1-6-2015 Epiphany

The Epiphany of Our Lord
Service of Light

P: Jesus Christ is the Light of the world,
C: the light no darkness can overcome.
P: Stay with us, Lord, for it is evening,
C: and the day is almost over.
P: Let Your light scatter the darkness
C: and illumine Your Church.

Hymn of Light: #891 O Light Whose Splendor

P: Blessed are You, O Lord, our God, king of the universe, who led Your people Israel by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. Enlighten our darkness by the light of Your Christ; may His Word be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path; for You are merciful, and You love Your whole creation and we, Your creatures, glorify You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.

Psalm 141
P: Let my prayer rise before You as incense,
C: the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
P: O Lord, I call to You; come to me quickly;
C: hear my voice when I cry to You.
P: Let my prayer rise before You as incense,
C: the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
P: Set a watch before my mouth, O Lord,
C: and guard the door of my lips.
P: Let not my heart incline to any evil thing;
C: let me not be occupied in wickedness with evildoers
P: But my eyes are turned to You, O God;
C: in You I take refuge. Strip me not of my life.
P: Let my prayer rise before You as incense,
C: the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

P: Let us pray.
Let the incense of our repentant prayer ascend before You, O Lord, and let Your loving-kindness descend on us that, with purified minds, we may sing Your praises with the Church on earth and the whole heavenly host and may glorify You forever.
C: Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 60:1–6
1. Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. 2 For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.
3 And nations 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 carried on the hip.
5 Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and exult, because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
6 A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall bring good news, the praises of the Lord.
P: O Lord, have mercy on us.
C: Thanks be to God.

The Epistle Reading: Ephesians 3:1-12
1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— 2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.
4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets.
6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power.
8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.
10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.
12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
P: O Lord, have mercy on us.
C: Thanks be to God.

The Holy Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12
1Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
6 “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.'”
7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared.
8And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.”
9After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
11 And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
P: In many and various ways, God spoke to His people of old by the prophets.
C: But now in these last days, He has spoken to us by His son.

Office Hymn #397 As with Gladness Men of Old

Sermon

Offering

Lighting of Candles (Jesus is the Light of the World)

Canticle Hymn #409 Hail, O Source of Every Blessing

Litany
P: In peace let us pray to the Lord:
C: Lord, have mercy.
P: For the peace from above and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord:
C: Lord, have mercy.

P: For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord:
C: Lord, have mercy.
P: For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord:
C: Lord, have mercy.
P: For our Synodical and district presidents, for all pastors in Christ, for all servants of the Church, and for all the people, let us pray to the Lord:
C: Lord, have mercy.
P: For our president, for all public servants, for the government and those who protect us, that they may be upheld and strengthened in every good deed, let us pray to the Lord:
C: Lord, have mercy.
P: For those who work to bring peace, justice, health, and protection in this and every place, let us pray to the Lord:
C: Lord, have mercy.
P: For those who bring offerings, those who do good works in this congregation, those who toil, those who sing, and all the people here present who await from the Lord great and abundant mercy, let us pray to the Lord:
C: Lord, have mercy.
P: For favorable weather, for an abundance of the fruits of the earth, and for peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord:
C: Lord, have mercy.
P: For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger, and need, let us pray to the Lord:
C: Lord, have mercy.
P: For the faithful who have gone before us and are with Christ, let us give thanks to the Lord:
C: Alleluia.
P: Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C: Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Benediction
P: Let us Bless the Lord
C: Thanks be to God.
P: The Lord ……..
♪C: Amen, Amen, Amen!

Closing Hymn: #394 Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

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