Prelude Veni Creator Spiritus setting Robert Lau
O come, Creator Spirit, come
Christ, the fair glory of the holy angels
Welcome and Greeting
Hymn # 483 How Great Thou Art (Gray Psalter Hymnal)
Psalter: Psalm 89:20-37 NRSV Jurgen Honig
20I have found my servant David; with my holy oil I have anointed him;
21my hand shall always remain with him; my arm also shall strengthen him.
22The enemy shall not outwit him, the wicked shall not humble him.
23I will crush his foes before him and strike down those who hate him.
24My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with him; and in my name his horn shall be exalted.
25I will set his hand on the sea and his right hand on the rivers.
26He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation!’
27I will make him the firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.
28Forever I will keep my steadfast love for him, and my covenant with him will stand firm.
29I will establish his line forever, and his throne as long as the heavens endure.
30If his children forsake my law and do not walk according to my ordinances,
31if they violate my statutes and do not keep my commandments,
32then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with scourges;
33but I will not remove from him my steadfast love, or be false to my faithfulness.
34I will not violate my covenant, or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
35Once and for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David.
36His line shall continue forever, and his throne endure before me like the sun.
37It shall be established forever like the moon, an enduring witness in the skies.”
Prayer for Illumination Jurgen Honig
First Lesson: Ezekiel 37:15-23 NRSV Jurgen Honig
15The word of the Lord came to me: 16Mortal, take a stick and write on it, “For Judah, and the Israelites associated with it”; then take another stick and write on it, “For Joseph (the stick of Ephraim) and all the house of Israel associated with it”; 17and join them together into one stick, so that they may become one in your hand. 18And when your people say to you, “Will you not show us what you mean by these?” 19say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am about to take the stick of Joseph (which is in the hand of Ephraim) and the tribes of Israel associated with it; and I will put the stick of Judah upon it, and make them one stick, in order that they may be one in my hand. 20When the sticks on which you write are in your hand before their eyes, 21then say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from every quarter, and bring them to their own land. 22I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all. Never again shall they be two nations, and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms. 23They shall never again defile themselves with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions. I will save them from all the apostasies into which they have fallen, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
Lector: This is the Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God for His Word.
Special Music Anna & Everett Johnson
Q. 105. For what do we pray in the fifth request?
A. In the fifth request (forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors) we pray that God would forgive our sins as we, by God’s grace, have forgiven others.
Hymn # 291 May the Mind of Christ, My Savior (Gray Psalter Hymnal)
Second Reading: Titus 2:11-15
11Because the grace of God has appeared to all people,
12teaching us, so that we might live in this present age,
by denying ungodliness and worldly desires in a self-controlled, upright, and godly way,
13waiting for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and savior, Jesus Christ,
14who gave himself for us, so that
he might ransom us from each lawlessness
and that he might purify for himself a very special people who are zealous for good works.
15Concerning these things you must speak, make appeals, and make corrections, with all authority. Do not allow anyone to disregard you.
Sermon “The Grace of God Has Appeared” Pastor Andrew Winter