Worship: Epiphany Festival Worship (January 7, 2017)

Audio recording of January 7 worship - Epiphany Festival.  Bulletin pasted below:

Welcome to Shepherd of the Lakes!  We’re here to shepherd Christ’s flock and seek the lost sheep by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with all.  Come, let us worship!

For your convenience, in the back corner of the sanctuary there is a room for any parents with children in need of a quiet place.  The restrooms are located on the lower level.  Please ask if you have any further questions or concerns.  

Lord Jesus, you took on our humanity in order to live under the law and redeem us.  Grant that I always marvel at your grace, and receive you with joy;  AMEN.

Christ, our Advocate:

Our churches teach that the history of saints may be set before us so that we may follow the example of their faith and good works, according to our calling. For example, the emperor may follow the example of David [2 Samuel] in making war to drive away the Turk from his country. For both are kings. 2 But the Scriptures do not teach that we are to call on the saints or to ask the saints for help. Scripture sets before us the one Christ as the Mediator, Atoning Sacrifice, High Priest, and Intercessor [1 Timothy 2:5–6]. 3 He is to be prayed to. He has promised that He will hear our prayer [John 14:13]. This is the worship that He approves above all other worship, that He be called upon in all afflictions. 4 “If anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father” (1 John 2:1).  Augsburg Confession, Article 21 (Concordia p. 44)

Glory Revealed:

God has blessed us with 40 years of worship here.  What a miracle!

An heir was placed in the lap of bereaved Naomi.  What a miracle!
The Magi worshipped the young Christ-child.  What a miracle!
Paul reveals the mystery of the miraculous: God’s grace is for all people!
How does Epiphany relate to our gospel proclamation today?

OPENING HYMN: 83 – As with Gladness Men of Old

LITURGY: Service of Word & Sacrament, CW p. 26
Please rise.


M: Lord God, by the leading of a star you once made known to the nations your one and only Son. Guide us, also, who know him now by faith, to come at last to the perfect joy of your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 

C: Amen.

The Word

FIRST READING: Ruth 4:13-17

Through Ruth, God provided a descendent for bereaved Naomi; in the mystery of his grace, God included Gentiles in the ancestry of Christ:

13Then Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife, and he went to her. The LORD enabled her to conceive, and she bore a son. 14Then the women said to Naomi: 

Blessed is the LORD, who has not left you without a redeemer today. 

May his name be proclaimed in Israel! 

15He will restore your life 

and care for you in your old age, 

because your daughter-in-law, who loves you, has given birth to him. 

She is better for you than seven sons! 

16Then Naomi took the boy and put him on her lap, and she became his caregiver. 17The neighboring women named him, saying, “A son is born to Naomi!” and they named him Obed. He became the father of Jesse, the father of David.

PSALM: 72, p. 93


SECOND READING: Ephesians 3:2-12

God has proclaimed the mystery: Through this gospel, we can approach God in freedom & confidence:

2Surely you have heard of the administration of God’s grace given to me for you, 3namely, that the mystery was made known to me by revelation (as I have already written briefly). 4When you read this, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ. 5This mystery was not made known to people in past generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets. 6This mystery is that in Christ Jesus the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and people who also share in the promise through the gospel. 

7I became a servant of this gospel, in keeping with the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the working of his power. 8To me—even though I am the very least of all the saints—was given this grace: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ 9and to enlighten everyone about the administration of this mystery. In past ages this mystery remained hidden in God, who created all things. 10He did this so that, through the church, the multifaceted wisdom of God in the heavenly places might now be made known to the rulers and authorities. 11This was done according to the eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12In him we can freely approach God with confidence through faith in him. 

THEME VERSE: Matthew 2:2

Alleluia. We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him. Alleluia. 

Alleluia! Alleluia!  Alleluia!  These words are written that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.  Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

GOSPEL READING: Matthew 2:1-12

In his grace, God leads Gentiles to worship Christ:

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, when Herod was king, Wise Men from the east came to Jerusalem. They asked, 2“Where is he who has been born King of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3When King Herod heard this, he was alarmed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4He gathered together all the people’s chief priests and experts in the law. He asked them where the Christ was to be born. 5They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, because this was written through the prophet: 

6You, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are certainly not least among the rulers of Judah: because out of you will come a ruler, who will shepherd my people, Israel.” 

7Then Herod secretly summoned the Wise Men and found out from them exactly when the star had appeared. 8He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. When you find him, report to me, so that I may also go and worship him.” 

9After listening to the king, they went on their way. Then the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them, until it stood still over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced with overwhelming joy. 11After they went into the house and saw the child with Mary, his mother, they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12Since they had been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back to their own country by another route. 

This is the Gospel of our Lord Jesus.

Praise be to you, O Christ!

CONFESSION OF FAITH: Nicene Creed, p. 31

HYMN OF THE DAY: 79 vv. 1-3 – How Lovely Shines the Morning Star

SERMON based on Psalm 72: The Fulfillment of the King’s Reign

HYMN: 79 vv. 4-5 – How Lovely Shines the Morning Star



The sacrament

For our Holy Communion practice, please see the purple sheet in the pew racks.


DISTRIBUTION HYMN: 310 – I Come, O Savior, to Your Table


CLOSING HYMN: 622 – For Many Years, O God of Grace


Christmas undecorating today at 11:30 AM.
All are invited to the parsonage for chili lunch.  (517 Tilden St)

Starting this Wednesday, 6 & 8 PM - WELS Online Bible Study.  Tune in from the comfort of your home computer - www.wels.net/interactivefaith

February 4, Annual Voters’ Mtg.


Today        Judges 2

        9:30 - Epiphany Festival Worship

        10:45 - Sunday School & Bible Class: Genesis 3

        11:30 - Christmas undecorating

        12:02 - Lunch at the Parsonage

Monday    Judges 3

Tuesday    Judges 4

        7 PM - Council

Wednesday    Judges 5

        11:30 AM - LW @Perkins

        5 PM - Small Catechism Class

Thursday    Judges 6

        6 PM - Choir

Friday        Judges 7

Saturday    Judges 8

Sunday    Judges 9

        9:30 - Epiphany 2 Worship

        10:58 - Bible Class: Genesis 3 & Godly Discipline


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