4th Sunday after Trinity


Watchword from Galatians 6: Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (Verse 2)

The Introit from Psalm 22: Ye that fear the Lord, praise him. For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard. My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him. The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live forever. All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. For the kingdom is the Lord’s: and he is the governor among the nations. (Verses 23-28) 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 for ever. Amen.

God’s holy Word from the Old Testament in the 1st book of Moses (Genesis) the fiftieth chapter: And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him. And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying, So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him. And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants. And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them. (Verses 15-21. This is also the designated sermon text for this 4th Sunday after Trinity)

The Epistle from the epistle of the holy apostle St. Paul the fourteenth chapter:  But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Let us not therefore judge one another anymore: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. (Verses 10-13)

The Holy Gospel according to the apostle and evangelist St. Luke the sixth chapter:  Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye. (Verses 36-42)

The liturgical colour is green.

Together with the Christian Church we pray a collect for the 4th Sunday after Trinity: O Lord, grant that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by Your governance that Your Church may joyfully serve You in all godly quietness; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (Pastoral Companion 593)

Hymn for the week:  

  1.  O God, Thou faithful God,
    Thou Fountain ever flowing,
    Who good and perfect gifts
    In mercy art bestowing,
    Give me a healthy frame,
    And may I have within
    A conscience free from blame,
    A soul unhurt by sin!
  2.  Grant Thou me strength to do
    With ready heart and willing
    Whate’er Thou shalt command,
    My calling here fulfilling;
    To do it when I ought,
    With all my might, and bless
    The work I thus have wrought,
    For Thou must give success.
  3. Oh, let me never speak
    What bounds of truth exceedeth;
    Grant that no idle word
    From out my mouth proceedeth;
    And then, when in my place
    I must and ought to speak,
    My words grant power and grace
    Lest I offend the weak.
  4.  If dangers gather round,
    Still keep me calm and fearless;
    Help me to bear the cross
    When life is dark and cheerless;
    And let me win my foe
    With words and actions kind.
    When counsel I would know,
    Good counsel let me find.
  5. And let me with all men,
    As far as in me lieth,
    In peace and friendship live.
    And if Thy gift supplieth
    Great wealth and honor fair,
    Then this refuse me not,
    That naught be mingled there
    Of goods unjustly got.
  6. If Thou a longer life
    Hast here on earth decreed me;
    If Thou through many ills
    To age at length wilt lead me,
    Thy patience on me shed.
    Avert all sin and shame
    And crown my hoary head
    With honor free from blame.
  7. Let me depart this life
    Confiding in my Savior;
    Do Thou my soul receive
    That it may live forever;
    And let my body have
    A quiet resting-place
    Within a Christian grave;
    And let it sleep in peace.
  8. And on that solemn Day
    When all the dead are waking,
    Stretch o’er my grave Thy hand,
    Thyself my slumbers breaking.
    Then let me hear Thy voice,
    Change Thou this earthly frame,
    And bid me aye rejoice
    With those who love Thy name.

Hymn #395  The Lutheran Hymnal Text: 1 Kings 3: 5 by Johann Heermann, 1585-1647
Translated by: Catherine Winkworth, 1858, alt. titled “O Gott, du frommer Gott”

Here is my sermon for this Sunday to be preached at Shelly Beach LC: Gn50,15-21 4SnT Shelly Beach English

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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About Wilhelm Weber

Pastor at the Old Latin School in the Lutherstadt Wittenberg
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