Simeon: A Godly Model of Our Epiphany Faith

Arise and shine for you Light has come. Isaiah 60:1

The Sermon: Luke 2: 25 – 35

25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: 29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; 30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation 31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, 32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.” 33 And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against 35 (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

Simeon: A Godly Model of Our Epiphany Faith

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Arise and shine for you Light has come. Isaiah 60:1

Epiphany Sunday

Saturday, January 6 (6:30 p.m.) & Sunday, January 7, 2017 (9:00 a.m.)

Song by Choir – “Come and See the Newborn King”
(Director: Cathy Augustin)        Arr. Victor C. Johnson

Opening Hymn LSB 378 : Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light Hymnary.org link “Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light”

The Invocation

Responsive Reading

P: No book of Scripture focuses more prophetically on the coming, story and significance of the promised Messiah than does the prophet Isaiah. His eternal divine Godhead, His virgin birth, His holy substitutionary life and death, His resurrection and ascension – all clearly and wonderfully prophesied. In all of this, the Messiah is described as God’s chosen servant in Whom the Father delights.

C: “Here is My Servant, whom I uphold, My Chosen One in Whom I delight; I will put My Spirit on Him and He will bring righteousness to the nations….. I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness; I will take hold of Your hand. I will keep you and make You a Covenant for the people and a Light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison, and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.” (Isaiah 42: 1,6-7)

P: Through His Messianic ministry, the Messiah’s light and glory would dispel darkness and reveal His saving glory, even as He and His light would draw hearts of faith from all nations to His salvation.

C: “Arise, shine, for your Light has come. And the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light and kings to the brightness of your dawn….. all proclaiming the praise of the Lord.”
(Isaiah 60: 1-3,6)

P: Of this Epiphany light and glory we are all beneficiaries as our Creator God Who created the heavenly lights has performed an even greater miracle by bringing the light of the Gospel to our sin-darkened hearts.

C: “For God Who said, ‘Let the light shine out of darkness’, made His light to shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6)

ALL: THANKS BE TO GOD !

The Nicene Creed (Inside Back Cover Of 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 Spirit 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 sits at the right hand of the Father. And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, 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 spoke 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.

Hymn LSB 519 : In His Temple Now Behold Him Hymnary.org link  “In His Temple Now Behold Him”

The Sermon….………………………………….…… Luke 2: 25 – 35

25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: 29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; 30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation 31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, 32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.” 33 And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against 35 (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

Simeon: A Godly Model of Our Epiphany Faith

The Epiphany Offering

Our Communion Confessional And Preparatory Prayer

The Absolution

The Consecration Of The Elements

The Distribution Of The Sacrament (Hymn LSB 396 : Arise and Shine in Splendor 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.)

Sing “The Nunc Dimittis” (Hymnal, Pages 199-200)

The Lord’s Prayer (Inside Back Cover Of Hymnal)

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.

Benediction ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen

Closing Hymn LSB 801 : How Great Thou Art Hymnary.org link “How Great Thou Art” (V 1,3-4)
Our Vocalist Will Sing V 1 & V 3 Up To Refrain

Silent Prayer and Announcements