22. Sonntag nach Trinitatis (4.Sonntag nach Michaelis)

 

 

 

Wochenspruch:  Denn bei dir ist die Vergebung, dass man dich fürchte. (Psalm 130:4)

Antiphon: Wenn Du, Herr, Sünden anrechnen willst, Herr, wer wird bestehen? Denn bei Dir ist die Vergebung, dass man Dich fürchte. (Psalm 130:3-4)

Introitus 

Ich harre des HERRN, meine Seele harret, und ich hoffe auf sein Wort. Meine Seele wartet auf den Herrn mehr als die Wächter auf den Morgen; mehr als die Wächter auf den Morgen hoffe Israel auf den HERRN! Denn bei dem HERRN ist die Gnade und viel Erlösung bei ihm.  Und er wird Israel erlösen aus allen seinen Sünden. (Psalm 130:5-8)

Ehre sei dem Vater und dem Sohn und dem Heiligen Geist wie es war im Anfang, jetzt und immerdar und von Ewigkeit zu Ewigkeit. Amen.

Atl. Lesung beim Propheten Micha im 6. Kapitel

»Womit soll ich mich dem HERRN nahen, mich beugen vor dem Gott in der Höhe? Soll ich mich ihm mit Brandopfern nahen, mit einjährigen Kälbern? Wird wohl der HERR Gefallen haben an viel tausend Widdern, an unzähligen Strömen von Öl? Soll ich meinen Erstgeborenen für meine Übertretung geben, meines Leibes Frucht für meine Sünde?« Es ist dir gesagt, Mensch, was gut ist und was der HERR von dir fordert: nichts als Gottes Wort halten und Liebe üben und demütig sein vor deinem Gott. (Verse 6-8)

Epistolische Lektion aus dem Philipperbrief im 1. Kapitel

Ich danke meinem Gott, sooft ich euer gedenke – was ich allezeit tue in allen meinen Gebeten für euch alle, und ich tue das Gebet mit Freuden –,  für eure Gemeinschaft am Evangelium vom ersten Tage an bis heute; und ich bin darin guter Zuversicht, dass der in euch angefangen hat das gute Werk, der wird’s auch vollenden bis an den Tag Christi Jesu.  So halte ich es denn für richtig, dass ich so von euch allen denke, weil ich euch in meinem Herzen habe, die ihr alle mit mir an der Gnade teilhabt in meiner Gefangenschaft und wenn ich das Evangelium verteidige und bekräftige.  Denn Gott ist mein Zeuge, wie mich nach euch allen verlangt von Herzensgrund in Christus Jesus. Und ich bete darum, dass eure Liebe immer noch reicher werde an Erkenntnis und aller Erfahrung,  sodass ihr prüfen könnt, was das Beste sei, damit ihr lauter und unanstößig seid für den Tag Christi, erfüllt mit Frucht der Gerechtigkeit durch Jesus Christus zur Ehre und zum Lobe Gottes. (3-11)

Hallelujahvers: Er heilt, die zerbrochenen Herzens sind, und verbindet ihre Wunden. (Ps.147,3)

Kollekte zum Sonntag: Barmherziger, gütiger Gott, Du vergibst uns reichlich und täglich alle unsre Sünde: gib uns Deinen heiligen Geist, dass er Deine Barmherzigkeit in unsere Herzen schreibe damit auch wir einander willig vergeben. Durch unseren Herrn Jesus Christus, Deinen Sohn, der mit Dir und dem Heiligen Geist lebt und regiert von Ewigkeit zu Ewigkeit.

Das Evangelium von Jesus Christus bei St. Matthäus im 18. Kapitel

Da trat Petrus hinzu und sprach zu Jesus: Herr, wie oft muss ich denn meinem Bruder, der an mir sündigt, vergeben? Ist’s genug siebenmal? Jesus sprach zu ihm: Ich sage dir: nicht siebenmal, sondern siebzigmal siebenmal. Darum gleicht das Himmelreich einem König, der mit seinen Knechten abrechnen wollte. Und als er anfing abzurechnen, wurde einer vor ihn gebracht, der war ihm zehntausend Zentner Silber schuldig. Da er’s nun nicht bezahlen konnte, befahl der Herr, ihn und seine Frau und seine Kinder und alles, was er hatte, zu verkaufen und zu zahlen. Da fiel der Knecht nieder und flehte ihn an und sprach: Hab Geduld mit mir; ich will dir’s alles bezahlen. Da hatte der Herr Erbarmen mit diesem Knecht und ließ ihn frei und die Schuld erließ er ihm auch. Da ging dieser Knecht hinaus und traf einen seiner Mitknechte, der war ihm hundert Silbergroschen schuldig; und er packte und würgte ihn und sprach: Bezahle, was du schuldig bist! Da fiel sein Mitknecht nieder und bat ihn und sprach: Hab Geduld mit mir; ich will dir’s bezahlen. Er wollte aber nicht, sondern ging hin und warf ihn ins Gefängnis, bis er bezahlt hätte, was er schuldig war. Als nun seine Mitknechte das sahen, wurden sie sehr betrübt und kamen und brachten bei ihrem Herrn alles vor, was sich begeben hatte. Da befahl ihn sein Herr zu sich und sprach zu ihm: Du böser Knecht! Deine ganze Schuld habe ich dir erlassen, weil du mich gebeten hast; hättest du dich da nicht auch erbarmen sollen über deinen Mitknecht, wie ich mich über dich erbarmt habe? Und sein Herr wurde zornig und überantwortete ihn den Peinigern, bis er alles bezahlt hätte, was er schuldig war. So wird auch mein himmlischer Vater an euch tun, wenn ihr nicht von Herzen vergebt, ein jeder seinem Bruder. (21-35)

Hauptlied: Herr Jesu, Gnadensonne… EKG 258

  1.  Herr Jesu, Gnadensonne,
    wahrhaftes Lebenslicht:
    Mit Leben, Licht und Wonne
    wollst du mein Angesicht
    nach Deiner Gnad er freuen
    und meinen Geist erneuen,
    mein Gott, versag mir’s nicht.
  2. Vergib mir meine Sünden
    und wirf sie hinter Dich;
    lass allen Zorn verschwinden
    und hilf mir gnädiglich.
    Lass Deine Friedensgaben
    mein armes Herze laben.
    Ach Herr, erhöre mich!
  3. Vertreib aus meiner Seelen
    den alten Adamssinn
    und lass mich Dich erwählen,
    auf dass ich mich forthin
    zu Deinem Dienst ergebe
    und Dir zur Ehre lebe,
    weil ich erlöset bin.
  4. Befördre dein Erkenntnis
    in mir, mein Seelenhort,
    und öffne mein Verständnis,
    Herr, durch dein heilig Wort,
    damit ich an dich glaube
    und in der Wahrheit bleibe
    zu Trutz der Höllenpfort.
  5. Mit deiner Kraft mich rüste,
    zu kreuz´gen mein Begier
    und alle bösen Lüste,
    auf dass ich für und für
    der Sündenwelt absterbe
    und nach dem Fleisch verderbe,
    hingegen leb ich in dir.
  6. Ach zünde Deine Liebe
    in meiner Seele an,
    dass ich aus innerm Triebe
    Dich ewig lieben kann
    Und Dir zum Wohlgefallen
    Beständig möge wallen
    Auf rechter Lebensbahn.
  7. Nun, Herr, verleih mir Stärke,
    verleih mir Kraft und Mut;
    denn das sind Gnadenwerke,
    die Dein Geist schafft und tut.
    Hingegen meine Sinnen,
    mein Lassen und Beginnen
    ist böse und nicht gut.
  8. Darum, Du Gott der Gnaden,
    Du Vater aller Treu,
    wend allen Seelenschaden
    und mach mich täglich neu;
    gib, dass ich Deinen Willen
    gedenke zu erfüllen,
    und steh mir kräftig bei!

Ludwig Andreas Gotter (1661 – 1735)

Predigttext Epheserbrief 4:7-13

Einem jeden aber von uns ist die Gnade gegeben nach dem Maß der Gabe Christi. Darum heißt es (Psalm 68,19): »Er ist aufgefahren zur Höhe, hat Gefangene in die Gefangenschaft geführt und den Menschen Gaben gegeben.« Dass er aber aufgefahren ist, was heißt das anderes, als dass er auch hinabgefahren ist in die Tiefen der Erde?  Der hinabgefahren ist, das ist derselbe, der aufgefahren ist über alle Himmel, damit er alles erfülle.  Und er selbst gab den Heiligen die einen als Apostel, andere als Propheten, andere als Evangelisten, andere als Hirten und Lehrer, damit die Heiligen zugerüstet werden zum Werk des Dienstes. Dadurch soll der Leib Christi erbaut werden, bis wir alle hingelangen zur Einheit des Glaubens und der Erkenntnis des Sohnes Gottes, zum vollendeten Menschen, zum vollen Maß der Fülle Christi,

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21. Sonntag nach Trinitatis (3. Sonntag nach Michaelis): Suchet der Stadt Bestes!

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Wochenspruch:

Lass dich nicht vom Bösen überwinden, sondern überwinde das Böse mit Gutem. (Rö12,21)

Antiphon: Jesaja 41:10

Ich bin Dein Gott; ich stärke dich und helfe dir, ich halte dich durch die rechte Hand meiner Gerechtigkeit.

Psalm zum Sonntag: Psalm 19

Die Befehle des HERRN sind richtig und erfreuen das Herz. Die Gebote des HERRN sind lauter und erleuchten die Augen. Die Furcht des HERRN ist rein und bleibt ewiglich. Die Rechte des HERRN sind wahrhaftig, allesamt gerecht. 11 Sie sind köstlicher als Gold und viel feines Gold, sie sind süßer als Honig und Honigseim. Auch lässt dein Knecht sich durch sie warnen; und wer sie hält, der hat großen Lohn. Wer kann merken, wie oft er fehlet? Verzeihe mir die verborgenen Sünden! Bewahre auch deinen Knecht vor den Stolzen, dass sie nicht über mich herrschen; so werde ich ohne Tadel sein und unschuldig bleiben von großer Missetat. Lass dir wohlgefallen die Rede meines Mundes und das Gespräch meines Herzens vor dir, HERR, mein Fels und mein Erlöser.

Ehre sei dem Vater und dem Sohn und dem Heiligen Geist wie es war im Anfang, jetzt und immerdar und von Ewigkeit zu Ewigkeit. Amen.

Lesung aus dem Alten Testament beim Propheten Jeremia im 29. Kapitel

Dies sind die Worte des Briefes, den der Prophet Jeremia von Jerusalem sandte an den Rest der Ältesten, die weggeführt waren, an die Priester und Propheten und an das ganze Volk, das Nebukadnezar von Jerusalem nach Babel weggeführt hatte – nachdem der König Jechonja und die Königinmutter mit den Kämmerern und Oberen in Juda und Jerusalem samt den Zimmerleuten und Schmieden aus Jerusalem weggeführt waren –, durch Elasa, den Sohn Schafans, und Gemarja, den Sohn Hilkijas, die Zedekia, der König von Juda, nach Babel sandte zu Nebukadnezar, dem König von Babel: So spricht der HERR Zebaoth, der Gott Israels, zu allen Weggeführten, die ich von Jerusalem nach Babel habe wegführen lassen: Baut Häuser und wohnt darin; pflanzt Gärten und esst ihre Früchte; nehmt euch Frauen und zeugt Söhne und Töchter, nehmt für eure Söhne Frauen und gebt eure Töchter Männern, dass sie Söhne und Töchter gebären; mehrt euch dort, dass ihr nicht weniger werdet. Suchet der Stadt Bestes, dahin ich euch habe wegführen lassen, und betet für sie zum HERRN; denn wenn’s ihr wohlgeht, so geht’s euch auch wohl. Denn so spricht der HERR Zebaoth, der Gott Israels: Lasst euch durch die Propheten, die bei euch sind, und durch die Wahrsager nicht betrügen, und hört nicht auf die Träume, die sie träumen! Denn sie weissagen euch Lüge in meinem Namen. Ich habe sie nicht gesandt, spricht der HERR. Denn so spricht der HERR: Wenn für Babel siebzig Jahre voll sind, so will ich euch heimsuchen und will mein gnädiges Wort an euch erfüllen, dass ich euch wieder an diesen Ort bringe. Denn ich weiß wohl, was ich für Gedanken über euch habe, spricht der HERR: Gedanken des Friedens und nicht des Leides, dass ich euch gebe Zukunft und Hoffnung. Und ihr werdet mich anrufen und hingehen und mich bitten, und ich will euch erhören. Ihr werdet mich suchen und finden; denn wenn ihr mich von ganzem Herzen suchen werdet, so will ich mich von euch finden lassen, spricht der HERR, und will eure Gefangenschaft wenden und euch sammeln aus allen Völkern und von allen Orten, wohin ich euch verstoßen habe, spricht der HERR, und will euch wieder an diesen Ort bringen, von wo ich euch habe wegführen lassen. (1-14: Predigttext sind die Verse 1.4-7.10-14)

Epistolische Lektion im Epheserbrief das 6. Kapitel

Zuletzt: Seid stark in dem Herrn und in der Macht seiner Stärke. Zieht an die Waffenrüstung Gottes, damit ihr bestehen könnt gegen die listigen Anschläge des Teufels. Denn wir haben nicht mit Fleisch und Blut zu kämpfen, sondern mit Mächtigen und Gewaltigen, mit den Herren der Welt, die über diese Finsternis herrschen, mit den bösen Geistern unter dem Himmel. Deshalb ergreift die Waffenrüstung Gottes, damit ihr an dem bösen Tag Widerstand leisten und alles überwinden und das Feld behalten könnt. So steht nun fest, umgürtet an euren Lenden mit Wahrheit und angetan mit dem Panzer der Gerechtigkeit und beschuht an den Füßen, bereit für das Evangelium des Friedens. Vor allen Dingen aber ergreift den Schild des Glaubens, mit dem ihr auslöschen könnt alle feurigen Pfeile des Bösen, und nehmt den Helm des Heils und das Schwert des Geistes, welches ist das Wort Gottes. (10-17)

Das Evangelium von Jesus Christus bei St. Matthäus im 5. Kapitel

Ihr habt gehört, dass gesagt ist: »Auge um Auge, Zahn um Zahn.« Ich aber sage euch, dass ihr nicht widerstreben sollt dem Bösen, sondern: Wenn dich jemand auf deine rechte Backe schlägt, dem biete die andere auch dar. Und wenn jemand mit dir rechten will und dir deinen Rock nehmen, dem lass auch den Mantel. Und wenn dich jemand eine Meile nötigt, so geh mit ihm zwei. Gib dem, der dich bittet, und wende dich nicht ab von dem, der etwas von dir borgen will. Ihr habt gehört, dass gesagt ist: »Du sollst deinen Nächsten lieben« und deinen Feind hassen. Ich aber sage euch: Liebt eure Feinde und bittet für die, die euch verfolgen, auf dass ihr Kinder seid eures Vaters im Himmel. Denn er lässt seine Sonne aufgehen über Böse und Gute und lässt regnen über Gerechte und Ungerechte. Denn wenn ihr liebt, die euch lieben, was werdet ihr für Lohn haben? Tun nicht dasselbe auch die Zöllner? Und wenn ihr nur zu euren Brüdern freundlich seid, was tut ihr Besonderes? Tun nicht dasselbe auch die Heiden? Darum sollt ihr vollkommen sein, wie euer himmlischer Vater vollkommen ist.

Die Liturgische Farbe ist grün.

Kollekte zum Sonntag

Ewiger, gütiger Gott, du allein bist unsre Macht und unser Heil: schaue gnädig auf deine Kirche und halte uns mit deiner rechten Hand, daß wir nicht straucheln und fallen, sondern in deiner Kraft den Sieg behalten. Durch unseren Herrn Jesus Christus, deinen Sohn, der mit dir und dem Heiligen Geist lebt und regiert von Ewigkeit zu Ewigkeit.

Hauptlied: O König Jesu Christe (EKG 203)

 

1. O König Jesu Christe,
ein Fürst, Hauptmann und Held,
zu ewiglicher Friste
vom Vater auserwählt
ein Sohn Davids geboren:
Dein Reich ewig besteht,
das dir Gott hat geschworen,
durch seinen Geist geredt.
4. zu kämpfen und zu fechten
nach dir ganz ritterlich
und allen deinen Knechten,
die von Anfang in dich
gehoffet und vertrauet
in aller Angst und Not
auf dein Gnad fest gebauet
bis in’ zeitlichen Tod.
2. Dich, Herr, wir wollen bitten,
du edler Herzog wert,
nach rechter Kinder Sitten:
Send uns dein geistliche Schwert,
das schneidt zu beiden Seiten,
ich mein dein göttlich Wort,
damit wir mögen streiten
wider der Höllen Pfort.
5. O Gott, tu uns erhalten
in diesem großen Streit,
laß die Lieb nicht erkalten
durch Ungerechtigkeit,
darin die arge Welt
überhand genommen hat.
Hilf uns behalten das Felde
durch deine große Gnad.
3. Den Harnisch tu uns senden,
den du getragen hast,
umgürt uns unsre Lenden
mit deiner Wahrheit Glast,
den Panzer tu uns geben
deiner Gerechtigkeit,
den Schild des Glaubens eben,
damit uns zubereit’.

Leonhard Roth um 1500-1541

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Hier eine kl. Aktualisierung zum Stand der Dinge an der “Alten Lateinschule“, die hoffentlich schon in nächster Zukunft eine “Neue Lutherschule” beherbergt: OLS Vorstellung 2018.   Dazu eine kl. Form für den Datenschutz: Kontaktformular

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20th Sunday after Trinity

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Watchword

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Micah 6:8).

The Introit is from Psalm 19

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. (Verses 7-11)

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.

Old Testament lesson from the 1st book of Moses (Genesis) the 8th chapter

And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him: Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark. And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” (Verses 18-22)

The lesson from the 1st letter by the apostle St. Paul to the Thessalonians in the 4th chapter

Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.  For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.  He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit. (Verses 1-8)

The Holy Gospel according to the evangelist St. Mark in the 10th chapter

And the Pharisees came to Jesus, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you. And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter.  And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.  And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.” (Verses 2-12)

God´s Holy Word for the sermon is from the first letter of the apostle St. Paul to the Corinthians, the 7th chapter

But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away. (Verses 29-31)

The liturgical colour is green.

The Hymn for this week: Wohl denen, die da wandeln… 

Together with the Christian Church we pray a collect for the 20th Sunday after Trinity: O Lord, keep Your household, the Church, in continual godliness that through Your protection she may be free from all adversities and devoutly given to serve You in good works; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

If you are called to preach this weekend, may the triune God give you joy and strength, wisdom, knowledge and insight to preach his holy will faithfully and his gracious promises invitingly! If you are not preaching, then listen for God is talking (Hic dixit Dominus) + His precious gospel is “the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” (Rom 1:16 NIV)

 

 

 

 

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19th Sunday after Trinity

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Watchword for the 19th Sunday after Trinity: Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved (Jer 17:14 KJG).

The Introit is from Psalm 32:  Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. (Verses 1-2.5.7)

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.

Lesson from the Old Testament from the 2nd book of Moses (Exodus) the 34th chapter: “And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone. And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped. And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance. And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the LORD: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee.” (Verses 4-10)

The epistle lesson from the letter of the apostle St. Paul to the Ephesians in the 4th chapter: “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. (Verses 22-32)

The holy gospel according to the evangelist St. Mark in the 2nd chapter: “And again Jesus entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,  Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?  And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.  And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion. (Verses 1-12)

The Sermon for this Sunday is based on the epistle of St.James, the 5thchapter: “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (Verses 13-16)

The liturgical colour is green.

Together with the Christian Church we pray a collect for the 19th Sunday after Trinity: Almighty and merciful God, of Your bountiful goodness keep from us all things that may hurt us that we, being ready in both body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish whatever You would have us do; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Hymn for the week:

1 Nun lasst uns Gott, dem Herren,
Danksagen und ihn ehren
Von wegen seiner Gaben,
Die wir empfangen haben.
Now let us to God, the Lord,
give thanks and honour him
on account of his gifts
which we have received
.
2 Den Leib, die Seel, das Leben
Hat er allein uns geben,
Dieselben zu bewahren,
Tut er nicht etwas sparen.
Body, soul, life
he alone has given to us
,
and to preserve these 
he spares nothing..
3 Nahrung gibt er dem Leibe,
Die Seele muß auch bleiben,
Wiewohl tödliche Wunden
Sind kommen von der Sünden.
He gives food for the body,
but the soul must also survive
,
even even though mortal wounds
come from our sins
.
4 Ein Arzt ist uns gegeben,
Der selber ist das Leben.
Christus, für uns gestorben,
Der hat das Heil erworben.
A physician is given to us,
who himself is life
.
Christ, having died for us,
has obtained salvation.
5 Sein Wort, sein Tauf, sein Nachtmahl
Dient wider allen Unfall,
Der Heilig Geist im Glauben
Lehrt uns darauf vertrauen.
His word, his baptism, his supper,
sure help in all misfortune
,
the Holy Spirit in faith
teaches us to place our trust in these
.
6 Durch ihn ist uns vergeben
Die Sünd, geschenkt das Leben,
Im Himmel solln wir haben,
O Gott, wie große Gaben.
Through him sins are forgiven,
we are granted life
,
what great gifts, oh God,
we shall have in heaven.
7 Wir bitten deine Güte,
Wollst uns hinfort behüten,
Uns Große mit den Kleinen,
Du kannst nicht böse meinen.
We pray that your kindness
may henceforth protect us
,
both great and small,
you cannot intend evil.
8 Erhalt uns in der Wahrheit,
Gieb ewigliche Freiheit,
Zu preisen deinen Namen
Durch Jesum Christum, Amen.
Keep us in the truth
grant everlasting freedom
,
to praise your name

through Jesus Christ, Amen
.

If you are called to preach this weekend, may the triune God give you joy and strength, wisdom, knowledge and insight to preach his holy will faithfully and his gracious promises invitingly! If you are not preaching, then listen for God is talking (Hic dixit Dominus) + His precious gospel is “the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” (Rom 1:16 NIV)

 

 

 

 

 

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18th Sunday after Trinity

Moses und die 10 Gebote

Watchword for the 18th Sunday after Trinity: And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. (1Jo 4:21 NIV)

The Introit is from Psalm 122: 

I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.

Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together:

Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the Lord.

For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.

 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.

For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.

Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good.

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.

Lesson from the Old Testament from the 2nd book of Moses (Exodus) the 20th chapter: “And God spoke all these words: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.  “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work,  but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.  “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. “You shall not murder. “You shall not commit adultery. “You shall not steal. “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” (Verses 1-17)

The epistle lesson from the letter of the apostle St. Paul to the Romans in the 14th chapter: “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,  because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval. Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. (Verses 17-19)

The holy gospel according to the evangelist St. Mark in the 12th chapter

“One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions. (Verses 28-34)

The Sermon for this Sunday is based on the letter of St. James the 2nd chapter:

My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. (Verses 1-13)

The liturgical colour is green.

Together with the Christian Church we pray a collect for the 18th Sunday after Trinity: O God, forasmuch as without Thee we are not able to please Thee, mercifully grant that Thy Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Hymn for the week: “Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart” by Martin Schalling, 1532-1608 translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878

  1. Lord, Thee I love with all my heart;

I pray Thee ne’er from me depart,

With tender mercies cheer me.

Earth has no pleasure I would share,

Yea, heaven itself were void and bare

If Thou, Lord, wert not near me.

And should my heart for sorrow break,

My trust in Thee no one could shake.

Thou art the Portion I have sought;

Thy precious blood my soul has bought.

Lord Jesus Christ, My God and Lord, my God and Lord,

Forsake me not! I trust Thy Word.

  1. Yea, Lord, ’twas Thy rich bounty gave

My body, soul, and all I have

In this poor life of labor.

Lord, grant that I in every place

May glorify Thy lavish grace

And serve and help my neighbor.

Let no false doctrine me beguile

And Satan not my soul defile.

Give strength and patience unto me

To bear my cross and follow Thee.

Lord Jesus Christ, My God and Lord, my God and Lord,

In death Thy comfort still afford.

  1. Lord, let at last Thine angels come,

To Abram’s bosom bear me home,

That I may die unfearing;

And in its narrow chamber keep

My body safe in peaceful sleep

Until Thy reappearing.

And then from death awaken me

That these mine eyes with joy may see,

O Son of God, Thy glorious face,

My Savior and my Fount of grace,

Lord Jesus Christ, My prayer attend, my prayer attend,

And I will praise Thee without end.

Hymn #429 from The Lutheran Hymnal Text: Psalm 18 Author: Martin Schalling, c. 1567 translated by: Catherine Winkworth, 1863, alt. Titled: “Herzlich lieb hab’ ich dich, o Herr” 1st Published in: Bernhard Schmid’s Orgelbuch: Strassburg, 1577

If you are called to preach this weekend, may the triune God give you joy and strength, wisdom, knowledge and insight to preach his holy will faithfully and his gracious promises invitingly! If you are not preaching, then listen for God is talking (Hic dixit Dominus) + His precious gospel is “the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” (Rom 1:16 NIV)

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Reaching out with the gospel…

Some critical reflections on preaching weekly at the local school this 1st Quarter: Bericht – Modern

1.  Preach you the Word and plant it home
        To men who like or like it not,
     The Word that shall endure and stand
        When flow’rs and men shall be forgot.
2.  We know how hard, O Lord, the task
        Your servant bade us undertake:
     To preach Your Word and never ask
        What prideful profit it may make.
3.  The sower sows his reckless love
         Scatters abroad the goodly seed,
     Intent alone that all may have
        The wholesome loaves that all men need.
4.  Though some be snatched and some be scorched
         And some be choked and matted flat,
     The sower sows; his heart cries out,
        “Oh, what of that, and what of that?”
5.  Of all his scattered plenteousness
        One-fourth waves ripe on hill and flat,
     And bears a harvest hundredfold:
        “Ah, what of that, Lord, what of that!”
6.  Preach you the Word and plant it home
        And never faint; the Harvest Lord
     Who gave the sower seed to sow
        Will watch and tend His planted Word.
Martin H. Franzmann (1907-1976)

 

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17th Sunday after Trinity

Ikone IX und Kananäische Frau

Watchword for the 16th Sunday after Trinity: This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (1Jo5:4b)

The Introit is from Psalm 25:  Good and upright is the Lord: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. For thy name’s sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.  Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net. Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted. (Verses 8.10.14-15) 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.

Lesson from the Old Testament from the prophet Isaiah the 49th chapter: “Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God. And now, saith the Lord that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength. And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.” (Verses 1-6 This is the sermon text)

The epistle lesson from the letter of the apostle St. Paul to the Romans in the 10th chapter: “The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.” (Verses 9-17)

The holy gospel according to the evangelist St. Matthew in the 15th chapter: “Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. (Verses 21-28)

The liturgical colour is green.

Together with the Christian Church we pray a collect for this Sunday: Lord, we implore You, grant Your people grace to withstand the temptations of the devil and with pure hearts and minds to follow You, the only God; 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. Seek were you may 
    To find a way,
    Restless, toward your salvation.
    My heart is stilled,
    On Christ I build,
    He is the one foundation.
    His word is sure,
    His works endure;
    He over throws
    All evil foes;
    Through him I more than conquer.
  2. Seek whom you may To be your stay,
    None can redeem his brother.
    All helper. Failed;
    This man prevailed,
    The God man and none other,
    Our Servant King
    Of whom we sing.
    We’re justified
    Because he died,
    The guilty being guiltless.
  3. Seek him alone,
    Do not postpone;
    Let him your soul deliver.
    All you who thirst,
    Go to him first
    Whose grace flows like a river.
    Seek him indeed
    In every need;
    He will impart
    To every heart
    The fullness of his treasure.
  4. My heart’s delight,
    My crown most bright,
    O Christ, my joy forever.
    Not wealth nor pride
    Nor fortune’s tide
    Our bonds of love shall sever.
    You are my Lord;
    Your precious Word
    Shall guide my way
    And help me stay
    Forever in your presence.

Georg Weissel 1590-1635 translated by Arthur P. Voss 1899-1955.

If you are called to preach this weekend, may the triune God give you joy and strength, wisdom, knowledge and insight to preach his holy will faithfully and his gracious promises invitingly! If you are not preaching, then listen for God is talking (Hic dixit Dominus) + His precious gospel is “the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” (Rom 1:16 NIV)

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16th Sunday after Trinity

 

Watchword for the 16th Sunday after Trinity: Our Savior, Christ Jesus, has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. (2Ti 1:10 NIV)

The Introit is from Psalm 68:  Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name Jah, and rejoice before him. A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land. Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto Godthe Lord belong the issues from death. (Verses 5f.20f)

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.

Lesson from the Old Testament is from Lamentations the 3rd chapter: “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD… For the Lord will not cast off for ever: But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies. (22-32 KJV.)

The epistle lesson from the second letter of the apostle St. Paul to St. Timothy in the 1st chapter: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” (7-10 KJV)

The holy gospel according to the evangelist St. John in the 11th chapter: “Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha… Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick… Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already. Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world…. Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. (1.3.17-27.41-45 KJV)

The Word of God for the Sermon is Acts 12:1-11

Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

The liturgical colour is green.

Together with the Christian Church we pray a collect for the 16th Sunday after Trinity: O Lord, we pray that Your grace may always go before and follow after us, that we may continually be given to all good works; 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: “The Will of God Is Always Best” by Albrecht von Brandenburg, 1522-1557

  1. The will of God is always best
    And shall be done forever;
    And they who trust in Him are blest,
    He will forsake them never.
    He helps indeed In time of need,
    He chastens with forbearing;
    They who depend On God, their Friend,
    Shall not be left despairing.
  2. God is my Comfort and my Trust,
    My Hope and life abiding;
    And to His counsel wise and just,
    I yield in Him confiding.
    The very hairs, His Word declares,
    Upon my head He numbers.
    By night and day God is my Stay,
    He never sleeps nor slumbers.
  3. Lord Jesus, this I ask of Thee,
    Deny me not this favor:
    When Satan sorely troubles me,
    Then do not let me waver.
    Keep watch and ward, O gracious Lord,
    Fulfil Thy faithful saying:
    Who doth believe He shall receive
    An answer to His praying.
  4. When life’s brief course on earth is run
    And I this world am leaving,
    Grant me to say: “Thy will be done.”
    By faith to Thee still cleaving.
    My heavenly Friend, I now commend
    My soul into Thy keeping,
    O’er sin and hell, And death as well,
    Through Thee the victory reaping.

 

Hymn #517  The Lutheran Hymnal Text: Matt. 6:10 Author: Albrecht von Brandenburg, c. 1554, asc. Translated by: composite Titled: “Was mein Gott will, das g’scheh’ allzeit” Harmony by: Johann S. Bach, 1750

If you are called to preach this weekend, may the triune God give you joy and strength, wisdom, knowledge and insight to preach his holy will faithfully and his gracious promises invitingly! If you are not preaching, then listen for God is talking (Hoc dixit Dominus) + His precious gospel is “the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” (Rom 1:16 NIV)

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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 first book of Kings the 17th chapter:  And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.  So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth. And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah. (1.Ki.17,3.7-16)

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.”  6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.  10 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.  11 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 Letter of St. Paul to the Galatians in the 5th and 6th chapter: If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. (Gal.5,25+26; 6,1-3.7-10)

The liturgical color 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.
    My troubles He can alter;
    His hand lets nothing falter.
  2. My sins fill me with care,
    Yet I will not 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.  O Jesus Christ, my Lord,
    So meek in deed and word,
    You suffered death to save us
    Because Your love would have us
    Be heirs of heav’nly gladness
    When ends this life of sadness.
  5. “So be it,” then, 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.

If you are called to preach this weekend, may the triune God give you joy and strength, wisdom, knowledge and insight to preach his holy will faithfully and his gracious promises invitingly! If you are not preaching, then listen for God is talking (Hoc dixit Dominus) + His precious gospel is “the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” (Rom 1:16 NIV)

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