Prelude Ciacona in E Dietrich Buxtehude
Welcome and Greeting
Hymn # 246 Come, Thou Almighty King (Gray Psalter Hymnal)
Prayer of Confession – Front of gray Psalter Hymnal
Prayer for Illumination Grieke Toebes
First Lesson: Job 19:23-27b (NRSV) Grieke Toebes
23“O that my words were written down! O that they were inscribed in a book! 24O that with an iron pen and with lead they were engraved on a rock forever! 25For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth; 26and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God, 27whom I shall see on my side, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!”
Lector: “This is the Word of the Lord.”
Congregation: “Thanks be to God for His Word.”
Special Music Everett & Anna Johnson
Q. 45. What is the first commandment?
A. The first commandment is: You shall have no other gods before me.
Q. 46. What does the first commandment require?
A. To know and recognize the Lord as the only true God, and to worship and glorify him alone.
Q. 47. What does the first commandment forbid?
A. Giving worship or glory to anyone or anything else.
Q. 48. What are we taught by the words “before me?”
A. God notices and is offended by the sin of having any other God.
Hymn # 62 Ancient Words (Supplemental Hymnal)
Second Lesson: Luke 2:25-40 (NRSV)
25Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, 29“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; 30for my eyes have seen your salvation, 31which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”
33And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 34Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 35so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
36There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was a of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. 38At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
39When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.
Sermon “My Eyes Have Seen Your Salvation” Pastor Andrew Winter