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February 5, 2023 ~ Service of Holy Communion~ 9:30am

5th Sunday after the Epiphany

Announcements

Prelude

Invocation

P     In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit

C     Amen

Confession for Epiphany (based on John 3:19 & 1 John 1:8)

P     When You, O Lord, were baptized in the Jordan river, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest;

C     For the voice of the Father bore witness to You and called You His beloved Son.

P     And the Spirit, in the form of a dove, confirmed the truthfulness of His word.

C     Christ, our God, You have revealed Yourself and have enlightened the world. 

P     You have come and revealed Yourself, O unapproachable Light, and this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.  Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.   

C     Amen

P     If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

P     Most merciful God,

C     we confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name.  Amen

P     In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for you, and for his sake God forgives you all your sins. To those who believe in Jesus Christ he gives the power to become the children of God and bestows on them the Holy Spirit.

C     Amen

Opening Hymn                  Children of the Heavenly Father   (LBW 474)

Apostolic Greeting

Kyrie                                      P. 28 WOV

Hymn of Praise                  Beautiful Savior, vs. 1, 2    (LBW 518)

Prayer of the Day

Stand watch over your family, O Lord, that we who depend entirely on your heavenly grace may always be protected in the mighty fortress of your love; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Children’s Sermon

1st Scripture Lesson ~   Isaiah 58:3-9a

3“‘Why have we fasted, and you see it not? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’ Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and oppress all your workers. 4Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to hit with a wicked fist. Fasting like yours this day will not make your voice to be heard on high. 5Is such the fast that I choose, a day for a person to humble himself? Is it to bow down his head like a reed, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you call this a fast, and a day acceptable to the Lord? 6Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? 7Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? 8Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. 9Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’”

The Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

2nd Scripture Lesson ~ 1 Corinthians 2:1-12[13-16]

1I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 6Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” — 10these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. [13And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. 14The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.]

The Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation        O Word of God Incarnate (LBW 231, vs. 1)

Gospel ~  Matthew 5:13-20

The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the 5th Chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.

13{Jesus said,} “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. 14You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. 17Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

The Gospel of the Lord.
C:  Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

Hymn of the Day                 Take My Life, that I May Be (LBW 406)

Nicene Creed

Prayers of God’s People

Offering

Offertory                             The Doxology  564

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, Ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

Offertory Prayer               p. 67 LBW

The Great Thanksgiving p. 68 LBW

Words of Institution

The Lord’s Prayer

Distribution of Communion

Lamb of God (Agnus Dei)      p.72

Post Communion Prayer

Benediction                        p. 74 LBW

Closing Hymn                     O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing   (LBW 559)

Dismissal                             p. 74 LBW

Postlude

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