The Old Testament Lesson
The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Deuteronomy 6:10-15
When the LORD your God has brought you into the land that he swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you-- a land with fine, large cities that you did not build, houses filled with all sorts of goods that you did not fill, hewn cisterns that you did not hew, vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant-- and when you have eaten your fill, take care that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. The LORD your God you shall fear; him you shall serve, and by his name alone you shall swear. Do not follow other gods, any of the gods of the peoples who are all around you, because the LORD your God, who is present with you, is a jealous God. The anger of the LORD your God would be kindled against you and he would destroy you from the face of the earth.
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
The Epistle Lesson
The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Hebrews 1:1-14
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God's glory and the exact imprint of God's very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. For to which of the angels did God ever say, "You are my Son; today I have begotten you"? Or again, "I will be his Father, and he will be my Son"? And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, "Let all God's angels worship him." Of the angels he says, "He makes his angels winds, and his servants flames of fire." But of the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions." And, "In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like clothing; like a cloak you will roll them up, and like clothing they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will never end." But to which of the angels has he ever said, "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet"? Are not all angels spirits in the divine service, sent to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
The Holy Gospel Lesson
The Holy Gospel is written in John 1:1-18
Glory be to Thee, O Lord
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.'") From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father's heart, who has made him known.
Here ends the Gospel lesson for today.
Glory be to Thee ,O Christ!
Psalm 25 Ad te, Domine, levavi
1 To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul; my God, I put my trust in you; let me not be humiliated, nor let my enemies triumph over me.
2 Let none who look to you be put to shame; let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.
3 Show me your ways, O LORD, and teach me your paths.
4 Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; in you have I trusted all the day long.
5 Remember, O LORD, your compassion and love, for they are from everlasting.
6 Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; remember me according to your love and for the sake of your goodness, O LORD.
7 Gracious and upright is the LORD; therefore he teaches sinners in his way.
8 He guides the humble in doing right and teaches his way to the lowly.
9 All the paths of the LORD are love and faithfulness to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
10 For your Name's sake, O LORD, forgive my sin, for it is great.
11 Who are they who fear the LORD? he will teach them the way that they should choose.
12 They shall dwell in prosperity, and their offspring shall inherit the land.
13 The LORD is a friend to those who fear him and will show them his covenant.
14 My eyes are ever looking to the LORD, for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
15 Turn to me and have pity on me, for I am left alone and in misery.
16 The sorrows of my heart have increased; bring me out of my troubles.
17 Look upon my adversity and misery and forgive me all my sin.
18 Look upon my enemies, for they are many, and they bear a violent hatred against me.
19 Protect my life and deliver me; let me not be put to shame, for I have trusted in you.
20 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for my hope has been in you.
21 Deliver Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.
Psalm 9 Confitebor tibi
1 I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all your marvelous works.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing to your Name, O Most High.
3 When my enemies are driven back, they will stumble and perish at your presence.
4 For you have maintained my right and my cause; you sit upon your throne judging right.
5 You have rebuked the ungodly and destroyed the wicked; you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
6 As for the enemy, they are finished, in perpetual ruin, their cities plowed under, the memory of them perished;
7 But the LORD is enthroned for ever; he has set up this throne for judgment.
8 It is he who rules the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with equity.
9 The LORD will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in time of trouble.
10 Those who know your Name will put their trust in you, for you never forsake those who seek you, O LORD.
11 Sing praise to the LORD who dwells in Zion; proclaim to the peoples the things he has done.
12 The Avenger of blood will remember them; he will not forget the cry of the afflicted.
13 Have pity on me, O LORD; see the misery I suffer from those who hate me, O you who lift me up from the gate of death;
14 So that I may tell of all your praises and rejoice in your salvation in the gates of the city of Zion.
15 The ungodly have fallen into the pit they dug, and in the snare they set is their own foot caught.
16 The LORD is known by his acts of justice; the wicked are trapped in the works of their own hands.
17 The wicked shall be given over to the grave, and also all the people that forget God.
18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever.
19 Rise up, O LORD, let not the ungodly have the upper hand; let them be judged before you.
20 Put fear upon them, O LORD; let the ungodly know they are but mortal.
Psalm 15 Domine, quis habitabit?
1 LORD, who may dwell in your tabernacle? who may abide upon your holy hill?
2 Whoever leads a blameless life and does what is right, who speaks the truth from his heart.
3 There is no guile upon his tongue; he does no evil to his friend; he does not heap contempt upon his neighbor.
4 In his sight the wicked is rejected, but he honors those who fear the LORD.
5 He has sworn to do no wrong and does not take back his word.
6 He does not give his money in hope of gain, nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
7 Whoever does these things shall never be overthrown.
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