Jan 1, 2023 - 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany
Welcome in the name of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ. If you are visiting, we are glad that you are here and kindly ask that you sign our guest book at the sanctuary doors. If you would like to become a member, please speak to the Pastor. In case of illness, the Pastor should be informed. He will always be glad to speak with those who are confronted with problems of a spiritual nature. The time before worship is a quiet time for prayer and meditation to prepare for worship. Please see the inside cover of the hymnal for prayers and page 329f to prepare for Holy Communion. Communicant members are asked to fill out a communion card found in the pew racks and place it in the offering plates.
God Reveals His Glory in Christ and His Cross
“The LORD, the Redeemer of Israel,” calls forth “his Holy One” (Is. 49:7), Jesus, the Christ, “from the womb” of His mother (Is. 49:1). The incarnate Son of God is revealed as the Savior, not only for Israel but also “as a light for the nations,” whose salvation reaches “to the end of the earth” (Is. 49:6). John came “baptizing with water” (John 1:31) to reveal Jesus as “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29), and who glorifies His God and Father by His atoning sacrifice upon the cross. When Jesus was baptized in the waters of the Jordan, the Holy Spirit descended “from heaven like a dove” and “remained on him” (John 1:32). By our Baptism, we are anointed by the same Spirit, adopted by God the Father, and “called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 1:9). Therefore, we “are not lacking in any gift,” but we can trust Him who promises to sustain us to the end, “guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 1:7–8)
Collect of the day:
Almighty and everlasting God, who governs all things in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the prayers of Your people and grant us Your peace through all our days; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
ORDER OF SERVICE: Setting Three on page 184
Introit is found on the insert and is sung responsively by half-verse.
READINGS: Isaiah 49: 1-7 1 Corinthians 1: 1-9 John 1: 29-42a
HYMNS: 948, 402, 602
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel
Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Sound System: Philip
Webmaster: Michael Haeussler
Office Secretary: Debby and Leslie
Altar Guild: Kathy
PRAYER INTERCESSION: Anne & Bill; Fran; Sherran; Herta; Bob & Lucy; Grant; Heeger family upon the death of Les’ father Frank; Lily upon the burial of her sister Miriam Renison
Friends and Fellow Christians: Lutheran Church in Ukraine; Alice; Terry & Brenda; Norma; Sue; Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Kathy; Kylene (friend of Gina’s); Rev. Ron Mohr;
Mission Prayers for January: Rev. Klan Chan - Cambodia, Deaconess Erm Roun - Cambodia, Rev. Jesùs Alberto Domínguez - Nicaragua, Deaconess Mariela Sánchez - Nicaragua, Deaconess Lixia del Carmen Chevez - Nicaragua
FUNERAL SERVICE: for Miriam Renison was this past Tuesday January 10 at Grace Lutheran at 11:00am. Miriam fell asleep in Christ on December 18, 2022. “In Christ Jesus, you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” God grants comfort to all who mourn their dead in Christ with such baptismal grace.
SYMPATHY: to Les and family upon the death of his father Frank this past Monday, January 9. Frank is survived by his wife Lynda, and three married children. Look to Jesus, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
OFFERING ENVELOPES: are available on the shelf outside of the office for anyone who needs any. Please help yourselves.
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