June 16th, 2019

Trinity Sunday

Explanation of the Week

When Isaiah beheld the glory of the Lord, he cried out "Woe is me!" For the sinner cannot stand in the presence of a holy God and live (Is 6:1-7). But God the Father lifted up His Son Jesus for us on the cross, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:1-15). This eternal life of Christ is given us according to the Holy Spirit's good pleasure in Baptism. "Unless one is born (again) of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." To sinners in fear of death, the messengers of God place on our lips the living body and blood of Christ and speak His words of absolution, "Your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged." Having received forgiveness and life from the Father through the Son by the Holy Spirit, we join with the angels in praising the blessed Trinity, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts!" "For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen" (Rom 11:33-36).


Blessed be the Holy | Trinity*
     and the Undivided | Unity:
Let us give glo- | ry to Him*
     For He has shown mercy | unto us. (Liturgical Text)

O | LORD, our Lord,*
     How excellent is Your name in | all the earth,
You have set Your glory above the | heavens!*
     Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants, You have or- | dained strength.
What is man that You are mind- | ful of him,*
     and the son of man that You | visit him?
For You have made him a little lower than the | angels,*
     and You have crowned him with glory and | honor. (Psalm 8:1-5)

Collect (LSB)

Almighty and everlasting God, You have given us grace to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity by the confession of a true faith and to worship the Unity in the power of the Divine Majesty. Keep us steadfast in this faith and defend us from all adversities; for You, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, live and reign, one God, now and forever.

Collect (TLH)

Almighty and everlasting God, who hast given unto us, Thy servants, grace by the confession of a true faith, to aknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity and in the power of the Divine Majesty to worship the Unity, we beseech Thee that Thou wouldst keep us steadfast in this faith and evermore defend us from all adversities; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

Collecta Latina

Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui dedisti famulis tuis in confessione verae fidei aeternae trinitatis gloriam agnoscere, et in potentia majestatis adorare unitatem quaesumus, ut eiusdem fidei firmitate ab omnibus semper muniamur adversis. 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): Isaiah 6:1-7

Isaiah’s Vision of the Lord

 1In the year that(A) King Uzziah died I(B) saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train[a] of his robe filled the temple. 2Above him stood the seraphim. Each had(C) six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3And one called to another and said:
   (D) "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;(E) the whole earth is full of his glory!"[b]

 4And(F) the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and(G) the house was filled with smoke. 5And I said: "Woe is me!(H) For I am lost;(I) for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the(J) King, the LORD of hosts!"

 6Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7And he(K) touched my mouth and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for."

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

Old Testament: Ezek. 18:30-32

 30"Therefore(A) I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares the Lord GOD.(B) Repent and turn from all your transgressions,(C) lest iniquity be your ruin.[a] 31(D) Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and(E) make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit!(F) Why will you die, O house of Israel? 32(G) For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord GOD;(H) so turn, and live."

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.


Blessed are You, O Lord, who be- / holds the deep,*
     and who dwells between the / cherubim.
Blessed are You, O Lord, in the firmament of / heaven,*
     and greatly to be praised for- / ever. (Song of the Three Children, 32–34)

Epistle: Rom. 11:33-36

 33Oh, the depth of the riches and(A) wisdom and knowledge of God!(B) How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
 34"For(C) who has known the mind of the Lord,
   or(D) who has been his counselor?" 35"Or(E) who has given a gift to him
   that he might be repaid?"

 36For(F) from him and through him and to him are all things.(G) To him be glory forever. Amen.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.


Alle- / luia.*
     Alle- / luia.
Blessed are You, O Lord God of our / Fathers,*
     and greatly to be praised and glorified forever. Alle- / luia. (Song of the Three Children, 29)

Gospel: John 3:1-15

You Must Be Born Again

 1Now there was a man of the Pharisees named(A) Nicodemus,(B) a ruler of the Jews. 2This man came to Jesus[a](C) by night and said to him,(D) "Rabbi,(E) we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do(F) unless God is with him." 3Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is(G) born(H) again[b] he cannot(I) see the kingdom of God." 4Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?" 5Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born(J) of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6(K) That which is born of the flesh is(L) flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.[c] 7(M) Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You[d] must be born(N) again.' 8(O) The wind[e] blows(P) where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."

 9Nicodemus said to him,(Q) "How can these things be?" 10Jesus answered him, "Are you the teacher of Israel(R) and yet you do not understand these things? 11Truly, truly, I say to you,(S) we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you[f] do not receive our testimony. 12If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13(T) No one has(U) ascended into heaven except(V) he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.[g] 14And(W) as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man(X) be lifted up, 15that whoever believes(Y) in him(Z) may have eternal life.[h]

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.


Blessed be God the Father, and the only-begotten Son of God, and likewise the Holy Spirit: for He has shown His mercy upon us. (Tobit 12)

Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 67; Ps. 8; Ps. 148

Make Your Face Shine upon Us

To the choirmaster: with(A) stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.

 1May God(B) be gracious to us and bless us
   and make his face to(C) shine upon us,
2that(D) your way may be known on earth,
   your(E) saving power among all nations. 3(F) Let the peoples praise you, O God;
   let all the peoples praise you!

 4Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
   for you(G) judge the peoples with equity
   and guide the nations upon earth.
5(H) Let the peoples praise you, O God;
   let all the peoples praise you!

 6The earth has(I) yielded its increase;
   God, our God, shall bless us. 7God shall bless us;
   let(J) all the ends of the earth fear him!

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

First Reading: Prov. 16:1-24

 1The plans of the heart belong to man,
   but(A) the answer of the tongue is from the LORD. 2(B) All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
   but the LORD(C) weighs the spirit. 3(D) Commit your work to the LORD,
   and your plans will be established. 4(E) The LORD has made everything for its purpose,
   even(F) the wicked for the day of trouble. 5Everyone who is arrogant in heart is(G) an abomination to the LORD;
   (H) be assured, he will not go unpunished. 6By(I) steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for,
   and by(J) the fear of the LORD one(K) turns away from evil. 7When a man’s ways please the LORD,
   (L) he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 8(M) Better is a little with righteousness
   than great revenues with injustice. 9(N) The heart of man plans his way,
   but(O) the LORD establishes his steps. 10(P) An oracle is on the lips of a king;
   his mouth does not sin in judgment. 11(Q) A just balance and scales are the LORD’s;
   all the weights in the bag are his work. 12It is an abomination to kings to do evil,
   for(R) the throne is established by righteousness. 13(S) Righteous lips are the delight of a king,
   and he loves him who speaks what is right. 14(T) A king’s wrath is a messenger of death,
   and a wise man will(U) appease it. 15(V) In the light of a king’s face there is life,
   and his(W) favor is like(X) the clouds that bring the spring rain. 16(Y) How much better to get wisdom than(Z) gold!
   To get understanding is to be chosen rather than(AA) silver. 17The highway of the upright(AB) turns aside from evil;
   whoever guards his way preserves his life. 18(AC) Pride goes before destruction,
   and a haughty spirit before a fall. 19(AD) It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor
   than to(AE) divide the spoil with the proud. 20Whoever gives thought to the word[a](AF) will discover good,
   and blessed is he(AG) who trusts in the LORD. 21The wise of heart is called discerning,
   and sweetness of speech(AH) increases persuasiveness. 22Good sense is(AI) a fountain of life to him who has it,
   but the instruction of fools is folly. 23(AJ) The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious
   and adds persuasiveness to his lips. 24(AK) Gracious words are like(AL) a honeycomb,
   sweetness to the soul and(AM) health to the body.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 115; Ps. 143

To Your Name Give Glory

 1(A) Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory,
   (B) for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!

 2Why should the nations say,
   (C) "Where is their God?" 3(D) Our God is in the heavens;
   (E) he does all that he pleases.

 4(F) Their idols are silver and gold,
   (G) the work of human hands. 5They have mouths,(H) but do not speak;
   eyes, but do not see. 6They have ears, but do not hear;
   noses, but do not smell. 7They have hands, but do not feel;
   feet, but do not walk;
   and they do not make a sound in their throat. 8(I) Those who make them become like them;
   so do all who trust in them.

 9O(J) Israel,[a](K) trust in the LORD!
   He is their(L) help and their shield. 10O(M) house of Aaron, trust in the LORD!
   He is their help and(N) their shield. 11You(O) who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD!
   He is their help and their shield.

 12The LORD has remembered us; he will bless us;
   he will bless(P) the house of Israel;
   he will bless the house of Aaron; 13he will(Q) bless those who fear the LORD,
   (R) both the small and the great.

 14May the LORD(S) give you increase,
   you and your children! 15May(T) you be blessed by the LORD,
   (U) who made heaven and earth!

 16The heavens are the LORD’s heavens,
   but the earth he has given to the children of man. 17(V) The dead do not praise the LORD,
   nor do any who go down into(W) silence. 18But(X) we will bless the LORD
   from this time forth and forevermore.(Y) Praise the LORD!

Footnotes:Psalm 115:9 Masoretic Text; many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac O house of Israel
Cross references:Psalm 115:1 : Isa 48:11; Ezek 36:22; Dan 9:18, 19 Psalm 115:1 : Psalm 36:5 Psalm 115:2 : Exodus 32:12; Num 14:13, 14; Psalm 42:3 Psalm 115:3 : Psalm 11:4 Psalm 115:3 : Psalm 135:6; Dan 4:35 Psalm 115:4 : For Psalms 42:4-8, Psalm 135:15-18 Psalm 115:4 : Deut 4:28; 2 Kgs 19:18; Isa 37:19; Acts 19:26; Isa 44:10-20; Jer 10:3-5 Psalm 115:5 : Isa 46:7; Hab 2:18 Psalm 115:8 : Isa 44:9 Psalm 115:9 : Psalm 118:2-4; 135:19, 20 Psalm 115:9 : Psalm 37:3; 62:8 Psalm 115:9 : Psalm 33:20 Psalm 115:10 : Psalms 42:9 Psalm 115:10 : Psalm 3:3 Psalm 115:11 : Psalm 22:23; 103:11, 13, 17 Psalm 115:12 : Psalm 118:2-4; 135:19, 20 Psalm 115:13 : Psalm 112:1 Psalm 115:13 : Jer 16:6; 31:34 Psalm 115:14 : Deut 1:11 Psalm 115:15 : Ruth 2:20 Psalm 115:15 : Psalm 121:2; 124:8; 134:3; 146:6; Acts 14:15; Rev 14:7; Gen 1:1; 14:19; Jer 10:11 Psalm 115:17 : Psalm 6:5 Psalm 115:17 : Psalm 31:17 Psalm 115:18 : Psalm 113:2 Psalm 115:18 : Psalm 104:35

My Soul Thirsts for You

A Psalm of David.

 1Hear my prayer, O LORD;
   (A) give ear to my pleas for mercy!
   In your(B) faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness! 2(C) Enter not into judgment with your servant,
   for no one living is righteous(D) before you.

 3For the enemy has pursued my soul;
   (E) he has crushed my life to the ground;
   (F) he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead. 4Therefore my spirit(G) faints within me;
   my heart within me is appalled.

 5(H) I remember the days of old;
   (I) I meditate on all that you have done;
   I ponder the work of your hands. 6(J) I stretch out my hands to you;
   (K) my soul thirsts for you like(L) a parched land.

 7(M) Answer me quickly, O LORD!
   (N) My spirit fails!(O) Hide not your face from me,
   (P) lest I be like those who go down to the pit. 8(Q) Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
   for in you I(R) trust.(S) Make me know the way I should go,
   (T) for to you I lift up my soul.

 9(U) Deliver me from my enemies, O LORD!
   I have fled to you for refuge![a] 10(V) Teach me to do your will,
   for you are my God!(W) Let your good Spirit(X) lead me
   on(Y) level ground!

 11(Z) For your name’s sake, O LORD,(AA) preserve my life!
   In your righteousness(AB) bring my soul out of trouble! 12And in your steadfast love you will(AC) cut off my enemies,
   and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul,
   for I am your(AD) servant.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

Second Reading: John 16:1-16

 1"I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. 2(A) They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed,(B) the hour is coming when(C) whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. 3And they will do these things(D) because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4But(E) I have said these things to you, that when(F) their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.


The Work of the Holy Spirit
   "I did not say these things to you from the beginning,(G) because I was with you. 5But now(H) I am going to him who sent me, and(I) none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?' 6But because I have said these things to you,(J) sorrow has filled your heart. 7Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for(K) if I do not go away,(L) the Helper will not come to you. But(M) if(N) I go,(O) I will send him to you. 8(P) And when he comes, he will(Q) convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9concerning sin,(R) because they do not believe in me; 10(S) concerning righteousness,(T) because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11(U) concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world(V) is judged.

 12"I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13When(W) the Spirit of truth comes,(X) he will(Y) guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but(Z) whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14He will(AA) glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15(AB) All that the Father has is mine;(AC) therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

Your Sorrow Will Turn into Joy
 16(AD) "A little while, and you will see me no longer; and(AE) again a little while, and you will see me."

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