The Epiphany of our Lord
January 6, 2013
Holy Jesus, ev'ry day Keep us in the narrow way; And, when earthly things are past, Bring our ransomed souls at last Where they need no star to guide, Where no clouds your glory hide. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 83:4)
Worship Focus: Jesus Shines as our Light
Order of Worship: Service of Word and Sacrament, p. 26
Hymns: 80, 79, 441, 90
Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156
First Lesson: Isaiah 60:1-6
The light shines out from Jesus and his people to bring us out of the darkness.
Psalm 72, p. 93
Epiphany reveals Jesus as our King, who came as the Savior for all nations.
Second Lesson: Ephesians 3:2-12
The Apostle Paul carries out what the prophets foretold. The Gospel of Jesus goes out into all the world bringing not only Jews, but also Gentiles like us into God's family, so that we are heirs of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.
Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12
The wise men, or Magi, were non-Jews. Their visit to Jesus illustrates that Jesus came as the Savior for all peoples, both Jew and Gentile.
Catechism Student Questions:
The Lord's Supper
At St. John’s we observe the biblical practice of close communion. Communing together is an outward sign of the inner closeness of faith that seeks to agree on all that the Bible teaches. So we ask that only those commune who are confirmed members of churches which have declared fellowship with the WELS. If you have further questions, please talk with the pastor.
Annual Meeting and Potluck: The annual meeting and potluck will be next Sunday, January 13. The annual meeting will follow the potluck. Agenda items include roof repair; elections for elder, treasurer, and trustee; Lent and Easter schedule; and the 2013 budget.
January Ushers: Doug Nelson (capt.), Jason Brown, Collin Brown, Seth Nelson, Delroy Thielke
January Cleaners: Don & Janet Spencer, Bridget Joos
Today's Greeters: Dick & Judy Lubenow