7th Sunday in Easter: “Exaudi Domine vocem meam…”

Introit: Hearken, O Lord, unto my voice which has called out to you, alleluia; my heart declared to you: “Your countenance have I sought; I shall ever seek your countenance, O Lord; do not turn your face from me, alleluia, alleluia.” The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. Amen. Hallelujah.

Watchword from John 12:32

Jesus says: When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to myself.

Old Testament lesson Jeremiah 31:31-34

“The time is coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.  32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD.  33 “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.  34 No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (This is the Word of God for the Sermon)

Epistle lesson Ephesians 4:2b-16

Be patient, bearing with one another in love.  3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.  4 There is one body and one Spirit– just as you were called to one hope when you were called–  5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;  6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.  7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.  8 This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.”  9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions?  10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)  11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,  12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up  13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.  15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.  16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

The holy Gospel according to the evangelist St.Matthew 13.

Jesus Christ told another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.  32 Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.”  33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

The liturgical color is white

The Hymn for this Sunday

1. Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ,
dass du vom Tod erstanden bist
und hast dem Tod zerstört sein Macht
und uns zum Leben wiederbracht.
Halleluja.

2. Wir bitten dich durch deine Gnad:
Nimm von uns unsre Missetat
und hilf uns durch die Güte dein,
dass wir dein treuen Diener sein.
Halleluja.

3. Gott Vater in dem höchsten Thron
samt seinem eingebornen Sohn,
dem Heilgen Geist in gleicher Weis
in Ewigkeit sei Lob und Preis!
Halleluja.

Nikolaus Herman 1560 (Strophe 1); Thomas Hartmann 1604 (Strophe 2); Iglau, Mähren 1591 (Strophe 3)

We pray with a collect for this 7th Sunday in Easter (Exaudi): O King of glory, Lord of hosts, uplifted in triumph far above all heavens, leave us not without consolation, but send us the Spirit of truth whom You promised from the Father; for you live and reign with Him and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. (LSB Pastoral Care Companion Pg.560)

If you are called to preach this Sunday, 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 for God is talking to you + His precious gospel is “the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” (Rom 1:16 NIV)

About Wilhelm Weber

Pastor at the Old Latin School in the Lutherstadt Wittenberg
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