The Lutheran Order of Service for the 19th Sunday after Trinity is available here in isiZulu and seTswana. Today it comes with a sermon based on God’s Word from the Holy Gospel of St. Mark in the 2nd chapter verses 1-12 (Jesus forgives & heals) written by my brother missionary Peter C. Weber (LC Ohlangeni, KZN) in isiZulu (wz1551151011 n Tr 19) and translated as usual by my father Rev. E.A.W.Weber DD (Welbedacht, KZN) into seTswana (t1551151011 n Tr 19). The German version of a sermon for this Sunday preached in St.Paul’s Lutheran Church in Arcadia (Pretoria) comes as an audio-file and can be heard here:
The readings for the 19th Sunday after Trinity are:
- Old Testament: Exodus 34:4-10
- The Epistle: Ephesians 4:22-32
- The Gospel: St. Mark 2:1-12
- Psalm: 32:1-2.5.7
The liturgical colour is green.
May you have a very blessed weekend and have time to meditate on the watchword for the 19th Sunday after Trinity: Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise. (Jeremiah 17:14 KJV)
And we pray with this collect for the 19th Sunday after Trinity: O almighty and most merciful God, of Thy bountiful goodness keep us, we beseech Thee, from all things that may hurt us, that we, being ready, both in body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish those things that Thou wouldst have done; through Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit one God now and forever. Amen.
“Now Let Us Come Before Him“ by Paul Gerhardt, 1607-1676
- The stream of years is flowing,
- And we are onward going,
- From old to new surviving
- And by His mercy thriving.
- Now let us come before Him,
- With song and prayer adore Him,
- Who to our life hath given
- All needed strength from heaven.
- In woe we often languish
- And pass through times of anguish,
- Of wars and trepidation
- Alarming every nation.
- As mothers watch are keeping
- O’er children who are sleeping,
- Their fear and grief assuaging
- When angry storms are raging.
- 5. So God His own is shielding
- And help to them is yielding.
- When need and woe distress them,
- His loving arms caress them.
- 6. O Thou who dost not slumber,
- Remove what would encumber
- Our work, which prospers never
- Unless Thou bless it ever.
- 7. O God of Mercy, hear us;
- Our Father, be Thou near us;
- Mid crosses and in sadness
- Be Thou our Fount of gladness.
- To all who bow before Thee
- And for Thy grace implore Thee,
- Oh, grant Thy benediction
- And patience in affliction.
- Be Thou a Helper speedy
- To all the poor and needy,
- To all forlorn a Father;
- Thy erring children gather.
- Be with the sick and ailing,
- Their Comforter unfailing;
- Dispelling grief and sadness,
- Oh, give them joy and gladness!
- Above all else, Lord, send us
- Thy Spirit to attend us,
- Within our hearts abiding,
- To heaven our footsteps guiding.
- All this Thy hand bestoweth,
- Thou Life, whence our life floweth.
- To all Thy name confessing
- Grant, Lord, Thy New Year’s blessing.
The Lutheran Hymnal Hymn #122 Text: Ps. 91:1 Author: Paul Gerhardt translated by: John Kelly, 1867, alt. Titled: Nun lasst uns gehn und treten
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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