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Today's Service Leader and Speaker - Rev. G. Robert Heimgartner, Emeritus


Today's liturgy is the Divine Service, Setting Three, LSB pages 184ff.


651 I Love Your Kingdom, Lord




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



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

C Amen.


Exhortation LSB 184

P Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

P Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C who made heaven and earth.

P I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,

C and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.



Confession of Sins LSB 184

P O almighty God, merciful Father,

C I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.


Absolution LSB 185

P Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.



Introit Psalm 66:1–5, 20; antiphon: v. 4; 92:1

All the earth worships you and sings praises to you;
they sing praises to your name.
It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High.

Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise!
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.

All the earth worships you and sings praises to you;
they sing praises to your name.”
Come and see what God has done:
he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.

Blessèd be God,
because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!
Glory be 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.
All the earth worships you and sings praises to you;
they sing praises to your name.
It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High.


Gloria Patri LSB 186



Kyrie LSB 186


Gloria in Excelsis LSB 187


Salutation and Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

P Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God, who governs all things in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the prayers of Your people and grant us Your peace through all our days; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.




Catechesis - Third Petition

P Today's catechetical reading is the Third Petition of the Lord's Prayer. What is the Third Petition?

C Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (K)

P What does this mean?

C The good and gracious will of God is done even without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may be done among us also. (1)

P How is God’s will done?

C God’s will is done when He breaks and hinders every evil plan and purpose of the devil, the world, and our sinful nature, which do not want us to hallow God’s name or let His kingdom come;  and when He strengthens and keeps us firm in His Word and faith until we die.  This is His good and gracious will. (3)

P What passages of Holy Scripture inform us and convince us of this truth?

C Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. –Psalm 119:35 (2)

For this is the will of God, your sanctification... –1 Thessalonians 4:3a (4)

Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! –Psalm 43:3 (4)

[You] by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. –1 Peter 1:5 (5)

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. –Philippians 1:21 (5)



Choir - "When Christ's Appearing Was Made Known"



Old Testament Reading Isaiah 49:1–7

1Listen to me, O coastlands,
and give attention, you peoples from afar.
The Lord called me from the womb,
from the body of my mother he named my name.
2He made my mouth like a sharp sword;
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow;
in his quiver he hid me away.
3And he said to me, “You are my servant,
Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
4But I said, “I have labored in vain;
I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my right is with the Lord,
and my recompense with my God.”
5And now the Lord says,
he who formed me from the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him;
and that Israel might be gathered to him—
for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord,
and my God has become my strength—
6he says:
“It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
to raise up the tribes of Jacob
and to bring back the preserved of Israel;
I will make you as a light for the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
7Thus says the Lord,
the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,
to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation,
the servant of rulers:
“Kings shall see and arise;
princes, and they shall prostrate themselves;
because of the Lord, who is faithful,
the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.



Gradual Psalm 107:20–21

He sent out his word and healed them,
and delivered them from their destruction.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of men!


Epistle 1 Corinthians 1:1–9

1Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes,

2To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge—6even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you—7so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.





Alleluia and Verse

LSB 190

Psalm 148:2

Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts!

LSB 190


Holy Gospel John 1:29–42

P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the first chapter.

29The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ 31I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

35The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. 40One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Nicene Creed

C 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 T of the world to come. Amen.





402 The Only Son from Heaven


Sermon - “You are my servant, Israel..."





Offertory LSB 192


Prayer of the Church

P In peace, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For the faithful gathered here, that God would fill us with His Holy Spirit, through whom we cling in faith to Jesus Christ, our Bridegroom, and receive forgiveness, life and salvation in His Holy Church, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For Matthew, our Synod president; _____________, our district president; _____________, our circuit visitor; and all pastors in Christ, that the Holy Gospel would be preached among us in its purity and the Sacraments administered according to Christ’s institution, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For all marriages and for those preparing for marriage, that God would bless them as once His Son blessed the wedding feast at Cana; and that God would protect marriages from all evil forces that would put asunder what He has established for our good, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For the nations of the earth, especially our country, that God would bless its inhabitants and all who are in authority; that God would prosper those who labor in their rightful callings; that God would defend us from natural disaster, war, pestilence, famine and every evil; that God would let useful arts flourish among us; and that He would care for our schools, so that our children would grow in knowledge and Christian virtue, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For those in need, [especially _____________,] that as Jesus showed divine compassion even for a groom who ran out of wine, the Holy Spirit would grant us compassionate hearts to notice the needs of others, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For the lonely, the depressed, the mentally ill and any who feel abandoned, that they may know the Lord who rejoices over them as a bridegroom over his bride, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For those who approach the altar this day, that by the Holy Spirit they would receive the Holy Sacrament of Christ’s very body and blood in faithful repentance and to their abundant blessing, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P Lord God, heavenly Father, from the dust of death through the waters of Baptism, You take from the side of Christ crucified a Bride without spot or wrinkle. Let us find comfort and peace in Him, and let us join the whole Body of Christ in the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, where the wine of joy and gladness never runs dry; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.




The offering is gathered.




Preface LSB 194

P The Lord be with you.

P Lift up your hearts.

P Let us give thanks unto the Lord, our God.


Proper Preface

P It is truly meet, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord; for what had been hidden from before the foundation of the world You have made known to the nations in Your Son. In Him, being found in the substance of our mortal nature, You have manifested the fullness of Your glory. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:


Sanctus LSB 195



Lord's Prayer

C 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.


The Words of Our Lord LSB 197

P 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 LSB 197

P The peace of the Lord be with you always.


Agnus Dei LSB 198







636 Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness


5 Jesus, source of lasting pleasure,
Truest friend, and dearest treasure,
    Peace beyond all understanding,
    Joy into all life expanding:
Humbly now, I bow before You;
Love incarnate, I adore You;
    Worthily let me receive You
    And, so favored, never leave You.


6 Jesus, sun of life, my splendor,
Jesus, friend of friends, most tender,
    Jesus, joy of my desiring,
    Fount of life, my soul inspiring:
At Your feet I cry, my maker,
Let me be a fit partaker
    Of this blessèd food from heaven,
    For our good, Your glory, given.


7 Lord, by love and mercy driven,
You once left Your throne in heaven
    On the cross for me to languish
    And to die in bitter anguish,
To forego all joy and gladness
And to shed Your blood in sadness.
    By this blood redeemed and living,
    Lord, I praise You with thanksgiving.


8 Jesus, bread of life, I pray You,
Let me gladly here obey You.
    By Your love I am invited,
    Be Your love with love requited;
By this Supper let me measure,
Lord, how vast and deep love’s treasure.
    Through the gift of grace You give me
    As Your guest in heav’n receive me.


507 Holy, Holy, Holy


394 Songs of Thankfulness and Praise





Nunc Dimittis LSB 199


Thanksgiving LSB 200

A O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good,


Post-Communion Collect

A Let us pray.

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.


Salutation 201

P The Lord be with you.


Benedicamus LSB 202

A Bless we the Lord.


Benediction LSB 202

P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.

The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and T give you peace.



644 The Church’s One Foundation




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