The Sermon: Genesis 50:15-21 [NKJV]

15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.” 16 So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, “Before your father died he commanded, saying, 17 ‘Thus you shall say to Joseph: “I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.”’ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19 Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. 21 Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

LET US LEARN FROM THE STRUGGLES OF JACOB’S FAMILY…

  1. …to avoid sin!
  2. …to embrace forgiveness!

Third Sunday After Epiphany

Sunday, January 25, 2015 (9:00 a.m.)

Hymn TLH 134 – “Songs of Thankfulness and Praise”

The Invocational Prayer

The Confession Of Sins And Absolution (Isaiah 59 Paraphrase)

C: Our iniquities have separated us from God. Our sins have hidden His face from us so that He will not hear. Our lips and voices have spoken wicked things. Our thoughts and deeds are evil and our feet rush into sin. Our offenses are many in Your sight and our sins testify against us. O Lord, we acknowledge our iniquities, which have displeased the Lord. No one can plead his own case for true righteousness and integrity escape us. Have mercy on us, O Lord.

P: And the Lord saw there was no one to intervene, so His own arm worked salvation. He put on righteousness as His breastplate and the helmet of salvation on His own head and wrapped Himself in zeal as a cloak. The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins. This is My covenant with them and My Spirit will not depart from their mouths forever…. Be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you.

We Sing “The Benedictus” (P 38-39 In Hymnal)

Scripture Lessons: James 3:17-18

17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Matthew 4:1-12

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” 5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’” 7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” 8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” 11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him. 12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee.

The Apostles Creed (Page 12)

Hymn CW 500 – “For Christian Homes, O Lord, We Pray”
(Melody TLH 163)

1 For Christian homes, O Lord, we pray,
That you might dwell with us each day.
Make ours a place where you are Lord,
Where all is governed by your Word.

3 United in a bond of love,
We lift our eyes to you above.
From you we gain the strength to live,
The wish to share, the joy to give.

4 Protect us and our loved ones dear
From pain and sorrow, want and fear;
Yet when we must our burdens bear,
“Your will be done” shall be our prayer.

5 And when you call us all to rest,
Then will we have a home more blest,
See all our care and sorrow cease,
And find with Christ eternal peace.

The Sermon…………………………………………….. Genesis 50:15-21 [NKJV]

15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.” 16 So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, “Before your father died he commanded, saying, 17 ‘Thus you shall say to Joseph: “I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.”’ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19 Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. 21 Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

LET US LEARN FROM THE STRUGGLES OF JACOB’S FAMILY…

  1. …to avoid sin!
  2. …to embrace forgiveness!

Hymn CW 505 – “Love Is the Gracious Gift”

Our Epiphany Offering

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

Silent Prayer And Announcements

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