Second Sunday after the Epiphany
January 17, 2021
The Common Service - Page 15
HYMN 75 - Father, Let Me Dedicate
Father, let me dedicate all this year to you, in whate’er my earthly state, in whate’er I do.
Not from sorrow, pain, or care freedom dare I claim; this alone shall be my prayer: glorify your name.
Can a child resume to choose where or how to live? Can a father’s love refuse all the best to give?
More you give me ev’ry day than the best can claim; help me trust you that I may glorify your name.
If in mercy you prolong joys that now are mine, if on life serene and fair brighter rays may shine,
Let my glad heart, while it sings, you in all proclaim and, whate’er the future brings, glorify your name.
If you have for me a cross and its shadow come, turning all my gain to loss, shrouding heart and home,
Let me think how your dear Son to his glory came and in deepest woe pray on: “Glorify your name.”
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
CONFESSION OF SINS AND ABSOLUTION
Beloved in the Lord: let us draw near with a pure heart and confess our sins to God our Father, asking Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.
Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful and that I have disobeyed You in my thoughts, words, and actions. I have done with is evil and failed to do what is good. For this I deserve Your punishment both now and in eternity. But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior, Jesus Christ, I pray: Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.
God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given His only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by His authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
The Lord be with you.
AND ALSO WITH YOU.
Almighty God, you gave your one and only Son to be the light of the world. Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and believed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and forever.
FIRST LESSON - 1 SAMUEL 3:1-10
The boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord in the presence of Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days. Prophetic vision was not common.
2Now it happened that Eli’s eyes had begun to grow dim, so that he could not see. Once when Eli was lying down in his place 3and God’s lamp had not yet gone out, Samuel was lying down in the Lord’s temple, where God’s ark was. 4The Lord called Samuel, and Samuel said, “I am here.” 5He ran to Eli, and said, “I am here, since you called me.”
Eli said, “I did not call. Lie down again.” So he went and lay down.
6Then the Lord called once more, “Samuel!”
So Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “I am here, since you called me.”
He answered, “I did not call, my son. Lie down again.”
7Now Samuel had not yet experienced the Lord’s presence, that is, the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.
8The Lord called Samuel for the third time. So he got up and went to Eli and said, “I am here, since you called me.”
Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the young man. 9So Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’”
So Samuel went and once again lay down in his place. 10The Lord came and stood there and called as he had the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
PSALM 67 (page 91)
May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face shine upon us;
may your ways be known on earth,
your salvation among all nations.
May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth.
Then the land will yield its harvest,
and God, our God, will bless us.
God will bless us,
and all the ends of the earth will fear him.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
SECOND LESSON - 1 CORINTHIANS 6:12-20
12“All things are permitted for me”—but not all things are beneficial. “All things are permitted for me”—but I will not allow anything to control me. 13“Foods are for the belly, and the belly is for foods, but God will do away with both of them.” However, the body is not for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. 14God raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then remove the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Certainly not! 16Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute is one body with her? For it says, “The two will become one flesh.” 17But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.
18Flee from sexual immorality! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.
VERSE OF THE DAY
Alleluia. He said to me, “You are my servant in whom I will display my splendor.” Alleluia. (Isaiah 49:3)
GOSPEL LESSON - JOHN 1:43-51
After the announcement of the Gospel, the congregation speaks:
GLORY BE TO YOU, O LORD!
43The next day, Jesus wanted to leave for Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter.
45Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46Nathanael said to him, “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?”
“Come and see!” Philip told him.
47Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said about him, “Truly, here is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”
48Nathanael asked him, “How do you know me?”
Jesus answered, “Before Philip called you, while you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”
49Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
50Jesus replied, “You believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that!” 51Then he added, “Amen, Amen, I tell you: You will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
This is the Gospel of our risen Savior.
PRAISE BE TO YOU, O CHRIST!
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit;
the holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting. Amen.
HYMN 86 The Only Son from Heaven
The only Son from heaven, foretold by ancient seers, by God the Father given, in human form appears.
No sphere his light confining, no star so brightly shining as he, our Morning Star.
Oh, time of God appointed, oh, bright and holy morn! He comes, the King anointed, the Christ, the virgin-born,
Grim death to conquer for us, to open heav’n before us and bring us life again.
Awaken, Lord, our spirit to know and love you more, in faith to stand unshaken, in spirit to adore,
That we, through this world moving, each glimpse of heaven proving, may reap its fullness there.
O Father, here before you with God the Holy Ghost and Jesus, we adore you, O Pride of angel host.
Before you mortals lowly cry “Holy, holy, holy, O blessed Trinity!”
SERMON John 1:43-51
Come and See the Savior!
I. He is the center of Scripture
II. He is the Ladder to heaven
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God and Mary’s son, in the fullness of time you came into our world to save us from sin and death:
You ushered in the day of grace so long foretold.
Beloved Son of the Father, revered by the Magi, baptized by John, you came preaching and teaching, healing and comforting, forgiving and encouraging:
You brought the light of life to those walking in darkness, and the joy of salvation to those doomed to death.
Prince of Peace, shine like a beacon for us and the people of our world. Let the good news of salvation be heard in the remotest corners of the earth. Open our own lips to speak your name to those around us who still live without faith or hope:
Arouse us and our missionaries to flood the world with the light of your gospel.
Lord of the Church, let your peace rule our hearts that we may use our gifts to serve you and each other in willing gratitude and joy. Watch over our loved ones near and far, that they may remember your love and rejoice in your salvation. Strengthen the faith of the sick and the disheartened. Give hope to those in despair and comfort those who mourn:
Be gracious to all and lead us to reflect your love in everything we say and do.
Special prayers and intercessions may follow.
Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our private petitions.
Finally, bring us and all your believers to the heavenly home where we will stand in the full light of your glory and with all your saints and angels sing the everlasting song of triumph.
Blessed Lord, you have given us your Holy Scriptures for our learning. May we so hear them, read, learn, and take them to heart, that being strengthened and comforted by your holy Word, we may cling to the blessed hope of everlasting life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.
HYMN 83 As with Gladness Men of Old
As with gladness men of old did the guiding star behold,
As with joy they hailed its light, Leading onward, beaming bright,
So, most gracious Lord, may we evermore your followers be.
As with joyful steps they sped, Savior, to your lowly bed,
There to bend the knee before You whom heav’n and earth adore,
So may we with willing feet ever seek your mercy seat.
As they offered gifts most rare at your cradle, rude and bare,
So may we with holy joy, Pure and free from sin’s alloy,
All our costliest treasures bring, Christ, to you, our heav’nly King.
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.
In the heav’nly country bright need they no created light;
You its light, its joy, its crown, You its sun which goes not down.
There forever may we sing alleluias to our King!
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