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Holy Communion! 

Jesus gave his Supper to his Church as a precious gift, and we do not take it lightly!  According to scripture, every communicant receives the true body and blood of Jesus Christ-together with the bread and wine (1 Cor. 10:16).  In the Sacrament, repentant communicants receive forgiveness of all sin (Mt. 26:26-28).  Impenitent communicants become guilty of the body and blood of Christ (1 Cor. 11:27,28).  By communing together we publicly profess our common faith in ALL teachings of the Bible (1 Cor 10:17-18).  If you are not a member of this congregation, or a sister WELS or ELS congregation, we ask you to speak privately with our pastor before communing.  He will be glad to explain our Biblical communion practice, and how you may prepare to join us in the sacrament (1Cor 11:28-29).  Thank you for your

The Feast of the Epiphany – January 6 , 2023

Order of Evening Prayer – p. 52 (modified version)

 

INTROIT VERSES

Pastor:  Behold, the Lord, the Ruler has come: And the kingdom and the power and the glory are in His hand.

Congregation: Give the King Your judgments, O God: and Your righteousness unto the King's Son.

 

CONFESSION  &  ABSOLUTION

Pastor:  Dearly Beloved! We have come together in the presence of God our heavenly Father, to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at His hand, to set forth His most worthy praise, to hear and receive His holy Word, and to ask for ourselves and on behalf of others, those things that are necessary for our life and salvation.  O come let us worship Him!  Let us kneel and bow down before Him.  Let us confess our sins with penitent hearts, and obtain forgiveness by His infinite grace and mercy.

 

P:  I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord …

Congregation:  Almighty and most merciful Father, we have strayed from Your ways like lost sheep.  We have followed the devices and desires of our hearts.  We have offended against Your holy law. 

We have done those things which we should not have done, and we have not done those things which we should have done.  Have mercy on us, O Lord!  Spare us and restore us, according to the promises You have declared to us in Jesus Christ, our Lord.  For His sake grant that we may live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of Your holy name.

P:  Upon this your confession, I, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, in the stead and by the command of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ announce the peace of God unto all of you, I forgive you all your sins, in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C:  Amen.

P:  The almighty and merciful Lord has granted us pardon and forgiveness of all our sins, grace for true repentance and amendment of life, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit.

C:  Amen.

Opening Hymn: 

 Hymn 83 –  “As with Gladness Men of Old”

 

 

THE SERVICE OF THE WORD

[continuing on pages 52-53 and 55-58 in the hymnal – Modified version]

(please stand)

P: (sing) O Lord, Open my lips

C: (sing) And my mouth shall declare your praise

 

P: (sing) Hasten to save me, O God.

C: (sing) O Lord, come quickly to help me.

 

P: (sing) The Lord be with you.

C: (sing) and also with you.

 

P:  Lord God, you have brought us safely to this hour of evening prayer. We thank you for providing all that we need for body and life. Bless us who have gathered in Your Name. Forgive our sins. Speak to our hearts. Dispel our sorrows with the comfort of Your Word, and receive our hymns of thanks and praise, through Jesus Christ, our living Savior, who reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen.

 

LET MY PRAYER RISE BEFORE YOU - “Psalm 141”  [p.55 in the hymnal]

C:(sing)  Let my prayer rise before you as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. O Lord, I call to you; come to me quickly; hear my voice when I cry to you. Let my prayer rise before you as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

P: O God, by the leading of a star You made known Your only-begotten Son to the Gentiles. Lead us, who know You by faith, to enjoy in heaven the fullness of Your divine presence; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen.

(You may be seated)

Psalm of the Day ::

Hymn 91  –  “The Star Proclaims the King Is Here”

P:  The Lord be with you.

C:  And with your Spirit.

 

P:  Bless we the Lord.

C:  Thanks be to God.

VERSES of the GRADUAL

P:  All they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense:

C: And they shall show forth the praises of the Lord.

Epistle Lesson ::  Isaiah 60:1-6

Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. 2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. 3 The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.

     4 “Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you; Your sons shall come from afar, And your daughters shall be nursed at your side. 5 Then you shall see and become radiant, And your heart shall swell with joy; Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.

 6 The multitude of camels shall cover your land, The dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; All those from Sheba shall come; They shall bring gold and incense, And they shall proclaim the praises of the Lord.

VERSE OF THE DAY

P:  Alleluia. Alleluia.  Arise, shine, O Jerusalem: for the glory of the Lord is risen

      upon you.  Alleluia.

C: We have seen His star in the East; and now come with gifts to

      worship the Lord. Alleluia.

Please Stand for the reading of the Gospel.  Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.  For Christ has poured out His Spirit upon His Church, and through His gracious means he works faith in our hearts; strengthening and sustaining us until the day He finally comes to take us home in his eternal embrace.

Gospel Lesson :: Matthew 2:1-12

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, [a]wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

    3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.

    5 So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: 6 ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ”

 

7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the [b]wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”

    9 When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

    12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.

P:  The Gospel of the Lord.

C:  Praise be to You, O Christ

Seasonal Response:

P:  I saw the Lord sitting upon the throne, high and lifted up.  I heard the voice of a great multitude saying, “The Lord omnipotent reingeth.  Make a joyful shout to the Lord all you lands:  serve the Lord with gladness.

THE APOSTLES CREED   [p. 19]

ALL:  I believe in God, (*) the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

            I believe in  Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was (*) conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there He will come to judge the living and the dead.

           I believe in the (*)Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the (+) life everlasting. Amen.

(You may be seated)

Hymn of Day:

Hymn 79  –  “How Lovely Shines the Morning Star”

SERMON:

(please stand)

SONG OF MARY  -  “magnificat” [p. 57-58 in the hymnal]

ALL (sing)  My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call  me blessed. The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. He has mercy on those who fear Him in every generation. He has shown the strength of His arm; He has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. He has come to the help of His servant Israel, for He has remembered His promise of mercy, the promise made to our fathers, to Abraham, and to His children forever. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

P:  Lord God, Heavenly Father, You have given us the Light of Your Holy Word, the guiding star that leads us to the Christ-Child: Sent, we beseech You, Your Holy Spirit into our hearts, that we may receive this Light and make use of it for our salvation, and that we, like the wise men, hen they were seeking the star, may not be afraid because of any hardship or peril, but put all our trust in Your only-begotten Son as our only Savior, devote our earthly possessions to the advancement of Your Kingdom, and in all things serve Him, Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one true God, now and forever.

C:  Amen.

VERSES OF THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE

with the SERVICE of the SACRAMENT

[continuing on page 59 and 60 in the hymnal]

LORD, HAVE MERCY  -  “Kyrie” [p. 59-60 in the hymnal]

P: (sing) In the closing hours of this day, hear us as we pray O Lord:

C: (sing) Lord, have mercy.

P:  (sing)  For the well being of people everywhere, for the growth of Your church in all the world, and for the strengthening of all who worship here, we pray, O Lord:

C: (sing) Christ, have mercy.

 

P: (sing) For one another, young and old, for your blessings that come with every stage of life, and for joy in doing Your will, we pray, O Lord:

C: (sing) Lord, have mercy.

 

P: (sing)For our Public servants who work day and night to bring protection, justice, learning, and health to this and every place, we pray to You, O Lord:

C: (sing)Lord, hear our prayer.

 

P: sing) For favorable weather and bountiful harvests, for clothing and food, for health of body, mind, and spirit, and for deliverance from all sin and every form of evil, we pray to You, O Lord:

C: (sing) Lord, hear our prayer.

 

P: (sing)  For the faithful who have gone before us, who have shared with us Your good news, whose souls are now at rest in Your Heavenly Kingdom, we give You thanks, O Lord:

C: (sing) Thanks be to God.

 

P: (sing)  In thanksgiving for Your many and varied gifts to us, we now commend ourselves to Your care. Be our Shield and strength, O Lord:

C: (sing)  Amen.

LORD'S PRAYER

P: As our Savior has commanded and taught us, we are bold to pray:

ALL:  Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name, Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from (+) evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

P:  The Lord be with you.

C:  And with your Spirit.

P:  Bless we the Lord.

C:  Thanks be to God.

THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION

M:  Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed , took bread, and when He had blessed and + given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples saying;    “Take, eat; THIS IS MY BODY, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of me.”

 

In the same way also, He took the cup after supper, and when He had + given thanks, He gave it to them saying:  “Drink of it, all of you; THIS IS MY BLOOD of the new Testament, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins.  This do as often as you drink it in remembrance of me.”

 

Distribution of Christ's Body and Blood

(Reception in the Lord's supper indicates unity in confession and faith. If you have not communed previously with us, please refrain  from this holy communion until you have spoken to pastor.  We respectfully ask that only those who are members in good standing of Immanuel or our sister WELS  &  ELS  congregations approach the table of our Lord.)

 

(you may kneel at the supper if you so choose.)

Distribution Hymns

Hymn 87  –   “Hail, O Source of Every Blessing”

&

Hymn 82  –  “Songs of Thankfulness and Praise”

PRAYER FOR PEACE

P: Lord God, all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works come from You. Give to us, Your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey Your commandments. Defend us from the fear of our enemies that we may live in peace and quietness, through the merits of Jesus Christ, our Savior, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen.

 

SONG OF SIMEON - “Nunc Dimittis”  [p. 61 in the hymnal]

C: (sing)  In peace, Lord, you let Your servant now depart according to Your Word. For my eyes have seen Your Salvation, which You have prepared for every people, a Light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.

THE BLESSING  [p. 61 in the hymnal]

P: (sing)  The grace of our Lord + Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C: (sing)  Amen.

Closing Hymn

Hymn 81  –  “Arise and Shine in Splendor”

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Epiphany of Our Lord

Matthew 2:1-12

Now the worship of God consists in this, that you confess, honor and love God with your whole heart, put all your trust and confidence in Him, never doubt His goodness, either in life or in death, either in sins or in right living, as the First Commandment teaches. To this we can attain through the merit and Blood of Christ alone, Who has gained for us and gives us such a heart, if we hear and believe His Word; for our nature cannot have such a heart of itself. Behold, this is the chief worship of God and the greatest thing, to wit, an upright Christian faith and love to God through Christ. Therefore the First Commandment is fulfilled by us through the precious Blood of Christ, and God is faithfully served from the heart.

 

          The First Commandment contains the Christian faith, for he who does not believe cannot have a God or know Him; all unbelief is idolatry. This is Christian faith – that trusts in God’s grace alone, gained for us and bestowed upon us through the Blood of Christ, and that counts no work useful or good to win God’s favor. For this were too hard for nature, which is conceived and born in sin, and also lives, works and dies in it if Christ would not come to its help, gaining God’s mercy for us by His works alone and not by our own. Through Him, too, we fulfill the First Commandment and have a God on Whose mercy we can depend with all confidence, so that without our merit He forgives all our sins and saves us in Christ, as has often already been said. Therefore it is impossible that this faith should permit, beside itself, a trust in works, as though anyone could obtain forgiveness of sins and grace and become holy and be saved by them, for this belongs to Christ alone, Who does all this through His work. Thus we have only to believe and confidently to entrust ourselves to Him.

Luther’s Church Postils

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