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Fifth Sunday after The Epiphany - February 6, 2022 - "Here Am I, Send Me" by Pr. Josh

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

February 6, 2022

The Rev. Joshua Heimbuck, Pastor


We extend the hand of fellowship to all who worship here this morning. May all present grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in a love and desire to serve Him. Guests and visitors, please honor us by signing our Guest Book in the entrance hall of the church as you leave. If you have no church home of your own in the area, we invite you to make Grace Lutheran Church the center of your worship, learning, fellowship, and service. Come to worship with us again and often!



The word Epiphany means “a showing forth” or “a revelation.” One of the images associated with our Lord in this season of Epiphany is that He is the bright Morning Star. In John’s Gospel, Jesus is quoted as calling out: “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in Me may not remain in darkness” (John 12:46). In the season of Epiphany, we see the brightness of God in the face of our Lord, and we are called to follow Him just as the original disciples were called centuries ago. For all who follow the Lord in humble faith, the future is bright!


Lord, God, it is through our lives that your love touches others. Stir us by your Spirit to serve all people with willing hearts and bring them the message of your love. We ask this in the Name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


LSB Setting 4




PRELUDE Ave Verum by W.A. Mozart Tatsiana Asheichyk, Organ


507 HOLY, HOLY, HOLY sts. 1–4


Pastor In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Congregation   Amen.

OPENING SENTENCES Psalm 30:10; 43:3; Proverbs 4:18; Isaiah 2:5b

Pastor Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me!

Congregation   O Lord, be my helper.

Pastor Send out Your light and Your truth; let them lead me;

Congregation   let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling!

Pastor The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,

Congregation   which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION 1 Thessalonians 5:23–24

Pastor Let us now make our confession to our merciful Father in heaven. O God, our holy Father, we admit and confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean and that we have sinned against You in thought and in word and in deed.

Congregation   Have mercy on us and forgive us, O Lord.

Pastor We confess that we have not lived lives that are holy and have not shaped all our actions so that they are in accord with Your commands.

Congregation   Have mercy on us and forgive us, O Lord.

Pastor We confess that Your love has not reached others through us in every situation.

Congregation   Have mercy on us and forgive us, O Lord.

Pastor We confess that we have not always been defenders of the weak and helpless.

Congregation   Have mercy on us and forgive us, O Lord.

Pastor We confess that we have not used every opportunity given us to witness to the faith that is ours and have let the devil, the world, and our sinful flesh set the agendas for our lives and actions.

Congregation   Have mercy on us and forgive us, O Lord.

Pastor Upon this your confession and by the command of our Lord, I, a called and ordained servant of Christ, forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Congregation   Amen.

Pastor Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it.

Congregation   Amen.

Pastor Forgiven and reconciled by God, let us be reconciled with one another and share the peace of our Lord.


[The congregation is encouraged to share the peace of Christ and greet one another with the words: “The Lord’s peace be with you.” The response: “And also with you.”]


Pastor The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Congregation Amen.

+ WORD +




Congregation O Lord, keep Your family the Church continually in the true faith that, relying on the hope of Your heavenly grace, we may ever be defended by Your mighty power; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


[Through a vision in the temple, the eighth-century prophet Isaiah is called by God to announce judgment against Israel. Aware of his sinfulness and shortcomings, Isaiah is initially hesitant. But when God calls, Isaiah responds, “Here am I, send me!”]

1In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”

4And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

6Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

8And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

Leader This is the Word of the Lord.

Congregation   Thanks be to God.

EPISTLE 1 Corinthians 14:12b–20

[Paul encourages the believers in Corinth to use the spiritual gifts that they have been given to build each other up, not to boast in their own abilities. We too have been given various gifts and abilities. Lord, help us also to use our gifts for the benefit of our neighbor.]

Since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.

13Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray for the power to interpret. 14For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful. 15What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also. 16Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying? 17For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up. 18I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.

20Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.

Leader This is the Word of the Lord.

Congregation   Thanks be to God.

SPECIAL MUSIC Behold the Great Redeemer by Geo. Careless Tatsiana Asheichyk, Organ

HOLY GOSPEL Luke 5:1–11

Pastor The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the fifth chapter.

Congregation   Glory to You, O Lord.

[Jesus’ teaching of God’s word has begun to draw great crowds. For Simon, James and John, Jesus’ teaching inspires hospitality, then obedience, and then risk. After Jesus’ creative power is revealed, fear and amazement leads these three fishermen to leave everything behind to become apostles.]

1On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on [Jesus] to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, 2and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” 6And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. 7They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” 9For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” 11And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.

Pastor This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Congregation   Praise to You, O Christ.


HOMILY “Here am I! Send me.” Isaiah 6:1–8


Congregation   I believe in one God,

the Father Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth

and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

the only-begotten Son of God,

begotten of His Father before all worlds,

God of God, Light of Light,

very God of very God,

begotten, not made,

being of one substance with the Father,

by whom all things were made;

who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven

and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary

and was made man;

and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.

He suffered and was buried.

And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures

and ascended into heaven

and sits at the right hand of the Father.

And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,

whose kingdom will have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord and giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,

who spoke by the prophets.

And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,

I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,

and I look for the resurrection of the dead

and the life of the world to come. Amen.




Congregation Gracious God, we bring before you a portion of what you first gave us and

with these gifts our very lives. Teach us patience and hope as we care for

all those in need until the coming of your Son, our Savior and Lord. Amen.



Pastor The Lord be with you.

Congregation   And also with you.

Pastor Lift up your hearts.

Congregation   We lift them to the Lord.

Pastor Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

Congregation   It is right to give Him thanks and praise.


Pastor It is our duty and our delight at all times and in all places to give thanks to You, O Lord, holy Father, almighty, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord; and now do we praise You that You did send to us Your only-begotten Son, and that in Him, being found in human form, You did manifest the brightness of Your glory; through whom with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You for Your great majesty:



Pastor Holy are You, O God, almighty and most merciful Lord. We thank You for having sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, to be our Redeemer, saving us from the power of sin, death, and the devil, and blessing our lives from before our birth to beyond our death. Invited by Your grace, we come to Your Table with gratitude and joy. Strengthen us through Christ’s body and blood that we reflect the brightness of Your light. Filled with Your peace, we await the eternal Kingdom, where there is no need of lamp, for Christ the Light enlightens all in glory everlasting.

Congregation   Amen.


Pastor Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My + body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My + blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”


Pastor The peace of the Lord be with you always.

Congregation   Amen.





Congregation   Almighty and ever-living God, we thank You for having fed us with the body and blood of our Savior Jesus Christ, assuring us thereby that we are truly members of His Body, the Church. And we ask You to help us by Your Holy Spirit that we may continue in this fellowship and do the good works that You desire us to do; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, to whom with You and the same Spirit be all honor and glory, forever and ever.




Pastor Let us bless the Lord.

Congregation   Thanks be to God.


Pastor The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace and may you be a blessing to others!

Congregation   Amen.




Pastor Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

Congregation Thanks be to God!

Quotation in Closing Sequence is from What Luther Says, edited by Ewald Plass, copyright © 1959 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.

Creative Worship for the Lutheran Parish, Series C, Quarter 1. Copyright © 2021 Concordia Publishing House.

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Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Grace Notes


TUESDAY: Women’s Study 10:00 am

Council Zoom Meeting4:00 pm

       SATURDAY: NewMen’s Breakfast Study 8:30 am

STUDY OPPORTUNITIES at Grace: The Tuesday morning Women’s Study meets at 10:00 am in the Fireside Room. Ashland/Phoenix Small Group study meets bi-monthly at 2:00 pm on the first and third Wednesdays. Next NewMen’s Coffee Study is scheduled for Saturday morning, February 12th, beginning at 8:30 am. Set these times aside now for a good discussion and fellowship.



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