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 Council at Jerusalem

 1(A)Some men came down from Judea and began teaching (B)the brethren, "Unless you are (C)circumcised according to (D)the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved."

 2And when Paul and Barnabas had great dissension and (E)debate with them, (F)the brethren determined that Paul and Barnabas and some others of them should go up to Jerusalem to the (G)apostles and elders concerning this issue.

 3Therefore, being (H)sent on their way by the church, they were passing through both (I)Phoenicia and Samaria, (J)describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and were bringing great joy to all (K)the brethren.

 4When they arrived at Jerusalem, they were received by the church and (L)the apostles and the elders, and they (M)reported all that God had done with them.

 5But some of (N)the sect of the (O)Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, "It is necessary to (P)circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses."

 6(Q)The apostles and the elders came together to look into this matter.

 7After there had been much (R)debate, Peter stood up and said to them, "Brethren, you know that in the early days (S)God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of (T)the gospel and believe.

 8"And God, (U)who knows the heart, testified to them (V)giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us;

 9and (W)He made no distinction between us and them, (X)cleansing their hearts by faith.

 10"Now therefore why do you (Y)put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which (Z)neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?

 11"But we believe that we are saved through (AA)the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are."

 12All the people kept silent, and they were listening to Barnabas and Paul as they were (AB)relating what (AC)signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.

James's Judgment

 13After they had stopped speaking, (AD)James answered, saying, "Brethren, listen to me.

 14"(AE)Simeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name.

 15"With this the words of (AF)the Prophets agree, just as it is written,
    16'(AG)AFTER THESE THINGS (AH)I will return,
         AND I WILL REBUILD THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID WHICH HAS FALLEN,
         AND I WILL REBUILD ITS RUINS,
         AND I WILL RESTORE IT,
    17(AI)SO THAT THE REST OF MANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD,
         AND ALL THE GENTILES (AJ)WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME,'
    18(AK)SAYS THE LORD, WHO (AL)MAKES THESE THINGS KNOWN FROM LONG AGO.

 19"Therefore it is (AM)my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles,

 20but that we write to them that they abstain from (AN)things contaminated by idols and from (AO)fornication and from (AP)what is strangled and from blood.

 21"For (AQ)Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath."

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Epistle: Acts 12:1-11

Peter's Arrest and Deliverance

 1Now about that time Herod the king laid hands on some who belonged to the church in order to mistreat them.

 2And he (A)had James the brother of John (B)put to death with a sword.

 3When he saw that it (C)pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also Now it was during (D)the days of Unleavened Bread.

 4When he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him to four (E)squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after (F)the Passover to bring him out before the people.

 5So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.

 6On the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, (G)bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison.

 7And behold, (H)an angel of the Lord suddenly (I)appeared and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter's side and woke him up, saying, "Get up quickly " And (J)his chains fell off his hands.

 8And the angel said to him, "Gird yourself and 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 continued to follow, and he did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing (K)a vision.

 10When they had passed the first and second guard, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which (L)opened for them by itself; and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.

 11When Peter (M)came to himself, he said, "Now I know for sure that (N)the Lord has sent forth His angel and 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's Confession of Christ

 13(A)Now when Jesus came into the district of (B)Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, "Who do people say that (C)the Son of Man is?"

 14And they said, "Some say (D)John the Baptist; and others, (E)Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets."

 15He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"

 16Simon Peter answered, "You are (F)the Christ, (G)the Son of (H)the living God."

 17And Jesus said to him, "Blessed are you, (I)Simon Barjona, because (J)flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

 18"I also say to you that you are (K)Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of (L)Hades will not overpower it.

 19"I will give you (M)the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and (N)whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven."

 20(O)Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was (P)the Christ.

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First Reading: Joshua 4:1-24

Memorial Stones from Jordan

 1Now when all the nation had finished crossing the (A)Jordan, the LORD spoke to Joshua, saying,

 2"(B)Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from each tribe,

 3and command them, saying, 'Take up for yourselves twelve stones from here out of the middle of the Jordan, from the place where the priests' feet are standing firm, and carry them over with you and lay them down in (C)the lodging place where you will lodge tonight.'"

 4So Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the sons of Israel, one man from each tribe;

 5and Joshua said to them, "Cross again to the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan, and each of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Israel.

 6"Let this be a sign among you, so that (D)when your children ask later, saying, 'What do these stones mean to you?'

 7then you shall say to them, 'Because the (E)waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off ' So these stones shall become a (F)memorial to the sons of Israel forever."

 8Thus the sons of Israel did as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, just as the LORD spoke to Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Israel; and they carried them over with them to (G)the lodging place and put them down there.

 9Then Joshua set up twelve (H)stones in the middle of the Jordan at the place where the feet of the priests who carried the ark of the covenant were standing, and they are there to this day.

 10For the priests who carried the ark were standing in the middle of the Jordan until everything was completed that the LORD had commanded Joshua to speak to the people, according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua. And the people hurried and crossed;

 11and when all the people had finished crossing, the ark of the LORD and the priests crossed before the people.

 12(I)The sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh crossed over in battle array before the sons of Israel, just as Moses had spoken to them;

 13about 40,000 equipped for war, crossed for battle before the LORD to the desert plains of Jericho.

 14(J)On that day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; so that they [a]revered him, just as they had revered Moses all the days of his life.

 15Now the LORD said to Joshua,

 16"Command the priests who carry (K)the ark of the testimony that they come up from the Jordan."

 17So Joshua commanded the priests, saying, "Come up from the Jordan."

 18It came about when the priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD had come up from the middle of the Jordan, and the soles of the priests' feet were lifted up to the dry ground, that the waters of the Jordan returned to their place, and went over all its banks as before.

 19Now the people came up from the Jordan on the (L)tenth of the first month and camped at Gilgal on the eastern edge of Jericho.

 20(M)Those twelve stones which they had taken from the Jordan, Joshua set up (N)at Gilgal.

 21He said to the sons of Israel, "When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, 'What are these stones?'

 22then you shall inform your children, saying, 'Israel crossed this Jordan on (O)dry ground.'

 23"For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed, just as the LORD your God had done to the Red Sea, (P)which He dried up before us until we had crossed;

 24that (Q)all the peoples of the earth may know that the (R)hand of the LORD is mighty, so that you may (S)fear the LORD your God forever."

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Second Reading: Acts 9:23-43

 23When (A)many days had elapsed, (B)the Jews plotted together to do away with him,

 24but (C)their plot became known to Saul (D)They were also watching the gates day and night so that they might put him to death;

 25but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a large basket.

 26(E)When he came to Jerusalem, he was trying to associate with the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple.

 27But (F)Barnabas took hold of him and brought him to the apostles and described to them how he had (G)seen the Lord on the road, and that He had talked to him, and how (H)at Damascus he had (I)spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus.

 28And he was with them, moving about freely in Jerusalem, (J)speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord.

 29And he was talking and arguing with the (K)Hellenistic Jews; but they were attempting to put him to death.

 30But when (L)the brethren learned of it, they brought him down to (M)Caesarea and (N)sent him away to (O)Tarsus.

 31So (P)the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.

Peter's Ministry
 32Now as Peter was traveling through all those regions, he came down also to (Q)the saints who lived at (R)Lydda.

 33There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years, for he was paralyzed.

 34Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed." Immediately he got up.

 35And all who lived at (S)Lydda and (T)Sharon saw him, and they (U)turned to the Lord.

 36Now in (V)Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated in Greek is called Dorcas); this woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did.

 37And it happened at that time that she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her body, they laid it in an (W)upper room.

 38Since Lydda was near (X)Joppa, (Y)the disciples, having heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him, imploring him, "Do not delay in coming to us."

 39So Peter arose and went with them. When he arrived, they brought him into the (Z)upper room; and all the (AA)widows stood beside him, weeping and showing all the [a]tunics and garments that Dorcas used to make while she was with them.

 40But Peter (AB)sent them all out and (AC)knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said, "(AD)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; and calling (AE)the saints and (AF)widows, he presented her alive.

 42It became known all over (AG)Joppa, and (AH)many believed in the Lord.

 43And Peter stayed many days in (AI)Joppa with (AJ)a tanner named Simon.

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