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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

(Proper 21)

Hymn of the Day

Triune God, Be Thou Our Stay (LSB 505)


Numbers 11:4‚Äď6, 10‚Äď16, 24‚Äď29

   Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, "Oh that we had meat to eat! [5] We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. [6] But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at."

   [10]Moses heard the people weeping throughout their clans, everyone at the door of his tent. And the anger of the Lord blazed hotly, and Moses was displeased. [11] Moses said to the Lord, "Why have you dealt ill with your servant? And why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people on me? [12] Did I conceive all this people? Did I give them birth, that you should say to me, 'Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a nursing child,' to the land that you swore to give their fathers? [13] Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they weep before me and say, 'Give us meat, that we may eat.' [14] I am not able to carry all this people alone; the burden is too heavy for me. [15] If you will treat me like this, kill me at once, if I find favor in your sight, that I may not see my wretchedness." 
   [16] Then the Lord said to Moses, "Gather for me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you.

   [24]So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord. And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. [25] Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it. 
   [26] Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. [27] And a young man ran and told Moses, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp." [28] And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, "My lord Moses, stop them." [29] But Moses said to him, "Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord's people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!"

Psalm 104:27-35 (antiphon: v. 24)

   These all look to you,
       to give them their food in due season. 
   [28] When you give it to them, they gather it up;
       when you open your hand, they are filled with good things. 
   [29] When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
       when you take away their breath, they die
       and return to their dust. 
   [30] When you send forth your Spirit, they are created,
       and you renew the face of the ground. 
   [31] May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
       may the Lord rejoice in his works, 
   [32] who looks on the earth and it trembles,
       who touches the mountains and they smoke! 
   [33] I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
       I will sing praise to my God while I have being. 
   [34] May my meditation be pleasing to him,
       for I rejoice in the Lord. 
   [35] Let sinners be consumed from the earth,
       and let the wicked be no more!
   Bless the Lord, O my soul!
   Praise the Lord!

James 5:1-20 

   Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. [2] Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. [3] Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. [4] Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. [5] You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. [6] You have condemned; you have murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you. 
   [7] Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. [8] You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. [9] Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. [10] As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. [11] Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. 
   [12] But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your "yes" be yes and your "no" be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation. 
   [13] Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. [14] 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. [15] 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. [16] 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. [17] Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. [18] Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit. 
   [19] My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, [20] let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

Mark 9:38-50 

   John said to him, "Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us." [39] But Jesus said, "Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. [40] For the one who is not against us is for us. [41] For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward. [42] "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. [43] And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. [44]  
   [45] And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. [46]  
   [47] And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, [48] 'where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.' [49] For everyone will be salted with fire. [50] Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another." 

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

(Proper 20)

Hymn of the Day

Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us (LSB 851)


Jeremiah 11:18-20 

   The Lord made it known to me and I knew;
       then you showed me their deeds. 
   [19] But I was like a gentle lamb
       led to the slaughter.
   I did not know it was against me
       they devised schemes, saying,
   "Let us destroy the tree with its fruit,
       let us cut him off from the land of the living,
       that his name be remembered no more." 
   [20] But, O Lord of hosts, who judges righteously,
       who tests the heart and the mind,
   let me see your vengeance upon them,
       for to you have I committed my cause.

Psalm 54:1-7 (antiphon: v. 4)

   O God, save me, by your name,
       and vindicate me by your might. 
   [2] O God, hear my prayer;
       give ear to the words of my mouth. 
   [3] For strangers have risen against me;
       ruthless men seek my life;
       they do not set God before themselves.  Selah 
   [4] Behold, God is my helper;
       the Lord is the upholder of my life. 
   [5] He will return the evil to my enemies;
       in your faithfulness put an end to them. 
   [6] With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
       I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good. 
   [7] For he has delivered me from every trouble,
       and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.

James 3:13-4:10 

   Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. [14] But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. [15] This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. [16] For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. [17] But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. [18] And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. 
   [4:1] What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? [2] You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. [3] You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. [4] You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. [5] Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, "He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us"? [6] But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." [7] Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. [8] Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. [9] Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. [10] Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

Mark 9:30-37 

   They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know, [31] for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise." [32] But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him. 
   [33] And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, "What were you discussing on the way?" [34] But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. [35] And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, "If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all." [36] And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, [37] "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me."

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

(Proper 19)

Hymn of the Day

Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness (LSB 849)


Isaiah 50:4-10 

   The Lord God has given me
       the tongue of those who are taught,
   that I may know how to sustain with a word
       him who is weary.
   Morning by morning he awakens;
       he awakens my ear
       to hear as those who are taught. 
   [5] The Lord God has opened my ear,
       and I was not rebellious;
       I turned not backward. 
   [6] I gave my back to those who strike,
       and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard;
   I hid not my face
       from disgrace and spitting. 
   [7] But the Lord God helps me;
       therefore I have not been disgraced;
   therefore I have set my face like a flint,
       and I know that I shall not be put to shame. 
       [8] He who vindicates me is near.
   Who will contend with me?
       Let us stand up together.
   Who is my adversary?
       Let him come near to me. 
   [9] Behold, the Lord God helps me;
       who will declare me guilty?
   Behold, all of them will wear out like a garment;
       the moth will eat them up. 
   [10] Who among you fears the Lord
       and obeys the voice of his servant?
   Let him who walks in darkness
       and has no light
   trust in the name of the Lord
       and rely on his God.

Psalm 116:1-9 (antiphon: v. 5)

   I love the Lord, because he has heard
       my voice and my pleas for mercy. 
   [2] Because he inclined his ear to me,
       therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 
   [3] The snares of death encompassed me;
       the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
       I suffered distress and anguish. 
   [4] Then I called on the name of the Lord:
       "O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!" 
   [5] Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
       our God is merciful. 
   [6] The Lord preserves the simple;
       when I was brought low, he saved me. 
   [7] Return, O my soul, to your rest;
       for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. 
   [8] For you have delivered my soul from death,
       my eyes from tears,
       my feet from stumbling; 
   [9] I will walk before the Lord
       in the land of the living.

James 3:1-12

    Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. [2] For we all stumble in many ways, and if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. [3] If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. [4] Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. [5] So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.
   How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! [6] And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. [7] For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, [8] but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. [9] With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. [10] From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. [11] Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? [12] Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

Mark 9:14-29 

   And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. [15] And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. [16] And he asked them, "What are you arguing about with them?" [17] And someone from the crowd answered him, "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. [18] And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." [19] And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." [20] And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. [21] And Jesus asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him?" And he said, "From childhood. [22] And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us." [23] And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible for one who believes." [24] Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" [25] And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again." [26] And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, "He is dead." [27] But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. [28] And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" [29] And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer."

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

(Proper 18)

Hymn of the Day

Praise the Almighty (LSB 797)


Isaiah 35:4-7a

   Say to those who have an anxious heart,
       "Be strong; fear not!
   Behold, your God
       will come with vengeance,
   with the recompense of God.
       He will come and save you." 
   [5] Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
       and the ears of the deaf unstopped; 
   [6] then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
       and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
   For waters break forth in the wilderness,
       and streams in the desert; 
   [7] the burning sand shall become a pool,
       and the thirsty ground springs of water;

Psalm 146:1-10 (antiphon: v. 2)

   Praise the Lord!Praise the Lord, O my soul! 
   [2] I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
       I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. 
   [3] Put not your trust in princes,
       in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. 
   [4] When his breath departs he returns to the earth;
       on that very day his plans perish. 
   [5] Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
       whose hope is in the Lord his God, 
   [6] who made heaven and earth,
       the sea, and all that is in them,
   who keeps faith forever; 
       [7] who executes justice for the oppressed,
       who gives food to the hungry.
   The Lord sets the prisoners free; 
       [8] the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
   The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
       the Lord loves the righteous. 
   [9] The Lord watches over the sojourners;
       he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
       but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. 
   [10] The Lord will reign forever,
       your God, O Zion, to all generations.
   Praise the Lord!

James 2:1-10, 14-18

   My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. [2] For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, [3] and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, "You sit here in a good place," while you say to the poor man, "You stand over there," or, "Sit down at my feet," [4] have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? [5] Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? [6] But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? [7] Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called? 
   [8] If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing well. [9] But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. [10] For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.
   [14] What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? [15] If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, [16] and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? [17] So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 
   [18] But someone will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

Mark 7:24-37 

   And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. [25] But immediately a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. [26] Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. [27] And he said to her, "Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." [28] But she answered him, "Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs." [29] And he said to her, "For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter." [30] And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone. 
   [31] Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. [32] And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. [33] And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. [34] And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened." [35] And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. [36] And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. [37] And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak."

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

(Proper 17)

Hymn of the Day

By Grace I'm Saved (LSB 566)


Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9

   "And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the rules that I am teaching you, and do them, that you may live, and go in and take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your fathers, is giving you. [2] You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you.
   [6]Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.' [7] For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is to us, whenever we call upon him? [8] And what great nation is there, that has statutes and rules so righteous as all this law that I set before you today? 
   [9] "Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children's children.

Psalm 119:129-136 (antiphon: v. 132)

   Your testimonies are wonderful;
       therefore my soul keeps them. 
   [130] The unfolding of your words gives light;
       it imparts understanding to the simple. 
   [131] I open my mouth and pant,
       because I long for your commandments. 
   [132] Turn to me and be gracious to me,
       as is your way with those who love your name. 
   [133] Keep steady my steps according to your promise,
       and let no iniquity get dominion over me. 
   [134] Redeem me from man's oppression,
       that I may keep your precepts. 
   [135] Make your face shine upon your servant,
       and teach me your statutes. 
   [136] My eyes shed streams of tears,
       because people do not keep your law.   

Ephesians 6:10-20 

   Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. [11] Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. [12] For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. [13] Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. [14] Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, [15] and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. [16] In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; [17] and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, [18] praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, [19] and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, [20] for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.   

Mark 7:14-23 

   And he called the people to him again and said to them, "Hear me, all of you, and understand: [15] There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him." [16]  
   [17] And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. [18] And he said to them, "Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, [19] since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?" (Thus he declared all foods clean.) [20] And he said, "What comes out of a person is what defiles him. [21] For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, [22] coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. [23] All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person."

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

(Proper 16)

Hymn of the Day

Abide, O Dearest Jesus (LSB 919)


Isaiah 29:11-19 

   And the vision of all this has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed. When men give it to one who can read, saying, "Read this," he says, "I cannot, for it is sealed." [12] And when they give the book to one who cannot read, saying, "Read this," he says, "I cannot read."

   [13] And the Lord said:
   "Because this people draw near with their mouth
       and honor me with their lips,
       while their hearts are far from me,
   and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men, 
   [14] therefore, behold, I will again
       do wonderful things with this people,
       with wonder upon wonder;
   and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,
       and the discernment of their discerning men shall be hidden." 
   [15] Ah, you who hide deep from the Lord your counsel,
       whose deeds are in the dark,
       and who say, "Who sees us? Who knows us?" 
   [16] You turn things upside down!
   Shall the potter be regarded as the clay,
   that the thing made should say of its maker,
       "He did not make me";
   or the thing formed say of him who formed it,
       "He has no understanding"? 
   [17] Is it not yet a very little while
       until Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field,
       and the fruitful field shall be regarded as a forest? 
   [18] In that day the deaf shall hear
       the words of a book,
   and out of their gloom and darkness
       the eyes of the blind shall see. 
   [19] The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the Lord,
       and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel.

Psalm 14:1-7 (antiphon: v. 7a)

   The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."
       They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
       there is none who does good. 
   [2] The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,
       to see if there are any who understand,
       who seek after God. 
   [3] They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
       there is none who does good,
       not even one. 
   [4] Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
       who eat up my people as they eat bread
       and do not call upon the Lord? 
   [5] There they are in great terror,
       for God is with the generation of the righteous. 
   [6] You would shame the plans of the poor,
       but the Lord is his refuge. 
   [7] Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
       When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
       let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad. 

Ephesians 5:22-33 

   Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. [23] For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. [24] Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. 
   [25] Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, [26] that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, [27] so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. [28] In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. [29] For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, [30] because we are members of his body. [31] "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." [32] This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. [33] However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.   

Mark 7:1-13

   Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, [2] they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. [3] (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands, holding to the tradition of the elders, [4] and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.) [5] And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, "Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?" [6] And he said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,

   " 'This people honors me with their lips,
       but their heart is far from me; 
   [7] in vain do they worship me,
       teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'

[8] You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men." 
¬† ¬†[9] And he said to them, "You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! [10] For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother'; and, 'Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.' [11] But you say, 'If a man tells his father or his mother, Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban' (that is, given to God)‚ÄĒ [12] then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, [13] thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do."

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

(Proper 15)

Hymn of the Day

Oh, Blest the House (LSB 862)


Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18

    Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel. And they presented themselves before God. [2] And Joshua said to all the people, "Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, 'Long ago, your fathers lived beyond the Euphrates, Terah, the father of Abraham and of Nahor; and they served other gods.
   "Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. [15] And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." 
   [16] Then the people answered, "Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods, [17] for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our fathers up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight and preserved us in all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed. [18] And the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God."

Psalm 34:12-22 (antiphon: v. 11)

   What man is there who desires life
       and loves many days, that he may see good? 
   [13] Keep your tongue from evil
       and your lips from speaking deceit. 
   [14] Turn away from evil and do good;
       seek peace and pursue it. 
   [15] The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
       and his ears toward their cry. 
   [16] The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
       to cut off the memory of them from the earth. 
   [17] When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
       and delivers them out of all their troubles. 
   [18] The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
       and saves the crushed in spirit. 
   [19] Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
       but the Lord delivers him out of them all. 
   [20] He keeps all his bones;
   not one of them is broken. 
   [21] Affliction will slay the wicked,
       and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. 
   [22] The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
       none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

Ephesians 5:6-21

   Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. [7] Therefore do not associate with them; [8] for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light [9] (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), [10] and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. [11] Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. [12] For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. [13] But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, [14] for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

   "Awake, O sleeper,
       and arise from the dead,
   and Christ will shine on you."

   [15] Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, [16] making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. [17] Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. [18] And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, [19] addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, [20] giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, [21] submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

John 6:51-69 

   I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh." 
   [52] The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" [53] So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. [54] Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. [55] For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. [56] Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. [57] As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. [58] This is the bread that came down from heaven, not as the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever." [59] Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum. 
   [60] When many of his disciples heard it, they said, "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?" [61] But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, "Do you take offense at this? [62] Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? [63] It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is of no avail. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. [64] But there are some of you who do not believe." (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) [65] And he said, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father." 
   [66] After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. [67] So Jesus said to the Twelve, "Do you want to go away as well?" [68] Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, [69] and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God."