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3rd Sunday after the Epiphany ~ January 23, 2022

Service of the Word ~ 9:30am



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

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

C     Amen

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                  Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing


Kyrie                                      p. 28 WOV

Hymn of Praise                  How Great Thou Art (LBW 532)  

Prayer of the Day

Almighty and eternal God, graciously look down on our weakness. Reach out to us with your majestic right hand, and satisfy us with his glory. We ask through the same 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:   Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10

1All the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the Lord had commanded Israel. 2So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could understand what they heard, on the first day of the seventh month. 3And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.

5And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people, and as he opened it all the people stood. 6And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.

8They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading. 9And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. 10Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

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

Psalm 19:[1-6] 7-14

[1The heavens declare the glory of God,
      and the firmament shows his handiwork.

2One day tells its tale to another,
      and one night imparts knowledge to another.

3Although they have no words or language,
      and their voices are not heard,

4Their sound has gone out into all lands,
      and their message to the ends of the world.

5In the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun;
      it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;
      it rejoices like a champion to run its course.

6It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens
and runs about to the end of it again;
      nothing is hidden from its burning heat.]

7The law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul;
      the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent.

8The statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart;
      the commandment of the Lord is clear and gives light to the

9The fear of the Lord is clean and endures forever;
      the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

10More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold,
      sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb.

11By them also is your servant enlightened,
      and in keeping them there is great reward.

12Who can tell how often he offends?
      cleanse me from my secret faults.

13Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not get dominion over me;
      then shall I be whole and sound, and innocent of a great offense.

14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight,
      O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

2nd Scripture Lesson:   1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

12Just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body — Jews or Greeks, slaves or free — and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 14For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. 21The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. 27Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31But earnestly desire the higher gifts.

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

Gospel Acclamation        Speak, O Lord

Gospel:  Luke 4:16-30

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the 4th Chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.

16{Jesus} came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, 18“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” 23And he said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘“Physician, heal yourself.” What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.’” 24And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. 25But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, 26and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” 28When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 29And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. 30But passing through their midst, he went away.

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


Hymn of the                        O Word of God Incarnate (LBW 231)

Apostles’ Creed


Offering of a Thought

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

Prayers of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

Benediction                        p. 74 LBW

Closing Hymn                     A Mighty Fortress is Our God (LBW 229)

Dismissal                             p. 74 LBW


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