The Sermon: Matthew 3:13-17

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” 15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. 16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Jesus, God’s Anointed One, Was Baptized For Us!

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Epiphany Sunday

Sunday, January 11, 2015 (9:00 a.m.)

Opening Hymn 126 – “Arise and Shine in Splendor”

The Invocation And Responsive Epiphany Prayer

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

C: You ushered in the day of grace so 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 to those around us who still live without faith or 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 everything we say and do.

P: Finally, bring us and all Your believers to the heavenly 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.

C: Amen

4 Holy Jesus, ev’ry day Keep us in the narrow way;
And when earthly things are past, Bring our ransomed souls at last
Where they need no star to guide, Where no clouds Thy glory hide.

5 In the heav’nly country bright Need they no created light;
Thou its light, its joy, its crown, Thou its sun which goes not down;
There forever may we sing Alleluias to our King.  
[LSB 397 v 4-5]

Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 42:1-7

Jesus, the Servant of the Lord, came to bring justice to the world

New Testament Lesson: Acts 10:34-38

God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and with power

The Apostles Creed (Page 12 in Hymnal)

I believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.

Hymn 134 – “Songs of Thankfulness and Praise”

The Sermon……………………………………………………… Matthew 3:13-17

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” 15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. 16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Jesus, God’s Anointed One, Was Baptized For Us!

Hymn 59 – “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed”

Our Epiphany Offering (Sing As Plates Brought Forward)

1 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.

2 As with joyful steps they sped, Savior, to Thy lowly bed,
There to bend the knee before Thee, whom heav’n and earth adore;
So may we with willing feet Ever seek Thy mercy seat.

3 As they offered gifts most rare At Thy cradle, rude and bare,
So may we with holy joy, Pure and free from sin’s alloy,
All our costliest treasures bring, Christ, to Thee, our heav’nly King.

[LSB 127 V 1-3]

The Lord’s Prayer And Benediction

Hymn 48 – “How Blest Are They Who Hear God’s Word”

Silent Prayer And Announcements

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