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


 5 The company of the prophets at Jericho went up to Elisha and asked him, "Do you know that the LORD is going to take your master from you today?"
      "Yes, I know," he replied, "but do not speak of it."

 6 Then Elijah said to him, "Stay here; the LORD has sent me to the Jordan."
      And he replied, "As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you." So the two of them walked on.

 7 Fifty men of the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. 8 Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground.

 9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?"
      "Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit," Elisha replied.

 10 "You have asked a difficult thing," Elijah said, "yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise not."

 11 As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. 12 Elisha saw this and cried out, "My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!" And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them apart.

 13 He picked up the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. 14 Then he took the cloak that had fallen from him and struck the water with it. "Where now is the LORD, the God of Elijah?" he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over.

 15 The company of the prophets from Jericho, who were watching, said, "The spirit of Elijah is resting on Elisha." And they went to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.



Old Testament: Isaiah 57:15


 15 For this is what the high and lofty One says—
       he who lives forever, whose name is holy:
       "I live in a high and holy place,
       but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit,
       to revive the spirit of the lowly
       and to revive the heart of the contrite.



Epistle: Acts 1:1-11


Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven

 1In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."

 6So when they met together, they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?"

 7He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

 9After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

 10They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11"Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."

Footnotes:Acts 1:5 Or in


Gospel: Mark 16:14-20


 14Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

 15He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."

 19After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.



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


For the director of music. According to gittith [a].

A psalm of David.

 1 O LORD, our Lord,
       how majestic is your name in all the earth!
       You have set your glory
       above the heavens.

 2 From the lips of children and infants
       you have ordained praise [b]
       because of your enemies,
       to silence the foe and the avenger.

 3 When I consider your heavens,
       the work of your fingers,
       the moon and the stars,
       which you have set in place,

 4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
       the son of man that you care for him?

 5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings [c]
       and crowned him with glory and honor.

 6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
       you put everything under his feet:

 7 all flocks and herds,
       and the beasts of the field,

 8 the birds of the air,
       and the fish of the sea,
       all that swim the paths of the seas.

 9 O LORD, our Lord,
       how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Footnotes:Psalm 8:1 Title: Probably a musical term Psalm 8:2 Or strength Psalm 8:5 Or than God




A psalm of David.

 1 LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
       Who may live on your holy hill?

 2 He whose walk is blameless
       and who does what is righteous,
       who speaks the truth from his heart

 3 and has no slander on his tongue,
       who does his neighbor no wrong
       and casts no slur on his fellowman,

 4 who despises a vile man
       but honors those who fear the LORD,
       who keeps his oath
       even when it hurts,

 5 who lends his money without usury
       and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
       He who does these things
       will never be shaken.





For the director of music. A psalm of David.

 1 O LORD, the king rejoices in your strength.
       How great is his joy in the victories you give!

 2 You have granted him the desire of his heart
       and have not withheld the request of his lips.
       Selah

 3 You welcomed him with rich blessings
       and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.

 4 He asked you for life, and you gave it to him—
       length of days, for ever and ever.

 5 Through the victories you gave, his glory is great;
       you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.

 6 Surely you have granted him eternal blessings
       and made him glad with the joy of your presence.

 7 For the king trusts in the LORD;
       through the unfailing love of the Most High
       he will not be shaken.

 8 Your hand will lay hold on all your enemies;
       your right hand will seize your foes.

 9 At the time of your appearing
       you will make them like a fiery furnace.
       In his wrath the LORD will swallow them up,
       and his fire will consume them.

 10 You will destroy their descendants from the earth,
       their posterity from mankind.

 11 Though they plot evil against you
       and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed;

 12 for you will make them turn their backs
       when you aim at them with drawn bow.

 13 Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength;
       we will sing and praise your might.





For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

 1 Clap your hands, all you nations;
       shout to God with cries of joy.

 2 How awesome is the LORD Most High,
       the great King over all the earth!

 3 He subdued nations under us,
       peoples under our feet.

 4 He chose our inheritance for us,
       the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.
       Selah

 5 God has ascended amid shouts of joy,
       the LORD amid the sounding of trumpets.

 6 Sing praises to God, sing praises;
       sing praises to our King, sing praises.

 7 For God is the King of all the earth;
       sing to him a psalm [a] of praise.

 8 God reigns over the nations;
       God is seated on his holy throne.

 9 The nobles of the nations assemble
       as the people of the God of Abraham,
       for the kings [b] of the earth belong to God;
       he is greatly exalted.

Footnotes:Psalm 47:7 Or a maskil (probably a literary or musical term) Psalm 47:9 Or shields


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



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


Of David. A psalm.

 1 The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it,
       the world, and all who live in it;

 2 for he founded it upon the seas
       and established it upon the waters.

 3 Who may ascend the hill of the LORD ?
       Who may stand in his holy place?

 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
       who does not lift up his soul to an idol
       or swear by what is false. [a]

 5 He will receive blessing from the LORD
       and vindication from God his Savior.

 6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
       who seek your face, O God of Jacob. [b]
       Selah

 7 Lift up your heads, O you gates;
       be lifted up, you ancient doors,
       that the King of glory may come in.

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

 9 Lift up your heads, O you gates;
       lift them up, you ancient doors,
       that the King of glory may come in.

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

Footnotes:Psalm 24:4 Or swear falsely Psalm 24:6 Two Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac (see also Septuagint most Hebrew manuscripts face, Jacob




For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. A song.

 1 May God arise, may his enemies be scattered;
       may his foes flee before him.

 2 As smoke is blown away by the wind,
       may you blow them away;
       as wax melts before the fire,
       may the wicked perish before God.

 3 But may the righteous be glad
       and rejoice before God;
       may they be happy and joyful.

 4 Sing to God, sing praise to his name,
       extol him who rides on the clouds [a]
       his name is the LORD—
       and rejoice before him.

 5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
       is God in his holy dwelling.

 6 God sets the lonely in families, [b]
       he leads forth the prisoners with singing;
       but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

 7 When you went out before your people, O God,
       when you marched through the wasteland,
       Selah

 8 the earth shook,
       the heavens poured down rain,
       before God, the One of Sinai,
       before God, the God of Israel.

 9 You gave abundant showers, O God;
       you refreshed your weary inheritance.

 10 Your people settled in it,
       and from your bounty, O God, you provided for the poor.

 11 The Lord announced the word,
       and great was the company of those who proclaimed it:

 12 "Kings and armies flee in haste;
       in the camps men divide the plunder.

 13 Even while you sleep among the campfires, [c]
       the wings of my dove are sheathed with silver,
       its feathers with shining gold."

 14 When the Almighty [d] scattered the kings in the land,
       it was like snow fallen on Zalmon.

 15 The mountains of Bashan are majestic mountains;
       rugged are the mountains of Bashan.

 16 Why gaze in envy, O rugged mountains,
       at the mountain where God chooses to reign,
       where the LORD himself will dwell forever?

 17 The chariots of God are tens of thousands
       and thousands of thousands;
       the Lord has come from Sinai into his sanctuary.

 18 When you ascended on high,
       you led captives in your train;
       you received gifts from men,
       even from [e] the rebellious—
       that you, [f] O LORD God, might dwell there.

 19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,
       who daily bears our burdens.
       Selah

 20 Our God is a God who saves;
       from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death.

 21 Surely God will crush the heads of his enemies,
       the hairy crowns of those who go on in their sins.

 22 The Lord says, "I will bring them from Bashan;
       I will bring them from the depths of the sea,

 23 that you may plunge your feet in the blood of your foes,
       while the tongues of your dogs have their share."

 24 Your procession has come into view, O God,
       the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary.

 25 In front are the singers, after them the musicians;
       with them are the maidens playing tambourines.

 26 Praise God in the great congregation;
       praise the LORD in the assembly of Israel.

 27 There is the little tribe of Benjamin, leading them,
       there the great throng of Judah's princes,
       and there the princes of Zebulun and of Naphtali.

 28 Summon your power, O God [g] ;
       show us your strength, O God, as you have done before.

 29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem
       kings will bring you gifts.

 30 Rebuke the beast among the reeds,
       the herd of bulls among the calves of the nations.
       Humbled, may it bring bars of silver.
       Scatter the nations who delight in war.

 31 Envoys will come from Egypt;
       Cush [h] will submit herself to God.

 32 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth,
       sing praise to the Lord,
       Selah

 33 to him who rides the ancient skies above,
       who thunders with mighty voice.

 34 Proclaim the power of God,
       whose majesty is over Israel,
       whose power is in the skies.

 35 You are awesome, O God, in your sanctuary;
       the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.
       Praise be to God!

Footnotes:Psalm 68:4 Or prepare the way for him who rides through the deserts Psalm 68:6 Or the desolate in a homeland Psalm 68:13 Or saddlebags Psalm 68:14 Hebrew Shaddai Psalm 68:18 Or gifts for men, / even Psalm 68:18 Or they Psalm 68:28 Many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts Your God has summoned power for you Psalm 68:31 That is, the upper Nile region




 1 Praise the LORD. [a]
       Praise the LORD from the heavens,
       praise him in the heights above.

 2 Praise him, all his angels,
       praise him, all his heavenly hosts.

 3 Praise him, sun and moon,
       praise him, all you shining stars.

 4 Praise him, you highest heavens
       and you waters above the skies.

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

 6 He set them in place for ever and ever;
       he gave a decree that will never pass away.

 7 Praise the LORD from the earth,
       you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,

 8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
       stormy winds that do his bidding,

 9 you mountains and all hills,
       fruit trees and all cedars,

 10 wild animals and all cattle,
       small creatures and flying birds,

 11 kings of the earth and all nations,
       you princes and all rulers on earth,

 12 young men and maidens,
       old men and children.

 13 Let them praise the name of the LORD,
       for his name alone is exalted;
       his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.

 14 He has raised up for his people a horn, [b]
       the praise of all his saints,
       of Israel, the people close to his heart.
       Praise the LORD.

Footnotes:Psalm 148:1 Hebrew Hallelu Yah ; also in verse 14 Psalm 148:14 Horn here symbolizes strong one, that is, king.


Second Reading: Lk. 17:1-19


Sin, Faith, Duty
 1Jesus said to his disciples: "Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. 2It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. 3So watch yourselves.
      "If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. 4If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, 'I repent,' forgive him."

 5The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"

 6He replied, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you.

 7"Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, 'Come along now and sit down to eat'? 8Would he not rather say, 'Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink'? 9Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.' "

Ten Healed of Leprosy
 11Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a]met him. They stood at a distance 13and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!"

 14When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed.

 15One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

 17Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" 19Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."

Footnotes:Luke 17:12 The Greek word was used for various diseases affecting the skin—not necessarily leprosy.


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