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The Sermon: Isaiah 62: 1-5

1 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. 2 The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will bestow. 3 You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. 4 No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married. 5 As a young man marries a maiden, so will your sons marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.

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Epiphany Sunday

Saturday, January 4 (6:00 p.m.) & Sunday, January 5, 2014 (9:00 a.m.)

Crown of Splendor in the LORD's hand Isaiah 62:3

Song by Choir – “From God the Father Virgin-Born”

LSB 401 : From God the Father, Virgin-Born Hymnary.org link

(Director: Cathy Augustin)

Opening Hymn TLH 124 : O Lord, our Father, Thanks to Thee Hymnary.org link  

The Invocation and Epiphany Responsive Prayer

P: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God and Mary’s Son, in the fullness of time You came into the world to save us from sin and death.

C: You ushered in the day of grace 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 those around us who still live without faith and 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 all we say and do. And finally, bring us and all Your believers 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. Amen.

TLH 127 v1-2: As with Gladness Men of Old Hymnary.org link

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!

As with joyful steps they sped, Savior, to Thy lowly bed,
There to bend the knee before Thee whom heaven and earth adore,
So may we with willing feet Ever seek Thy mercy-seat!   

The Scripture Reading – Matthew 2: 1-11

The Epiphany story is one of faith in God’s promises, trust in His divine guidance, worship of His divine glory and giving of our treasures in love to Jesus. May we ever follow in the faith-steps of these “wise men”.

1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” 3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: 6 ” ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’ ” 7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” 9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.

The Nicene Creed (Page 22 in Hymnal)

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spake by the prophets. And I believe one holy Christian and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

TLH 128 : Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Morning Hymnary.org link

The Sermon….………………………………………… Isaiah 62: 1-5

1 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. 2 The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will bestow. 3 You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. 4 No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married. 5 As a young man marries a maiden, so will your sons marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.

See The Epiphany Glory Of God’s People

Epiphany Crown of RighteousnessNot Rejected, But Rejoiced In By The Lord

Not Desolate, But Dazzling In The Crown Of Righteousness

The Offering, The Confession Of Sins, Absolution And Consecration

The Distribution of the Lord’s Supper ( TLH 132 : O God of God, O Light of Light Hymnary.org link & TLH 129 : Hail, Thou Source of Every Blessing Hymnary.org link )

(Because God’s Word presents the reception of this Sacrament as a most intimate expression of spiritual and confessional unity, we ask that only those who have publicly professed such oneness of faith and belief with us by membership at Berea or another CLC church come forward. Please speak with pastor if you are seeking a church home or have any questions.)

The Lord’s Prayer & Benediction ♫ Amen

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. Amen.

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