Second Sunday after the Epiphany                             January 15, 2023

Today’s Theme for Worship: Jesus Appears as the Lamb of God. For centuries the priests of Israel offered sacrifices to God for sin. The Lamb God himself would offer was Jesus. He is the Sacrifice that actually takes away our sin.

Hymn: 380 Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun

1     Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
does its successive journeys run;
his kingdom stretch from shore to shore
till moons shall wax and wane no more.


2     To him shall endless prayer be made
and endless praises crown his head;
his name like sweet perfume shall rise
with ev’ry morning sacrifice.


3     People and realms of ev’ry tongue
Dwell on his love with sweetest song,
and infant voices shall proclaim
their early blessings on his name.


4     Blessings abound where’er he reigns:
the pris’ners leap, unloosed their chains,
the weary find eternal rest,
and all who suffer want are blest.


5     Let ev’ry creature rise and bring
worship and honor to our King;
angels descend with songs again,
and earth repeat the loud amen.


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




If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just
    and will forgive us our sins
    and purify us from all unrighteousness.


Let us confess our sins to the Lord.

Holy God, gracious Father,
    I am sinful by nature
        and have sinned against you in my thoughts, words, and actions.
    I have not loved you with my whole heart;
    I have not loved others as I should.
        I deserve your punishment both now and forever.
    But Jesus, my Savior, paid for my sins
        with his innocent suffering and death.
    Trusting in him, I pray: God, have mercy on me, a sinner.


Our gracious Father in heaven has been merciful to us. He sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, who gave his life as the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.


Lord, Have Mercy

In peace let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


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

Lord, have mercy.


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.

Lord, have mercy.


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

Lord, have mercy.


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


Glory Be to God

Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

We praise you, we bless you, we worship you,

we glorify you, we give thanks to you, for your great glory,

O Lord God, heav’nly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ;

O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,

you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

You take away the sin of the world; receive our prayer.

You sit at the right hand of God the Father; have mercy on us.

For you only are holy; you only are the Lord.

You only, O Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

are most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


The Word


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Prayer of the Day:

Let us pray.


Almighty God, you gave your one and only Son to be the light of the world. Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and believed to the ends of the earth; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and forever.


First Reading: Isaiah 49:1–6

49 Listen to me, you coastlands.

Pay attention, you faraway peoples!

The Lord called me from the womb.

When I was inside my mother, he mentioned my name.

2He made my mouth like a sharpened sword.

He hid me in the shadow of his hand.

He made me a polished arrow.

He concealed me in his quiver.

3He said to me, “You are my servant Israel,

in whom I will display my glory.”

4But I said to myself, “I have labored in vain.

I spent my strength and came up empty, with nothing.

Yet a just verdict for me rests with the Lord,

and my reward is with my God.”

5But now the Lord

who formed me from the womb to be his servant,

to turn Jacob back to him,

so that Israel might be gathered to him,

so that I will be honored in the eyes of the Lord,

because God has been my strength—

6the Lord said,

“It is too small a thing that you should just be my servant

to raise up only the tribes of Jacob

and to restore the ones I have preserved in Israel,

so I will appoint you to be a light for the nations

so that my salvation may be known to the end of the earth.”

Psalm of the Day: 40A LORD, Come to My Aid


Lord, come to my aid; Lord, come to my aid.


I waited patiently / for the Lord;
    he turned to me and / heard my cry.
        Many, Lord my God, are the wonders / you have done;
            were I to tell of your deeds, they would be too many / to declare.


Sacrifice and offering you did / not desire;
    burnt offerings and sin offerings you did / not require.
        Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—it is written about me / in the scroll.
            I desire to do your will, my God; your law is with- / in my heart.”    Refrain


Do not withhold your mercy / from me, Lord;
    may your love and faithfulness always pro- / tect me.
        You are my help and my de- / liverer;
            you are my God, do / not delay.


Glory be to the Father and / to the Son
    and to the Holy / Spirit,
        as it was in the be- / ginning,
            is now, and will be forever. / Amen.    Refrain

Second Reading: Colossians 2:6–15

6Therefore, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to walk in him, 7by being rooted and built up in him, and strengthened in the faith just as you were taught, while you overflow in faith with thanksgiving.

8See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, which are in accord with human tradition, namely, the basic principles of the world, but not in accord with Christ. 9For all the fullness of God’s being dwells bodily in Christ. 10And you have been brought to fullness in him. Christ is the head over every ruler and authority. 11You were also circumcised in him, with a circumcision not done by human hands, in the putting off of the body of flesh, in the circumcision of Christ, 12when you were buried with Christ in baptism. And in baptism you were also raised with him through the faith worked by the God who raised Christ from the dead.

13Even when you were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ by forgiving us all our trespasses. 14God erased the record of our debt brought against us by his legal demands. This record stood against us, but he took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15After disarming the rulers and authorities, he made a public display of them by triumphing over them in Christ.

Gospel Acclamation: Gospel Acclamation                                                  1 John 2:2

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Jesus Christ is the atoning sacrifice for our sins,

and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel: John 1:29–41

29The next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘The one coming after me outranks me because he existed before me.’ 31I myself did not know who he was, but I came baptizing with water so that he would be revealed to Israel.”

32John also testified, “I saw the Spirit descend like a dove from heaven and remain on him. 33I myself did not recognize him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34I saw this myself and have testified that this is the Son of God.”

35The next day, John was standing there again with two of his disciples. 36When John saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look! The Lamb of God!” 37The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.

38When Jesus turned around and saw them following him, he asked, “What are you looking for?”

They said to him, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

39He told them, “Come, and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying. They stayed with him that day. It was about the tenth hour.

40Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. 41The first thing Andrew did was to find his own brother Simon and say to him, “We have found the Messiah!” (which is translated “the Christ”).

Hymn of the Day: 375 Arise and Shine in Splendor

1     Arise and shine in splendor;
let night to day surrender.
    Your light is drawing near.
Above, the day is beaming,
in matchless beauty gleaming;
    the glory of the Lord is here.


2     See earth in darkness lying,
the heathen nations dying
    in hopeless gloom and night.
To you the Lord of heaven—
your life, your hope—has given
    great glory, honor, and delight.


3     Lift up your eyes in wonder—
see, nations gather yonder
    from sin to be set free.
The world has heard your story;
her sons come to your glory,
    her daughters haste your light to see.


4     Your heart will leap for gladness
when from the realms of sadness
    they come from near and far.
Your eyes will wake from slumber
as people without number
    rejoice to see the Morning Star.




Nicene Creed

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.

    For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven,

        was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,

        and became truly human.

    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,

        who in unity with the Father and the Son
            is worshiped and glorified,

        who has spoken through the prophets.

    We believe in one holy Christian 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.

Prayer of the Church


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The Lord be with you.

And also with you.


Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.


It is truly good and right that we should at all times and in all places give you thanks, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lived among us as a human being and revealed his glory as your only Son, full of grace and truth. Therefore, with all the saints on earth and hosts of heaven, we praise your holy name and join their glorious song:

Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, holy, holy Lord God of heavenly hosts: heav’n and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he, blessed is he, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

We give thanks to you, O God, through your dear Son, Jesus Christ, whom you sent to be our Savior, our Redeemer, and the messenger of your grace. Through him you made all things; in him you are well pleased. He is the incarnate Word, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. To fulfill your promises, he stretched out his hands on the cross and released from eternal death all who believe in you.


As we remember Jesus’ death and resurrection, we thank you that you have gathered us together to receive your Son’s body and blood. Send us your Spirit, unite us as one, and strengthen our faith so that we may praise you in your Son, Jesus Christ. Through him, we glorify and honor you, O God our Father, with the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,

 hallowed be your name,

 your kingdom come,

 your will be done

  on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins,

 as we forgive those

 who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

 and the glory are yours

 now and forever. Amen.

Words of Institution

Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my T body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”


Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; this is my T blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”


The peace of the Lord be with you always.


O Christ, Lamb of God

O Christ, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

O Christ, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

O Christ, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; grant us your peace. Amen.


Distribution Hymn: 629 O God from God, O Light from Light

1     O God from God, O Light from Light,
    O Prince of Peace and King of kings,
to you in heaven’s glory bright
    the song of praise forever rings.
To him who sits upon the throne,
    the Lamb once slain but raised again,
be all the glory he has won,
    all thanks and praise! Amen, amen.


2     For deep in prophets’ sacred page,
    and grand in poets’ wingèd word,
slowly in type, from age to age
    the nations saw their coming Lord;
till through the deep Judean night
    rang out the song, “Good will to men!”
What angels sang in heav’nly light
    reechoes now, “Good will!” Amen.


3     That life of truth, those deeds of love,
    that death of pain mid hate and scorn—
these all are past, and now above
    he reigns, our King once crowned with thorn.
Lift up your heads, you heav’nly gates!
    So sang his hosts, unheard by men.
Lift up your heads, for you he waits.
    We lift them up. Amen, amen.


4     Then sing to Christ a mighty song;
    extol his name, his mercies tell!
Sing, heav’nly hosts, your praise prolong,
    and all on earth, your anthem swell!
All hail, O Lamb for sinners slain!
    Forever let the song ascend!
To Christ the King, enthroned to reign,
    all glory, pow’r! Amen, amen.


Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

his mercy endures forever.


Whenever we eat this bread and drink this cup,

we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.


We give thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us with this saving gift. We pray that through it you will strengthen our faith in you and increase our love for one another. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look on you with favor and T give you peace.


Hymn: 929 May the Peace of God

1     May the peace of God our heav’nly Father,
    and the grace of Christ the risen Son,
and the fellowship of God the Spirit
    keep our hearts and minds within his love. (Refrain)


Ref  And to him be praise for his glorious reign
    from the depths of earth to the heights of heav’n.
We declare the name of the Lamb once slain—
    Christ eternal, the King of kings.


2     May this peace which passes understanding,
    and this grace which makes us what we are,
and this fellowship of his communion
    make us one in spirit and in heart. (Refrain)



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