June 5th, 2017
O God, who gave Your Holy Spirit to the apostles, grant us that same Spirit that we may live in faith and abide in peace; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Old Testament (LSB): Isaiah 57:15-21
15 For this is what the high and lofty One says—
he who lives forever, whose name is holy:
"I live in a high and holy place,
but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly
and to revive the heart of the contrite.
16 I will not accuse forever,
nor will I always be angry,
for then the spirit of man would grow faint before me—
the breath of man that I have created.
17 I was enraged by his sinful greed;
I punished him, and hid my face in anger,
yet he kept on in his willful ways.
18 I have seen his ways, but I will heal him;
I will guide him and restore comfort to him,
19 creating praise on the lips of the mourners in Israel.
Peace, peace, to those far and near,"
says the LORD. "And I will heal them."
20 But the wicked are like the tossing sea,
which cannot rest,
whose waves cast up mire and mud.
21 "There is no peace," says my God, "for the wicked."
Old Testament: Isaiah 32:14-20
14 The fortress will be abandoned,
the noisy city deserted;
citadel and watchtower will become a wasteland forever,
the delight of donkeys, a pasture for flocks,
15 till the Spirit is poured upon us from on high,
and the desert becomes a fertile field,
and the fertile field seems like a forest.
16 Justice will dwell in the desert
and righteousness live in the fertile field.
17 The fruit of righteousness will be peace;
the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.
18 My people will live in peaceful dwelling places,
in secure homes,
in undisturbed places of rest.
19 Though hail flattens the forest
and the city is leveled completely,
20 how blessed you will be,
sowing your seed by every stream,
and letting your cattle and donkeys range free.
Epistle: Acts 10:42-48
42He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."
44While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. 46For they heard them speaking in tongues[a]
and praising God.
Then Peter said, 47"Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have." 48So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.Footnotes:
Acts 10:46 Or other languages
Gospel: John 3:16-21
16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a]
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.[b]
19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God."[c]Footnotes:
John 3:16 Or his only begotten Son
John 3:18 Or God's only begotten Son
John 3:21 Some interpreters end the quotation after verse 15.
Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 90
BOOK IV : Psalms 90-106
A prayer of Moses the man of God.
1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3 You turn men back to dust,
saying, "Return to dust, O sons of men."
4 For a thousand years in your sight
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.
5 You sweep men away in the sleep of death;
they are like the new grass of the morning-
6 though in the morning it springs up new,
by evening it is dry and withered.
7 We are consumed by your anger
and terrified by your indignation.
8 You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
9 All our days pass away under your wrath;
we finish our years with a moan.
10 The length of our days is seventy years—
or eighty, if we have the strength;
yet their span [a]
is but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
11 Who knows the power of your anger?
For your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you.
12 Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
13 Relent, O LORD! How long will it be?
Have compassion on your servants.
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16 May your deeds be shown to your servants,
your splendor to their children.
17 May the favor [b]
of the Lord our God rest upon us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.Footnotes:
Psalm 90:10 Or yet the best of them
Psalm 90:17 Or beauty
First Reading: Num. 22:1-20
Balak Summons Balaam 1
Then the Israelites traveled to the plains of Moab and camped along the Jordan across from Jericho. [a] 2
Now Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites, 3
and Moab was terrified because there were so many people. Indeed, Moab was filled with dread because of the Israelites. 4
The Moabites said to the elders of Midian, "This horde is going to lick up everything around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field."
So Balak son of Zippor, who was king of Moab at that time, 5
sent messengers to summon Balaam son of Beor, who was at Pethor, near the River, [b]
in his native land. Balak said:
"A people has come out of Egypt; they cover the face of the land and have settled next to me. 6
Now come and put a curse on these people, because they are too powerful for me. Perhaps then I will be able to defeat them and drive them out of the country. For I know that those you bless are blessed, and those you curse are cursed." 7
The elders of Moab and Midian left, taking with them the fee for divination. When they came to Balaam, they told him what Balak had said. 8
"Spend the night here," Balaam said to them, "and I will bring you back the answer the LORD gives me." So the Moabite princes stayed with him. 9
God came to Balaam and asked, "Who are these men with you?" 10
Balaam said to God, "Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, sent me this message: 11
'A people that has come out of Egypt covers the face of the land. Now come and put a curse on them for me. Perhaps then I will be able to fight them and drive them away.' " 12
But God said to Balaam, "Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed." 13
The next morning Balaam got up and said to Balak's princes, "Go back to your own country, for the LORD has refused to let me go with you." 14
So the Moabite princes returned to Balak and said, "Balaam refused to come with us." 15
Then Balak sent other princes, more numerous and more distinguished than the first. 16
They came to Balaam and said:
"This is what Balak son of Zippor says: Do not let anything keep you from coming to me, 17
because I will reward you handsomely and do whatever you say. Come and put a curse on these people for me." 18
But Balaam answered them, "Even if Balak gave me his palace filled with silver and gold, I could not do anything great or small to go beyond the command of the LORD my God. 19
Now stay here tonight as the others did, and I will find out what else the LORD will tell me." 20
That night God came to Balaam and said, "Since these men have come to summon you, go with them, but do only what I tell you."Footnotes:
Numbers 22:1 Hebrew Jordan of Jericho
; possibly an ancient name for the Jordan River
Numbers 22:5 That is, the Euphrates
Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 19
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
3 There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard. [a]
4 Their voice [b]
goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,
5 which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is hidden from its heat.
7 The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the LORD are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the LORD is pure,
The ordinances of the LORD are sure
and altogether righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the comb.
11 By them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can discern his errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then will I be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.Footnotes:
Psalm 19:3 Or They have no speech, there are no words; / no sound is heard from them
Psalm 19:4 Septuagint, Jerome and Syriac; Hebrew line
Second Reading: Lk. 22:1-23
Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus 1
Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, 2
and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. 3
Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. 4
And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. 5
They were delighted and agreed to give him money. 6
He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.
The Last Supper 7
Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8
Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover." 9
"Where do you want us to prepare for it?" they asked. 10
He replied, "As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, 11
and say to the owner of the house, 'The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' 12
He will show you a large upper room, all furnished. Make preparations there." 13
They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. 14
When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15
And he said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16
For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God." 17
After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, "Take this and divide it among you. 18
For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes." 19
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." 20
In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. 21
But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. 22
The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed, but woe to that man who betrays him." 23
They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.