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).

Introit

Antiphon:
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)

Psalm:
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 Commission

 1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:
       "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
       the whole earth is full of his glory."

 4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

 5 "Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty."

 6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, "See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for."


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Old Testament: Ezek. 18:30-32

 30 "Therefore, O house of Israel, I will judge you, each one according to his ways, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. 31 Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, O house of Israel? 32 For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!


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Gradual

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

Doxology

 33Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and[a] knowledge of God!
      How unsearchable his judgments,
      and his paths beyond tracing out!
 34"Who has known the mind of the Lord?
      Or who has been his counselor?"[b]
 35"Who has ever given to God,
      that God should repay him?"[c]
 36For from him and through him and to him are all things.
      To him be the glory forever! Amen.

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Verse

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

Jesus Teaches Nicodemus

 1Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him."

 3In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.[a]"

 4"How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!"

 5Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You[c] must be born again.' 8The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."

 9"How can this be?" Nicodemus asked.

 10"You are Israel's teacher," said Jesus, "and do you not understand these things? 11I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.[d] 14Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.[e]

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Offertory

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

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm. A song.

 1 May God be gracious to us and bless us
       and make his face shine upon us,
       Selah

 2 that your ways may be known on earth,
       your salvation among all nations.

 3 May the peoples praise you, O God;
       may all the peoples praise you.

 4 May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
       for you rule the peoples justly
       and guide the nations of the earth.
       Selah

 5 May the peoples praise you, O God;
       may all the peoples praise you.

 6 Then the land will yield its harvest,
       and God, our God, will bless us.

 7 God will bless us,
       and all the ends of the earth will fear him.





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




 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.

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First Reading: Prov. 16:1-24

 1 To man belong the plans of the heart,
       but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue.

 2 All a man's ways seem innocent to him,
       but motives are weighed by the LORD.

 3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do,
       and your plans will succeed.

 4 The LORD works out everything for his own ends—
       even the wicked for a day of disaster.

 5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart.
       Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.

 6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;
       through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.

 7 When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD,
       he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.

 8 Better a little with righteousness
       than much gain with injustice.

 9 In his heart a man plans his course,
       but the LORD determines his steps.

 10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle,
       and his mouth should not betray justice.

 11 Honest scales and balances are from the LORD;
       all the weights in the bag are of his making.

 12 Kings detest wrongdoing,
       for a throne is established through righteousness.

 13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips;
       they value a man who speaks the truth.

 14 A king's wrath is a messenger of death,
       but a wise man will appease it.

 15 When a king's face brightens, it means life;
       his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.

 16 How much better to get wisdom than gold,
       to choose understanding rather than silver!

 17 The highway of the upright avoids evil;
       he who guards his way guards his life.

 18 Pride goes before destruction,
       a haughty spirit before a fall.

 19 Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed
       than to share plunder with the proud.

 20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,
       and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.

 21 The wise in heart are called discerning,
       and pleasant words promote instruction. [a]

 22 Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it,
       but folly brings punishment to fools.

 23 A wise man's heart guides his mouth,
       and his lips promote instruction. [b]

 24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
       sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

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

 1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us
       but to your name be the glory,
       because of your love and faithfulness.

 2 Why do the nations say,
       "Where is their God?"

 3 Our God is in heaven;
       he does whatever pleases him.

 4 But their idols are silver and gold,
       made by the hands of men.

 5 They have mouths, but cannot speak,
       eyes, but they cannot see;

 6 they have ears, but cannot hear,
       noses, but they cannot smell;

 7 they have hands, but cannot feel,
       feet, but they cannot walk;
       nor can they utter a sound with their throats.

 8 Those who make them will be like them,
       and so will all who trust in them.

 9 O house of Israel, trust in the LORD—
       he is their help and shield.

 10 O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD—
       he is their help and shield.

 11 You who fear him, trust in the LORD—
       he is their help and shield.

 12 The LORD remembers us and will bless us:
       He will bless the house of Israel,
       he will bless the house of Aaron,

 13 he will bless those who fear the LORD—
       small and great alike.

 14 May the LORD make you increase,
       both you and your children.

 15 May you be blessed by the LORD,
       the Maker of heaven and earth.

 16 The highest heavens belong to the LORD,
       but the earth he has given to man.

 17 It is not the dead who praise the LORD,
       those who go down to silence;

 18 it is we who extol the LORD,
       both now and forevermore.
       Praise the LORD. [a]

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Second Reading: John 16:1-16

 1"All this I have told you so that you will not go astray. 2They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God. 3They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. 4I have told you this, so that when the time comes you will remember that I warned you. I did not tell you this at first because I was with you.

The Work of the Holy Spirit
 5"Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?' 6Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. 7But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt[a] in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: 9in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; 10in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

 12"I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.

 16"In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me."

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