Worship & Devotions

Second Sunday after Epiphany

Weekend Worship

January 17, 2021


PRELUDE                   Offertory on “Trust in Jesus”                                    arr. David Lasky



P       In the name of the Father, and of the †Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C       Amen.



P       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, though Jesus Christ our Lord.

C       Amen.

P       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 make confession.

Silence for reflection and self-examination.

P       Most merciful God,

C       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.

P       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 †Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  

C       Amen.

OPENING HYMN      #90  (LBW Hymnal)        vss. 1 & 4

                                Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

Songs of thankfulness and praise, Jesus, Lord, to thee we raise;

Manifested by the star to the sages from afar,

Branch of royal David’s stem in thy birth at Bethlehem;

Anthems be to thee address, God in flesh made manifest.

Grant us grace to see thee, Lord, present in thy holy Word;

Grace to imitate thee now and be pure, as pure art thou;

That we might become like thee at thy great epiphany,

And may praise thee, ever blest, God in flesh made manifest.


P       Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

C       And also with you.


P     Lord, have mercy.

C    Lord, have mercy.

P     God, the Father in heaven,

C    have mercy on us.

P     God, the Son, redeemer of the world,

C    have mercy on us.

P     God, the Holy Spirit,

C    have mercy on us.

P     Christ, have mercy.

C    Christ, have mercy.

P     By your baptism and holy revelation,

C    Good Lord, deliver us.

P     By your glorious light and transfiguration,

C    Good Lord, deliver us.

P     By your sacrifice and death on the cross,

C    Good Lord, deliver us.

P     Lord, have mercy.

C    Lord, have mercy.


P       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

PRAYER OF THE DAY                                                

P      Let us pray

C   Lord God, you showed your glory and led many to faith by the presence and works of your Son. As he brought gladness and healing to his people, grant us these same gifts and lead us also to perfect faith in him, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING                                                                        1 Samuel 3: 1-20 

At a time when visions are rare and unexpected, the Lord comes to Samuel and calls him to speak the divine word. Though just a boy, Samuel responds to God obediently, as Eli the priest has taught him to respond. This marks the beginning of Samuel’s prophetic ministry.

A Reading from Samuel:

          Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.

       At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 

          Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 

          Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

     Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” Then the Lord said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever.”

       Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.”

          He said, “Here I am.” 

          Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.” So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, “It is the Lord; let him do what seems good to him.”

       As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the Lord.

L       The Word of the Lord.

C       Thanks be to God.

NEW TESTAMENT  READING                                                              1 Corinthians 6: 12-20

Paul helps the Corinthians understand that God has claimed the entirety of their lives through the death of Christ. Hence Christian relationships and conduct, including areas of human sexuality, are to reflect the reality that we belong to Christ and that the Holy Spirit lives within us.

St. Paul writes,

          “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, “The two shall be one flesh.” But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

L       The Word of the Lord.

C       Thanks be to God.


P        Let us come before the Lord.

C       For he is gracious and merciful,

         slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

GOSPEL READING                                                                                                John 1: 43-51

In John’s gospel, Jesus’ ministry begins with the call of disciples, who then bring others to Jesus. Philip’s friend Nathanael moves from skepticism to faith when he accepts the invitation to “Come and see.”

P        The Holy Gospel according to St. John the 1st Chapter.

C       Glory to you, O Lord.

       The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 

        Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” 

         Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

         Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 

       When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” 

        Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?”

        Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 

     Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

      Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

P       The Gospel of our Lord

C       Praise to you, O Christ.


MUSIC OF THE DAY              The Summons                        Soloist, Brenna Yingling


P        Living together in trust and hope we confess our faith.

C       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.


P       The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C       And also with you.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION                                                                     

P       Confident that God our light and our salvation hears us when we pray, let us offer our prayers for the church, the world and all people in need.

A brief silence.

P       Creator Lord, we pray that you make us one people in one body of your church. Together throughout the world and fulfilling the various ministries of caring, preaching, inviting, welcoming, healing and forgiving. Fill us with your  Holy Spirit so that we may hear your call and answer to the best of our ability. Lord, in your mercy,

C        Hear our prayer.

P       Father, we seek your wisdom and blessings to be with nations and all in authority, for advocates and caregivers, for missionaries and servants of all, for those who work for justice and equality amongst all people. Bless your creation with opportunities to learn from each other, to care and lift up those in need, to establish peace and rightful thinking. Lord in your mercy,

C       Hear our prayer.

P   Healing God, we remember before you this day all those who are  oppressed - suffering in body, mind, or spirit. We recall those still struggling to find hope and  recovery from virus, sickness or diseases. Grant your comfort to those who feel alone or lost, depressed or worried. Grant healing and strength to the hospitalized and your spirit to be with our shut-ins and with all whose we mention now in our prayers to you….  Lord in your mercy.

C        Hear our prayer.

P       Everlasting Lord , we give thanks this day for the gift of your Spirit, who

comes to us and calls us your child forever. Grant that same peace and assurance to be with all those who grieve the loss of loved ones in death. Grant them the promise peace of knowing your everlasting love. Lord, in your mercy.

C        Hear our prayer.

P      As you call to us to come into your presence, we give thanks this day that we may join together in this place and at home in worshipping you. Inspire us with your Spirit, to be your church of mission, to seek out others and call them to come and see your gift of love. Make us your evangelist and witnesses. Lord, in your mercy.

C       Hear our prayer.

P       We pray, gracious Lord, comforted by your presence, trusting in your fulfilling Word and seeking the fulfillment of your kingdom. Until we join with you in that everlasting promise, we pray in the words that your Son, our Lord, taught us to pray,


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.

CLOSING HYMN  #752 (With One Voice Hymnal) 

I, the Lord of Sea and Sky

Refrain: Here I am, Lord.  Is it I, Lord? 

I have heard you calling in the night. 

I will go, Lord, if you lead me. 

I will hold your people in my heart.

“I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people’s cry.

All who dwell in deepest sin my hand will save.

I, who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright.

Who will bear my light to them?  Whom shall I send?”: Refrain

“I, the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain.

I have wept for love of them.  They turn away.

I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone.

I will speak my word to them.  Whom shall I send?”: Refrain

“I, the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame.

I will set a feast for them.  My hand will save.

Finest bread I will provide till their hearts be satisfied.

I will give my life to them.  Whom shall I send?”:  Refrain


P    Lord shine the light of your glory on us,

C    Redeem us from our sin.

P    Fill us with your Holy Spirit,

C    Stirring up within us the spirit of wisdom and might.

P    Empower us to turn and seek your ways.

C    Let us repent and come into your glory.

P    Give us the strength to follow in your sacrificial love,

C    Picking up our cross to follow your Son, our Lord. Amen.


P       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 †grant you peace.

C       Amen.


P        Go in peace. Repentant and seeking the Lord.

C        Thanks be to God! 


Postlude                This Little Light of Mine                                                 arr. Mark Hayes

​​​​​​​Music of the Day is prerecorded.

From Sundays and Seasons.com. Copyright 2021 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #32801.

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.

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