Almighty God, who gave such grace to your apostle Andrew that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ, and brought his brother with him: Give us, who are called by your holy Word, grace to follow him without delay, and to bring those near to us into his gracious presence; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Old Testament 11
For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. 12
It is not in heaven, that you should say, 'Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?' 13
Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, 'Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?' 14
But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.
1 Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. 2
Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. 3
There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard. 4
Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun, 5
Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, And rejoices like a strong man to run its race. 6
Its rising is from one end of heaven, And its circuit to the other end; And there is nothing hidden from its heat. *At the end of the Psalms this is sung or said
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
New Testament 8
But what does it say? 'The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart' (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10
For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11
For the Scripture says, 'Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.' 12
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13
For 'whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.' 14
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15
And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: 'How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!' 16
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, 'Lord, who has believed our report?' 17
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 18
But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed: 'Their sound has gone out to all the earth, And their words to the ends of the world.' Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
Gospel Introduction to the Gospel:
Deacon:The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you. Or And with your spirit
Deacon: May the Lord be on our minds, on our lips, and on our hearts as we hear His Holy Gospel. The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew
People: Glory to You, Lord Christ.
Deacon: We are reading from Matthew's Gospel chapter 4, beginning at verse 18
And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19
Then He said to them, 'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.' 20
They immediately left their nets and followed Him. 21
Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, 22
and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.
After the Gospel reading, the deacon elevates the book and says:
Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to You, Lord Christ.