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

The Greatness of God

    1"(A)Comfort, O comfort My people," says your God.
    2"(B)Speak kindly to Jerusalem;
         And call out to her, that her (C)warfare has ended,
         That her (D)iniquity has been removed,
         That she has received of the LORD'S hand
         (E)Double for all her sins."
    3(F)A voice is calling,
         "(G)Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness;
         Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.
    4"Let every valley be lifted up,
         And every mountain and hill be made low;
         And let the rough ground become a plain,
         And the rugged terrain a broad valley;
    5Then the (H)glory of the LORD will be revealed,
         And (I)all flesh will see it together;
         For the (J)mouth of the LORD has spoken."

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Old Testament: Isaiah 40:1-8

The Greatness of God

    1"(A)Comfort, O comfort My people," says your God.
    2"(B)Speak kindly to Jerusalem;
         And call out to her, that her (C)warfare has ended,
         That her (D)iniquity has been removed,
         That she has received of the LORD'S hand
         (E)Double for all her sins."
    3(F)A voice is calling,
         "(G)Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness;
         Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.
    4"Let every valley be lifted up,
         And every mountain and hill be made low;
         And let the rough ground become a plain,
         And the rugged terrain a broad valley;
    5Then the (H)glory of the LORD will be revealed,
         And (I)all flesh will see it together;
         For the (J)mouth of the LORD has spoken."
    6A voice says, "Call out."
         Then he answered, "What shall I call out?"
         (K)All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.
    7The (L)grass withers, the flower fades,
         When the (M)breath of the LORD blows upon it;
         Surely the people are grass.
    8The grass withers, the flower fades,
         But (N)the word of our God stands forever.

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Epistle: Acts 19:1-7

Paul at Ephesus

 1It happened that while (A)Apollos was at (B)Corinth, Paul passed through the (C)upper country and came to (D)Ephesus, and found some disciples.

 2He said to them, "(E)Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" And they said to him, "No, (F)we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit."

 3And he said, "Into what then were you baptized?" And they said, "(G)Into John's baptism."

 4Paul said, "(H)John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people (I)to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus."

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

 6And when Paul had (K)laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began (L)speaking with tongues and (M)prophesying.

 7There were in all about twelve men.

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Gospel: Luke 1:57-80

John Is Born

 57Now the time had come for Elizabeth to give birth, and she gave birth to a son.

 58Her neighbors and her relatives heard that the Lord had (A)displayed His great mercy toward her; and they were rejoicing with her.

 59And it happened that on (B)the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to call him Zacharias, after his father.

 60But his mother answered and said, "No indeed; but (C)he shall be called John."

 61And they said to her, "There is no one among your relatives who is called by that name."

 62And they (D)made signs to his father, as to what he wanted him called.

 63And he asked for a tablet and wrote as follows, "(E)His name is John." And they were all astonished.

 64(F)And at once his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak in praise of God.

 65Fear came on all those living around them; and all these matters were being talked about in all (G)the hill country of Judea.

 66All who heard them kept them in mind, saying, "What then will this child turn out to be?" For (H)the hand of the Lord was certainly with him.

Zacharias's Prophecy

 67And his father Zacharias (I)was filled with the Holy Spirit, and (J)prophesied, saying:
    68"(K)Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
         For He has visited us and accomplished (L)redemption for His people,
    69And has raised up a (M)horn of salvation for us
         In the house of David (N)His servant--
    70(O)As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets (P)from of old--
    71(Q)Salvation (R)FROM OUR ENEMIES,
         And FROM THE HAND OF ALL WHO HATE US;
    72(S)To show mercy toward our fathers,
         (T)And to remember His holy covenant,
    73(U)The oath which He swore to Abraham our father,
    74To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies,
         Might serve Him without fear,
    75(V)In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.
    76"And you, child, will be called the (W)prophet of (X)the Most High;
         For you will go on (Y)BEFORE THE LORD TO (Z)PREPARE HIS WAYS;
    77To give to His people the knowledge of salvation
         By (AA)the forgiveness of their sins,
    78Because of the tender mercy of our God,
         With which (AB)the Sunrise from on high will visit us,
    79(AC)TO SHINE UPON THOSE WHO SIT IN DARKNESS AND THE SHADOW OF DEATH,
         To guide our feet into the (AD)way of peace."

 80(AE)And the child continued to grow and to become strong in spirit, and he lived in the deserts 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 the son of Jakeh, the oracle. The man declares to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal:
    2Surely I am more (A)stupid than any man,
         And I do not have the understanding of a man.
    3Neither have I learned wisdom,
         Nor do I have the (B)knowledge of the Holy One.
    4Who has (C)ascended into heaven and descended?
         Who has gathered the (D)wind in His fists?
         Who has (E)wrapped the waters in His garment?
         Who has (F)established all the ends of the earth?
         What is His (G)name or His son's name?
         Surely you know!
    5Every (H)word of God is tested;
         He is a (I)shield to those who take refuge in Him.
    6(J)Do not add to His words
         Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.
    7Two things I asked of You,
         Do not refuse me before I die:
    8Keep deception and lies far from me,
         Give me neither poverty nor riches;
         Feed me with the (K)food that is my portion,
    9That I not be (L)full and deny (M)You and say, "Who is the LORD?"
         Or that I not be (N)in want and steal,
         And (O)profane the name of my God.

Cross references:Proverbs 30:2 : Ps 49:10; 73:22; Prov 12:1 Proverbs 30:3 : Prov 9:10 Proverbs 30:4 : Ps 68:18; John 3:13; Eph 4:8 Proverbs 30:4 : Ex 15:10; Ps 135:7 Proverbs 30:4 : Job 26:8; 38:8, 9 Proverbs 30:4 : Ps 24:2; Is 45:18 Proverbs 30:4 : Rev 19:12 Proverbs 30:5 : Ps 12:6; 18:30 Proverbs 30:5 : Ps 3:3; 84:11; Prov 2:7 Proverbs 30:6 : Deut 4:2; 12:32; Rev 22:18 Proverbs 30:8 : Job 23:12; Matt 6:11 Proverbs 30:9 : Deut 8:12; 31:20; Neh 9:25; Hos 13:6 Proverbs 30:9 : Josh 24:27; Job 31:28 Proverbs 30:9 : Prov 6:30 Proverbs 30:9 : Ex 20:7





    18There are three things which are too wonderful for me,
         Four which I do not understand:
    19The way of an (A)eagle in the sky,
         The way of a serpent on a rock,
         The way of a ship in the middle of the sea,
         And the way of a man with a maid.
    20This is the way of an (B)adulterous woman:
         She eats and wipes her mouth,
         And says, "I have done no wrong."
    21Under three things the earth quakes,
         And under four, it cannot bear up:
    22Under a (C)slave when he becomes king,
         And a fool when he is satisfied with food,
    23Under an unloved woman when she gets a husband,
         And a maidservant when she supplants her mistress.
    24Four things are small on the earth,
         But they are exceedingly wise:
    25The (D)ants are not a strong people,
         But they prepare their food in the summer;
    26The (E)shephanim are not mighty people,
         Yet they make their houses in the rocks;
    27The locusts have no king,
         Yet all of them go out in (F)ranks;
    28The lizard you may grasp with the hands,
         Yet it is in kings' palaces.
    29There are three things which are stately in their march,
         Even four which are stately when they walk:
    30The lion which is (G)mighty among beasts
         And does not (H)retreat before any,
    31The strutting rooster, the male goat also,
         And a king when his army is with him.
    32If you have been foolish in exalting yourself
         Or if you have plotted evil, (I)put your hand on your mouth.
    33For the churning of milk produces butter,
         And pressing the nose brings forth blood;
         So the churning of (J)anger produces strife.

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Second Reading: John 20:19-31

Jesus among His Disciples

 19So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for (A)fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, "(B)Peace be with you."

 20And when He had said this, (C)He showed them both His hands and His side The disciples then (D)rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

 21So Jesus said to them again, "(E)Peace be with you; (F)as the Father has sent Me, I also send you."

 22And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.

 23"(G)If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained."

 24But (H)Thomas, one of (I)the twelve, called (J)Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

 25So the other disciples were saying to him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see in (K)His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, (L)I will not believe."

 26After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, "(M)Peace be with you."

 27Then He said to Thomas, "(N)Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing."

 28Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!"

 29Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen Me, have you believed? (O)Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed."

Why This Gospel Was Written

 30(P)Therefore many other (Q)signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;

 31but these have been written (R)so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, (S)the Son of God; and that (T)believing you may have life in His name.

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