September 17th, 2017

Trinity 14


Keep, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy Church with Thy perpetual mercy; and because the frailty of man without Thee cannot but fall, keep us ever by Thy help from all things hurtful and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Collect (LSB)

O Lord, keep Your Church with Your perpetual mercy; and because of our frailty we cannot but fall, keep us ever by Your help from all things hurtful and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Collecta Latina

Custodi quaesumus Domine Ecclesiam tuam propitiatione perpetua, et quia sine te labitur humana mortalitas, tuis semper auxiliis et abstrahatur a noxiis, et ad salutaria dirigatur. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus sancti Deus. Per omnia secula seculorum, Amen.

Explanation of the Week

The ten lepers cried out from a distance, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" (Luke 17:11-19). Their condition cut them off from God and others. So also do the works of the flesh cut us off from God and others. "Those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God" (Gal 5:16-24). Thus we cry out with the lepers, "Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy," eagerly seeking His good gifts. Jesus said to the lepers, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed. So too, we walk by faith and not by sight, being confident of Jesus' help before we see any evidence of it, trusting that Jesus' cleansing words of forgiveness will restore us to wholeness in the resurrection. Let us be as the one leper who returned to the true High Priest to give Him thanks and glory. For Jesus bore our infirmities in His sacrifice at Calvary. His words are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh (Prov 4:10-23).


O God, be- | hold our shield,*
     and look upon the face of Your a- | nointed.
For a day | in Your courts*
     is better than a | thousand. (Psalm 84:9-10)

How lovely is Your tabernacle, O | LORD of hosts!*
     My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts | of the LORD;
Blessed are those who dwell | in Your house;*
     They will still be | praising You
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house | of my God*
     than dwell in the tents of | wickedness.
The LORD will give grace and | glory;*
     no good thing will | He withhold. (Psalm 84: 1-2, 4, 10, 11)


The Angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good. (Psalm 34)


It is good to give thanks / to the LORD,*
     and to sing praises to Your name, / O Most High;
to declare Your lovingkindness in the / morning,*
     and Your faithfulness / every night. (Psalm 92:1–2)


Alle- / luia.*
     Alle- / luia.
Praise is awaiting You, O God, in / Zion;*
     and to You the vow shall be performed. Alle- / luia. (Psalm 65:1)

Old Testament: Jer. 17:13-14

13 O LORD, the hope of Israel,
      All who forsake You shall be ashamed.
      “ Those who depart from Me
      Shall be written in the earth,
      Because they have forsaken the LORD,
      The fountain of living waters.”

Jeremiah Prays for Deliverance
    14 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed;
      Save me, and I shall be saved,
      For You are my praise.

Old Testament (LSB): Prov. 4:10-23

10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings,
      And the years of your life will be many.
       11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom;
      I have led you in right paths.
       12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered,
      And when you run, you will not stumble.
       13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go;
      Keep her, for she is your life.
       14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,
      And do not walk in the way of evil.
       15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
      Turn away from it and pass on.
       16 For they do not sleep unless they have done evil;
      And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall.
       17 For they eat the bread of wickedness,
      And drink the wine of violence.
       18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun,[a]
      That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
       19 The way of the wicked is like darkness;
      They do not know what makes them stumble.
       20 My son, give attention to my words;
      Incline your ear to my sayings.
       21 Do not let them depart from your eyes;
      Keep them in the midst of your heart;
       22 For they are life to those who find them,
      And health to all their flesh.
       23 Keep your heart with all diligence,
      For out of it spring the issues of life.

Footnotes:Proverbs 4:18 Literally light

Epistle: Gal. 5:16-22

Walking in the Spirit

    16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,[a] fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders,[b] drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Footnotes:Galatians 5:19 NU-Text omits adultery. Galatians 5:21 NU-Text omits murders.

Gospel: Luke 17:11-19

Ten Lepers Cleansed

    11 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 13 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. 17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 119:105-112


 105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
         And a light to my path.
 106 I have sworn and confirmed
         That I will keep Your righteous judgments.
 107 I am afflicted very much;
         Revive me, O LORD, according to Your word.
 108 Accept, I pray, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD,
         And teach me Your judgments.
 109 My life is continually in my hand,
         Yet I do not forget Your law.
 110 The wicked have laid a snare for me,
         Yet I have not strayed from Your precepts.
 111 Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever,
         For they are the rejoicing of my heart.
 112 I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes
         Forever, to the very end.

Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 66

To the Chief Musician. A Song. A Psalm.

 1 Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!
 2 Sing out the honor of His name;
         Make His praise glorious.
 3 Say to God,
         “How awesome are Your works!
         Through the greatness of Your power
         Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.
 4 All the earth shall worship You
         And sing praises to You;
         They shall sing praises to Your name.”  Selah  
 5 Come and see the works of God;
         He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men.
 6 He turned the sea into dry land;
         They went through the river on foot.
         There we will rejoice in Him.
 7 He rules by His power forever;
         His eyes observe the nations;
         Do not let the rebellious exalt themselves.  Selah  
 8 Oh, bless our God, you peoples!
         And make the voice of His praise to be heard,
 9 Who keeps our soul among the living,
         And does not allow our feet to be moved.
 10 For You, O God, have tested us;
         You have refined us as silver is refined.
 11 You brought us into the net;
         You laid affliction on our backs.
 12 You have caused men to ride over our heads;
         We went through fire and through water;
         But You brought us out to rich fulfillment.
 13 I will go into Your house with burnt offerings;
         I will pay You my vows,
 14 Which my lips have uttered
         And my mouth has spoken when I was in trouble.
 15 I will offer You burnt sacrifices of fat animals,
         With the sweet aroma of rams;
         I will offer bulls with goats.  Selah  
 16 Come and hear, all you who fear God,
         And I will declare what He has done for my soul.
 17 I cried to Him with my mouth,
         And He was extolled with my tongue.
 18 If I regard iniquity in my heart,
         The Lord will not hear.
 19 But certainly God has heard me;
         He has attended to the voice of my prayer.
 20 Blessed be God,
         Who has not turned away my prayer,
         Nor His mercy from me!

First Reading: 2 Chron. 36:1-23

The Reign and Captivity of Jehoahaz

 1 Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and made him king in his father’s place in Jerusalem. 2 Jehoahaz[a]was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. 3 Now the king of Egypt deposed him at Jerusalem; and he imposed on the land a tribute of one hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold. 4 Then the king of Egypt made Jehoahaz’s[b] brother Eliakim king over Judah and Jerusalem, and changed his name to Jehoiakim. And Necho took Jehoahaz[c] his brother and carried him off to Egypt.

The Reign and Captivity of Jehoiakim

    5 Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And he did evil in the sight of the LORD his God. 6 Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against him, and bound him in bronze fetters to carry him off to Babylon. 7 Nebuchadnezzar also carried off some of the articles from the house of the LORD to Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon. 8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, the abominations which he did, and what was found against him, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. Then Jehoiachin his son reigned in his place.

The Reign and Captivity of Jehoiachin

    9 Jehoiachin was eight[d] years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months and ten days. And he did evil in the sight of the LORD. 10 At the turn of the year King Nebuchadnezzar summoned him and took him to Babylon, with the costly articles from the house of the LORD, and made Zedekiah, Jehoiakim’s[e] brother, king over Judah and Jerusalem.

Zedekiah Reigns in Judah

    11 Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. 12 He did evil in the sight of the LORD his God, and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke from the mouth of the LORD. 13 And he also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear an oath by God; but he stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the LORD God of Israel. 14 Moreover all the leaders of the priests and the people transgressed more and more, according to all the abominations of the nations, and defiled the house of the LORD which He had consecrated in Jerusalem.

The Fall of Jerusalem

    15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. 16 But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy. 17 Therefore He brought against them the king of the Chaldeans, who killed their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or virgin, on the aged or the weak; He gave them all into his hand. 18 And all the articles from the house of God, great and small, the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king and of his leaders, all these he took to Babylon. 19 Then they burned the house of God, broke down the wall of Jerusalem, burned all its palaces with fire, and destroyed all its precious possessions. 20 And those who escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon, where they became servants to him and his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia, 21 to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths. As long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years.

The Proclamation of Cyrus

    22 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying,

 23 Thus says Cyrus king of Persia:

   All the kingdoms of the earth the LORD God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah. Who is among you of all His people? May the LORD his God be with him, and let him go up!

Footnotes:2 Chronicles 36:2 Masoretic Text reads Joahaz. 2 Chronicles 36:4 Literally his 2 Chronicles 36:4 Masoretic Text reads Joahaz. 2 Chronicles 36:9 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac, and 2 Kings 24:8 read eighteen. 2 Chronicles 36:10 Literally his (compare 2 Kings 24:17)

Second Reading: Col. 4:1-18

 1 Masters, give your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

Christian Graces
    2 Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; 3 meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, 4 that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. 5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
Final Greetings
    7 Tychicus, a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me. 8 I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that he[a] may know your circumstances and comfort your hearts, 9 with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will make known to you all things which are happening here. 10 Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, with Mark the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him), 11 and Jesus who is called Justus. These are my only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are of the circumcision; they have proved to be a comfort to me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete[b] in all the will of God. 13 For I bear him witness that he has a great zeal[c] for you, and those who are in Laodicea, and those in Hierapolis. 14 Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you. 15 Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas and the church that is in his[d] house.
Closing Exhortations and Blessing
    16 Now when this epistle is read among you, see that it is read also in the church of the Laodiceans, and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. 17 And say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.” 18 This salutation by my own hand—Paul. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. Amen.

Footnotes:Colossians 4:8 NU-Text reads you may know our circumstances and he may. Colossians 4:12 NU-Text reads fully assured. Colossians 4:13 NU-Text reads concern. Colossians 4:15 NU-Text reads Nympha . . . her house.


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