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

 5For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

 6When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

 7And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

 8But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

 9And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

 10And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;

 11Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.



Gospel: Mark 16:14-20


 14Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

 15And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

 16He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

 17And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

 18They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

 19So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

 20And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.



Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 8; Ps. 15; Ps. 21; Ps. 47


 1O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

 2Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

 3When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

 4What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

 5For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

 6Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

 7All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

 8The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

 9O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!





 1Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

 2He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

 3He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

 4In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

 5He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.





 1The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!

 2Thou hast given him his heart's desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.

 3For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.

 4He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.

 5His glory is great in thy salvation: honour and majesty hast thou laid upon him.

 6For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance.

 7For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.

 8Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee.

 9Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the LORD shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them.

 10Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men.

 11For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.

 12Therefore shalt thou make them turn their back, when thou shalt make ready thine arrows upon thy strings against the face of them.

 13Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.





 1O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

 2For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.

 3He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.

 4He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.

 5God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.

 6Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

 7For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

 8God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.

 9The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted.



First Reading: Num. 11:1-23; Num. 11:31-35


 1And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.

 2And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the LORD, the fire was quenched.

 3And he called the name of the place Taberah: because the fire of the LORD burnt among them.

 4And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?

 5We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:

 6But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.

 7And the manna was as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium.

 8And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil.

 9And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it.

 10Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent: and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly; Moses also was displeased.

 11And Moses said unto the LORD, Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me?

 12Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father beareth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers?

 13Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people? for they weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat.

 14I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.

 15And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.

 16And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee.

 17And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.

 18And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore the LORD will give you flesh, and ye shall eat.

 19Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days;

 20But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised the LORD which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?

 21And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month.

 22Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them?

 23And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD'S hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.





 31And there went forth a wind from the LORD, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, as it were a day's journey on this side, and as it were a day's journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high upon the face of the earth.

 32And the people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp.

 33And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.

 34And he called the name of that place Kibrothhattaavah: because there they buried the people that lusted.

 35And the people journeyed from Kibrothhattaavah unto Hazeroth; and abode at Hazeroth.



Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 24; Ps. 68; Ps. 148


 1The earth is the LORD's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

 2For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

 3Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?

 4He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

 5He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

 6This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

 7Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

 8Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.

 9Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

 10Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.





 1Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.

 2As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

 3But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.

 4Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.

 5A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.

 6God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

 7O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people, when thou didst march through the wilderness; Selah:

 8The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

 9Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary.

 10Thy congregation hath dwelt therein: thou, O God, hast prepared of thy goodness for the poor.

 11The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.

 12Kings of armies did flee apace: and she that tarried at home divided the spoil.

 13Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.

 14When the Almighty scattered kings in it, it was white as snow in Salmon.

 15The hill of God is as the hill of Bashan; an high hill as the hill of Bashan.

 16Why leap ye, ye high hills? this is the hill which God desireth to dwell in; yea, the LORD will dwell in it for ever.

 17The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.

 18Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.

 19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

 20He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto GOD the Lord belong the issues from death.

 21But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses.

 22The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea:

 23That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same.

 24They have seen thy goings, O God; even the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary.

 25The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with timbrels.

 26Bless ye God in the congregations, even the Lord, from the fountain of Israel.

 27There is little Benjamin with their ruler, the princes of Judah and their council, the princes of Zebulun, and the princes of Naphtali.

 28Thy God hath commanded thy strength: strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us.

 29Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto thee.

 30Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, till every one submit himself with pieces of silver: scatter thou the people that delight in war.

 31Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.

 32Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah:

 33To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.

 34Ascribe ye strength unto God: his excellency is over Israel, and his strength is in the clouds.

 35O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.





 1Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights.

 2Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.

 3Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.

 4Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.

 5Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.

 6He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.

 7Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:

 8Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling his word:

 9Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars:

 10Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:

 11Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:

 12Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:

 13Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.

 14He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD.



Second Reading: Lk. 17:1-19


 1Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!

 2It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

 3Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.

 4And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

 5And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.

 6And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

 7But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?

 8And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?

 9Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.

 10So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

 11And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

 12And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:

 13And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

 14And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

 15And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

 16And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

 17And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

 18There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

 19And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.



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