July 21st, 2019

Trinity 5

Explanation of the Week

The Lord called fishermen to be fishers of men (Luke 5:1-11). The net they would use is the message of the cross, which is foolishness and a stumbling block to the world (1 Cor 1:18-25). The power of God to save is not in spectacular signs like wind and fire and earthquakes (1 Kings 19:11-21), nor is it to be found in human intelligence and wisdom. The power of God to save comes in the still, small voice of the preaching of Christ crucified. In worldly darkness the disciples could catch nothing. But in the light of Christ whose Word was attached to the water, the boats were filled with fish. So it is that in Baptism you have been drawn in to the ship of the church. Though the nets are breaking and some who hear the Word do not believe, pastors continue to cast the net of the Gospel and the Sacraments, that you fish may abide in the boat of the Church and that you may be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:8-15).


Hear, O LORD, when I cry | with my voice!*
     Have mercy also upon me, and | answer me.
You have | been my help;*
     do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my sal- | vation. (Psalm 27:7, 9)

The LORD is my light and my sal- | vation;*
     whom | shall I fear?
Teach me Your | way, O LORD,*
     and lead me in a | smooth path.
Do not deliver me to the will of my adver- | saries;*
     for false witnesses have risen a- | gainst me.
Wait on the LORD; be of good | courage,*
     and He shall streng- | then your heart. (Psalm 27:1, 11-12, 14)

Collect (LSB)

O God, You have prepared for those who love You good things that surpass all understanding. Pour into our hearts such love towards You that we, loving You above all things, may obtain Your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Collect (TLH)

O God, who hast prepared for them that love Thee such good things as pass man's understanding, pour into our hearts such love toward Thee that we , loving Thee above all things, may obtain Thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; 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

Deus qui diligentibus te bona in visibilia praeparasti, infunde cordibus nostris tui amoris affectum, ut te in omnibus et super omnia diligentes, promissiones tuas, quae omne desiderium exuperant, consequamur. 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): 1 Kings 19:11-21

11And he said, "Go out and(A) stand on the mount before the LORD." And behold, the LORD passed by, and(B) a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind(C) an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.[a] 13And when Elijah heard it,(D) he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold,(E) there came a voice to him and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" 14He said,(F) "I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant,(G) thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away." 15And the LORD said to him, "Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus. And when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael to be king over Syria. 16(H) And Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint to be king over Israel, and(I) Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint to be prophet in your place. 17And the one who escapes from(J) the sword of Hazael(K) shall Jehu put to death, and the one who escapes from the sword of Jehu(L) shall Elisha put to death. 18(M) Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not(N) kissed him."

The Call of Elisha
 19So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen in front of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and cast(O) his cloak upon him. 20And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said,(P) "Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you." And he said to him, "Go back again, for what have I done to you?" 21And he returned from following him and took the yoke of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their flesh(Q) with the yokes of the oxen and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and went after Elijah and assisted him.

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

Old Testament: Jer. 16:14-21

The LORD Will Restore Israel

 14(A) "Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when it shall no longer be said,(B) 'As the LORD lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt,' 15but(C) 'As the LORD lives who brought up the people of Israel(D) out of the north country and out of all the countries where he had driven them.' For(E) I will bring them back to their own land that I gave to their fathers.

 16"Behold,(F) I am sending for many fishers, declares the LORD, and they shall catch them. And afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out(G) of the clefts of the rocks. 17For(H) my eyes are on all their ways.(I) They are not hidden from me, nor is their iniquity concealed from my eyes. 18But first(J) I will doubly repay their iniquity and their sin, because they have polluted my land with the carcasses of their detestable idols, and(K) have filled my inheritance with their abominations."
 19(L) O LORD, my strength and my stronghold,
   (M) my refuge in the day of trouble,(N) to you shall the nations come
   from the ends of the earth and say:"Our fathers have inherited nothing but lies,
   (O) worthless things in which there is no profit. 20Can man make for himself(P) gods?
   Such are not gods!"

 21"Therefore, behold, I will make them know, this once I will make them know my power and my might, and they shall know that(Q) my name is the LORD."

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


O God, be- / hold our shield,*
     and look upon the face of Your a- / nointed.
O LORD God of hosts, / hear my prayer;*
     give ear, O God of / Jacob! (Psalm 84:9, 8)

Epistle: 1 Pet. 3:8-15

Suffering for Righteousness’ Sake

 8Finally, all of you,(A) have unity of mind, sympathy,(B) brotherly love,(C) a tender heart, and(D) a humble mind. 9(E) Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary,(F) bless, for(G) to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10For
   (H) "Whoever desires to love life
   and see good days,let him keep his tongue from evil
   and his lips from speaking deceit; 11let him turn away from evil and do good;
   let him seek peace and pursue it. 12For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
   and his ears are open to their prayer.But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."

 13Now(I) who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14(J) But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed.(K) Have no fear of them,(L) nor be troubled, 15but(M) in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy,(N) always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and(O) respect,

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


Alle- / luia.*
     Alle- / luia.
The king shall have joy in Your / strength, O LORD;*
     and in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! Alle- / luia. (Psalm 21:1)

Gospel: Luke 5:1-11

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

 1On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by(A) the lake of Gennesaret, 2(B) and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were(C) washing their nets. 3Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And(D) he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, (E) "Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." 5And Simon answered, "Master,(F) we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets." 6And when they had done this,(G) they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. 7They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them.(H) And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying,(I) "Depart from me, for(J) I am a sinful man, O Lord." 9For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men." 11And when they had brought their boats to land,(K) they left everything and followed him.

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


I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel; I have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. (Psalm16)

Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 119:33-40


 33(A) Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes;
   and I will keep it(B) to the end.[a] 34(C) Give me understanding, that I may keep your law
   and observe it with my whole heart. 35(D) Lead me in the path of your commandments,
   for I(E) delight in it. 36(F) Incline my heart to your testimonies,
   and not to(G) selfish gain! 37(H) Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;
   and(I) give me life in your ways. 38(J) Confirm to your servant your promise,
   (K) that you may be feared. 39Turn away the(L) reproach that I dread,
   for your rules are good. 40Behold, I(M) long for your precepts;
   (N) in your righteousness give me life!

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

First Reading: 1 Sam. 4:1-22

The Philistines Capture the Ark

 1And the word of Samuel came to all Israel.


   Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines. They encamped at(A) Ebenezer, and the Philistines encamped at(B) Aphek. 2The Philistines drew up in line against Israel, and when the battle spread, Israel was defeated by the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men on the field of battle. 3And when the troops came to the camp, the elders of Israel said, "Why has the LORD defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD here(C) from Shiloh, that it may come among us and save us from the power of our enemies." 4So the people sent to Shiloh and brought from there the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts,(D) who is enthroned on the cherubim. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.

 5As soon as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel(E) gave a mighty shout, so that the earth resounded. 6And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shouting, they said, "What does this great shouting in the camp of the Hebrews mean?" And when they learned that the ark of the LORD had come to the camp, 7the Philistines were afraid, for they said, "A god has come into the camp." And they said, "Woe to us! For nothing like this has happened before. 8Woe to us! Who can deliver us from the power of these mighty gods? These are the gods who struck the Egyptians with every sort of plague in the wilderness. 9(F) Take courage, and be men, O Philistines, lest you become slaves to the Hebrews(G) as they have been to you; be men and fight."

 10So the Philistines fought,(H) and Israel was defeated,(I) and they fled, every man to his home. And there was a very great slaughter, for there fell of Israel thirty thousand foot soldiers. 11(J) And the ark of God was captured,(K) and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, died.

The Death of Eli

 12A man of Benjamin ran from the battle line and came to Shiloh the same day,(L) with his clothes torn and with dirt on his head. 13When he arrived,(M) Eli was sitting on his seat by the road watching, for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city and told the news, all the city cried out. 14When Eli heard the sound of the outcry, he said, "What is this uproar?" Then the man hurried and came and told Eli. 15Now Eli was ninety-eight years old(N) and his eyes were set so that he could not see. 16And the man said to Eli, "I am he who has come from the battle; I fled from the battle today." And he said,(O) "How did it go, my son?" 17He who brought the news answered and said, "Israel has fled before the Philistines, and there has also been a great defeat among the people. Your two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God has been captured." 18As soon as he mentioned the ark of God, Eli fell over backward(P) from his seat by the side of the gate, and his neck was broken and he died, for the man was old and heavy. He had judged Israel forty years.

 19Now his daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was pregnant, about to give birth. And when she heard the news that the ark of God was captured, and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she bowed and gave birth, for her pains came upon her. 20And about the time of her death the women attending her said to her,(Q) "Do not be afraid, for you have borne a son." But she did not answer or pay attention. 21And she named the child(R) Ichabod, saying,(S) "The glory has departed[a] from Israel!" because(T) the ark of God had been captured and because of her father-in-law and her husband. 22And she said, "The glory has departed from Israel,(U) for the ark of God has been captured."

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. 113

Who Is like the LORD Our God?

 1(A) Praise the LORD!(B) Praise, O(C) servants of the LORD,
   praise the name of the LORD!

 2(D) Blessed be the name of the LORD
   from this time forth and forevermore! 3(E) From the rising of the sun to its setting,
   (F) the name of the LORD is(G) to be praised!

 4The LORD is(H) high above all nations,
   and his(I) glory above the heavens! 5(J) Who is like the LORD our God,
   who is seated on high, 6who(K) looks far down
   on the heavens and the earth? 7He(L) raises the poor from the dust
   and lifts the needy from the ash heap, 8to make them(M) sit with princes,
   with the princes of his people. 9He(N) gives the barren woman a home,
   making her the joyous mother of children.(O) Praise the LORD!

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

Second Reading: Acts 16:23-40

23And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. 24Having received this order, he put them into the inner(A) prison and fastened their feet in(B) the stocks.

The Philippian Jailer Converted
 25(C) About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26and suddenly(D) there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately(E) all the doors were opened, and(F) everyone’s bonds were unfastened. 27When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and(G) was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28But Paul cried with a loud voice, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here." 29And the jailer[a] called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he(H) fell down before Paul and Silas. 30Then he brought them out and said, "Sirs,(I) what must I do to be(J) saved?" 31And they said,(K) "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you(L) and your household." 32And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33And he took them(M) the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he(N) was baptized at once, he and all his family. 34Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he(O) rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.

 35But when it was day, the magistrates sent the police, saying, "Let those men go." 36And the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, "The magistrates have sent to let you go. Therefore come out now and go in peace." 37But Paul said to them, "They have beaten us publicly,(P) uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison; and do they now throw us out secretly? No! Let them come themselves and take us out." 38The police reported these words to the magistrates, and(Q) they were afraid when they heard that they were Roman citizens. 39So they came and apologized to them. And they took them out and(R) asked them to leave the city. 40So they went out of the prison and visited(S) Lydia. And when they had seen(T) the brothers, they encouraged them and departed.

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


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