Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:
Today, June 11, 2020 is the Feast Day when the Christian Church recognizes Saint Barnabas, Apostle.
This post is the third of what I hope is many devoted to the Feast Days that the historic Christian Church observed. I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this day.
Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, received the name Barnabas (which means ‘son of encouragement’) from the apostles (Acts 4:36-37). He was sent to Antioch to see the grace of God among the Hellenists, exhorting them all to remain faithful to the Lord (Acts 11:22-24). There, through His Church, the Holy Spirit “set apart Barnabas and Paul for the work to which He had called them (Acts 13:2).”
The verse or theme for this feast is “Alleluia. They went out and proclaimed that people should repent. Alleluia.” It is from Mark 6:12. The focus for your devotion this day is that just as Christ sent out the twelve to proclaim repentance and cast out demons and heal the sick (Mark 6:7-13), so He sent Paul and Barnabas to proclaim repentance and healing among the Gentiles.
Old Testament: Isaiah 42:5-12
Psalm: Psalm 112 (antiphon v. 1)
Second reading: Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3
Holy Gospel: Mark 6:7-13
The hymn appointed for this day is “Lift High the Cross” as found on page 837 in the Lutheran Service Book. You may hear the hymn at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWcoAa1xR_k
Collect of the Day:
Almighty God, Your faithful servant Barnabas sought not his own renown but gave generously of his life and substance for the encouragement of the apostles and their ministry. Grant that we may follow his example in lives given to charity and the proclamation of the Gospel; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Pastor Jim Tuell