The Sermonette #1: Luke 2:21

And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

The Sermonette #2: Colossians 2:11,12

11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

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Epiphany Sunday

Sunday, January 5, 2014 (9:00 a.m.)

Opening Hymn 33 – “The Lord hath Helped Me Hitherto”

1. The Lord hath helped me hitherto By His surpassing favor;
His mercies every morn were new, His kindness did not waver.
God hitherto hath been my Guide, Hath pleasures hitherto supplied,
And hitherto hath helped me.

2. I praise and thank Thee, Lord, my God, For Thine abundant blessing
Which heretofore Thou hast bestowed And I am still possessing.
Inscribe this on my memory: The Lord hath done great things for me
And graciously hath helped me.

3. Help me henceforth, O God of grace, Help me on each occasion,
Help me in each and every place, Help me through Jesus’ Passion;
Help me in life and death, O God, Help me through Jesus’ dying blood;
Help me as Thou hast helped me!

The Invocation and Epiphany Responsive Prayer

P: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God and Mary’s Son, in the fullness of time You came into the world to save us from sin and death.

C: You ushered in the day of grace long foretold.

P: Beloved Son of the Father, revered by the Magi, baptized by John, You came preaching and teaching, healing and comforting, forgiving and encouraging.

C: You brought the light of life to those walking in darkness, and the joy of salvation to those doomed to death.

P: Prince of Peace, shine like a beacon for us and the people of our world, Let the Good News of salvation be heard in the remotest corners of the earth. Open our own lips to speak Your Name those around us who still live without faith and hope.

C: Arouse us and our missionaries to flood the world with the light of Your Gospel.

P: Lord of the Church, let Your peace rule our hearts that we may use our gifts to serve You and each other in willing gratitude and joy. Watch over our loved ones near and far, that they may remember Your love and rejoice in your salvation. Strengthen the faith of the sick and disheartened. Give hope to those in despair and comfort those who mourn.

C: Be gracious to all and lead us to reflect Your love in all we say and do. And finally, bring us and all Your believers home where we will stand in the full light of Your glory and with all Your saints and angels sing the everlasting song of triumph. Amen.

As with gladness men of old Did the guiding star behold;
As with joy they hailed its light, Leading onward, beaming bright,
So, most gracious Lord, may we Evermore be led by Thee!

As with joyful steps they sped, Savior, to Thy lowly bed,
There to bend the knee before Thee whom heaven and earth adore,
So may we with willing feet Ever seek Thy mercy-seat!  
[TLH 127 v1-2]

The Gospel Reading – Luke 12:16-32

The Old Testament Reading – Psalm 121

The Nicene Creed (Page 22 in Hymnal)

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spake by the prophets. And I believe one holy Christian and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Hymn 36 – “Now Thank We All Our God”

1. Now thank we all our God  With heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things hath done, In whom His world rejoices;
Who from our mother’s arms Hath blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, And still is ours today.

2. Oh, may this bounteous God Through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts And blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace And guide us when perplexed
And free us from all ills In this world and the next.

3. All praise and thanks to God The Father now be given,
The Son, and Him who reigns With them in highest heaven:
The one eternal God, Whom earth and heaven adore!
For thus it was, is now, And shall be evermore.

Behold What the LORD Has Done!

The Sermonette #1….…………………………………….… Luke 2:21

And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

Hymn 117 – “The Ancient Law Departs”

1. The ancient Law departs, And all its fears remove,
For Jesus makes with faithful hearts A covenant of love.

2. The Light of Light Divine, True brightness undefiled,
He bears for us the pain of sin A holy, spotless Child.

3. His infant body now Begins the cross to feel:
Those precious drops of blood that flow For death the Victim seal.

4. Today the name is Thine At which we bend the knee.
They call Thee Jesus, Child Divine; Our Jesus deign to be.

5. All praise, eternal Son, For Thy redeeming love,
With Father, Spirit, ever One In glorious might above. Amen.

The Sermonette #2………………………..…….… Colossians 2:11,12

11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

 “Create In Me” (Page 12 in Hymnal)

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me,
Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit.

Hymn 298 – “Baptized into Thy Name Most Holy”

The Epiphany Offering

The Confession Of Sins, Absolution And Consecration

The Distribution of the Lord’s Supper

(Because God’s Word presents the reception of this Sacrament as a most intimate expression of spiritual and confessional unity, we ask that only those who have publicly professed such oneness of faith and belief with us by membership at Berea or another CLC church come forward. Please speak with pastor if you are seeking a church home or have any questions.)

The Lord’s Prayer & Benediction ♫ Amen

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.

Closing Hymn 123 – “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past”

Silent Prayer and Announcements

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