071 St Matthias
Sentence: Jesus said, "You did not choose me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should abide." John 15:16
Collect: Almighty God, who chose your faithful servant Matthias to be numbered among the twelve apostles in the place of Judas: preserve your Church always from false apostles, so that it may be guided by true and faithful pastors; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
All the apostles were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers. In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, "Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus -- for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry." "... it is written in the book of Psalms, 'Let his homestead become desolate, and let there be no one to live in it'; and 'Let another take his position of overseer.' So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us -- one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection." So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed and said, "Lord, you know everyone's heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place." And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles. Hear the word of the Lord, thanks be to God.
Psalm 84 APBA p310
1. How lovely is your dwelling-place:
O LORD God of hosts!
2. My soul has a desire and longing to enter the courts of the LORD:
my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
3. The sparrow has found her a home, and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young:
even your altar, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.
4. Blessed are those who dwell in your house:
they will always be praising you.
5. Blessed are those whose strength is in you:
in whose heart are the highways to Zion;
6. Who, going through the valley of dryness, find there a spring from which to drink:
till the autumn rain shall clothe it with blessings.
7. They go from strength to strength:
they appear, every one of them, before the God of gods in Zion.
8. O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer:
give ear, O God of Jacob.
9. Behold, O God, him who reigns over us:
and look upon the face of your anointed.
10. One day in your courts is better than a thousand:
I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God than dwell in the tents of ungodliness.
11. For the LORD God is a light and a shield, the LORD gives favour and honour:
and no good thing will he withhold from those who walk in innocence.
12. O LORD God of hosts:
blessed are those who put their trust in you.
Beloved, I do not consider that I have made (the goal) my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us then who are mature be of the same mind; and if you think differently about anything, this too God will reveal to you. Only let us hold fast to what we have attained. Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself. Hear the word of the Lord, thanks be to God.
John 15:9-17 ... Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus said: As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another. For the Gospel of the Lord, praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.