January 6, 2019

January 6, 2019

Order of Worship

Epiphany of Our Lord

Epiphany means “manifestation.” On this day we celebrate the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles—that is, to all nations. Some Christian traditions celebrate three great epiphanies on this day: the magi’s adoration of the Christ child, Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River, and his first miracle, in which he changes water into wine. The word and sacraments are for us the great epiphany of God’s grace and mercy. We go forth to witness to the light that shines brightly in our midst.


At the ringing of the bell, please observe a moment of silence


Welcome and Reminders


Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, who shines in glory, clothes us in compassion, and bears gifts of mercy for all. Amen.


Let us confess our sins with confidence in God’s promise of forgiveness.

Silence for reflection.

God, wonderful counselor, we confess that we have turned from your gifts and chosen our own way. We have not made room for you in our hearts or in our world. We have lived in fear; we have not welcomed the stranger; we desire gifts that will not endure. Forgive us our sins, known and unknown, and open us to receive the peace of Jesus dwelling in and among us. Amen.


God’s loving kindness has appeared to us in Christ our Savior. We are saved, not by anything we have done, but by God’s mercy poured out on us richly. In the name of ☩ Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven. Through the Spirit living in you, God give you faith to trust Jesus, who is Love born for you, now and always. Amen.


Gathering Song – Bright and Glorious Is the SkyELW 301



The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.


Hymn of Praise p.187


Prayer of the Day

O God, on this day you revealed your Son to the nations by the leading of a star. Lead us now by faith to know your presence in our lives, and bring us at last to the full vision of your glory, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


First Reading – Isaiah 60:1-6

Jerusalem is assured that nations will make a pilgrimage to her, because the light of God’s presence is in her midst. The bountiful food of the sea and the profits of international trade will come streaming to Jerusalem and thereby declare God’s praise.


1Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.  2For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. 3Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
4Lift up your eyes and look around; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from far away, and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms. 5Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and rejoice, because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you. 6A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14

1Give the king your justice, O God,
  and your righteousness to the king’s son;
2that he may rule your people righteously
  and the poor with justice;
3that the mountains may bring prosperity to the people,
  and the hills, in righteousness.
4Let him defend the needy among the people,
  rescue the poor, and crush the oppressor. 
5May he live as long as the sun and moon endure,
  from one generation to another.
6Let him come down like rain upon the mown field,
  like showers that water the earth.
7In his time may the righteous flourish;
  and let there be an abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more.
10May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles pay tribute,
  and the kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts. 
11May all kings bow down before him,
  and all the nations do him service.
12For the king delivers the poor who cry out in distress,
  the oppressed, and those who have no helper.
13He has compassion on the lowly and poor,
  and preserves the lives of the needy.
14From oppression and violence he redeems their lives,
  and precious is their blood in his sight. 

Psalm Prayer


Choir Anthem – Royal Nativity


Second Reading – Ephesians 3:1-12

What had been hidden from previous generations is now made known through the gospel ministry of Paul and others. In Christ both Jews and Gentiles participate in the richness of God’s promised salvation.


1This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—2for surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given me for you, 3and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, 4a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ. 5In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: 6that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
7Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given me by the working of his power. 8Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, 9and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; 10so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Gospel Acclamation p.188


Gospel –Matthew 2:1-12

God’s promise shines bright in the night as magi follow a star to honor a new king. Strangers from a faraway land, they welcome the long-awaited messiah of Israel.


Response after the Gospel is announced: Glory to you, O Lord.


1In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” 3When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; 4and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 5They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
6‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.’ ”
7Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 8Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” 9When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. 11On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.


Response after the conclusion of the Gospel: Praise to you, O Christ.




Song of the Day – The First Noel, ELW 300


Apostles' Creed p. 105


Prayers of Intercession - Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying, ELW 752

Lord, listen to your children praying, Lord send your Spirit in this place;

Lord, listen to your children praying, send us love, send us pow’r, send us


Each petition concludes with, Lord in your mercy,”

The congregation responds, Hear our prayer


The Meal

Peace - The peace of Christ be with you always. And also with you.

Offering and Prayer

Holy God, your beauty shines forth from the manger and your love flows from the cross. As you gather us around these signs of your love come among us, warm us to extend your care among the hungry and all in need. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

The Great Thanksgiving - page 206

Holy, Holy, Holy – page 207

Words of Institution

The Lord’s Prayer – page 208

The Lamb of God – page 208

Distribution Song –What Child Is This,ELW 296



Prayer after Communion

God of wonder, in Jesus we behold the light of the world come near. As you have come among us now, send us out in joy, hastening to share the good news of your love. We ask this in the name of Jesus, through the Spirit dwelling among us now and forever. Amen.




Sending Song –This Little Light of Mine, ELW 677


Dismissal: We are set free by God’s gift in Christ to share our faith and serve others.


Thanksgivings: For a new year of life in hope of all of God's promises.


News and Events:

WELCA Bible Study tomorrow at 1:30 pm.


2nd Wednesday Meal this week at 5:00 pm. Everyone is welcome.


Upcoming January meetings conducted after worship:

January 20 – St. John's Foundation Meeting (Discuss how we want to handle our investments)

January 27 – Annual Congregational Meeting (Yearly business meeting for the church)


Having a difficult day or know someone who could use a warm meal? There is soup available in the chest freezer downstairs provided by Sisters into Soup. Help yourself.


Russ and Barb have a landline again. Their phone number is 920-622-3494.


Interested in a Directory update? A directory with current photos is extremely helpful for new members and our last Directory was done in 2014. Julie has agreed to assemble the directory and take care of having it printed. The Council would appreciate it if someone would come forward and handle getting photos from everyone. If you have any reasonable ideas or comments, and especially if you could help with this huge endeavor, please contact Julie 


CAP Services’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps individuals and families maximize their tax returns. We have IRS-certified volunteers that provide free basic tax preparation and help taxpayers claim special tax credits for which they may qualify, such as the Child Tax Credit, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled, and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).  Tax preparation is provided by appointment at the CAPsell Center, 205 East Main St, Wautoma.  To find out if you’re eligible and to make an appointment call 1-800-660-5430 beginning January 14, 2019.


Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Paul and Debi

Reader: Lori

Communion Servers:Lee and Jane

Coffee Hour: Jane and Lee


Readings for next week: Isaiah 43:1-7; Acts 8:14-17;Luke 3:15-17,21-22


Calendar This Week:

Monday, January 7            1:30 pm – WELCA Bible Study

Tuesday, January 8             8:30 am - Quilters

Wednesday, January 9      10:00 am – Bible Study with Pastor Rick

                                                4:30 pm – Confirmation Class

                                                5:00 pm – 2nd Wed Meal

                                                5:30 pm – Choir

Sunday, January 13              9:00 am – Worship



                               St. John’s Lutheran Church, ELCA

(920) 622-3371   saintjohns@centurytel.net   stjohnssaxeville.org

Pastor Rick Engen (414) 403-1497 cell, (920) 566-4014 home, rtengen@aol.com

Debi Smith, Secretary (920) 622-3358


Welcome to those visiting today. Please fill out the yellow visitor card in the pew rack in front of you. May the Holy Spirit who has gathered us together for worship today be with you.


In Holy Communion we believe we receive the body and blood of Christ for forgiveness, renewal and strength in our faith and life. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Gluten-free wafers are available. Take one from the center cup of the bread tray.


On the first Sundays of the month, the sacrament is served at the altar. Come forward, kneel or stand at the rail. You will be served the bread. The wine is served in individual glasses. The lighter colored glasses in the center of the tray are juice.


Other Sundays we serve the sacrament by intinction in procession. Come forward, receive the bread and dip it in one of the chalices (the gold chalice has wine in it, the silver chalice has juice). Gluten-free wafers are in the cup in the center.


People with special needs should make these known to the ushers or to the servers as they are being served. Children who have not made their First Communion and those who do not wish to commune are invited to come forward for a blessing.


Four chairs in the back row of the sanctuary are available for people with special circumstances. Two portable lift cushions are available to help those who need assistance getting up from a sitting position. Contact an usher for assistance.


You are encouraged to contact Pastor Rick anytime at

920-566-4014 or 414-403-1497