Sunday Worship at 8:00am & 10:30am, Spiritual Growth Hour at 9:15am

 January 8, 2017                                                             Epiphany 1

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

Opening Hymn

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)

First Lesson

Isaiah 42:1-7

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

Second Lesson

Acts 10:34-38

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.

Gospel Lesson

Matthew 3:13-17

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

Sermon

Isaiah 42:3—Bruised Reeds and Smoldering Wicks

Hymn

To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Lord, #88

Closing Hymn

Send Forth, O Lord, to Every Place, #572