The Sermon: Matthew 2:1-12

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,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.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 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. So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: ‘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.’” Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 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.” 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.

The Message of Christmas Keeps on Growing

1. Forgiveness to every person, no matter who
2. Forgiveness for every day, no matter when

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Second Sunday After Christmas

Sunday, January 4, 2015 (9:00 a.m.)

Opening Hymn 129 “Hail, Thou Source of Every Blessing”

The Invocation And Prayer

The Responsive Reading Of Psalm 90 (pg 142 in front of hymnal)

Sing Hymn 428 (V 1,4 & 6) – “I Am Trusting Thee, Lord Jesus”

1 I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus,  Trusting only Thee;
Trusting Thee for full salvation,  Great and free.

4 I am trusting Thee to guide me;  Thou alone shalt lead,
Ev’ry day and hour supplying  All my need.

6 I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus; Never let me fall.
I am trusting Thee forever  And for all.

Scripture Reading – Isaiah 60:1-6

Isaiah proclaims the coming of the Savior in terms of light that is showered on all people, Jew and Gentile alike. The Joyous response of all people is to bring gifts of thanksgiving and proclaim His praises.

Epistle Reading – Ephesians 3:2-12

The key word here is “mystery” – the grace of God is indeed a mystery to the world and our sinful flesh, until God Himself reveals it to us. This is what Paul was called to preach, the mystery of God’s grace that is revealed to us, our Epiphany!

The Nicene Creed (hymnal pg 22)

Hymn 498 (V 1-4) – “Rise, Thou Light of Gentile Nations”

The Sermon ………………………………………………………. Matthew 2:1-12

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,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.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 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. So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: ‘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.’” Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 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.” 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.

The Message of Christmas Keeps on Growing

  1. Forgiveness to every person, no matter who
    2. Forgiveness for every day, no matter when

Our New Year’s Offering

Our New Year’s Confessional Prayer

As we begin another year of Your grace, heavenly Father, we are again reminded of who we are, Who You are, and what You have made us in Christ. Despite our best intentions, our sinful nature again reared its ugly head in various ways this past year. For our many sins we are truly sorry and ask Your forgiveness. For Christ’s sake we seek Your mercy. Thank you for again patiently bearing with us – forgiving us, strengthening us and nurturing us in our faith. In Christ, You have redeemed us and made us holy – Your own dear children. Assure us of Your abiding love. Be with us in the coming year amidst our many fears, uncertainties and struggles. Strengthen us for the challenge of remaining faithful to You and Your Word. Keep us as Yours in time, that we may remain Yours for all eternity. May Your holy Sacrament of grace comfort us, bless us and inspire us throughout our earthly pilgrimage. In Jesus’ Name we come before Your throne of grace. Amen.

The Consecration Of The Elements

The Distribution Of The Sacrament

(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 And Benediction

Closing Hymn 127 – “As With Gladness Men of Old”

Silent Prayer And Announcements

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