Worship: Epiphany 3B (21 Jan 2018)

Worship audio from January 21, 2018 – Epiphany 3B.

Bulletin here, or 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, thank you for calling me through your Gospel, and for keeping me in this true faith. Grant that I serve you without hesitation; AMEN

Repent and Believe:

Christ says, “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Here there are two parts. The “labor” and the burden signify the contrition, anxiety, and terrors of sin and death. To “come to” Christ is to believe that sins are forgiven for Christ’s sake. When we believe, our hearts are brought to life by the Holy Spirit through Christ’s Word. 45 Here, therefore, are these two chief parts: contrition and faith. In Mark 1:15, Christ says, “Repent and believe in the gospel.” In the first clause He convicts of sins, and in the second He comforts us and shows the forgiveness of sins. Believing the Gospel is not the general faith that devils also have, but in the proper sense it is believing that the forgiveness of sins has been granted for Christ’s sake. This is revealed in the Gospel. You see also here that the two parts are joined: contrition when sins are rebuked; and faith when it is said, “Believe in the gospel.”

Apology to the Augsburg Confession, Article 12  (Concordia p. 163)

Joining Jesus:

Jesus shows his glory in the kind of people that he calls to serve him and in using the gospel to make them willing to follow him, no matter the cost.  
How can I join Jesus today - without hesitation?

OPENING HYMN: 85 – O God from God, O Light from Light


Please rise.

M:  In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C:  Amen.

Dear friends: Let us approach God with a true heart and confess our sins, asking him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to forgive us.

Lord of life, I confess that I am by nature dead in sin.  

For faithless worrying and selfish pride,

For thoughtless sin and sin I have willfully chosen,

For the evil I have done and the good I have failed to do,

You should cast me away from your presence forever.  

O Lord, I am sorry for my sin; forgive me, for Jesus’ sake.

Christ has died.  Christ has risen.  Christ will come again.  In his great mercy, God made us alive in Christ even when we were dead in our sins.  Hear the word of Christ through his called servant: 

         I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of      
         the Holy Spirit.


In peace, let us pray to the Lord.  For the well-being of all people everywhere, that they may receive from you all they need to sustain body and life, hear our prayer, O Lord:

Lord, have mercy.

For the spread of your life-giving gospel throughout the world, that all who are lost in sin may be brought to faith in you, hear our prayer, O Christ:

Christ, have mercy.

For patience and perseverance in this life, that we may not lose the hope of heaven as we await your return, hear our prayer, O Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord of life, live in us that we may live for you.


Let us respond to God’s grace in the song of the angels: Glory to God in the Highest, as printed on the next page.

 All glory be to God on high!                                                                 
Your name, O Lord, we glorify;                                                                  
We praise you for your peace and grace,                                                  
Your favor toward our fallen race.

Our grateful thanks to you we bring.                                                           
For your great glory, heav’nly King,                                                            
For all, O Father, you have done                                                                 Through Jesus Christ, your only Son.

O Lamb of God, to you we pray.                                                               
You take all human sin away.                                                                      
Have mercy, Lord; receive our prayer;                                              
From God’s right hand, your mercy share.                                                 

You, Christ, are holy – Lord alone;                                                           
The Father’s glory you made known.                                                                   We by your Spirit sing again:                                                                          
“All glory be to God!”  Amen.

M: The Lord be with you.    

C: And also with you.

Let us pray:  Almighty God, you sent your Son to proclaim your kingdom and to teach with authority. Anoint us with the power of your Spirit that we, too, may bring good news to the afflicted, bind up the brokenhearted, and proclaim liberty to the captive; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 


The Word

FIRST READING: 1 Kings 19:19-21

Through his gospel, God provides a joyful prophet:

19So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. Elisha was doing the plowing with twelve teams of oxen in front of him, and he himself was driving the twelfth team. Elijah crossed over to him and threw his cloak over him. 20Then Elisha left the oxen and ran after Elijah. He said, “Let me kiss my father and my mother good-bye! Then I will follow you.”  

Then Elijah said, “Go back! For what have I done to you?” 

21So Elisha turned back from following him. Then he took the team of oxen and slaughtered them. Using the equipment from the oxen as fuel, he cooked the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he got up, followed Elijah, and served him.   

PSALM OF THE DAY: CWS 37 (next page) 


Through his gospel, Christ provides committed Christians for service:

Now in the church at Antioch there were some prophets and teachers: Barnabas; Simeon, who was called Niger; Lucius of Cyrene; Manaen, who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch; and Saul. 2While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3Then, after they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them off. 

4So they were sent out by the Holy Spirit and went down to Seleucia. From there they sailed to Cyprus. 5When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. They also had John as their assistant. 

THEME VERSE: Matthew 4:23

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching, preaching, and healing every disease. 

GOSPEL READING: Mark 1:14-20

The message of forgiveness through Jesus means that joining Jesus is a joy:

14After John was put in prison, Jesus went to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God. 15“The time is fulfilled,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near! Repent, and believe in the gospel.” 

16As Jesus was going along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea, since they were fishermen. 17Jesus said to them, “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 18Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19Going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat mending the nets. 20Immediately Jesus called them. They left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him. 

This is the Gospel of our Lord Jesus.  Thanks be to God!

CONFESSION OF FAITH: Nicene Creed, p. 18

HYMN OF THE DAY: 91 – The Star Proclaims the King is Here

SERMON based on Mark 1: Joining Jesus - Counting the Cost



The Sacrament

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

Our communion liturgy today will be sung as one continuous, responsive hymn, without pauses or breaks.  The tune is from Hymn 78 (or 279).  The organist will play a verse of introduction.



M: May God the Lord be with you.

C: God also be with you.

M: Lift up your hearts rejoicing!

C: We lift them up anew!

M: Give unto God all glory, all honor and all praise.

C: To God is due thanksgiving and worship all our days.



M: It's right and salutary to give you thanks, O God,

At all times, in all places, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The saints and angel chorus rejoice in boundless mirth;

We join, to sing your praises, the Church in heav'n and earth:

C: O holy, holy, holy   Lord God of pow'r and might,

Your glory fills the heavens,   and earth shines in your light.

Hosanna in the highest!   Blest ever is the One

Who comes the Lord's name bearing.   Hosanna, Risen Son!



C: The night he was abandoned,   the night he was betrayed,

Our Lord took bread and blessed it,   then broke it, gave it, said:

M: Take, eat, this is my body,   given in death for you.

Remember, as you taste it,   my grace and mercy true.


C: Again, the supper ended,   before we all had fled,

He lifted in thanksgiving   the cup, then passed it, said:

M: Drink, in my blood shed for you, forgiveness of your sin.

Poured out for you, rememb'ring, your love I then might win.

C: Amen! Then come, Lord Jesus; be present at your feast.

Amen! O Holy Spirit, unite us in your peace.

Amen! Almighty Father, give strength to do your will.

O Trinity most holy, feed us and love us still.


Agnus Dei

C: O Lamb of God, Christ Jesus, our sin you take away;

O Lamb of God, Redeemer, have mercy now, we pray.

O Lamb of God, our Savior, your grace in us increase;

Behold us with your favor, and grant to us your peace.

HYMN: 532 – God is Here! As We His People


O Lord, now let your servant   Depart in peace, assured:

For I have seen your promised,  incarnate, saving Word –

A Light that will enlighten   All gloom where Gentiles dwell

The brilliant, crowning glory   Of those in Israel!

All glory to the Father,  All glory to the Son,

All glory to the Spirit,  Forever three in one;

For as in the beginning,  Is now, shall ever be,

God’s triune name resounding  Through all eternity.

We give you thanks, O Lord, for the foretaste of the heavenly banquet that you have given us to eat and to drink in this sacrament.  Through this gift you have fed our faith, nourished our hope, and strengthened our love.  By your Spirit help us to live as your holy people until that day when you will receive us as your guests at the wedding supper of the Lamb - who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


The Lord bless you and keep you.  The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you.  The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.


CLOSING HYMN: 406 – This Is the Threefold Truth


Today, Congregational Update.  Open discussion at the start of Bible class.

January 28, Mission Fest: Jesus Cares Ministry with Rev. Joel Gaertner.  It’ll be a special “Worship at the Cross” service as designed for Jesus Cares ministry, using a simplified liturgy & song selection.  Potluck at 11:50 AM!

Annual Voters’ Mtg, February 4.


Looking Ahead to Next Sunday:

Theme Epiphany 4: Joining Jesus (Jesus Cares Ministry)

Color Green

Liturgy Worship at the Cross
Hymns Jesus Loves Me; God Loves Me Dearly; Father, I Love You; This Little Light



Today        Judges 16

        9:30 AM - Epiphany 3 Worship with Holy Communion

        11 AM - Open Forum; Conclusion of Genesis 3

Monday    Judges 17

Tuesday    Judges 18

        7 PM - CAP Class

Wednesday    Judges 19

        5-6:45 PM – Small Catechism Class

        6, 8 PM - www.wels.net/interactivefaith

Thursday    Judges 20

        6 PM - Choir

        7 PM - Book Club at the Deep Freeze

Friday        Judges 21

Saturday    Ruth 1

Sunday    Ruth 2

        9:30 AM - Worship at the Cross (Jesus Cares Ministry)

        11 AM - Jesus Cares Presentation, Potluck afterward

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Bible text from Biblegateway.com - EHV.