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

 1In the year of (A)King Uzziah's death (B)I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple.

 2Seraphim stood above Him, (C)each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.

 3And one called out to another and said,
         "(D)Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts,
         The (E)whole earth is full of His glory."

 4And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the (F)temple was filling with smoke.

 5Then I said,
         "(G)Woe is me, for I am ruined!
         Because I am a man of (H)unclean lips,
         And I live among a (I)people of unclean lips;
         For my eyes have seen the (J)King, the LORD of hosts."

 6Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the (K)altar with tongs.

 7He (L)touched my mouth with it and said, "Behold, this has touched your lips; and (M)your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven."

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Old Testament: Ezek. 18:30-32

 30"Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, each according to his conduct," declares the Lord GOD. "(A)Repent and turn away from all your transgressions, so that iniquity may not become a stumbling block to you.

 31"(B)Cast away from you all your transgressions which you have committed and make yourselves a (C)new heart and a new spirit! For why will you die, O house of Israel?

 32"For I have (D)no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies," declares the Lord GOD. "Therefore, repent and live."

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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 (A)the riches both of the (B)wisdom and knowledge of God! (C)How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!



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

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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

The New Birth

 1Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named (A)Nicodemus, a (B)ruler of the Jews;

 2this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "(C)Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these (D)signs that You do unless (E)God is with him."

 3Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one (F)is born again he cannot see (G)the kingdom of God."

 4Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born, can he?"

 5Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of (H)water and the Spirit he cannot enter into (I)the kingdom of God.

 6"(J)That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

 7"Do not be amazed that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'

 8"(K)The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit."

 9Nicodemus said to Him, "How can these things be?"

 10Jesus answered and said to him, "Are you (L)the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things?

 11"Truly, truly, I say to you, (M)we speak of what we know and (N)testify of what we have seen, and (O)you do not accept our testimony.

 12"If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?

 13"(P)No one has ascended into heaven, but (Q)He who descended from heaven: (R)the Son of Man.

 14"As (S)Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must (T)the Son of Man (U)be lifted up;

 15so that whoever [a]believes will (V)in Him have eternal life.

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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

The Nations Exhorted to Praise God.

For the choir director; with stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.

    1God be gracious to us and (A)bless us,
         And (B)cause His face to shine upon us-- Selah.
    2That (C)Your way may be known on the earth,
         (D)Your salvation among all nations.
    3Let the (E)peoples praise You, O God;
         Let all the peoples praise You.
    4Let the (F)nations be glad and sing for joy;
         For You will (G)judge the peoples with uprightness
         And (H)guide the nations on the earth. Selah.
    5Let the (I)peoples praise You, O God;
         Let all the peoples praise You.
    6The (J)earth has yielded its produce;
         God, our God, (K)blesses us.
    7God blesses us,
         [a]That (L)all the ends of the earth may fear Him.

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First Reading: Prov. 16:1-24

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

    1The (A)plans of the heart belong to man,
         But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.
    2All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight,
         But the (B)LORD weighs the motives.
    3(C)Commit your works to the LORD
         And your plans will be established.
    4The LORD (D)has made everything for its own purpose,
         Even the (E)wicked for the day of evil.
    5Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD;
         Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.
    6By (F)lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for,
         And by the (G)fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil.
    7When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD,
         He (H)makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
    8Better is a little with righteousness
         Than great income with injustice.
    9The mind of (I)man plans his way,
         But (J)the LORD directs his steps.
    10A divine (K)decision is in the lips of the king;
         His mouth should not err in judgment.
    11A (L)just balance and scales belong to the LORD;
         All the weights of the bag are His concern.
    12It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts,
         For a (M)throne is established on righteousness.
    13Righteous lips are the delight of kings,
         And he who speaks right is loved.
    14The fury of a king is like messengers of death,
         But a wise man will appease it.
    15In the light of a king's face is life,
         And his favor is like a cloud with the (N)spring rain.
    16How much (O)better it is to get wisdom than gold!
         And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.
    17The (P)highway of the upright is to depart from evil;
         He who watches his way preserves his life.
    18(Q)Pride goes before destruction,
         And a haughty spirit before stumbling.
    19It is better to be (R)humble in spirit with the lowly
         Than to (S)divide the spoil with the proud.
    20He who gives attention to the word will (T)find good,
         And (U)blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
    21The (V)wise in heart will be called understanding,
         And sweetness of speech (W)increases persuasiveness.
    22Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it,
         But the discipline of fools is folly.
    23The (X)heart of the wise instructs his mouth
         And adds persuasiveness to his lips.
    24(Y)Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
         Sweet to the soul and (Z)healing to the bones.

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

Heathen Idols Contrasted with the LORD.

    1(A)Not to us, O LORD, not to us,
         But (B)to Your name give glory
         Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth.
    2(C)Why should the nations say,
         "(D)Where, now, is their God?"
    3But our (E)God is in the heavens;
         He (F)does whatever He pleases.
    4Their (G)idols are silver and gold,
         The (H)work of man's hands.
    5They have mouths, but they (I)cannot speak;
         They have eyes, but they cannot see;
    6They have ears, but they cannot hear;
         They have noses, but they cannot smell;
    7They have hands, but they cannot feel;
         They have feet, but they cannot walk;
         They cannot make a sound with their throat.
    8(J)Those who make them will become like them,
         Everyone who trusts in them.
    9O (K)Israel, (L)trust in the LORD;
         He is their (M)help and their shield.
    10O house of (N)Aaron, trust in the LORD;
         He is their help and their shield.
    11You who [a](O)fear the LORD, trust in the LORD;
         He is their help and their shield.
    12The LORD (P)has been mindful of us; He will bless us;
         He will bless the house of Israel;
         He will bless the house of Aaron.
    13He will (Q)bless those who [b]fear the LORD,
         (R)The small together with the great.
    14May the LORD (S)give you increase,
         You and your children.
    15May you be blessed of the LORD,
         (T)Maker of heaven and earth.
    16The heavens are (U)the heavens of the LORD,
         But (V)the earth He has given to the sons of men.
    17The (W)dead do not praise the LORD,
         Nor do any who go down into (X)silence;
    18But as for us, we will (Y)bless the LORD
         From this time forth and forever.
         Praise the LORD!

Footnotes:Psalm 115:11 Or revere Psalm 115:13 Or revere
Cross references:Psalm 115:1 : Is 48:11; Ezek 36:22 Psalm 115:1 : Ps 29:2; 96:8 Psalm 115:2 : Ps 79:10 Psalm 115:2 : Ps 42:3, 10 Psalm 115:3 : Ps 103:19 Psalm 115:3 : Ps 135:6; Dan 4:35 Psalm 115:4 : Ps 115:4-8; 135:15-18; Jer 10:4 Psalm 115:4 : Deut 4:28; 2 Kin 19:18; Is 37:19; 44:10, 20; Jer 10:3 Psalm 115:5 : Jer 10:5 Psalm 115:8 : Ps 135:18; Is 44:9-11 Psalm 115:9 : Ps 118:2; 135:19 Psalm 115:9 : Ps 37:3; 62:8 Psalm 115:9 : Ps 33:20 Psalm 115:10 : Ps 118:3; 135:19 Psalm 115:11 : Ps 22:23; 103:11; 135:20 Psalm 115:12 : Ps 98:3 Psalm 115:13 : Ps 103:11; 112:1; 128:1 Psalm 115:13 : Rev 11:18; 19:5 Psalm 115:14 : Deut 1:11 Psalm 115:15 : Gen 1:1; Neh 9:6; Ps 96:5; 102:25; 121:2; 124:8; 134:3; 146:6; Acts 14:15; Rev 14:7 Psalm 115:16 : Ps 89:11 Psalm 115:16 : Ps 8:6 Psalm 115:17 : Ps 6:5; 88:10-12; Is 38:18 Psalm 115:17 : Ps 31:17 Psalm 115:18 : Ps 113:2; Dan 2:20

Prayer for Deliverance and Guidance.

A Psalm of David.

    1Hear my prayer, O LORD,
         (A)Give ear to my supplications!
         Answer me in Your (B)faithfulness, in Your (C)righteousness!
    2And (D)do not enter into judgment with Your servant,
         For in Your sight (E)no man living is righteous.
    3For the enemy has persecuted my soul;
         He has crushed my life (F)to the ground;
         He (G)has made me dwell in dark places, like those who have long been dead.
    4Therefore (H)my spirit is overwhelmed within me;
         My heart is [a](I)appalled within me.
    5I (J)remember the days of old;
         I (K)meditate on all Your doings;
         I (L)muse on the work of Your hands.
    6I (M)stretch out my hands to You;
         My (N)soul longs for You, as a parched land. Selah.
    7(O)Answer me quickly, O LORD, my (P)spirit fails;
         (Q)Do not hide Your face from me,
         Or I will become like (R)those who go down to the pit.
    8Let me hear Your (S)lovingkindness (T)in the morning;
         For I trust (U)in You;
         Teach me the (V)way in which I should walk;
         For to You I (W)lift up my soul.
    9(X)Deliver me, O LORD, from my enemies;
         I take refuge in You.
    10(Y)Teach me to do Your will,
         For You are my God;
         Let (Z)Your good Spirit (AA)lead me on level ground.
    11(AB)For the sake of Your name, O LORD, (AC)revive me
         (AD)In Your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble.
    12And in Your lovingkindness, (AE)cut off my enemies
         And (AF)destroy all those who afflict my soul,
         For (AG)I am Your servant.

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Second Reading: John 16:1-16

Jesus' Warning

 1"(A)These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from (B)stumbling.

 2"They will (C)make you outcasts from the synagogue, but (D)an hour is coming for everyone (E)who kills you to think that he is offering service to God.

 3"These things they will do (F)because they have not known the Father or Me.

 4"But these things I have spoken to you, (G)so that when their hour comes, you may remember that I told you of them These things I did not say to you (H)at the beginning, because I was with you.

The Holy Spirit Promised

 5"But now (I)I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, '(J)Where are You going?'

 6"But because I have said these things to you, (K)sorrow has filled your heart.

 7"But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the (L)Helper will not come to you; but if I go, (M)I will send Him to you.

 8"And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;

 9concerning sin, (N)because they do not believe in Me;

 10and concerning (O)righteousness, because (P)I go to the Father and you no longer see Me;

 11(Q)and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

 12"I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

 13"But when He, (R)the Spirit of truth, comes, He will (S)guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.

 14"He will (T)glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.

 15"(U)All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.

Jesus' Death and Resurrection Foretold

 16"(V)A little while, and (W)you will no longer see Me; and again a little while, and (X)you will see Me."

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