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January 7, 2018                                                              Epiphany 1

Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! Today’s lessons show us the meaning of the name “Christ,” the Anointed one.

Order of Service

Common Service, page 15 in the front of the hymnal

Opening Hymn

Angels from the Realms of Glory, #80

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 49:1-6

In one of Isaiah’s servant songs. The Servant of the Lord describes his calling and his work: “to restore the tribes of Jacob” and to be “a light for the Gentiles.”

Psalm of the Day

Psalm 2, page 65 in front of the hymnal

Second Lesson

Acts 16:25-34

The jailer at Philippi poses a crucial question: “What must I do to be saves?” Paul and Silas point not to deeds but to faith, and they them baptize the jailer and his whole family.

Gospel Lesson

Mark 1:4-11

The first part of this reading shows us john the Baptist, and then it goes on to tell us of a baptism like no one ever saw or will see again: the heavens were “torn open,” and the Spirit descended like a dove on Jesus. The Father gave his Son his full testimony in a voice thundering from heaven.

Hymn of the Day

To Jordan’s River Came Our Lord, #89

Sermon

Acts 16:25-34—Baptism Screams Urgency

Hymn

Here, O My Lord, I See You Face to Face, #315

Closing Hymn

Hail, O Source of Every Blessing, #87