June 29th, 2019

St. Peter and St. Paul the Apostles


Collect (LSB)

Merciful and eternal God, Your holy apostles Peter and Paul received grace and strength to lay down their lives for the sake of Your Son. Strengthen us by Your Holy Spirit that we may confess Your truth and at all times be ready to lay down our lives for Him who laid down His life for us, even Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Old Testament (LSB): Acts 15:1-21

The Jerusalem Council

 1(A) But some men came down from Judea and were teaching(B) the brothers, "Unless you are(C) circumcised(D) according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved." 2And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and(E) debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and(F) some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to(G) the apostles and the elders about this question. 3So,(H) being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria,(I) describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and(J) brought great joy to all(K) the brothers.[a] 4(L) When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and(M) the apostles and the elders, and(N) they declared all that God had done with them. 5But some believers who belonged to(O) the party of the Pharisees rose up and said,(P) "It is necessary(Q) to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses."

 6(R) The(S) apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter. 7And after there had been much(T) debate, Peter stood up and said to them, "Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you,(U) that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear(V) the word of(W) the gospel and believe. 8And God,(X) who knows the heart,(Y) bore witness to them,(Z) by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, 9and(AA) he made no distinction between us and them,(AB) having cleansed their hearts(AC) by faith. 10Now, therefore, why(AD) are you putting God to the test(AE) by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples(AF) that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11But we(AG) believe that we will be(AH) saved through(AI) the grace of the Lord Jesus,(AJ) just as they will."

 12And all the assembly fell silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul(AK) as they related what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles. 13After they finished speaking,(AL) James replied, "Brothers, listen to me. 14(AM) Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take from them(AN) a people for his name. 15And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written,
 16(AO) "'After this I will return,and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen;I will rebuild its ruins,
    and I will restore it, 17that the remnant[b] of mankind(AP) may seek the Lord,
   and all the Gentiles(AQ) who are called by my name,
    says the Lord, who makes these things 18(AR) known from of old.'

 19Therefore(AS) my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who(AT) turn to God, 20but should write to them(AU) to abstain from(AV) the things polluted by idols, and from(AW) sexual immorality, and from(AX) what has been strangled, and from blood. 21For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him,(AY) for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues."

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

Epistle: Acts 12:1-11

James Killed and Peter Imprisoned

 1About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church. 2He killed(A) James the brother of John(B) with the sword, 3and when he saw(C) that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during(D) the days of Unleavened Bread. 4And when he had seized him, he put him(E) in prison, delivering him over to four(F) squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people. 5So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest(G) prayer for him was made to God by the church.

Peter Is Rescued

 6Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers,(H) bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison. 7And behold,(I) an angel of the Lord(J) stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell.(K) He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, "Get up quickly." And(L) the chains fell off his hands. 8And the angel said to him, "Dress yourself and(M) put on your sandals." And he did so. And he said to him, "Wrap your cloak around you and follow me." 9And he went out and followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but(N) thought he was seeing a vision. 10When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city.(O) It opened for them of its own accord, and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel left him. 11When Peter(P) came to himself, he said, "Now I am sure that(Q) the Lord has sent his angel and(R) rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting."

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Gospel: Matt. 16:13-20

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

 13(A) Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" 14And they said, "Some say(B) John the Baptist, others say(C) Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." 15He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" 16Simon Peter replied,(D) "You are(E) the Christ,(F) the Son of(G) the living God." 17And Jesus answered him, (H) "Blessed are you,(I) Simon Bar-Jonah! For(J) flesh and blood has not revealed this to you,(K) but my Father who is in heaven. 18And I tell you,(L) you are Peter, and(M) on this rock[a] I will build my church, and(N) the gates of(O) hell[b] shall not prevail against it. 19I will give you(P) the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and(Q) whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed[c] in heaven." 20(R) Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

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

First Reading: Joshua 4:1-24

Twelve Memorial Stones from the Jordan

 1When all the nation had finished passing(A) over the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua, 2(B) "Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man, 3and command them, saying, 'Take(C) twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place(D) where the priests’ feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in(E) the place where you lodge tonight.'" 4Then Joshua called the twelve men from the people of Israel, whom he had appointed, a man from each tribe. 5And Joshua said to them, "Pass on before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, 6that this may be a sign among you.(F) When your children ask in time to come, 'What do those stones mean to you?' 7then you shall tell them that(G) the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel(H) a memorial forever."

 8And the people of Israel did just as Joshua commanded and took up twelve stones out of the midst of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, just as the LORD told Joshua. And they carried them over with them to the place where they lodged and laid them down[a] there. 9And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of the Jordan,(I) in the place where the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the covenant had stood; and they are there to this day. 10For the priests bearing the ark stood in the midst of the Jordan until everything was finished that the LORD commanded Joshua to tell the people, according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua.

   

   The people passed over in haste. 11And when all the people had finished passing over, the ark of the LORD and the priests passed over before the people. 12The sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh(J) passed over armed before the people of Israel, as Moses had told them. 13About 40,000 ready for war passed over before the LORD for battle, to the plains of Jericho. 14On that day the LORD(K) exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel, and they stood in awe of him just as they had stood in awe of Moses, all the days of his life.

 15And the LORD said to Joshua, 16"Command the priests bearing(L) the ark of the testimony to come up out of the Jordan." 17So Joshua commanded the priests, "Come up out of the Jordan." 18And when the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the LORD came up from the midst of the Jordan, and the soles of the priests’ feet were lifted up on dry ground, the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and overflowed all its banks,(M) as before.

 19The people came up out of the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and they encamped at(N) Gilgal on the east border of Jericho. 20And(O) those twelve stones, which they took out of the Jordan, Joshua set up at Gilgal. 21And he said to the people of Israel,(P) "When your children ask their fathers in times to come, 'What do these stones mean?' 22then you shall let your children know,(Q) 'Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.' 23For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea,(R) which he dried up for us until we passed over, 24(S) so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is(T) mighty, that you may(U) fear the LORD your God forever."[b]

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Second Reading: Acts 9:23-43

Saul Escapes from Damascus

 23(A) When many days had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him, 24but their(B) plot became known to Saul.(C) They were watching the gates day and night in order to kill him, 25but his disciples took him by night and(D) let him down through an opening in the wall,[a] lowering him in a basket.

Saul in Jerusalem

 26And(E) when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. 27But(F) Barnabas took him and(G) brought him to the apostles and declared to them(H) how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and(I) how at Damascus he had(J) preached boldly in the name of Jesus. 28So he went(K) in and out among them at Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. 29And he spoke and disputed against(L) the Hellenists.[b] But(M) they were seeking to kill him. 30And when(N) the brothers learned this, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him off(O) to Tarsus.

 31So(P) the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And(Q) walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit,(R) it multiplied.

The Healing of Aeneas

 32Now(S) as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. 33There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed. 34And Peter said to him, "Aeneas,(T) Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed." And immediately he rose. 35(U) And all the residents of Lydda and(V) Sharon saw him, and(W) they turned to the Lord.

Dorcas Restored to Life

 36Now there was in(X) Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas.[c] She was full of(Y) good works and acts of charity. 37In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in(Z) an upper room. 38Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him,(AA) "Please come to us without delay." 39So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to(AB) the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics[d] and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. 40But Peter(AC) put them all outside, and(AD) knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body(AE) he said, "Tabitha, arise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. 41And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 42And it became known throughout all Joppa, and(AF) many believed in the Lord. 43And he stayed in Joppa for many days(AG) with one Simon, a tanner.

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