BEHOLD THE FATHER’S LOVE (1 John 3: 1 – 2)

BEHOLD THE FATHER’S LOVE (1 John 3: 1 - 2)

The Sermon: 1 John 3: 1 – 2

“Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.  Beloved, now we are the children of God;  And it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”

BEHOLD THE FATHER’S LOVE

  1. In What We Now Are
  2. In What We Shall Be

Listen to the sermon:

Berea Lutheran Church 1 John 3 Children of God Behold the Father's Love

FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

January 13, 2013 – 9:00 a.m.
For Pre-Service Meditation: Psalm 72, Page 138 In Front Of Hymnal

Choir Song: “Come And Adore Him” (Saint-Saens, Arr: C Wacker)

TLH 129 : Hail, Thou Source of Every Blessing Hymnary.org link

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 round 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 sal-
vation. 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.

TLH 134 (V 1 & 5): Songs of Thankfulness and Praise Hymnary.org link

The Scripture Reading – Luke 2: 25 – 32
The “Epiphany” faith and prophecy of Simeon as well as the devotion of Anna is certainly a precious post-Christmas blessing and encouragement to all of us who have been able spiritually to see and hold in faith’s arms our ChristChild Savior.

The Apostles Creed

TLH 432 : In Hope my Soul, Redeemed to Bliss Unending Hymnary.org link

The Sermon ………………………….………………………………… 1 John 3: 1 – 2
“Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are the children of God; And it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

BEHOLD THE FATHER’S LOVE

In What We Now Are

In What We Shall Be

TLH 343 (V 1, 6-7): How Lovely Shines the Morning Star Hymnary.org link

Our Gifts For The Lord’s Work

The Lord’s Prayer And Benediction

TLH 97 : Let us all with Gladsome Voice Hymnary.org link

Our Prayer And The Lord’s Prayer