July 2nd, 2019

The Visitation


Collect (LSB)

Almighty God, You chose the Virgin Mary to be the mother of Your Son and made known through her Your gracious regard for the poor and lowly and despised. Grant that we may receive Your Word in humility and faith, and so be made one with Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Old Testament (LSB): Isaiah 11:1-5

The Righteous Reign of the Branch

 1There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of(A) Jesse,
   and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. 2And(B) the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him,
   the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
   the Spirit of counsel and might,
   the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. 3And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD.(C) He shall not judge by(D) what his eyes see,
   or decide disputes by what his ears hear, 4but(E) with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
   and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;and he shall(F) strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
   and(G) with the breath of his lips(H) he shall kill the wicked. 5Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
   and(I) faithfulness the belt of his loins.

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

Old Testament: Isaiah 11:1-5

The Righteous Reign of the Branch

 1There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of(A) Jesse,
   and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. 2And(B) the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him,
   the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
   the Spirit of counsel and might,
   the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. 3And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD.(C) He shall not judge by(D) what his eyes see,
   or decide disputes by what his ears hear, 4but(E) with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
   and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;and he shall(F) strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
   and(G) with the breath of his lips(H) he shall kill the wicked. 5Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
   and(I) faithfulness the belt of his loins.

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

Epistle: 1 Tim. 3:16

16Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:
   (A) He[a] was manifested in the flesh,
   vindicated[b] by the Spirit,[c]
      (B) seen by angels,(C) proclaimed among the nations,
   (D) believed on in the world,
      (E) taken up in glory.

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

Gospel: Luke 1:39-56

Mary Visits Elizabeth

 39In those days Mary arose and went with haste into(A) the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth(B) was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42and she exclaimed with a loud cry,(C) "Blessed are you among women, and(D) blessed is(E) the fruit of your womb! 43And why is this granted to me that the mother of(F) my Lord should come to me? 44For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45And(G) blessed is she who believed that there would be[a] a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord."

Mary’s Song of Praise: The Magnificat

 46And Mary said,
   (H) "My(I) soul(J) magnifies the Lord,
 47(K) and my(L) spirit rejoices in(M) God my Savior, 48for(N) he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
   For behold, from now on all generations(O) will call me blessed; 49for(P) he who is mighty(Q) has done great things for me,
   and(R) holy is his name. 50And(S) his mercy is for those who fear him
   from generation to generation. 51(T) He has shown strength with his arm;
   (U) he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; 52(V) he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
   (W) and exalted those of humble estate; 53he has filled(X) the hungry with good things,
   and the rich(Y) he has sent away empty. 54He has(Z) helped(AA) his servant Israel,
   (AB) in remembrance of his mercy, 55(AC) as he spoke to our fathers,
   (AD) to Abraham and to his offspring forever."

 56And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.

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First Reading: Joshua 7:1-26

Israel Defeated at Ai

 1But the people of Israel broke faith in regard to the devoted things, for(A) Achan the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of the devoted things. And the anger of the LORD burned against the people of Israel.

 2Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near(B) Beth-aven, east of Bethel, and said to them, "Go up and spy out the land." And the men went up and spied out Ai. 3And they returned to Joshua and said to him, "Do not have all the people go up, but let about two or three thousand men go up and attack Ai. Do not make the whole people toil up there, for they are few." 4So about 3,000 men went up there from the people. And(C) they fled before the men of Ai, 5and the men of Ai killed about thirty-six of their men and chased them before the gate as far as Shebarim and struck them at the descent. And the hearts of the people(D) melted and became as water.

 6Then Joshua(E) tore his clothes and(F) fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the LORD until the evening, he and the elders of Israel. And they put(G) dust on their heads. 7And Joshua said, "Alas, O Lord GOD,(H) why have you brought this people over the Jordan at all, to give us into the hands of the Amorites, to destroy us? Would that we had been content to dwell beyond the Jordan! 8O Lord, what can I say, when Israel has turned their backs before their enemies! 9For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear of it and will surround us and(I) cut off our name from the earth. And what will you do for your great name?"

The Sin of Achan

 10The LORD said to Joshua, "Get up! Why have you fallen on your face? 11Israel has sinned; they have(J) transgressed my covenant that I commanded them; they have taken some of the(K) devoted things; they have stolen and lied and put them among their own belongings. 12(L) Therefore the people of Israel cannot stand before their enemies. They(M) turn their backs before their enemies, because they have become(N) devoted for destruction.[a] I will be with you no more, unless you destroy(O) the devoted things from among you. 13Get up! Consecrate the people and say,(P) 'Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow; for thus says the LORD, God of Israel, "There are devoted things in your midst, O Israel. You cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the devoted things from among you." 14In the morning therefore you shall be brought near(Q) by your tribes. And the tribe that the LORD takes by lot shall come near by clans. And the clan that the LORD takes shall come near by households. And the household that the LORD takes shall come near man by man. 15(R) And he who is taken with the devoted things shall be burned with fire, he and all that he has, because he has(S) transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he has done(T) an outrageous thing in Israel.'"

 16So Joshua rose early in the morning and brought Israel near tribe by tribe, and the tribe of Judah was taken. 17And he brought near the clans of Judah, and the clan of the(U) Zerahites was taken. And he brought near the clan of the Zerahites man by man, and Zabdi was taken. 18And he brought near his household man by man, and Achan the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken. 19Then Joshua said to Achan, "My son,(V) give glory to the LORD God of Israel and(W) give praise[b] to him. And(X) tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me." 20And Achan answered Joshua, "Truly(Y) I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and this is what I did: 21when I saw among the spoil a beautiful cloak from Shinar, and 200 shekels of silver, and a bar of gold weighing 50 shekels,[c] then I coveted them and took them. And see, they are hidden in the earth inside my tent, with the silver underneath."

 22So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent; and behold, it was hidden in his tent with the silver underneath. 23And they took them out of the tent and brought them to Joshua and to all the people of Israel. And they laid them down before the LORD. 24And Joshua and all Israel with him took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver and the cloak and the bar of gold, and his sons and daughters and his oxen and donkeys and sheep and his tent and all that he had. And they brought them up to the(Z) Valley of Achor. 25And Joshua said, "Why did you(AA) bring trouble on us? The LORD brings trouble on you today." And all Israel(AB) stoned him with stones.(AC) They burned them with fire and stoned them with stones. 26And they raised over him(AD) a great heap of stones that remains to this day. Then(AE) the LORD turned from his burning anger. Therefore, to this day the name of that place is called the Valley of Achor.[d]

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

Second Reading: Acts 10:34-48

Gentiles Hear the Good News

 34So Peter opened his mouth and said: "Truly I understand that(A) God(B) shows no partiality, 35but(C) in every nation anyone who fears him and(D) does what is right is acceptable to him. 36As for(E) the word that he sent to Israel,(F) preaching good news of(G) peace through Jesus Christ ((H) he is Lord of all), 37you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea,(I) beginning(J) from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: 38how(K) God anointed Jesus of Nazareth(L) with the Holy Spirit and with(M) power. He went about doing good and healing all(N) who were oppressed by the devil,(O) for God was with him. 39And(P) we are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.(Q) They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, 40but(R) God raised him on(S) the third day and made him to(T) appear, 41(U) not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as(V) witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42And(W) he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify(X) that he is the one appointed by God to be judge(Y) of the living and the dead. 43(Z) To him(AA) all the prophets bear witness that(AB) everyone who believes in him receives(AC) forgiveness of sins(AD) through his name."

The Holy Spirit Falls on the Gentiles

 44While Peter was still saying these things,(AE) the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45And the believers from among(AF) the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because(AG) the gift of the Holy Spirit(AH) was poured out even on the Gentiles. 46For they were hearing them(AI) speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, 47(AJ) "Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit(AK) just as we have?" 48And he(AL) commanded them(AM) to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.

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