Sunday, February 6, 2022

The Holy Communion on the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, 10:30 a.m.

 The livestream may be found here.

February 6, 2022

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany


Peter Koenig, Draft of Fishes




The color green, used for the paraments and vestments on the Sundays after the Epiphany, symbolizes growth and life in the Holy Spirit.


FIRST READING: ‘Holiness’ in the Old Testament can be a powerful force that destroys anything unclean – and this is what Isaiah feels will happen when, in his vision, he encounters the holy God in his majesty. But God does not annihilate Isaiah. He makes Isaiah able to stand in his presence, and calls him to proclaim God’s word to his people. However, this is not as straightforward a job as a certain popular but saccharine hymn based on this text indicates. God’s Word spoken through Isaiah is not a comforting word, but the word of judgment on God’s people Israel. Should they fail to hear the message (and they will!) they will fall to their enemies. God’s comforting word will come, but not to those who refuse to hear the call to repent and strive for holy living.


SECOND READING: Jesus’ death and resurrection is the central proclamation of the Church, in which we must believe and through which we are saved. Paul asserts that this is not simply his teaching, but the teaching of all the apostles. His strong words on this subject are important because at least some of the Corinthians deny that the dead are raised, about which more in the readings for the following weeks.


GOSPEL: The miraculous catch of fish at Jesus’ command ‘tears the veil’ for Peter. He realizes in that moment that he is in the presence of the holy. In much the same way as Isaiah did, he becomes aware of his unworthiness. But also like Isaiah, Peter in his encounter with the holy is called to a new task – one of participating in Jesus’ mission to ‘catch people’ with the message of the Kingdom of God.




Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now

I. George Bohm

II. Paul Manz




In the name of the Father,

and of the X Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.



Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.



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


Most merciful God,

  we confess that we are in bondage to sin

  and cannot free ourselves.

  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.

  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


Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for us and, for his

sake, forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the

Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the

entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father,

and of the X Son, and of the Holy Spirit.





Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now      Green LBW 253

 1      Lord Jesus Christ, be present now;

        our hearts in true devotion bow.

        Your Spirit send with light divine,

        and let your truth within us shine.


2      Unseal our lips to sing your praise

        in endless hymns through all our days;

        increase our faith and light our minds;

        and set us free from doubt that blinds.


3      Then shall we join the hosts that cry,

        "O holy, holy Lord Most High!"

        And in the light of that blest place

        we then shall see you face to face.


4     All glory to the Father, Son,

        and Holy Spirit, Three in One!

        To you, O blessed Trinity,

        be praise throughout eternity!


Text: attr. Wilhelm II, 1598-1662; tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1827-1878, alt.



The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion

of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

  And also with you.



             Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.


             Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father:

                                We worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

                Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God:

                                You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

                                You are seated at the right hand of the Father; receive our prayer.

                For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

                                you alone are the Most High,

                Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen



The Lord be with you.

  And also with you.


Most holy God,

the earth is filled with your glory,

and in your presence angels stand in awe.

  Enlarge our vision,

  that we may recognize your power at work in your Son,

  and join the apostles and prophets

  as heralds of your saving word.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.




The crowds were pressing on Jesus to hear the Word of God,

and he taught them.                                                                               Luke 5:1, 3

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.



FIRST READING                                                             Isaiah 6:1-13


1In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. 2Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3And one called to another and said: 
 “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
 the whole earth is full of his glory.”

4The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. 5And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
  6Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” 8Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!” [9And he said, “Go and say to this people: 
 ‘Keep listening, but do not comprehend;
 keep looking, but do not understand.’
10Make the mind of this people dull,
  and stop their ears,
  and shut their eyes,
 so that they may not look with their eyes,
  and listen with their ears,
 and comprehend with their minds,
  and turn and be healed.”
11Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said:
 “Until cities lie waste
  without inhabitant,
 and houses without people,
  and the land is utterly desolate;
12until the Lord sends everyone far away,
  and vast is the emptiness in the midst of the land.
13Even if a tenth part remain in it,
  it will be burned again,
 like a terebinth or an oak
  whose stump remains standing
  when it is felled.”
 The holy seed is its stump.


The Word of the Lord.                                                                                                    

  Thanks be to God.







Sung by the Choir


I Will Praise You, O Lord — Text/ Psalm 138:1-3, 6-7: Music/ K. Lee Scott


I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart;

before the gods I will sing your praise.                                             

I will bow down toward your holy hill

and praise your name for your kindness and truth;

for you have exalted your name and your word over all.


For the day I called you answered me and endued my soul with strength.                                                   

Though I walk in the midst of trouble you will revive me:                                                                                     

 You will stretch forth your hand against the wrath of my enemies,                                                                 

and your right hand will save me.


I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart;

before the gods I will sing your praise.                                             

I will bow down toward your holy hill

and praise your name for your kindness and truth;

for you have exalted your name and your word over all.


SECOND READING                                                    1 Corinthians 15:1-11


1Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, 2through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain.
  3For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.


The Word of the Lord.                                                    Thanks be to God.


VERSE                 Sung by the choir

John 8:12                                                                          Setting by David Schack

Alleluia. Jesus said: I am the Light of the world; those who follow me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. Alleluia.


Gospel                                                                                             Luke 5:1-11

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke.

  Glory to you, O Lord.


1Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, 2he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. 4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” 5Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” 6When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. 7So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. 8But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” 9For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; 10and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” 11When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.


The Gospel of the Lord.

  Praise to you, O Christ.






X Hymn of the DaY             

        We Worship You, O God of Might        Green LBW 434                      

 1      We worship you, O God of might,

        great Lord of all, beyond our sight!

        You make your Word in heav’n and earth be heard.

        Holy, holy, holy is God Most High!


2      Your faithful care your church protects

        and shields from harm, from sin’s effects

        till judgment day; your pow’r will be its stay.

        Holy, holy, holy is God Most High!


3      Your will is that your church embrace

        all people, ev’ry land and race,

        that all may bring their praise to Christ and sing,

        Holy, holy, holy is God Most High!


4     All peoples round your throne shall sing

        at last your kingdom’s vict’ry hymn,

        while cherubim respond to seraphim:

        Holy, holy, holy is God Most High!


Text: Johan Olof Wallin, 1779-1836; tr. Joel W. Lundeen, 1918-1990, alt.



CONFESSION OF FAITH             Apostles’ Creed


I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.


I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

                He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

                                and born of the virgin Mary.

                He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

                                was crucified, died, and was buried.

                He descended into hell.

On the third day he rose again.

                He ascended into heaven,

                                and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

                He will come again to judge the living and the dead.


I believe in the Holy Spirit,

                the holy catholic Church,

                the communion of saints,

                the forgiveness of sins,

                the resurrection of the body,

                and the life everlasting. Amen




Gracious and loving Father, creator of all, hear the prayers we offer in the power of the Spirit, that your Church may be strengthened, your world healed, and the poor and needy be lifted up.


A brief silence


Holy God, though we are unworthy, you embrace us in love, and in your Word of truth, you create us anew. Stir up in us today the Spirit given us in baptism, to hear your call and go where you send us to serve. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Through the ages your people have passed on the good news of Jesus’ resurrection. Continue to bless the Church with pastors and evangelists. Strengthen him to proclaim the message in which we stand. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.                                                                     


The psalms foretell the time when all the kings of the earth shall praise you. Support our rulers and those in positions of responsibility, and guide them into faithful words and just actions. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


From your seat of majesty, you regard the lowly. Make known your forgiveness to all who struggle with guilt and despair. Be with all those in any need of body, mind, or spirit, and hear our prayers for those we name before you now:


The pastor reads the names and situations submitted for prayer.

The people may offer spoken or silent intercessions.


Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We look in faith and hope for the time when, like Isaiah in the temple, we shall see you in glory. Until then, we praise you with faltering lips and feeble hearts, putting all our hope in your power to save. Bring us to that day when, with all who have served you in the past, we shall sing your praise with angels and archangels, with Isaiah, Peter, and all the saints. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


The pastor concludes the prayers:


Into your hands, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your steadfast love, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.




The peace of the Lord be with you always.

  And also with you. 


The people exchange a sign of peace with the simple words, Peace be with you.



The Lord’s Table is prepared.



OFFERTORY     Sung by the choir

Matthew 5:3, 5-6                                                    Setting by Barry L. Bobb

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.




Open the heavens, Lord our God,

and send your transforming Spirit upon us and upon these gifts.

  May we, who are baptized into Christ,

  be ready to share his cup of suffering

  and strengthened to serve him forever.



 The Lord be with you.                                   

  And also with you.                     

Lift up your hearts.                                         

  We lift them to the Lord.                        

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.                                  

  It is right to give him thanks and praise.

  It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, through Christ our Lord. He called the fishermen by the Sea of Galilee to follow him and to witness all that he did and taught; so that, after his saving death on the cross, they might witness by the Spirit to his resurrection, bringing many people to faith and hope in him.  And so, with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


(Isaiah 6:3, Matthew 21:9)


The pastor leads the people in praying the Eucharistic canon:

Holy, holy, holy LORD, God of power and might!

                Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

                Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!

                Hosanna in the highest! 

You are indeed holy, almighty and merciful God;

                you are most holy, and great is the majesty of your glory.

You so loved the world that you gave your only Son,

                that whoever believes in him

may not perish but have eternal life.

Having come into the world, he fulfilled for us your holy will

                and accomplished our salvation.


In the night in which he was betrayed,

                        our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

                        broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

                        Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.


Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

                        and gave it for all to drink, saying:

                        This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

                        shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.


Remembering, therefore, his salutary command,

                his life-giving Passion and death,

                his glorious resurrection and ascension,

and his promise to come again,

                we give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,

                not as we ought, but as we are able;

                and we implore you mercifully

to accept our praise and thanksgiving,

                and, with your Word and Holy Spirit,

to bless us, your servants,

                and these your own gifts of bread and wine;

                that we and all who share

in the body and blood of your Son

                may be filled with heavenly peace and joy,

                and, receiving the forgiveness of sin,

may be sanctified in soul and body,

                and have our portion with all your saints.


All honor and glory are yours, O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

                in your holy Church, now and forever.


In the presence of Christ, we pray to his Father using the words he gave us.


Christ is in our midst.

By the power of the Spirit,

we pray to his Father, saying:


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                                    Matthew 6:9-15


The Lord has made good his purpose for us.

  O Lord, your love endures forever.                                                Psalm 138:9


We adore Christ, present in bread and wine.

 Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.




Admission to the Sacrament is by invitation of the Lord, presented through the Church to those who are baptized.


They may receive the Lord’s Body and Blood who are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, who commune in their home churches, and who believe that Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, is truly present in, with, and under the forms of bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.


The communicants will be invited forward one family unit at a time. Please do not come forward until the pastor directs you to come forward, do not approach all the way to the table until the pastor has retreated.


 When the pastor says ‘The body of Christ, given for you,’ eat the bread. When the pastor says, ‘The blood of Christ, shed for you,’ drink the wine.  Please take the plate and the glass(es) and place them on the table that is indicated.



Choir                                                           You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore                                                                                                      

Text and Music/ Cesareo Gabarain; arr. J. M.Strobel                                                                      Clarinet/ Rob Dawe; Percussion/ Mary Jane Snyder


Come, Let Us Eat                  Green LBW 214


1      Come, let us eat for now the feast is spread,

        come, let us eat for now the feast is spread.

        Our Lord’s body let us take together,

        Our Lord’s body let us take together.


2      Come, let us drink for now the wine is poured,

        Come, let us drink for now the wine is poured.

        Jesus’ blood poured let us drink together,

        Jesus’ blood poured let us drink together.


3      In his presence now we meet and rest,

        In his presence now we meet and rest.

        In the presence of our Lord we gather,

        In the presence of our Lord we gather.


4     Rise, then, to spread abroad God’s mighty Word,

        Rise, then, to spread abroad God’s mighty Word.

        Jesus risen will bring in the Kingdom,

        Jesus risen will bring in the Kingdom.

When all have received, the congregation stands at the direction of the pastor.


 The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.   



 Lord, now you let your servant go in peace;

your word has been fulfilled.

My own eyes have seen the salvation

which you have prepared in the sight of every people:

A light to reveal you to the nations

and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen    

Song of Simeon (Luke 2:29-32)

We give you thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us
through the healing power of this gift of life; and we pray that in your mercy you would strengthen us through this gift, in faith toward you and fervent love toward one another; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.




The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor + and give you peace.




 The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve           Blue WOV 723

1      The Spirit sends us forth to serve;

        we go in Jesus' name

        to bring glad tidings to the poor,

        God's favor to proclaim.


2      We go to comfort those who mourn

        and set the burdened free;

        where hope is dim, to share a dream

        and help the blind to see.


3      We go to be the hands of Christ,

        to scatter joy like seed

        and, all our days, to cherish life,

        to do the loving deed.


4     Then let us go to serve in peace,

        the gospel to proclaim.

        God's Spirit has empowered us;

        we go in Jesus' name.


Text: Delores Dufner, OSB, b. 1939


Go in peace. Serve the Lord.                                        

  Thanks be to God!


The “sound effects” for the choir anthem are made by a rainstick, a hollow piece of bamboo, with a top and bottom of drumhead material, filled with squash seeds; product of Ecuador.


WITH WINTER WEATHER A POSSIBILITY, please review our inclement weather policy for worship. We do not cancel services for a weather forecast. In case of a forecast of inclement weather or actual adverse conditions, use your best judgment in deciding whether you can safely come to church. Pastor Frontz will endeavor to be at all scheduled worship services. If you have any questions, please contact Pr. Frontz. Thank you! 


PLEASE ALERT Pastor Frontz anytime you are hospitalized by calling him on his cell: (570) 447-8758.  Hospitals DO NOT contact the church.





·         The wearing of masks is required of all worshipers regardless of vaccination status. Questions should be directed to Pr. Frontz.

·         Upon entering and leaving the church, you should sanitize your hands or wash them with soap and water.

·         Everyone must sign in when entering the church. This way we can keep track of who was in the church and when.



From Sundays and Copyright 2022 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.

Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #20540.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Additional liturgical material from Common Worship: Times and Seasons, copyright the Church of England.

Koenig, Peter. Draft of Fishes, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved February 1, 2022]. Original source:

Agnus Day appears with the permission of




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