January 6, 2018                      Epiphany

ORDER OF SERVICE

Service of Word and Sacrament (also found on page 26 in the front part of the red hymnal).


 

OPENING HYMN

Hymn 87, Hail, O Source of Every Blessing

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY

 

       Lord God, by the leading of a star you once made known to the nations your one and only Son. Guide us, also, who know him now by faith, to come at last to the perfect joy of your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

(sung) Amen.

 

FIRST LESSON

Isaiah 60:1-6 (printed on back of worship folder)

Already in the Old Testament, God explained that people from other nations would come to know Jesus as the light of salvation and would worship him.

 

PSALM OF THE DAY

Psalm 72 (also found on page 93 of the hymnal)

 

SECOND LESSON

Ephesians 3:2-12 (printed on back of worship folder)

God’s grace is for all people, Jews and Gentiles. St. Paul proclaimed this mystery to the Gentiles. We also proclaim that Jesus came for all.

 

GOSPEL

Matthew 2:1-12 (printed on back of worship folder)

The Magi learn of the new-born King and come to worship him as their Lord and Savior. God kept them from reporting back to Herod. They returned to their home by a different route.

 

HYMN OF THE DAY

Hymn 79, How Lovely Shines the Morning Star

 

SERMON

Isaiah 60:1-6
"In Christ a New Day Has Dawned."

 

DISTRIBUTION HYMN

Hymn 91, The Star Proclaims the King Is Here

 

CLOSING HYMN

Hymn 86, The Only Son from Heaven