June 24th, 2019

Nativity of John the Baptist


Collect (LSB)

Almighty God, through John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ, You once proclaimed salvation. Now grant that we may know this salvation and serve You in holiness and righteousness all the days of our life; through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Old Testament (LSB): Isaiah 40:1-5

Comfort for God’s People

 1(A) Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2(B) Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
   and cry to herthat(C) her warfare[a] is ended,
   that her iniquity is pardoned,that she has received from the LORD’s hand
   double for all her sins.

 3(D) A voice cries:[b](E) "In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD;
   (F) make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4(G) Every valley shall be lifted up,
   and every mountain and hill be made low;the uneven ground shall become level,
   and the rough places a plain. 5(H) And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
   and all flesh shall see it together,
   (I) for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

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Old Testament: Isaiah 40:1-8

Comfort for God’s People

 1(A) Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2(B) Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
   and cry to herthat(C) her warfare[a] is ended,
   that her iniquity is pardoned,that she has received from the LORD’s hand
   double for all her sins.

 3(D) A voice cries:[b](E) "In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD;
   (F) make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4(G) Every valley shall be lifted up,
   and every mountain and hill be made low;the uneven ground shall become level,
   and the rough places a plain. 5(H) And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
   and all flesh shall see it together,
   (I) for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

The Word of God Stands Forever

 6A voice says, "Cry!"
   And I said,[c] "What shall I cry?"(J) All flesh is grass,
   and all its beauty[d] is like the flower of the field. 7The grass withers, the flower fades
   when the breath of the LORD blows on it;
   surely the people are grass. 8(K) The grass withers, the flower fades,
   but the word of our God will stand forever.

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

Epistle: Acts 19:1-7

Paul in Ephesus

 1And it happened that while(A) Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed(B) through the inland[a] country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. 2And he said to them,(C) "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" And they said, "No,(D) we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." 3And he said,(E) "Into what then were you baptized?" They said, "Into(F) John’s baptism." 4And Paul said,(G) "John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people(H) to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus." 5On hearing this,(I) they were baptized in[b] the name of the Lord Jesus. 6And(J) when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and(K) they began speaking in tongues and(L) prophesying. 7There were about twelve men in all.

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Gospel: Luke 1:57-80

The Birth of John the Baptist

 57Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. 58And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord(A) had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. 59And(B) on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, 60but his mother answered, "No;(C) he shall be called John." 61And they said to her, "None of your relatives is called by this name." 62And(D) they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called. 63And he asked for(E) a writing tablet and wrote,(F) "His name is John." And they all wondered. 64(G) And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue(H) loosed, and he spoke,(I) blessing God. 65And(J) fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all(K) the hill country of Judea, 66and all who heard them(L) laid them up in their hearts, saying, "What then will this child be?" For(M) the hand of the Lord was with him.

Zechariah’s Prophecy

 67And his father Zechariah(N) was filled with the Holy Spirit and(O) prophesied, saying,
 68(P) "Blessed be the Lord(Q) God of Israel,
   for he has(R) visited and(S) redeemed his people 69and(T) has raised up(U) a horn of salvation for us
   (V) in the house of his servant David, 70(W) as(X) he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, 71(Y) that we should be saved from our enemies
   and from the hand of all who hate us; 72(Z) to show the mercy promised to our fathers
   and(AA) to remember his holy(AB) covenant, 73(AC) the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
 74that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,might serve him(AD) without fear,
 75(AE) in holiness and righteousness before him(AF) all our days. 76And you, child, will be called(AG) the prophet of(AH) the Most High;
   for(AI) you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, 77to give knowledge of salvation to his people
   (AJ) in the forgiveness of their sins, 78because of the(AK) tender mercy of our God,
   whereby(AL) the sunrise shall(AM) visit us[a](AN) from on high 79to(AO) give light to(AP) those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
   to guide our feet into(AQ) the way of(AR) peace."

 80(AS) And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was(AT) in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.

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First Reading: Prov. 30:1-9; Prov. 30:18-33

The Words of Agur

 1The words of Agur son of Jakeh. The oracle.[a]
   The man declares, I am weary, O God;
   I am weary, O God, and worn out.[b] 2Surely I am too(A) stupid to be a man.
   I have not the understanding of a man. 3I have not learned wisdom,
   nor have I knowledge of(B) the Holy One. 4Who has(C) ascended to heaven and come down?
   Who has(D) gathered the wind in his fists?Who has(E) wrapped up the waters in a garment?
   Who has established all(F) the ends of the earth?(G) What is his name, and what is his son’s name?
   Surely you know!

 5(H) Every word of God proves true;
   he is(I) a shield to those who take refuge in him. 6(J) Do not add to his words,
   lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.

 7Two things I ask of you;
   deny them not to me(K) before I die: 8Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
   give me neither poverty nor riches;
   feed me with the food that is(L) needful for me, 9lest I be(M) full and(N) deny you
   and say,(O) "Who is the LORD?"or lest I be poor and steal
   (P) and profane the name of my God.

Footnotes:Proverbs 30:1 Or Jakeh, the man of Massa Proverbs 30:1 Revocalization; Hebrew The man declares to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal
Cross references:Proverbs 30:2 : Psalm 49:10 Proverbs 30:3 : Proverbs 9:10 Proverbs 30:4 : John 3:13 Proverbs 30:4 : Isa 40:12; Job 38:4-11; Psalm 104:3-6 Proverbs 30:4 : Job 26:8 Proverbs 30:4 : Psalm 22:27 Proverbs 30:4 : Rev 19:12 Proverbs 30:5 : Psalm 12:6; 18:30 Proverbs 30:5 : Psalm 3:3 Proverbs 30:6 : Deut 4:2; 12:32; Rev 22:18 Proverbs 30:7 : Gen 45:28 Proverbs 30:8 : Job 23:12; Matt 6:11; Luke 11:3 Proverbs 30:9 : Deut 8:12; 31:20; 32:15; Neh 9:25; Proverbs 30:22 Proverbs 30:9 : Josh 24:27 Proverbs 30:9 : Exodus 5:2 Proverbs 30:9 : Job 21:14, 15; Exodus 20:7




 18(A) Three things are(B) too wonderful for me;
   four I do not understand: 19the way of an eagle in the sky,
   the way of a serpent on a rock,the way of a ship on the high seas,
   and the way of a man with a virgin.

 20This is the way of an adulteress:
   she eats and wipes her mouth
   and says, "I have done no wrong."

 21Under(C) three things(D) the earth trembles;
   under four it cannot bear up: 22(E) a slave when he becomes king,
   and a fool when he is(F) filled with food; 23(G) an unloved woman when she(H) gets a husband,
   and a maidservant when she displaces her mistress.

 24(I) Four things on earth are small,
   but they are exceedingly wise: 25(J) the ants are a people not strong,
   yet they provide their food in the summer; 26(K) the rock badgers are a people not mighty,
   yet they make their homes in the cliffs; 27the locusts have no(L) king,
   yet all of them march in(M) rank; 28the lizard you can take in your hands,
   yet it is in kings’ palaces.

 29(N) Three things are stately in their tread;
   four are stately in their stride: 30the lion, which is mightiest among beasts
   and(O) does not turn back before any; 31the(P) strutting rooster,[a] the he-goat,
   and a king whose army is with him.[b]

 32If you have been foolish, exalting yourself,
   or if you have been devising evil,
   (Q) put your hand on your mouth. 33For pressing milk produces curds,
   pressing the nose produces blood,
   and pressing anger produces strife.

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Second Reading: John 20:19-31

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

 19(A) On the evening(B) of that day, the first day of the week,(C) the doors being locked where the disciples were(D) for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, (E) "Peace be with you." 20When he had said this,(F) he showed them his hands and his side. Then(G) the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As(H) the Father has sent me,(I) even so I am sending you." 22And when he had said this, he(J) breathed on them and said to them, (K) "Receive the Holy Spirit. 23(L) If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld."

Jesus and Thomas

 24Now(M) Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin,[a] was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them,(N) "Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe."

 26Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them.(O) Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." 27Then he said to Thomas, (P) "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe." 28Thomas answered him,(Q) "My Lord and my God!" 29Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me?(R) Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

The Purpose of This Book

 30(S) Now Jesus did many other signs(T) in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31(U) but these are written so that you may(V) believe that Jesus is the Christ,(W) the Son of God, and that by believing(X) you may have life(Y) in his name.

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