John Proclaimed: Look the Lamb of God! Andrew responds, We have found the Lord!
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY – ZION EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH – LCMS
700 Main St. P.O. Box 220 Clyman, WI 53016
Pastor Dan 1-(920)-341-2025 email@example.com
AS WE GATHER- John continues to point to Jesus, and this week, he makes it clear what Jesus had come to do. He had come to be the Lamb of God – God’s sacrificial lamb, to be the perfect sacrifice on a cross for the sins of the world. Andrew, a disciple of John, responded to what John said and wanted to find out for himself who this Jesus was. He listened for a night, and he could not wait to tell his brother, that they had found the Lord! The Lord Jesus Christ, has found us, redeemed us, and now He challenges us to point all people to Him, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
Ringing of the Bell and Welcome
Hymn “Preserve Your Word, O Savior” LSB 658
Invocation – In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Opening Sentences Psalm 40:1, 3a; Isaiah 49:6 – I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. It is too small a thing for you to be My servant, I will make You as a light for the nations.
Confession and Absolution- 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. Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.
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
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 X Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Psalm Psalm 40:1–11; antiphon: v. 3 – He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord. I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord. Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare. I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, as you know, O Lord. I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly Do not withhold your mercy from me, O Lord; may your love and your truth always protect me. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
Hymn of Praise – This Is the Feast LSB 155
Salutation – The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Prayer of the Day- Lord Jesus, our only source of forgiveness and peace, give us strength to confess our sins and faith to rely on Your mercy in time and for eternity; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Old Testament Lesson Isaiah 49:1–7 – Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born the Lord called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name. He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver. He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.” But I said, “I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing. Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand, and my reward is with my God.” And now the Lord says–he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord and my God has been my strength– he says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.” This is what the Lord says–the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel– to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: “Kings will see you and rise up, princes will see and bow down, because of the Lord, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”
Epistle 1 Corinthians 1:1–9 – Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ–their Lord and ours: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way–in all your speaking and in all your knowledge–because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you. Therefore, you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
Gradual and Verse Psalm 117:1–2a; 96:8 John 1:29b – Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol Him, all peoples! For great is His steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts! Alleluia. Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! Alleluia.
Holy Gospel John 1:29–42a –
The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the first chapter. Glory to You, O Lord.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.” Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.” The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went, and saw where he was staying and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour. Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You, O Christ.
Nicene Creed – 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 X of the world to come. Amen.
Hymn “My Faith Looks Up the Thee” LSB 702
Prayers of the Church
We Gather our Tithes and Offerings
Service of the Sacrament
Preface 2 Timothy 4:22 – 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.
Proper Preface- It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God. Trusting in Your promises, we bless You for Your abiding presence in Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who has come to this earth and has taken upon Himself the sins of the world. By His sacrificial death and His glorious rising from the grave, He has opened to us the very gates of heaven. With all the saints around the throne of the Lamb in His kingdom, we join in their unending praise:
Sanctus LSB 161
Prayer of Thanksgiving – Thanks and praise to You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You did not leave us on our own to deal with our sin, but sent Your Son, our Savior, to live, suffer, die, and rise for us. You have called us and made us one in His name; grant us true faith as we receive His body and blood in this Sacrament. Unite us with people of faith in all times and places gathering us in the great marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
The Words of Our Lord – Consecration of the Elements
Proclamation of Christ 1 Corinthians 11:26; Revelation 22:20 – As often as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. Remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:
The Lord’s Prayer – 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.
Pax Domini LSB 163 – P The peace of the Lord be with you always.
Agnus Dei LSB 163
We Celebrate our Lord’s Supper
Distribution Hymns: “All Glory Be to God on High” LSB 947 “Your Table I Approach” LSB 628 “O God, My Faithful God” LSB 696
Post-Communion Canticle – Thank the Lord LSB 164
Post-Communion Thanksgiving – O God the Father, the fountain and source of all goodness, who in loving-kindness sent Your only-begotten Son into the flesh, we thank You that for His sake, You have given us pardon and peace in this Sacrament, and we ask You not to forsake Your children, but always to rule our hearts and minds by Your Holy Spirit, that we may be enabled constantly to serve You; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Benediction – The blessing of God Almighty—the Father, the X Son, and the Holy Spirit—be upon you today and always. Amen.
Dismissal – Go in His peace and love to serve Your Lord, the Lamb of God who has taken your sin away! Alleluia. We go with His peace and joy in our hearts to share His love with the world. Amen
Hymn: “Go, My Children, with My Blessing” LSB 922
From the Board of Stewardship and Evangelism: John 1:29 – “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’” The Israelites of old offered a lamb to God at Passover so that death might pass over them and do no harm. Over those long centuries of sacrifice, did they understand that this was actually God’s gift? That God would be the true Giver of the true Lamb? Truly, we can never out-give God, for all that we have is His.
The Pewpoint – THEME OF THE DAY – God Reveals His Glory in Christ and His Cross
“The Lord, the Redeemer of Israel,” calls forth “his Holy One” (Is. 49:7), Jesus, the Christ, “from the womb” of His mother (Is. 49:1). The incarnate Son of God is revealed as the Savior, not only for Israel but also “as a light for the nations,” whose salvation reaches “to the end of the earth” (Is. 49:6). John came “baptizing with water” (John 1:31) to reveal Jesus as “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29), and who glorifies His God and Father by His atoning sacrifice upon the cross. When Jesus was baptized in the waters of the Jordan, the Holy Spirit descended “from heaven like a dove” and “remained on him” (John 1:32). By our Baptism, we are anointed by the same Spirit, adopted by God the Father, and “called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 1:9). Therefore, we “are not lacking in any gift,” but we can trust Him who promises to sustain us to the end, “guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 1:7–8).
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Attendance: Sunday Service: Nothing marked Communed: 38 Wednesday Service: 14 Communed: 13
We received the January issue of the Lutheran Witness – pick up a copy
Today January 15th – Special Meeting after Church
January 16th – Martin Luther King Day – Banks Closed
January 22nd – Bells Resume right after church, 9:45am
January 25th – Choir Resumes 6pm
January 29th – Special Meeting after Church
January 30th – Elders Meeting 6pm
February 2nd – Council Meeting
February 22nd – Ash Wednesday 7pm
On their special day please wish them a Happy Birthday.
Bell Choir starts January 22nd and Voice Choir starts January 25th. All are invited to join. Practices will continue until Easter. Hope to see many new faces!
Announcement- The church council will be calling two special congregational meetings on Sundays January 15th and 29th. The purpose of these special meetings will be to discuss Zion’s constitution which the council has been revising since May of 2022. A few printed copies will be available on the 15th. If you would like a copy sent to you by email, contact Pastor. That would be preferred due to the size of the constitution.
It’s that time of the year and I still need reports from the following people by the end of January. Archivist – Tracy Schwartz Elder – Dan Chaveriat
Thank you! Nancy Kohlhoff