The Introit p. 16
The Kyrie p. 17
The Gloria in Excelsis
The Salutation and Collect p. 19
Praise be to Thee, O Christ!
The Nicene Creed p. 22
The Sanctus p. 26
The Lord's Prayer p. 27
The Words of Institution
The Agnus Dei p. 28
The Nunc Dimittis p. 29
The Benediction p. 31
Closing Hymn #283 God's Word Is Our Great Heritage
|Norma A. Boeckler|
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Twelfth Sunday After Trinity
Luther on the Epistle text - Here
KJV Ephesians 3:7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working (efficacy, OT, Isaiah 55:8ff) of his power.8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ (Genesis 1, John 1):10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him (through the Faith of Jesus).13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit (the Holy Spirit in the Word, John 16:13) in the inner man;17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us (the Spirit working in the Word in us),21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
33 And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue; 34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. 35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.
These two verses are puzzling at first, and mocked, but let's look at each phrase.
Jesus took the man aside from the crowd, because the man could not hear or speak. Jesus used touching to help the man understand and be healed, ears and tongue. What was the man with neither ability? - confused, frightened, and unable to understand. Jesus commanded "Be opened!" for bystanders. The man heard! and he spoke plainly!
36 And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;
Two forces are at work because of this miracle. One is the warning not to spread this around. That is because of people wanting to make Jesus the Messiah, in the mold of King David the warrior. That was achieved only 40 years after Jesus' death and resurrection, when the Zealots provoked the Roman Empire to come down with a massive army and destroy Jerusalem. On the other hand, Jesus' miracles were intended to establish faith in Him, at the very least believing in His divinity. The cheering and jeering went together.
37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.
The Gospel of Mark concentrates on the miracle work of the Son of God. Matthew connects the Old Testament with the Messianic predictions, revealing especially to Jewish people that Jesus is the fulfillment of the entire Old Testament. Mark provides a concentration of miracles to show the Gentiles or pagans how powerful He is.