Epiphany of Our Lord
10:00 AM Service January 8, 2023
Welcome and Announcements
Ringing of the Bell
Hymn # 303 “Brightest and Best of the Stars”
Confession and Forgiveness
P: Blessed be the holy Trinity +one God, the Word made flesh, our life and our salvation.
Trusting the goodness and lovingkindness of God our Savior let us confess our sin.
(Silence is kept for reflection)
P: God of life,
C: you promise good news of great joy for all people, and call us to be messengers of your peace. We confess that too often we hoard our joy, our resources, and our security. We nurture conflict and build barriers. We neglect the needs of our neighbors and ignore the groaning of creation. Have mercy on us. Where we are self-centered, open our hearts. Where we are reluctant, give us courage. Where we are cynical, restore our trust. Renew us with your grace and give us again the hope of eternal life in you. Amen.
P: Hear the good news: We are children of God and heirs of God’s promises through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. In + Jesus we are forgiven and redeemed. Sing with joy, for all the ends of the earth shall know the salvation of God.
Glory to God in the highest...
L: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C: And also with you.
L: Let us pray:
All: O God, on this day you revealed your Son to the nations by the leading of a star. Lead us now by faith to know your presence in our lives, and bring us at last to the full vision of your glory, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
First Reading Isaiah 60: 1—6 Pg. 1155
R: Word of God, Word of life.
C: Thanks be to God.
Psalm Psalm 72 Pg. 909
PS 72:1 Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness.
PS 72:2 He will judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice.
PS 72:3 The mountains will bring prosperity to the people, the hills the fruit of righteousness.
PS 72:7 In his days the righteous will flourish; prosperity will abound till the moon is no more.
PS 72:10 The kings of Tarshish and of distant shores will bring tribute to him; the
kings of Sheba and Seba will present him gifts.
PS 72:11 All kings will bow down to him and all nations will serve him.
PS 72:12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help.
PS 72:13 He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death.
PS 72:14 He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their
blood in his sight.
Second Reading: Ephesians 3: 1—12 Pg. 1820
R: Word of God. Word of life.
C: Thanks be to God.
(Please rise for the Gospel)
After the Gospel is announced:
C: Glory to you, O Lord.
Gospel Reading Matthew 2: 1—12 Pg. 1497
P: The gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.
(Please be seated)
Hymn # 296 “What Child is This”
L: With the whole church, let us confess our faith:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen
L: . . .Lord, in your mercy,
C: Hear our prayer.
Sharing of the Peace
L: The peace of Christ be with you always.
C: And also with you!
L: Let us share Christ’s peace with one another.
Offering Hymn #294 “In the Bleak Midwinter”
(As the last verse is sung, please stand as the offering is brought forward.)
L: Let us pray.
All: Gracious God, all goodness flows from you. You bless us and you call us to be a blessing to a world in need. Accept these offerings as a sign of our whole lives returned to you through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
The Words of Institution
The Lord’s Prayer
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.
Invitation to Communion
Hymn # 300 “The First Noel”
Hymn # 313 “O Lord, Now Let Your Servant”
Hymn # 302 “As with Gladness Men of Old”
L: Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.
Our thanks to those who serve as our worship leaders today:
Liturgist—Deacon Andrew More
Handbell Director—Wendy Kuenemann
Pastor—Rev. Paul Miller