Don’t Downsize Epiphany

Don't Downsize Epiphany

The Sermon:. Isaiah 49: 1-6 [’84 NIV]

1 Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the LORD called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name. 2 He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver. 3 He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.” 4 But I said, “I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing. Yet what is due me is in the LORD’s hand, and my reward is with my God.” 5 And now the LORD says– he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD and my God has been my strength– 6 he says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”

Don’t Downsize Epiphany

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There forever may we sing Alleluias to our King.

Epiphany Sunday

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

Opening Hymn – “O Jesus, King Of Glory”

TLH 130 (V 1-2,5-6): O Jesus, King of Glory Hymnary.org link

1 O Jesus, King of Glory, Both David’s God and Son!
Thy realm endures forever, In heav’n is fixed Thy throne.
Help that in earth’s dominions Thro’out from pole to pole,
Thy realm may spread salvation To each benighted soul.

2 The Eastern sages, bringing Their tribute gifts to Thee,
Bear witness to Thy kingdom And humbly bow the knee.
To Thee the star is pointing, And the prophetic Word;
Hence joyously we hail Thee: Our Savior and our Lord!

5 Ah, look on me with pity Though I am weak and poor;
Admit me to Thy kingdom To dwell there, blest and sure.
I pray Thee, guide and keep me Safe from my bitter foes,
From sin and death and Satan; Free me from all my woes.

6 And bid Thy Word within me Shine as the fairest star;
Keep sin and all false doctrine From all Thy people far.
Help me confess Thee truly And with Thy Christendom
Here own Thee King and Savior And in the world to come.

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]

LSB 397 v 4-5: As with Gladness Men of Old Hymnary.org link

The Scripture Reading – Matthew 2: 1-12

Epiphany lessons abound in this account of the Magi – Gentile recipients of the Christmas Gospel, the faith to follow God’s guiding star (His Word) to the ChristChild and Christmas hearts poured out in worship and gifts to the ChristChild.

The Apostles Creed (Inside Back Cover Of Hymnal)

LSB 402 : The Only Son from Heaven Hymnary.org link

The Sermon……………………………………………. Isaiah 49: 1-6 [’84 NIV]

1 Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the LORD called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name. 2 He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver. 3 He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.” 4 But I said, “I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing. Yet what is due me is in the LORD’s hand, and my reward is with my God.” 5 And now the LORD says– he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD and my God has been my strength– 6 he says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”

Don’t Downsize Epiphany

LSB 367 : Angels from the Realms of Glory Hymnary.org link

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 397 v 1-3: As with Gladness Men of Old Hymnary.org link

The Lord’s Prayer And Benediction

LSB 394 (V 1-3,5): Songs of Thankfulness and Praise Hymnary.org link

Silent Prayer And Announcements