Sunday, January 8, 2023

The Holy Communion on the First Sunday after the Epiphany (The Baptism of Our Lord), 10:30 a.m.

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January 8, 2023, 10:30 a.m.

The Baptism of Our Lord




Today the Church celebrates a ‘theophany’ (an appearance or revelation of God). When John baptizes Jesus, not only is Jesus shown forth as the Son of God, but the Holy Trinity is revealed – the Father in the Voice; the Spirit in the Dove; the Son standing in the river.


FIRST READING: Jesus is revealed as the One who fulfills the prophecies of Isaiah: the suffering servant, full of the divine spirit, who will bring God’s justice to the nations.


PSALMODY: Psalm 29 is appointed for the day for the water imagery, together with the voice of God: ‘The voice of the LORD is upon the waters.’ Such a scene also harks back to the creation narrative of Genesis 1.


SECOND READING: After Jesus’ resurrection, Peter proclaims him to Cornelius and his household as Lord of all, telling the story of his life in brief: how he was anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power, his ministry of word and deed, his crucifixion and his resurrection, and his command that the apostles preach faith in him to all people, concluding with the promise that those who believe in him are given new life. This life is the baptismal life, the life that grasps by faith the grace which is given in Christ Jesus.


GOSPEL: When we are baptized, we stand in the water in the place of Christ. The Father makes a covenant with us, making each of us a brother or sister of Jesus – a son or daughter of God. He anoints each of us with the Holy Spirit to do as Jesus did; to praise and serve Him, to do good and be an agent of healing in the world. He promises that those who believe in Christ will receive forgiveness of sins in his name, and that the eternal life he shares with the Father will be ours.



OPENING MUSIC           

O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright – Philip Gehring

Let All Things Now Living

I.                    John Eggert

II.                  David Cherwien


Thanksgiving for Baptism


Stand and face the procession.


In the name of the Father,

and of the  Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.



Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,

we are clothed with God's mercy and forgiveness.

Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.


Holy God, mighty Lord, gracious Father,

in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters

and by your Word you created the world,

calling forth life in which you took delight.

Through the waters of the flood

you condemned the wicked

and saved those whom you had chosen.

Through the sea

you led your people Israel from slavery into freedom.

In the waters of the Jordan

your Son was baptized by John

and anointed with the Holy Spirit.

By water and the Word you claim us as daughters and sons,

making us heirs of your promise and servants of all.


  We praise you for the gift of water that sustains life,

  and above all we praise you

  for the gift of new life in Jesus Christ.

  Shower us with your Spirit,

  and renew our lives with your forgiveness, grace, and love.


To you be given honor and praise

through Jesus Christ our Lord

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.




WHymn             Green LBW 557              Let All Things Now Living



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.                                                                             2 Corinthians 13:13



In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

For the peace from above, and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, 
and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.

For this holy house, and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord.

Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.




Father in heaven, at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan, you proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized into Christ faithful in their calling to be your children and inheritors with him of everlasting life; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.




See, the former things have come to pass,

and new things God now declares.

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.                                       Isaiah 42:9



FIRST READING:                     Isaiah 42:1-9


1Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
  my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
 I have put my spirit upon him;
  he will bring forth justice to the nations.
2He will not cry or lift up his voice,
  or make it heard in the street;
3a bruised reed he will not break,
  and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
  he will faithfully bring forth justice.
4He will not grow faint or be crushed
  until he has established justice in the earth;
  and the coastlands wait for his teaching.
5Thus says God, the Lord,
  who created the heavens and stretched them out,
  who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
 who gives breath to the people upon it
  and spirit to those who walk in it:
6I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness,
  I have taken you by the hand and kept you;
 I have given you as a covenant to the people,
  a light to the nations,

       7to open the eyes that are blind,
 to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
  from the prison those who sit in darkness.
8I am the Lord, that is my name;
  my glory I give to no other,
  nor my praise to idols.
9See, the former things have come to pass,
  and new things I now declare;
 before they spring forth,
  I tell you of them.


the Word of the Lord.  

  Thanks be to God.


PSALM 29  



1 Ascribe to the | Lord, you gods,*

                ascribe to the Lord glo- | ry and strength.

2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory | due his name;*

                worship the Lord in the beau- | ty of holiness.

3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of  | glory thunders;*

                the Lord is upon the | mighty waters.

4 The voice of the Lord is a pow- | erful voice;*

                the voice of the Lord is a | voice of splendor.

5 The voice of the Lord breaks the | cedar trees;*

                the Lord breaks the ce- | dars of Lebanon;

6 he makes Lebanon skip | like a calf,*

                and Mount Hermon like a | young wild ox.

7 The voice of the Lord splits the flames of fire;

the voice of the Lord | shakes the wilderness;*

                the Lord shakes the wilder- | ness of Kadesh.

8 The voice of the Lord makes the | oak trees writhe*

                and strips the | forests bare.

9 And in the temple | of the Lord*

                all are | crying, "Glory!"

10 The Lord sits enthroned a- | bove the flood;*

                the Lord sits enthroned as | king forevermore.

11 The Lord shall give strength | to his people;*

                the Lord shall give his people the bless- | ing of peace.     Antiphon



SECOND READING                                    Acts 10:34-43


34Peter began to speak to [Cornelius and his household]: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 37That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”


the Word of the Lord.  

  Thanks be to God.



VERSE             Mark 1:11                                    Setting by Robert Wetzler

Alleluia.  You are my beloved Son; I am well pleased with you.  Alleluia.


 Gospel             Matthew 3:13-17


The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.


13Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”


The Gospel of the Lord.







Green LBW 76                 O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright



CONFESSION OF FAITH                                                                  Nicene Creed


X At the words ‘For us and for our salvation,’ and continuing through ‘and was made man,’ a solemn bow is appropriate to praise the incarnation of our Lord.


We believe in one God,

                the Father, the Almighty,            

                                maker of heaven and earth,

                                of all that is, seen and unseen.


We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

                the only Son of God,

                eternally begotten of the Father,

                God from God, Light from Light,

                true God from true God,

                begotten, not made,

                of one Being with the Father.

                Through him all things were made.

                X For us and for our salvation

                                he came down from heaven;

                                by the power of the Holy Spirit

                                he became incarnate from the virgin Mary,  and was made man. X

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

                                he suffered death and was buried.

                On the third day he rose again

                                                in accordance with the Scriptures;

                                he ascended into heaven

                                                and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

                He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

                                and his kingdom will have no end.


We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

                who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

                With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

                He has spoken through the prophets.

                We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

                We acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

                We look for the resurrection of the dead,

                                and the life of the world to come. Amen





Through Christ, in whom we are baptized, let us pray in the Spirit to the Father.


Silence is kept.


God our Father, renew us and all the baptized in the life of the Spirit.  Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Fill all bishops and pastors with the Spirit, and raise up men and women to preach your saving Word to those who long for it.  Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


By the power of the Spirit, restore to faith all who have neglected the covenant of their baptism.  Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Inspire all who make, administer, and judge our laws to love justice and peace.  Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Comfort all who mourn; uphold those who live in poverty and fear; guard and protect those who are threatened by violence and terror; heal those who suffer illness of body, mind or spirit, and be with all in any need, especially these whom we name before you:


The People may offer silent or spoken intercessions and thanksgivings.


Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Keep us in communion with all the baptized in heaven and on earth. Receive those who have died into eternal peace. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Hear our prayers, Father, for the sake of him who was baptized for us, your beloved Son, with whom you are well pleased: 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     Psalm 29:2-4                            Setting by Robert Wetzler

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in holy array.  The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the Lord is upon the mighty waters; the voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.



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.



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, almighty and ever-living God. You celebrated your new gift of baptism in signs and wonders at the Jordan. Your voice was heard from heaven to awaken faith in the presence among us of your Word made flesh. Your Spirit was seen as a dove, revealing Jesus as your servant, and anointing him with the oil of gladness to preach the good news to the poor.

And so, with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:



The pastor leads the people in praying the Eucharistic canon:


Holy God, mighty Lord, gracious Father:

                Endless is your mercy and eternal your reign.

You have filled all creation with light and life;

                heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Through Abraham you promised to bless all nations.

                You rescued Israel, your chosen people.

Through the prophets you renewed your promise;

                and, at this end of all the ages, you sent your Son,

                who in words and deeds proclaimed your kingdom

                and was obedient to your will, even to giving his life.



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.


For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup

                we proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

  Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.


Therefore, gracious Father, with this bread and cup

                we remember the life our Lord offered for us.

And, believing the witness of his resurrection,

we await his coming in power

                to share with us the great and promised feast.

  Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.


Send now, we pray, your Holy Spirit,

                the spirit of our Lord and of his resurrection,

                that we who receive the Lord's body and blood

                may live to the praise of your glory

                and receive our inheritance with all your saints in light.

  Amen. Come, Holy Spirit.


Join our prayers with those of your servants

of every time and every place,

and unite them with the ceaseless petitions

of our great high priest until he comes as victorious Lord of all.

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


Holy gifts for the holy people.

  One is holy, one is Lord:

  Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father.


We adore Christ, present in bread and wine.








Choir                         Carol of the Baptism

     Text/ Anonymous; based on Heb. 10:7;

      Ps. 40:7; Matt. 3:13-17;                              

      Music/The JUBILEE, arr. George Brandon


I come,” the great Redeemer cries, “to do thy will, O Lord!”           

 At Jordan’s flood, behold! he seals the sure prophetic word.          

“Thus it becomes us to fulfill all righteousness,” he said,                  

 Then, faithful to the Lord’s commands, through Jordan’s stream was led.

Hark, a glad voice! The Father speaks from heaven’s exalted height:

“This is my Son, my well-beloved, in whom I do delight.”                

The Savior, Jesus, well-beloved! His name we will profess,             

Like him, desirous to fulfill God’s will in righteousness.                             

No more we’ll count ourselves our own but his in bonds of love.    

Oh, may such bonds forever draw our souls to things above.


When all have received, the People stand at the direction of the pastor.


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











Lord of all time and eternity,

you opened the heavens and revealed yourself as Father

in the baptism of Jesus your beloved Son:

by the power of your Spirit

complete the heavenly work of our rebirth

through the waters of the new creation;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.










The Father’s voice bears witness to the Son.

  God has revealed himself to us.

The Son bows his head beneath the waters of baptism.

  God has revealed himself to us.

The Spirit as a dove descends from heaven.

  God has revealed himself to us.

Submitting to John’s baptism, Christ delivers us from bondage.

  God has revealed himself to us.


The Sending Gospel (John 1:32-34)

The Holy Gospel according to St. John.   Glory to you, O Lord.


John testified, ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.’


The Gospel of the Lord.                                 Praise to you, O Christ.


Benediction and Dismissal

May God, who in Christ gives us a spring of water

welling up to eternal life,

perfect in you the image of his glory.



Almighty God, Father, X Son, and Holy Spirit,

bless you now and forever.




Blue WOV 652                Arise, Your Light Has Come!



Go in peace. Serve the Lord.                                                 

  Thanks be to God!



Lutheran Book of Worship Daily Scripture Readings


Monday, January 9: Isaiah 40:12-24; Ephesians 1:1-14; Mark 1:1-13

Tuesday, January 10: Isaiah 40:25-31; Ephesians 1:15-23; Mark 1:14-28

Wednesday, January 11: Isaiah 41:1-16; Ephesians 2:1-10; Mark 1:29-45

Thursday, January 12: Isaiah 41:17-29; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 2:1-12

Friday, January 13: Isaiah 42:1-17; Ephesians 3:1-13; Mark 2:13-22

Saturday, January 14: Isaiah (42:18-25) 43:1-13; Ephesians 3:14-21; Mark 2:23-3:6

Sunday, January 15: Isaiah 43:14-44:5; Hebrews 6:17-7:10; John 4:27-42



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