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Concordia Lutheran

Church

255 West Douglas St. South St. Paul, MN 55075

651-451-0309

Vision Creating a Christ-Centered Community, one family at a

time, beginning in South St. Paul and continuing through the

world

Mission Creating a Christ-Centered community gathered together

To joyfully worship our God To grow in faith and knowledge To love one another And to share the Good News of Jesus Christ

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THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD January 6, 2019

AS WE GATHER Mystery means something hidden that is now revealed. While many mysteries surround the Epiphany of Our Lord, Paul reminds us of the central mystery of how Gentiles are fellow heirs of the promise and partakers in that promise in Christ Jesus. We are curious about who these Magi were or the nature of the star that led them to the Christ Child, but these fade into the profound revelation that Christ is come not for the few but for allJew and Gentile. Through the proclamation of the Gospel, the Lord calls all people into the light of Christ by faith. This was Gods eternal purpose, but it was hidden until the right moment when it was fully revealed in Christ Jesus, our Lord. So the Church rejoices with Peter that God shows no partiality but has provided salvation for all through Jesus Christ.

PRE-SERVICE MUSIC

THE WELCOME

THE RITE OF FRIENDSHIP

PREPARATION

OPENING HYMN Songs of Thankfulness and Praise LSB 394

1 Songs of thankfulness and praise, Jesus, Lord, to Thee we raise, Manifested by the star To the sages from afar, Branch of royal Davids stem In Thy birth at Bethlehem: Anthems be to Thee addressed, God in man made manifest.

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2 Manifest at Jordans stream, Prophet, Priest, and King supreme; And at Cana wedding guest In Thy Godhead manifest; Manifest in powr divine, Changing water into wine; Anthems be to Thee addressed, God in man made manifest.

3 Manifest in making whole

Palsied limbs and fainting soul; Manifest in valiant fight, Quelling all the devils might; Manifest in gracious will, Ever bringing good from ill; Anthems be to Thee addressed, God in man made manifest.

4 Sun and moon shall darkened be,

Stars shall fall, the heavns shall flee; Christ will then like lightning shine, All will see His glorious sign; All will then the trumpet hear, All will see the Judge appear; Thou by all wilt be confessed, God in man made manifest.

5 Grant us grace to see Thee, Lord,

Present in Thy holy Word Grace to imitate Thee now And be pure, as pure art Thou; That we might become like Thee At Thy great epiphany And may praise Thee, ever blest, God in man made manifest.

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INVOCATION P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy

Spirit. C: Amen.

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CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION P: Let us confess our sins to God our Father. C: Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful

and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

P: According to Gods eternal purpose, the Lord Jesus Christ was

incarnate of the Virgin Mary to suffer and die for you and to bring you into communion with the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit. In Christ, the mystery long hidden has been revealed for all to know that we might be brought to faith and life in Him. In the name of Christ and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen. P: Peace be with you. C: And also with you.

WORD

INTROIT Psalm 45:68a; antiphon: v. 17 P: I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations;

therefore nations will praise you forever and ever. C: Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of your

kingdom is a scepter of uprightness; you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.

P: Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of

gladness beyond your companions; C: your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia. ALL: 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. P: I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations;

therefore nations will praise you forever and ever.

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KYRIE P: In peace let us pray to the Lord. C: Lord, have mercy. P: For the peace from above, for the overflowing love of God, and

for our salvation let us pray to the Lord. C: Lord, have mercy. P: For the peace of the whole world, for the Church of God as it

loves and forgives in Christs name, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

C: Lord, have mercy. P: For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship in

psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs let us pray to the Lord. C: Lord, have mercy. P: Help, save, comfort, and defend us, loving Lord. C: Amen.

HYMN OF PRAISE Angels We Have Heard on High LSB 368 (Verse 3)

3 Come to Bethlehem and see Him whose birth the angels sing; Come, adore on bended knee Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

Gloria in excelsis Deo. Gloria in excelsis Deo.

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SALUTATION P: The Lord be with you. C: And also with you. PRAYER OF THE DAY P: Almighty God, Your saving purpose was hidden in mystery

through the ages and revealed in Your Son, Jesus Christ. As the Magi were brought into the light of His presence by the leading of a star, so bring us now into the light of Your presence by Your Word that we may know Your Son as Savior and Lord and make Him known to those still captive to the darkness of unbelief; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen.

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OLD TESTAMENT READING Isaiah 60:16 (Arise and shine for Your light has come.)

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. 2 For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,

and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. 3 And nations shall come to your light,

and kings to the brightness of your rising.

4 Lift up your eyes all around, and see;

they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be carried on the hip. 5 Then you shall see and be radiant;

your heart shall thrill and exult, because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you. 6 A multitude of camels shall cover you,

the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall bring good news, the praises of the LORD.

P: This is the Word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.

GRADUAL Psalm 117:1-2a; 96:8 ALL: Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, And the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; Bring an offering, and come into his courts!

EPISTLE Ephesians 3:112 (The mystery long hidden has been revealed in Jesus Christ.)

For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles

2 assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's

grace that was given to me for you, 3 how the mystery was made known

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to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. 4 When you read this, you

can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5

which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit.

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mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

7 Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God's

grace, which was given me by the working of his power. 8 To me,

though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,

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to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things,

10 so that through the church the manifold

wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.

11 This was according to the eternal purpose that

he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12

in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.

P: This is the Word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.

ALLELUIA AND VERSE ALL: Alleluia. Where is He who has been born king of the Jews?

For we saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him. Alleluia.

THE HOLY GOSPEL Matthew 2:112 (The star leads the Magi to Bethlehem, where Jesus Christ was born for all)

P: The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the second chapter. C: Glory to You,

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