Third Sunday After Epiphany

 26 January 2020


Time of the Church:                Epiphany

Color:                                    Green

Divine Service:                       Setting III

Introit:                                    Psalm 22: 27 – 31  antiphon: verse 22

Old Testament:                        Isaiah 9: 1 – 4

Psalm                                      Psalm 27: 1 – 9 (10 – 14)  antiphon: verse 1

Epistle:                                    1 Corinthians 1: 10 – 18

Gradual:                                  Psalm 117: 1 – 2a; 96: 8

Verse:                                     Matthew 4: 17

Gospel:                                   Matthew 4: 12 – 25

Proper Preface:                       Epiphany


The Lord Manifests His Glory through His Office of the Holy Ministry

     By His coming in the flesh and by His preaching and miracles, the Lord Jesus shines the light of His Gospel upon “the people who walked in darkness” and “who dwelt in a land of deep darkness” (Is. 9:2). He also has “multiplied the nation” and “increased its joy” (Is. 9:3) by calling disciples to Himself from the ends of the earth. For this purpose, He calls Peter and Andrew, with James and John, to follow Him and be “fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19). As Jesus did, they also go forth “proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people” (Matt. 4:23). They preach the foolishness of the cross of Christ as the very power and wisdom of God. This word and preaching of the cross divides “those who are perishing” from “us who are being saved” (1 Cor. 1:18), but it unites the Church, the one Body of Christ, “in the same mind and the same judgment” (1 Cor. 1:10).




Opening Hymn:          411 / I Want To Be A Child Of The Light

Sermon Hymn:           839 / O Christ, Our True And Only Light

Distribution Hymns:    845 / Where Charity And Love Prevail

                                 822 / Alleluia! Let Praises Ring

                            649 / Blest Be The Tie That Binds

             821 / Alleluia! Sing To Jesus

                     849 / Praise The One Who Breaks The Darkness

Closing Hymn:                  644 / The Church’s One Foundation

Second Sunday After Epiphany

19 January 2020


Time of the Church:                 Epiphany

Color:                                     Green

Divine Service:                        Setting III

Introit:                                     Psalm 19: 1 – 4a,b  antiphon: verse 14

Old Testament:                        Isaiah 49: 1 – 7

Psalm                                     Psalm 40: 1 – 11  antiphon: verse 3

Epistle:                                   1 Corinthians 1: 1 – 9

Gradual:                                 Psalm 117: 1 – 2a; 96: 8

Verse:                                    John 1: 29b

Gospel:                                  John 1: 29 – 42a

Proper Preface:                      Epiphany


God Reveals His Glory in Christ and His Cross

     “The Lord, the Redeemer of Israel,” calls forth his Holy One (Is. 49:7), Jesus, the Christ, “from the womb” of His mother (Is. 49:1). The incarnate Son of God is revealed as the Savior, not only for Israel but also “as a light for the nations,” whose salvation reaches “to the end of the earth” (Is. 49:6). John came “baptizing with water” (John 1:31) to reveal Jesus as “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29), and who glorifies His God and Father by His atoning sacrifice upon the cross. When Jesus was baptized in the waters of the Jordan, the Holy Spirit descended “from heaven like a dove” and “remained on him” (John 1:32). By our Baptism, we are anointed by the same Spirit, adopted by God the Father, and “called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 1:9). Therefore, we “are not lacking in any gift,” but we can trust Him who promises to sustain us to the end, “guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 1:7–8).



Opening Hymn:             398 / Hail To The Lord’s Anointed

Sermon Hymn:              406 / To Jordan Came The Christ, Our Lord (stanzas 1 – 3)

Distribution Hymns:       601 / All Who Believe And Are Baptized

                                    594 / God’s Own Child I Gladly Say It

                                    506 / All Christians Who Have Been Baptized

            406 / To Jordan Came The Christ, Our Lord (stanzas 4 – 7)

            593 / See The Wonder In The Making

Closing Hymn:                    595 / O Blessed Spring

First Sunday After Epiphany

 12 January 2020

Time of the Church Year:                        Epiphany
Color:                                                      White
Divine Service:                                        Setting III
Introit:                                                      Psalm 45: 6-8a   (Antiphon: verse 17)
Old Testament:                                        Isaiah 60: 1-6
Psalm:                                                     Psalm 72: 1 – 11 [12-15] (Antiphon: verse 18)
Gradual:                                                  Psalm 117: 1-2a (Antiphon: Psalm 96: 8)
Epistle:                                                    Ephesians 3: 1-12
Verse:                                                      Matthew 2: 2b
Gospel:                                                    Matthew 2: 1-12
Proper Preface:                                       Epiphany

 The Lord God Is Manifested In The Incarnate Son

     The Feast of the Epiphany centers in the visit of the Magi from the East.   In that respect, it is a “Thirteenth Day” of Christmas, and yet it also marks the beginning of a new liturgical season.  Where Christmas has focused on the incarnation of our Lord, that is, on God becoming flesh, the Season of Epiphany emphasizes the manifestation or self-revelation of God in that same flesh of Christ.  For the Lord Himself has entered our darkness and rises upon us with the brightness of His true light (Isaiah 60: 1-2).  He does so chiefly by His Word of the Gospel, which He causes to be preached within His Church on earth, not only to the Jews but also to Gentiles (Ephesians 3: 8-10).  As the Magi were guided by the promises of Holy Scripture to find and worship the Christ Child with His mother in the house (Matthew 2: 5-11), so does He call disciples from all nations by the preaching of His Word to find and worship Him within His Church (Isaiah 6: 3-6).n


Opening Hymn:             398 / Hail To The Lord’s Anointed
Sermon Hymn:              402 / The Only Son From Heaven
Distribution Hymns:       550 / Lamb Of God
404 / Jesus Once With Sinners Numbered
409 / Hail, O Source Of Every Blessing
537 / Beautiful Savior
397 / As With Gladness Men Of Old
Closing Hymn:               549 / All Hail The Power Of Jesus Name

Second Sunday After Christmas

5 January 2020

Time of the Church:                     Christmas
Color:                                           White
Divine Service:                             Setting III
Introit:                                           Psalm 147: 1, 5, 11 – 12 (Antiphon: John 1: 14)                                           
Old Testament:                             1 Kings 3: 4 – 15
Psalm:                                          Psalm 119: 97-104 (Antiphon: verse 99): 
Gradual:                                       Isaiah 9: 6; Psalm 98: 1a
Epistle:                                         Ephesians 1: 3-14
Verse:                                           Luke 2: 40
Gospel:                                         Luke 2: 40-52
Proper Preface:                            Christmas

The Lord Jesus Is Found In The Temple Of His Church

     The Lord Jesus “grew and became strong” (Luke 2: 40); He “increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2: 52).  As His body grew and developed, His mind also increased in knowledge and understanding.  For as our brother int he flesh, that we might “have redemption through His blood ” (Ephesians 1, He lived by faith in the Word of His Father.  Thus, He was catechized by His parents, who took Him up “” (Luke 2: 41)l and when He was of age, He gave attention to the Holy Scriptures in His Father’s house (Luke 2: 46, 49).  Christ Jesus is still found in His Church, in “” by which we are adopted by His Father and sealed with His Spirit (Ephesians 1: 5, 13).  Thus do we gain “” to go about our vocations, discerning “” (1 Kings 3: 9).  And so do we also go up to Jerusalem to stand “” (1 Kings 3: 15), that is, in the Holy Communion of His body and blood.


Opening Hymn:             384 / Of The Father’s Love Begotten
Sermon Hymn:              410 / Within The Father’s House
Distribution Hymns:       395 / O Morning Star, How Fair And Bright
370 / What Child Is This
376 / Once In David’s Royal City
377 / On Christmas Night All Christians Sing
Closing Hymn:               380 / Hark! The Herald Angels Sing