Within the liturgy for each Lord’s day, we receive the Word of God through uniquely appointed readings, psalms, hymns, and prayers. This week we will pray the Divine Service Setting One (audio of this liturgy). The following guide will help you to prepare to hear and sing the Propers, i.e. the varied texts and hymns for this week.
The Spirit of Truth Bears Witness to JesusThe Spirit of Truth bears witness to Jesus, who is the truth. But the world does not receive the truth. It loves its own and hates those who are of the truth. Just as Jesus was scorned, so is His Church. “The hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God” (John 16:2). Yet it is by Jesus’ suffering and death that we are saved. Therefore we rejoice to share in His sufferings, that we may also share in His resurrection glory (1 Pet. 4:7-14). Through the ministry of the Spirit of Truth, we are cleansed from the deceit of our idols and given a new heart and a new spirit, the heart and Spirit of Christ (Ezek. 36:22-28). He now works in us fervent, self-giving love for one another, love which covers a multitude of sins, “that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Pet. 4:11).
Collect of the Day:
O King of glory, Lord of hosts, uplifted in triumph far above all heavens, leave us not without consolation but send us the Spirit of truth whom You promised from the Father; for You live and reign with Him and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Old Testament: Ezk. 36:22-28
Epistle: 1 Pet. 4:7-11
Holy Gospel: John 15:26-16:4
498 Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest Komm, Gott Schopfer
539 Christ is the world’s Redeemer Moville Video
564 Christ Sits At God’s Right Hand Yigdal (Leoni) Video
544 O love, how deep, how broad, how high Deo gracias (Agincourt Hymn) Video
395 O Morning Star, how fair and bright Wie
594 God’s own child, I gladly say it Bachofen Video Hymn Study
529 Since our great High Priest, Christ Jesus All Saints (Zeuch mich) Video