8th January Anno Domini 2017 F IRST S UNDAY AFTER THE
Epiphany GOOD SHEPHERD Evangelical Lutheran Church and School 10611 Hwy 13 South Wisconsin Rapids, WI, USA 54494-9574 Pastor: Educator/Principal
Paul A.Tullberg 715-325-6812 Donna Tullberg
We welcome you to
Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church and School ~ Restrooms are in the entryway and also in the hallway entrance into the sanctuary. ~ Parent-room. If you have a nursing infant or small child in need of a quiet-room, you will find it off of the hallway entrance to the sanctuary. ~ Connection cards. You can return the card either in the offering basket or in the connection card container in the entryway. In our worship service, the Holy Spirit strengthens us through God’s pure, powerful, protective word. God has gathered us to bless us. God keeps His Word. In joyful confidence we stay ready for His glorious return.
O rd e r o f w o rs h i p Welcoming Song: "Forbid not little children but let them come to Me." In His strong arms He held them, and gently set them free. Thus Jesus bids us: "Go! Proclaim My Gospel freely and let all people know." "Rebellious thoughts and actions are bound within the heart; your children all are sinful, condemned before the start. Although I knew this well, I chose to be your Brother, the LORD, Immanuel." "Throughout My life I carried your guilt and pain, your loss until your debt was paid for with life-blood at My cross. Baptized into My Name through faith your sin is pardoned; new life in Me is claimed." G O O D S H E P H E R D Evangelical Lutheran Church and School, Wisconsin Rapids, WI , U S A
So Jesus bids us: "Go, now! Rejoice! And spread My peace! All sins have been removed far - as far as west from east. Be strong and live for Me; My child, I am your Savior; I love you endlessly!" Tun E : A G RE AT
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L E AD E R : We worship as we live: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. P EOPLE : Amen. God has gathered us to hear His Word. L EADER : Let us confess our sins to Him. Heavenly Father, we have disobeyed and dishonored Your holy name. Our thoughts, words and activities display our inborn rebellion. We beg You for the sake of Jesus Christ to have mercy on us. S ILENCE
FOR PERSONAL CONFESSION
P EOPLE : Merciful Father, I don’t deserve to be called Your child. But trust-
ing in Jesus, my Savior, I pray: have mercy on me according to Your unfailing love. Wash me clean; take away my guilt. L E A D E R : In the name of Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins. Be at peace in Him. Go and sin no more.
L EADER : Father in heaven, at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan You proclaimed Jesus Your beloved eternal Son; A DULTS &
You anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit. Keep us who are baptized into Christ faithful in our calling as Your children ;
L EADER : As Your Word promises, make us heirs with Jesus of everlasting life; A DULTS &
In joyful confidence we ask this through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is our Lord who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Th e Lord Gi ves H i s W ord
Bible Readings From The Holy Bible, Ev ange li cal Heri tage Versi on © 2016 The Wartburg Project. All rights reserved .
Isaiah 42:1-7 Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight. I am placing my Spirit upon him. He will bring forth the verdict for the nations. 2He will not cry out. He will not raise his voice. He will not make his voice heard in the street. 3A bent reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not snuff out. He will faithfully bring forth the verdict. 4He will not grow dim, and he will not be crushed until he establishes the verdict on the earth. The coastlands will wait for his teaching. 5This is what the true God says, the LORD, who creates the heavens and stretches them out, who spreads out the earth and everything that comes out of it, who gives breath to the people upon it and life to those who walk on it. 6“I am the LORD. I am calling you in righteousness. I will grasp your hand, and I will guard you. I will appoint you to be a covenant for the people, to be a light for the nations, 7to open blind eyes, to bring the prisoners out of the dungeon and to bring those who live in darkness out of prison.
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Ma tth e w 3: 13 - 17 13Then
Jesus came from Galilee to be baptized by John at the Jordan. 14But John tried to stop him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you come to me?” 15But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, because it is proper for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John let him. 16After Jesus was baptized, he immediately went up out of the water. Suddenly, the heavens were opened for him! He saw the Spirit of God, descending like a dove and landing on him, 17and a voice out of the heavens said, “This is my Son, whom I love. I am well pleased with him.”
Acts 10:34-38 34Then
Peter began to speak: “Now I really am beginning to understand that God does not show favoritism, 35but in every nation, anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36He sent his word to the people of Israel, proclaiming the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37“You know what happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached. 38God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the Devil, because God was with him.
We Confess the Christian Faith with the Apostles’ Creed Song of the Day:
PRECIOUS L ORD,
TAKE MY HAND
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I n s t ru c t i o n in G o d ’ s W o rd G a th e r in g o f o ffe r in gs, Pra y e rs Believers generously return to the Savior a portion of what God has generously given to them. These are not dues; they not forced or billed church payments. God does not want gifts to be strong armed. God blesses us with life-long opportunities to show our thanks to Jesus for His awesome salvation. Thank you for your generous gifts.
Th e Lord A n swers ou r P ra y ers a n d Blesses U s .
Parting Song: 1. John the Baptist came to preach,
cry “Repentance!” and to teach, many listened, were baptized in the water. Jesus came to cousin John. John was honored as the one to baptize the Chosen Son in the water.
Refrain: C o m e i n t o t h e w a t e r , c o m e a n d b e b a p t i z e d ! Come and follow Jesus; live a brand new life. Wash in Word and water, leave the world behind, in the water. 2. Down into the river’s shoal Jesus went so He could show that all people need to go in the water. Spirit rested like a dove, and the Father spoke His love: “I AM pleased with You, My Son, in the water! 3. Jesus lived and died for all; rose to life, directed all: “Preach and teach and baptize all in the water! “Trust in Me, the Savior LORD; I redeemed and I restored; “Gospel blessing now is poured in the water!”
G O O D S H E P H E R D Evangelical Lutheran Church and School, Wisconsin Rapids, WI , U S A