July 25th, 2019

St. James the Elder


Collect (LSB)

O gracious God, Your servant and apostle James was the first among the Twelve to suffer martyrdom for the name of Jesus Christ. Pour out upon the leaders of Your Church that spirit of self-denying service that they may for sake all false and passing allurements and follow Christ alone, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Old Testament (LSB): Acts 11:27-12:5

 27Now in these days(A) prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28And one of them named(B) Agabus stood up and foretold(C) by the Spirit that there would be a great(D) famine over all the world (this took place in the days of(E) Claudius). 29So the disciples determined, everyone according to his ability,(F) to send relief to(G) the brothers[a] living in Judea. 30(H) And they did so, sending it to(I) the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.

James Killed and Peter Imprisoned
 1About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church. 2He killed(J) James the brother of John(K) with the sword, 3and when he saw(L) that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during(M) the days of Unleavened Bread. 4And when he had seized him, he put him(N) in prison, delivering him over to four(O) 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(P) prayer for him was made to God by the church.

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

Epistle: Rom. 8:28-39

28And we know that for those who love God all things work together(A) for good,[a] for(B) those who are called according to his purpose. 29For those whom he(C) foreknew he also(D) predestined(E) to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be(F) the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also(G) justified, and those whom he justified he also(H) glorified.

God’s Everlasting Love
 31What then shall we say to these things?(I) If God is for us, who can be[b] against us? 32(J) He who did not spare his own Son but(K) gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect?(L) It is God who justifies. 34(M) Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—(N) who is at the right hand of God,(O) who indeed is interceding for us.[c] 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36As it is written,
   (P) "For your sake(Q) we are being killed all the day long;
   we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered."

 37No, in all these things we are more than(R) conquerors through(S) him who loved us. 38For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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

Gospel: Matt. 20:20-28

A Mother’s Request

 20(A) Then(B) the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and(C) kneeling before him she asked him for something. 21And he said to her, "What do you want?" She said to him, "Say that these two sons of mine(D) are to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left,(E) in your kingdom." 22Jesus answered, (F) "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able(G) to drink the cup that I am to drink?" They said to him, "We are able." 23He said to them, (H) "You will drink(I) my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant,(J) but it is for those for whom it has been(K) prepared by my Father." 24And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at the two brothers. 25But Jesus called them to him and said, (L) "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles(M) lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26(N) It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,[a] 27and whoever would be first among you must be your slave,[b] 28even as the Son of Man came not to be served but(O) to serve, and(P) to give his life as a ransom for(Q) many."

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. 9:1-27

Saul Chosen to Be King

 1There was a man of Benjamin whose name was(A) Kish, the son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite, a man of wealth. 2And he had a son whose name was Saul,(B) a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he.(C) From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people.

 3Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, were lost. So Kish said to Saul his son, "Take one of the young men with you, and arise, go and look for the donkeys." 4And he passed through(D) the hill country of Ephraim and passed through the land of(E) Shalishah, but they did not find them. And they passed through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there. Then they passed through the land of Benjamin, but did not find them.

 5When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant[a] who was with him, "Come, let us go back,(F) lest my father cease to care about the donkeys and become anxious about us." 6But he said to him, "Behold, there is(G) a man of God in this city, and he is a man who is held in honor;(H) all that he says comes true. So now let us go there. Perhaps he can tell us the way we should go." 7Then Saul said to his servant, "But if we go,(I) what can we bring the man? For the bread in our sacks is gone, and there is no present to bring to the man of God. What do we have?" 8The servant answered Saul again, "Here, I have with me a quarter of a shekel[b] of silver, and I will give it to the man of God to tell us our way." 9(Formerly in Israel, when a man(J) went to inquire of God, he said, "Come, let us go to the seer," for today’s "prophet" was formerly called a seer.) 10And Saul said to his servant, "Well said; come, let us go." So they went to the city where the man of God was.

 11As they went up the hill to the city,(K) they met young women coming out to draw water and said to them, "Is the seer here?" 12They answered, "He is; behold, he is just ahead of you. Hurry. He has come just now to the city, because the people(L) have a sacrifice today on(M) the high place. 13As soon as you enter the city you will find him, before he goes up to the high place to eat. For the people will not eat till he comes, since he must bless the sacrifice; afterward those who are invited will eat. Now go up, for you will meet him immediately." 14So they went up to the city. As they were entering the city, they saw Samuel coming out toward them on his way up to the high place.

 15Now the day before Saul came,(N) the LORD had(O) revealed to Samuel: 16"Tomorrow about this time I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin,(P) and you shall anoint him to be prince over my people Israel. He shall save my people from the hand of the Philistines.(Q) For I have seen[c] my people, because their cry has come to me." 17When Samuel saw Saul, the LORD told him,(R) "Here is the man of whom I spoke to you! He it is who shall restrain my people." 18Then Saul approached Samuel in the gate and said, "Tell me where is the house of the seer?" 19Samuel answered Saul, "I am the seer. Go up before me to the high place, for today you shall eat with me, and in the morning I will let you go and will tell you all that is on your mind. 20(S) As for your donkeys that were lost three days ago, do not set your mind on them, for they have been found. And for whom is all that is desirable in Israel? Is it not for you and for all your father’s house?" 21Saul answered, "Am I not a Benjaminite,(T) from the least of the tribes of Israel?(U) And is not my clan the humblest of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then have you spoken to me in this way?"

 22Then Samuel took Saul and his young man and brought them into the hall and gave them a place at the head of those who had been invited, who were about thirty persons. 23And Samuel said to the cook, "Bring the portion I gave you, of which I said to you, 'Put it aside.'" 24So the cook took up(V) the leg and what was on it and set them before Saul. And Samuel said, "See, what was kept is set before you. Eat, because it was kept for you until the hour appointed, that you might eat with the guests."[d]

   

   So Saul ate with Samuel that day. 25And when they came down from the high place into the city, a bed was spread for Saul[e](W) on the roof, and he lay down to sleep. 26Then at the break of dawn[f] Samuel called to Saul on the roof, "Up, that I may send you on your way." So Saul arose, and both he and Samuel went out into the street.

 27As they were going down to the outskirts of the city, Samuel said to Saul, "Tell the servant to pass on before us, and when he has passed on, stop here yourself for a while, that I may make known to you the word of God."

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

Second Reading: Acts 21:37-22:16

Paul Speaks to the People

 37As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he said to the tribune, "May I say something to you?" And he said, "Do you know Greek? 38Are you not(A) the Egyptian, then, who recently stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins out(B) into the wilderness?" 39Paul replied,(C) "I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no obscure city. I beg you, permit me to speak to the people." 40And when he had given him permission, Paul, standing on the steps,(D) motioned with his hand to the people. And when there was a great hush, he addressed them in(E) the Hebrew language,[a] saying:

 1(F) "Brothers and fathers, hear the defense that I now make before you."

 2And when they heard that he was addressing them in(G) the Hebrew language, they became even more quiet. And he said:

 3(H) "I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated(I) at the feet of(J) Gamaliel[b](K) according to the strict manner of the law of our fathers,(L) being zealous for God(M) as all of you are this day. 4(N) I persecuted(O) this Way(P) to the death, binding and delivering to prison both men and women, 5as(Q) the high priest and(R) the whole council of elders can bear me witness. From them I received letters to(S) the brothers, and I journeyed toward Damascus to take those also who were there and bring them in bonds to Jerusalem to be punished.

 6(T) "As I was on my way and drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from heaven suddenly shone around me. 7And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?' 8And I answered, 'Who are you, Lord?' And he said to me, 'I am(U) Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.' 9(V) Now those who were with me saw the light but did not understand[c] the voice of the one who was speaking to me. 10And I said,(W) 'What shall I do, Lord?' And the Lord said to me, 'Rise, and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all that is appointed for you to do.' 11And since I could not see because of the brightness of that light, I was led by the hand by those who were with me, and came into Damascus.

 12"And(X) one Ananias, a devout man(Y) according to the law,(Z) well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, 13(AA) came to me, and standing by me said to me, 'Brother Saul, receive your sight.' And(AB) at that very hour I received my sight and saw him. 14And he said,(AC) 'The God of our fathers(AD) appointed you to know his will,(AE) to see(AF) the Righteous One and(AG) to hear a voice from his mouth; 15for(AH) you will be a witness for him to everyone of what(AI) you have seen and heard. 16And now why do you wait?(AJ) Rise and be baptized and(AK) wash away your sins,(AL) calling on his name.'

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