15th Sunday after Trinity

 

Watchword from the holy apostle St. Peter chapter 5: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1.Pt.5,7)

The Introit is from Psalm 127:  Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

God’s Holy Word from the Old Testament in the first book by the holy prophet Moses (Genesis) the second chapter: This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens–  5 and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no man to work the ground,  6 but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground–  7 the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.  8 Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.  9 And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground– trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  … 15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. (Genesis 2:4b-9.10-14.15)

God’s Holy Word from the first letter of the holy apostle St. Peter chapter five: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.  And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1.Pt.5.5c-11)

The Holy Gospel by the holy evangelist St. Matthew in the sixth chapter. Our Lord IX preaches in the sermon of the Mount: Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:  And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed. (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (Mat 6:25-34).

The Sermon text for this 15th Sunday after Trinity is from the holy gospel of the evangelist St.Luke the eighteenth chapter: Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee. And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake,  Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting. (Luk 18:28-30)

The liturgical colour is green.

Together with the Christian Church we pray a collect for the 15th Sunday after Trinity: O Lord, we implore You, let Your continual pity cleanse and defend Your Church; and because she cannot continue in safety without Your aid, preserve her evermore by Your help and goodness; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (LSB Altar Book Pg. 926)

Hymn for the week:

  1. In God, my faithful God,
    I trust when dark my road;
    Great woes may overtake me,
    Yet he will not forsake me.
    It is his love that sends them;
    At his best time he ends them.

2. My sins fill me with care,
Yet I will mot despair.
I build on Christ, who loves me;
From this rock nothing moves me.
To him I will surrender,
To him, my soul’s defender.

3. If death my portion be,
It brings great gain to me;
It speeds my life’s endeavor
To live with Christ forever.
He gives me joy in sorrow,
Come death now or tomorrow.

4. “So be it,” the, I say
With all my heart each day.
Dear Lord, we all adore you,
We sing for joy before you.
Guide us while here we wander
Until we praise you yonder.

Translated by Catherine Winkworth 1827-1878.

If you are called to preach this weekend, may the triune God give you joy and strength, wisdom, knowledge and insight – and the true words and pictures to preach his holy will faithfully according to his most precious revelation of his will and promises in both the Old and New Testament! However if you are not preaching, but listening – then listen as if God is talking to you + His precious gospel is “the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” (Rom 1:16 NIV)

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Obituary for missionary E.A.W.Weber DD DD

 

fullsizeoutput_4932On Saturday, the 9th September 2017 missionary E.A.W.Weber DD DD was buried in Lüneburg, KZN in the presence of his mourning wife Karin and eight of their nine children and eight of their nine sons-and-daughters-in-law with most of the grandchildren and all great-grandchildren.

Pastor loci Dieter Schnackenberg welcomed the funeral entourage at the cemetry gate of the St.Peter and Paul’s Lutheran Church after his brother and son-in-law of Weber pastor Kurt Schnackenberg had led the committal in German at Welbedacht for the close family and missionary Peter Weber had done that in isiZulu for the attending mourners from the farm at the outset. The Zulu hymns were:

  • Noma ngisaswele utho, ngihlushwa okuningi…
  • Ngishonise egazini loMsindisi wami; yena lapho emuthini wangifela nami. 
  • UJesu wami uyaphila ngizakwsaba yini na?

About 25+ pastors from the Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (LCSA) and the Free Evangelical Lutheran Synod (FELSISA) were in attendance and remembered their teacher, father, pastor and missionary with biblical quotes in English, German, isiZulu and seTswana.

A student choir of about 30+ from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Tshwane (Pretoria, South Africa) under the baton of Mr Ben Mathibe Mokopanele sang “Amazing grace” while the grave was closed and decorated with many flowers and a provisional cross. Other hymns were played by the local brass band and the congregation sang from the Lutheran Service Book:

  • This body in the grave we lay… (759)
  • Jesus Christ, my sure defense… (741)
  • For me to live is Jesus … (742)
  • Jesus, lead Thou on… (718)

The choir also started off the proceedings in the congregational hall up the hill with the spiritual “When peace like a river…”, because the church of St.Paul and Peter is being renovated. Rev. Kurt Schnackenberg led the liturgy in English, read the biblical lessons in that language too, but read the “curriculum vitae” penned by Karin Weber in German. Dr. Radikobo P. Ntsimane read the obituary penned down by Professor Dr. Volker Stolle (Mannheim) on the 7th September and translated by Dr. Karl Böhmer on the very same day.  Here it is in German: Nachruf Wilhelm Weber 2017 Stolle and also in English:  Obituary of Wilhelm Weber (2017) 

Dr. Ntsimane preached on “Weber – the biographer and signpost” (going into St.John the Baptist and St. Paul, the apostle pointing us both to IX” before we heard official greetings from the Lutheran Church in Southern Africa by Bishop Modise A. Maragelo (Kagiso) and from the Free Evangelical Lutheran Synod in South Africa by their vize-bishop Rüdiger Gevers (Vryheid).

Hymns sung during the divine service were:

  • O God, our help in ages past…   (733)
  • Oh, how blest are they… (679 Melody: Oh wie selig seid Ihr doch Ihr Frommen… in Hannoverschen Gesangbuch 625)
  • Through Jesus Blood and merit…   (746)
  • Guide me, o though great Jehova… (918)

Many thanks were expressed to the hospitable congregation for not only being a home to the retired Webers for over 17 years now, but also helping with the flowers, lunch for the many guests (Dr. Cordula Niebuhr) and providing the most beautiful accompanyment with the church choir (Erich Niebuhr), organ (Dorle Beneke) and brass band (Erich Niebuhr).

And this is what the SELK INFO wrote 3 days ago: “SELK: Missionar i.R. Dr. Wilhelm Weber verstorben: Missionar – Dozent – Übersetzer

Paulpietersburg/Südafrika, 8.9.2017 – selk – Missionar und Dozent i.R. Dr. Wilhelm Weber D.D. D.D. (Paulpietersburg/Südafrika) ist am 6. September im Alter von 83 Jahren verstorben. Er war am 17. November 1933 in Paulpietersburg geboren worden und musste während des Zweiten Weltkrieges einen Teil seiner Kindheit in Deutschland verleben, weil der Kriegsausbruch ihn mit seiner Mutter und den Geschwistern an der Heimreise nach Südafrika hinderte und ihn von seinem Vater abschnitt. Zum Studium kehrte er dann 1952 nach Deutschland zurück –  erneut mit einer familiären Trennung verbunden. Nach seinem Ersten Theologischen Examen am 14. August wurde er am 16. November 1958 in seiner zweiten Heimat Dreihausen zum Missionsdienst der Bleckmarer Mission – heute: Lutherische Kirchenmission der Selbständigen Evangelisch-Lutherischen Kirche (SELK) – in Südafrika abgeordnet.

Seine Braut Karin Ziegenhagen folgte ihm ein Jahr später. Am 23. April 1960 schlossen sie in Wittenberg die Ehe, aus der neun Kinder hervorgegangen sind.

Ihren Einsatzort fanden die jungen Eheleute zunächst nicht im vertrauten Zulu-Bereich, sondern in der großen Tswana-Gemeinde in Roodeport. Weber widmete sich unermüdlich der Übersetzungsarbeit: Schon 1964 schloss er die Übersetzung der Augsburger Konfession ab – als ersten Schritt des großen Projektes der Übersetzung aller lutherischen Bekenntnisschriften.

1965 wurde er als Dozent an das Lutherische Theologische Seminar in Enhlanhleni berufen und übernahm dann 1970 auch dessen Leitung mit allen damit zusätzlich verbundenen baulichen und verwaltungsmäßigen Aufgaben. Hier wirkte er über eine Generation lang als Lehrer der angehenden Pastoren der Lutherischen Kirche im Südlichen Afrika (LCSA), einer Schwesterkirche der SELK. Er unterrichtete Dogmatik, Praktische Theologie und Altes Testament.

Wilhelm Weber übersetzte eine hebräische Grammatik, um seinen Studenten das Erlernen der Sprache des Alten Testaments zu erleichtern. 1975 promovierte ihn die Universität von Südafrika (UNISA) zum Doktor der Theologie aufgrund seiner Dissertation “Der Begriff der Verantwortung in der Theologie Martin Luthers und Dietrich Bonhoeffers”.

Noch über seinen offiziellen Ruhestand hinaus setzte Wilhelm Weber seine Lehrtätigkeit bis Ende 2000 fort. Auch danach übersetzte er weiter und sorgte für Literatur in den Sprachen, die in der LCSA gesprochen werden.

Neben diesem immensen Arbeitsprogramm übernahm Wilhelm Weber viele weitere Aufgaben. Sein Schüler Abel Sibanyoni zählt nicht weniger als 13 Tätigkeiten auf, in denen ihm sein Lehrer deutlich in Erinnerung ist.

Die kirchliche Beerdigung des Verstorbenen findet am 9. September auf dem Friedhof in Lüneburg/Südafrika statt.
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Seminary Open Day 2017

Here is my presentation at the close of today’s Seminary Open Day at LTS: 

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12th Sunday after Trinity

Watchword from the holy prophet Isaiah chapter 42: “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.” (Isaiah 42:3)

The Introit is from Psalm 147:  Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God: The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

God’s Holy Word from the Old Testament by the holy prophet Isaiah the twenty-ninth chapter: In a very short time, will not Lebanon be turned into a fertile field and the fertile field seem like a forest?  18 In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see.  19 Once more the humble will rejoice in the LORD; the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.  20 The ruthless will vanish, the mockers will disappear, and all who have an eye for evil will be cut down–  21 those who with a word make a man out to be guilty, who ensnare the defender in court and with false testimony deprive the innocent of justice.  22 Therefore this is what the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, says to the house of Jacob: “No longer will Jacob be ashamed; no longer will their faces grow pale.  23 When they see among them their children, the work of my hands, they will keep my name holy; they will acknowledge the holiness of the Holy One of Jacob, and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.  24 Those who are wayward in spirit will gain understanding; those who complain will accept instruction.” (Isaiah 29:17-24 This is also the sermon text and here my sermon on this lesson held in the St.Timothy’s chapel at the ALM service 2017: 

God’s Holy Word from the acts of the apostles chapter nine: Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest  2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.  3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.  4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”  5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied.  6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”  7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone.  8 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus.  9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything. (Acts 9:1-9)

The Holy Gospel by the holy evangelist St. Mark in the seventh chapter: Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis.  32 There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged him to place his hand on the man.  33 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue.  34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means, “Be opened!”).  35 At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.  36 Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it.  37 People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” (Mark 7:31-37)

The liturgical colour is green.

Together with the Christian Church we pray a collect for the 12th Sunday after Trinity: Almighty and merciful God, by Your gift alone Your faithful people render true and laudable service. Help us steadfastly to live in this life accourding to Your promises and finally attain Your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (LSB Altar Book Pg. 922)

Hymn for the week:  “My Soul, Now Bless Thy Maker” by Johann Gramann, 1487-1541 (The Lutheran Hymnal Pg. 34)

1. My soul, now bless thy Maker!
Let all within me bless His name
Who maketh thee partaker
Of mercies more than thou dar’st claim.
Forget Him not whose meekness
Still bears with all thy sin,
Who healeth all thy weakness,
Renews thy life within;
Whose grace and care are endless
And saved thee through the past;
Who leaves no sufferer friendless,
But rights the wronged at last.

2. He shows to man His treasure
Of judgment, truth, and righteousness,
His love beyond all measure,
His yearning pity o’er distress,
Nor treats us as we merit,
But lays His anger by,
The humble, contrite spirit
Finds His compassion nigh;
And high as heaven above us,
As break from close of day,
So far, since He doth love us,
He puts our sins away.

3. For as a tender father
Hath pity on his children here,
He in His arms will gather
All who are His in childlike fear.
He knows how frail our powers
Who but from dust are made;
We flourish like the flowers,
And even so we fade;
The wind but o’er them passes,
And all their bloom is o’er,-
We wither like the grasses,
Our place knows us no more.

4. God’s grace alone endureth,
And children’s children yet shall prove
How He with strength assureth
The hearts of all that seek His love.
In heaven is fixed His dwelling,
His rule is over all;
Angels, in might excelling,
Bright hosts, before Him fall.
Praise Him, who ever reigneth,
All ye who hear His Word,
Nor our poor hymns disdaineth-
My soul, oh, bless the Lord!

Author: Johann Gramann, 1525 translated by: Catherine Winkworth, 1863, alt. titled: Nun lob, mein Seel den Herren… (Orginal in Evangelisches Gesangbuch 289

If you are called to preach this weekend, may the triune God give you joy and strength, wisdom, knowledge and insight – and the true words and pictures to preach his holy will faithfully according to his most precious revelation of his will and promises in both the Old and New Testament! However if you are not preaching, but listening – then listen as if God is talking to you + His precious gospel is “the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” (Rom 1:16 NIV

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11th Sunday after Trinity

Watchword from the 1st letter of the apostle St. Peter: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (1Pe 5:5)

The Introit is from Psalm 113:   Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.  Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised. The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high, Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth! He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people. He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD. (Psa 113:1-9 KJV) Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

God’s Holy Word from the Old Testament in the 2nd book of Samuel the twelfth chapter: The LORD sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor.  The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle,  but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.” David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this deserves to die!  He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”  Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul.  I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.  Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.  Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’…Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” Nathan replied, “The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.  But because by doing this you have made the enemies of the LORD show utter contempt, the son born to you will die.”  After Nathan had gone home, the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David… (2 Samuel 12:1-10. 13-15)

God’s Holy Word in the Epistle to the Ephesians in the second chapter:  But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions– it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith– and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–  not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:4-10)

The Holy Gospel by the holy evangelist St. Luke in the eighteenth chapter: To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable:  “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men– robbers, evildoers, adulterers– or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  (Luke 18:9-14)

The Sermon text is from the evangelist and apostle St. Matthew the twenty-first chapter: “What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today. And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went.  And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you.  For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him. (Mat 21:28-32 ESV)

The liturgical colour is green.

Together with the Christian Church we pray a collect for the 11th Sunday after Trinity: Almighty and everlasting God, always more ready to hear than we to pray and to give more than we either desire or deserve, pour down upon us the abundance of Your mercy, forgiving those things of which our conscience is afraid and giving us those good things that we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (Collect for the 11th Sunday after Trinity in LSB Pastoral Companion Pg. 596)

Hymn for the week: “From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee” by Martin Luther, 1483-1546

  1. From depths of woe I cry to Thee,
    Lord, hear me, I implore Thee.
    Bend down Thy gracious ear to me,
    My prayer let come before Thee.
    If Thou rememberest each misdeed,
    If each should have its rightful meed,
    Who may abide Thy presence?
  2. Thy love and grace alone avail
    To blot out my transgression;
    The best and holiest deeds must fail
    To break sin’s dread oppression.
    Before Thee none can boasting stand,
    But all must fear Thy strict demand
    And live alone by mercy.
  3. Therefore my hope is in the Lord
    And not in mine own merit;
    It rests upon His faithful Word
    To them of contrite spirit
    That He is merciful and just;
    This is my comfort and my trust.
    His help I wait with patience.
  4. And though it tarry till the night
    And till the morning waken,
    My heart shall never doubt His might
    Nor count itself forsaken.
    Do thus, O ye of Israel’s seed,
    Ye of the Spirit born indeed;
    Wait for your God’s appearing.
  5.  Though great our sins and sore our woes,
    His grace much more aboundeth;
    His helping love no limit knows,
    Our utmost need it soundeth.
    Our shepherd good and true is He,
    Who will at last His Israel free
    From all their sin and sorrow.

Hymn 329 from The Lutheran Hymnal Text: Ps. 130 Author: Martin Luther Translated by: Catherine Winkworth, 1863, alt. Titled: “Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir”  1st Published in: Johann Walther’s Gesangbüchlein Town: Wittenberg, 1524

If you are called to preach this weekend, may the triune God give you joy and strength, wisdom, knowledge and insight – and the true words and pictures to preach his holy will faithfully according to his most precious revelation of his will and promises in both the Old and New Testament! However if you are not preaching, but listening – then listen as if God is talking to you + His precious gospel is “the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” (Rom 1:16 NIV)

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Matins in the morning

Here is the sermon by Professor John T. Pless held during this morning’s service: Ro13,1-7 St.Timothy LTS 2017.8.24 John T.Pless

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10th Sunday after Trinity

Watchword from Psalm 33 verse 12: Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.

The Introit is from Psalm 106:  Remember me, O LORD, when you show favor to your people; help me when you save them, that I may look upon the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation, that I may glory with your inheritance. Both we and our fathers have sinned; we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness… Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the LORD! (Psalm 106:4-6.47-48)

God’s Holy Word from the Old Testament in the 2nd book of Moses (Exodus) chapter nineteenOn the third new moon after the people of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. They set out from Rephidim and came into the wilderness of Sinai, and they encamped in the wilderness. There Israel encamped before the mountain, while Moses went up to God. The LORD called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel: You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.” (Exo 19:1-6 This is also the sermon text)

God’s Holy Word in the Epistle by the holy apostle St. Paul to the Romans chapter nine: I am speaking the truth in Christ– I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit– that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.” And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad– in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls–she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. (Rom 9:1-16)

The Holy Gospel by the holy evangelist St. Luke chapter nineteen: As our Lord Jesus Christ approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace– but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.'” Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him.  Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words. (Verses 41-48)

The liturgical colour is green.

Together with the Christian Church we pray a collect for the 10th Sunday after Trinity: O God, You declare Your almighty power above all in showing mercy and pity. Mercifully grant us such a measure of Your grace that we may obtain Your gracious promises and be made partakers of Your heavenly treasures; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (LSB Altar Book Pg. 919)

Hymn for the week is “Triune God, Oh, Be Our Stay” by Dr. Martin Luther 1524

Triune God, oh, be our Stay;
Oh, let us perish never!
Cleanse us from our sins, we pray,
And grant us life forever.
Keep us from the evil one;
Uphold our faith most holy,
And let us trust you solely
With humble hears and lowly.
Let us put God’s armor on,
With all true Christians running
Our heavenly race and shunning
The devil’s wiles and cunning.
Amen, amen! This be done;
So sing we, “Alleluia!’

Hymn: # 170 from Lutheran Worship

If you are called to preach this weekend, may the triune God give you joy and strength, wisdom, knowledge and insight – and the true words and pictures to preach his holy will faithfully according to his most precious revelation of his will and promises in both the Old and New Testament! However if you are not preaching, but listening – then listen as if God is talking to you + His precious gospel is “the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” (Rom 1:16 NIV)

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Sermon during Matins

Here is the sermon by Professor John T. Pless (CTS Ft.Wayne, IN) preached during Matins this morning in the chapel of St.Timothy at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Tshwane: LTS Chapel Thursday in Trinity 9

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Matins in the morning

Here’s this morning’s food for thought: 1Cor12,12-26 Matins (Notes) and to listen too: 

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