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January 8, 2017 Epiphany 1
Posted under: Epiphany
Sunday Worship at 8:00am & 10:30am, Spiritual Growth Hour at 9:15am
Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! The baptism of Christ as the inauguration of his ministry is the theme of the day. But as we remember Jesus’ baptism we also focus on our own baptism, by which we are connected to him and his saving work. This work was done on behalf of all people and has the Father’s full approval and delight.
Order of Service
Service of the Word, page 38 in the front part of the hymnal
The Star Proclaims the King Is Here, #91
Prayer of the Day
Father in heaven, at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan you proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit. Keep us who are baptized into Christ faithful in our calling as your children and make us heirs with him of everlasting life; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen (sung)
This is the first of Isaiah’s four “Servant Songs.” In words charged with grace and mercy the chosen Servant is described as the One who will bring justice, mercy, and faithfullness for all people. The Servant is God’s Chosen—anointed with the Spirit and the delight of his heavenly Father.
Psalm of the Day
Psalm 45, Page 83 in the front part of the hymnal
Peter relates to the Gentile, Cornelius, the wonderful revelation the Lord had given him. God’s grace is extended to all people in Christ Jesus who, after his baptism by John in the Jordan, embarked on his formal ministry as the world’s Messiah.
Jesus is baptized by John in the Jordan River. The Servant chosen by God, in loving obedience to his Father, submits to baptism in order to “fulfill all righteousness” for all people. How important to note that Jesus receives his Father’s approval at the beginning of his ministry: “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.
Hymn of the Day
How Lovely Shines the Morning Star, #79
Isaiah 42:3—Bruised Reeds and Smoldering Wicks
To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Lord, #88
Send Forth, O Lord, to Every Place, #572