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

 1Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

 2Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD's hand double for all her sins.

 3The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

 4Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

 5And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.


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Old Testament: Isaiah 40:1-8

 1Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

 2Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD's hand double for all her sins.

 3The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

 4Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

 5And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

 6The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:

 7The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.

 8The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.


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Epistle: Acts 19:1-7

 1And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,

 2He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

 3And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism.

 4Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

 5When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

 6And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

 7And all the men were about twelve.


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Gospel: Luke 1:57-80

 57Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.

 58And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.

 59And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.

 60And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John.

 61And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.

 62And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.

 63And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.

 64And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God.

 65And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea.

 66And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.

 67And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,

 68Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,

 69And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;

 70As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:

 71That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;

 72To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;

 73The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,

 74That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,

 75In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

 76And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

 77To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,

 78Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,

 79To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

 80And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.


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

 1The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal,

 2Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.

 3I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.

 4Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?

 5Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

 6Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

 7Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die:

 8Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:

 9Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.





 18There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:

 19The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.

 20Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.

 21For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear:

 22For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat;

 23For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.

 24There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:

 25The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;

 26The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;

 27The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;

 28The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.

 29There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going:

 30A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any;

 31A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.

 32If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.

 33Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.


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Second Reading: John 20:19-31

 19Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

 20And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the LORD.

 21Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

 22And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

 23Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

 24But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

 25The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

 26And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

 27Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

 28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.

 29Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

 30And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:

 31But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.


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