July 7th, 2019

Trinity 3


Explanation of the Week

"This man receives sinners and eats with them" (Luke 15:1-10). This statement of judgment against Jesus by the Pharisees is in fact a proclamation of Gospel truth. For our God is one who delights in mercy, who casts all our sins into the depths of the sea through the cross (Micah 7:18-20). "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" (1 Tim 1:12-17). Those who refuse to be counted as sinners also refuse Jesus who came only for sinners. Those like the older son (Luke 15:11-32) who think they are righteous of themselves will not join in the heavenly celebration over the sinner who repents and so remain outside of the Father's house. Let us therefore be on guard against self-righteously trusting in our own merits. "Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time" (1 Peter 5:6-11). Rejoice that Jesus receives sinners like us and that He still sits at table with us in the Holy Supper, bestowing His forgiveness and life.

Introit

Antiphon:
Turn Yourself to me, and have mer- | cy on me,*
     for I am desolate and af- | flicted.
Look on my affliction | and my pain,*
     and forgive | all my sins. (Psalm 25:16, 18)

Psalm:
To You, O LORD, I lift | up my soul.*
     O my God, I trust in You; Let me not | be ashamed.
You are the God of my sal- | vation;*
     on You I wait | all the day.
My eyes are ever | toward the LORD,*
     for He shall pluck my feet out | of the net.
Keep my soul, and de- | liver me;*
     let me not be ashamed, for I put my | trust in You. (Psalm 25:1-2, 5, 15, 20)

Collect (LSB)

O God, the Protector of all who trust in You, without whom nothing is strong and nothing is holy, multiply Your mercy on us that, with You as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Collect (TLH)

O God, the Protector of all that trust in Thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy, increase and multiply upon us Thy mercy that, Thou being our Ruler and Guide, we may so pass through things temporal that we finally lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Collecta Latina

Protector noster in te sperantium Deus, sine quo nihil est validum nihil sanctum, multiplica super nos misericordiam tuam, ut te rectore, te duce sic transeamus, per bona temporalia, ut non amittamus aeterna. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus sancti Deus. Per omnia secula seculorum, Amen.

Old Testament (LSB): Mic. 7:18-20

God’s Steadfast Love and Compassion

 18(A) Who is a God like you,(B) pardoning iniquity
   and passing over transgression
   (C) for the remnant of his inheritance?He does not retain his anger forever,
   because he delights in steadfast love. 19He will(D) again have compassion on us;
   (E) he will tread our iniquities underfoot.(F) You will cast all our[a] sins
   into the depths of the sea. 20(G) You will show faithfulness to Jacob
   and steadfast love to Abraham,(H) as you have sworn to our fathers
   from the days of old.

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

Old Testament: Micah 7:18-20

God’s Steadfast Love and Compassion

 18(A) Who is a God like you,(B) pardoning iniquity
   and passing over transgression
   (C) for the remnant of his inheritance?He does not retain his anger forever,
   because he delights in steadfast love. 19He will(D) again have compassion on us;
   (E) he will tread our iniquities underfoot.(F) You will cast all our[a] sins
   into the depths of the sea. 20(G) You will show faithfulness to Jacob
   and steadfast love to Abraham,(H) as you have sworn to our fathers
   from the days of old.

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

Gradual

Cast your burden / on the LORD,*
     and He shall sus- / tain you;
I will call upon God, and the LORD shall / save me.*
     He has redeemed my / soul in peace. (Psalm 55:22, 16, 18)

Epistle: 1 Pet. 5:6-11

 6(A) Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7(B) casting all your anxieties on him, because(C) he cares for you. 8(D) Be sober-minded;(E) be watchful. Your(F) adversary the devil(G) prowls around(H) like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9(I) Resist him,(J) firm in your faith, knowing that(K) the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10And(L) after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace,(M) who has called you to his(N) eternal glory in Christ, will himself(O) restore,(P) confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11(Q) To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

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

Verse

Alle- / luia.*
     Alle- / luia.
I will love You, O / LORD, my strength.*
     The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer. Alle- / luia. (Psalm 18:1–2)

Gospel: Luke 15:1-10

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

 1Now(A) the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2And the Pharisees and the scribes(B) grumbled, saying,(C) "This man receives sinners and(D) eats with them."

 3So he told them this parable: 4(E) "What man of you, having a hundred sheep,(F) if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine(G) in the open country, and(H) go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5And when he has found it,(I) he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for(J) I have found my sheep that was lost.' 7Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who(K) repents than over ninety-nine(L) righteous persons who need no repentance.

The Parable of the Lost Coin

 8"Or what woman, having ten silver coins,[a] if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.' 10Just so, I tell you, there is joy before(M) the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

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

Offertory

They that know Thy name will put their trust in Thee: for Thou, Lord, hast never failed them that seek Thee: O praise the Lord, which dwelleth in Zion: for He forgetteth not the complaint of the poor. (Psalm 9)

Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 119:17-24

Gimel

 17(A) Deal bountifully with your servant,
   (B) that I may live and keep your word. 18Open my eyes, that I may behold
   wondrous things out of your law. 19I am(C) a sojourner on the earth;
   (D) hide not your commandments from me! 20My soul is consumed with(E) longing
   for your rules[a] at all times. 21You rebuke(F) the insolent,(G) accursed ones,
   who(H) wander from your commandments. 22Take away from me(I) scorn and contempt,
   (J) for I have kept your testimonies. 23Even though(K) princes sit plotting against me,
   your servant will(L) meditate on your statutes. 24Your testimonies are my(M) delight;
   they are my(N) counselors.

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

First Reading: Judg. 2:6-23

The Death of Joshua

 6When Joshua dismissed the people, the people of Israel went each to his inheritance to take possession of the land. 7(A) And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great work that the LORD had done for Israel. 8And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of 110 years. 9And they buried him within the boundaries of(B) his inheritance in Timnath-heres,(C) in the hill country of Ephraim, north of the mountain of Gaash. 10And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD or the work that he had done for Israel.

Israel’s Unfaithfulness

 11(D) And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals. 12(E) And they abandoned the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt.(F) They went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and(G) bowed down to them.(H) And they provoked the LORD to anger. 13They abandoned the LORD(I) and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth. 14(J) So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he(K) gave them over to plunderers, who plundered them.(L) And he sold them into the hand of their surrounding enemies,(M) so that they could no longer withstand their enemies. 15Whenever they marched out, the hand of the LORD was against them for harm, as the LORD had warned,(N) and as the LORD had sworn to them. And they were in terrible distress.

The LORD Raises Up Judges

 16(O) Then the LORD raised up judges,(P) who saved them out of the hand of those who plundered them. 17Yet they did not listen to their judges, for(Q) they whored after other gods and bowed down to them.(R) They soon turned aside from the way in which their fathers had walked, who had obeyed the commandments of the LORD, and they did not do so. 18Whenever the LORD raised up judges for them,(S) the LORD was with the judge, and he saved them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge.(T) For the LORD was moved to pity by(U) their groaning because of those who afflicted and oppressed them. 19But(V) whenever the judge died, they turned back and were more corrupt than their fathers, going after other gods, serving them and bowing down to them. They did not drop any of their practices or their stubborn ways. 20(W) So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he said, "Because this people(X) has transgressed my covenant that I commanded their fathers and have not obeyed my voice, 21(Y) I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations that Joshua left when he died, 22in order(Z) to test Israel by them, whether they will take care to walk in the way of the LORD as their fathers did, or not." 23So the LORD left those nations, not driving them out quickly, and he did not give them into the hand of Joshua.

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

Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 25

Teach Me Your Paths

[a] Of David.

 1To you, O LORD, I(A) lift up my soul. 2O my God, in you I(B) trust;
   (C) let me not be put to shame;
   (D) let not my enemies exult over me. 3Indeed,(E) none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
   they shall be ashamed who are(F) wantonly(G) treacherous.

 4(H) Make me to know your ways, O LORD;
   teach me your paths. 5Lead me in your(I) truth and teach me,
   for you are the God of my salvation;
   for you I wait all the day long.

 6Remember your(J) mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love,
   (K) for they have been from of old. 7Remember not(L) the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
   according to your(M) steadfast love remember me,
   for the sake of your goodness, O LORD!

 8(N) Good and upright is the LORD;
   therefore he(O) instructs sinners in the way. 9He leads the humble in what is right,
   and teaches the humble his way. 10All the paths of the LORD are(P) steadfast love and faithfulness,
   for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

 11For your(Q) name’s sake, O LORD,
   pardon my guilt, for it is(R) great. 12Who is the man who fears the LORD?
   Him(S) will he instruct in the way that he should choose. 13His soul shall(T) abide in well-being,
   and his(U) offspring(V) shall inherit the land. 14(W) The friendship[b] of the LORD is for those who fear him,
   and he makes known to them his covenant. 15My(X) eyes are ever toward the LORD,
   for he will(Y) pluck my feet out of the net.

 16(Z) Turn to me and be gracious to me,
   for I am lonely and afflicted. 17The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
   bring me out of my distresses. 18(AA) Consider my affliction and my trouble,
   and forgive all my sins.

 19Consider how many are my foes,
   and with what violent hatred they hate me. 20Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me!
   (AB) Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. 21May integrity and uprightness preserve me,
   for I wait for you.

 22(AC) Redeem Israel, O God,
   out of all his troubles.

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

Second Reading: Acts 13:13-41

Paul and Barnabas at Antioch in Pisidia

 13Now Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia. And(A) John left them and returned(B) to Jerusalem, 14but they went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia. And(C) on the Sabbath day(D) they went into the synagogue and sat down. 15After(E) the reading from(F) the Law and the Prophets,(G) the rulers of the synagogue sent a message to them, saying, "Brothers, if you have any(H) word of encouragement for the people, say it." 16So Paul stood up, and(I) motioning with his hand said:

   

   "Men of Israel and(J) you who fear God, listen. 17(K) The God of this people Israel(L) chose our fathers and(M) made the people great(N) during their stay in the land of Egypt, and(O) with uplifted arm he led them out of it. 18And for about(P) forty years(Q) he put up with[a] them in the wilderness. 19And(R) after destroying(S) seven nations in the land of Canaan,(T) he gave them their land as an inheritance. 20All this took about 450 years. And after that(U) he gave them judges until(V) Samuel the prophet. 21Then(W) they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul(X) the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22And(Y) when he had removed him,(Z) he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said,(AA) 'I have found in David the son of Jesse(AB) a man after my heart,(AC) who will do all my will.' 23(AD) Of this man’s offspring God has brought to Israel(AE) a Savior, Jesus,(AF) as he promised. 24Before his coming,(AG) John had proclaimed(AH) a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25And as John was finishing his course,(AI) he said, 'What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but behold, after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.'

 26"Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you(AJ) who fear God, to us has been sent(AK) the message of(AL) this salvation. 27For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because(AM) they did not recognize him nor understand(AN) the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath,(AO) fulfilled them by condemning him. 28And(AP) though they found in him no guilt worthy of death,(AQ) they asked Pilate to have him executed. 29And when(AR) they had carried out all that was written of him,(AS) they took him down from(AT) the tree and laid him in a tomb. 30But(AU) God raised him from the dead, 31and for many days(AV) he appeared to those(AW) who had come up with him(AX) from Galilee to Jerusalem,(AY) who are now(AZ) his witnesses to the people. 32And we bring you the good news(BA) that what God promised to the fathers, 33(BB) this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm,
   (BC) "'You are my Son,
   today I have begotten you.'

 34And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead,(BD) (BE) no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way,
   "'I will give you(BF) the holy and sure blessings of David.'

 35Therefore he says also in another psalm,
   (BG) "'You will not let your Holy One see corruption.'

 36For David, after he had(BH) served the purpose of God in his own generation,(BI) fell asleep and(BJ) was laid with his fathers and saw corruption, 37but he whom(BK) God raised up did not see corruption. 38Let it be known to you therefore, brothers,(BL) that through this man(BM) forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39and by him(BN) everyone who believes is freed[b] from everything(BO) from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. 40Beware, therefore, lest what is said in the Prophets should come about:
 41(BP) "'Look, you scoffers,
   be astounded and perish;for I am doing a work in your days,
   a work that you will not believe, even if one tells it to you.'"

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