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Third Sunday after The Epiphany - January 23, 2022 - ""Wait a Minute" by Pr. Josh

THIRD SUNDAY after THE EPIPHANY

GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH

Ashland, Oregon

Rev Joshua Heimbuck

+ THIRD SUNDAY after THE EPIPHANY +

23 January 2022

WELCOME

We extend the hand of fellowship to all who worship with us this morning. It is our prayer that through this hour of prayer and thanksgiving, the Holy Spirit will strengthen your relationship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. If you are worshiping with us for the first time, please honor us by signing our Guest Book in the entrance hall of the church or use the visitor slip included in this morning’s worship folder and place it in the offering plate. If you have no church home of your own in the area, we invite you to make Grace Lutheran the center of your worship, learning, fellowship, and service. Please join us for a cup of coffee after this morning’s worship and let us become better acquainted with you as you get to know us better. Come to worship with us again and often!

AS WE GATHER   A Planting of the Lord

Epiphany is the season of revelation. From the visit of the Magi

to the baptism of Jesus to the miracle of water into wine, we see

the Lord reveal himself as the promised Messiah. In today’s

liturgy we encounter Jesus in the synagogue at Nazareth,

reading the prophecy of Isaiah, and announcing it fulfillment in

his flesh and blood. Once again, we see what Emmanuel (God

with us and for us) means. Jesus is not simply the fulfillment of

the promise but the embodiment of that promise. Through him

God plants us in his Kingdom and displays the splendor of his

saving grace.

PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP

O God, our Father, whose praise is in The Church, uplift our souls to the holiness of your presence, so that with pure hearts we may adore you and worship you with joy-filled lips; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

+ THE ORDER of CELBRATING +

Haugen Setting

PRE-SERVICE MUSIC

WELCOME

PRELUDE I love to Tell the Story with Jesus Love me – by Marty Parks

by Marty Parks

849 PRAISE THE ONE WHO BREAKS THE DARKNESS

Text: © 1987 Hope Publishing Co. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110004628

Tune: Public domain

(The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.)

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

Congregation     Amen.

Pastor If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Congregation     But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

(Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.)

Pastor Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

Congregation     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.

Pastor Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Congregation     Amen.

PASSING of PEACE

[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.”]

APOSTOLIC GREETING

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.

NOW THE FEAST      Refrain:    Now the feast and celebration,

All of creation sings for joy

to the God of life and love and freedom:

praise and glory forevermore!

  1. Now is the feast of the Lamb once slain,

whose blood has freed and united us to

be one great people of God.   Refrain

  1. Power and riches, wisdom and might,

all honor and glory to Christ forever.  Refrain

  1. For God has come to dwell with us, to make

us people of God; to make all things new.  Refrain

Congregation Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities and stretch forth the hand of Your majesty to heal and defend us; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING Nehemiah 8:1–3, 5–6, 8–10

[The exiles have returned and rebuilt Jerusalem. Now Ezra, the priest, reads the law of Moses to them in the public square. When they hear it, they weep for their sins and for the long years of their exile, but Ezra reminds them that the joy of the Lord is their strength.]

1 All the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the Lord had commanded Israel. 2So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could understand what they heard, on the first day of the seventh month. 3And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law. . . .

5And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people, and as he opened it all the people stood. 6And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground. . . .

8They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.

9And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. 10Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Assistant This is the Word of the Lord.

Congregation     Thanks be to God.

EPISTLE 1 Corinthians 12:12–31a

[The apostle and pastor Paul uses the metaphor of the human body to describe how intimately connected we are in The Church. For this struggling congregation in Corinth, Paul delivers a vital message of unity that is a mark of The Church today.]

12For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

14For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

21The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

27Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31But earnestly desire the higher gifts.

Assistant This is the Word of the Lord.

Congregation     Thanks be to God.

Special Music: Be Thou My Vision – by Tracey Craig McKibben

HOLY GOSPEL Luke 4:16–30

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

Congregation     Glory to You, O Lord.

 [Near the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry, he visits his hometown of Nazareth. In the words of Isaiah, he states and claims his identity, purpose, and mission.]

16[Jesus] came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

18“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

20And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” 23And he said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself.’ What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.” 24And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. 25But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, 26and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” 28When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 29And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. 30But passing through their midst, he went away.

Pastor This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Congregation     Praise to You, O Christ.

349 HARK THE GLAD SOUND

Text and tune: Public domain

SERMON “Wait a minute, aren’t you…?” Text: Gospel

953 WE ALL BELIEVE IN ONE TRUE GOD

Text and tune: Public domain

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

OFFERING

OFFERTORY PRAYER

Congregation: Gracious God, we praise you for your wonderful creation and your all-

sustaining love. Calm our anxiety over the needs of this life, that what we

have freely received, we may freely give to the service of your Kingdom and

the care of others in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

+ SERVICE OF THE SACRAMENT +

PREFACE LSB 216

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 truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, O Lord our God, king of all creation, for You have had mercy on us and given Your only-begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. Grant us Your Spirit, gracious Father, that we may give heed to the testament of Your Son in true faith and, above all, firmly take to heart the words with which Christ gives to us His body and blood for our forgiveness. By Your grace, lead us to remember and give thanks for the boundless love which He manifested to us when, by pouring out His precious blood, He saved us from Your righteous wrath and from sin, death, and hell. Grant that we may receive the bread and wine, that is, His body and blood, as a gift, guarantee, and pledge of His salvation. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Congregation     Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER

Congregation     Our Father who art in heaven,

hallowed be Thy name,

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done on earth

as it is in heaven;

give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those

who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom

and the power and the glory

forever and ever. Amen.

Pastor In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, at His command, and with His own words, we receive His testament:

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD LSB 217

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 T 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 T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

PAX DOMINI

Pastor The peace of the Lord be with you always.

Congregation     Amen.

DISTRIBUTION

(The pastor and those who assist him receive the body and blood of Christ first and then distribute them to those who come to receive, saying:)

Take, eat; this is the true body of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, given into death for your sins.

Amen.

Take, drink; this is the true blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, shed for the forgiveness of your sins.

Amen.

(In dismissing the communicants, the following is said:)

Pastor The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen and preserve you in body and soul to life everlasting. Depart T in peace.

Congregation     Amen.

SONG Thanks Be to You (Join in singing)

  1. Praise to you, O God of mercy: Thanks be to you forever!

Raising high the weak and lowly: Thanks be to you forever!

  1. From of old you loved and sought us: Thanks be to you forever!

Truth and justice you have taught us: Thanks be to you forever!

Strong is your faithfulness, strong is your love,

Rememb’ring your covenant of love with us.

  1. Praise to you, O God of mercy: Thanks be to you forever!

Raising high the weak and lowly: Thanks be to you forever!

Thanks be to you forever!

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Congregation We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.Amen.

BENEDICAMUS LSB 218

Assistant Let us bless the Lord.

Congregation     Thanks be to God.

BENEDICTION

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 T give you peace and may you be a blessing to others!

Congregation     Amen.

973 THY WORD IS A LAMP

Text and tune: © 1984 Meadowgreen Music Company, admin. EMI. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110004628

DISMISSAL

Pastor Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

Congregation Thanks be to God!   

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Divine Service, Setting Five from Lutheran Service Book

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.

Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2022 Concordia Publishing House.

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