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January 17 & 20, 2021
Pastor Bodden’s Welcome and Greeting
Lord, Speak to Us that We May Speak
Lord, speak to us that we may speak
In living echoes of your tone.
As you have sought, so let us seek
Your straying children, lost and lone.
Oh, lead us, Lord, that we may lead
The wand’ring and the wav’ring feet.
Oh, feed us, Lord, that we may feed
Your hung’ring ones with manna sweet.
Oh, teach us, Lord, that we may teach
The precious truths which you impart,
And wing our words that they may reach
The hidden depths of many a heart.
Oh, fill us with your fullness, Lord,
Until our very hearts o’erflow
In kindling thought and glowing word
Your love to tell, your praise to show.
P: As we come to worship, we want to ask God to quiet all of the worries and concerns of this world and to help us listen to him with open hearts. Let’s pray and ask him for his help. Lord, bless us with a joy for your Word and a desire to listen to you.
C: Help us to focus on what you want us to know and learn.
P: In a world that stumbles over your Word and refuses to listen to you, protect us against the lies that the devil, the world, and our own sinful nature attack us with every day.
C: Remind us that you are truth. With the faith you have worked in our hearts we want to know you better.
P: As we worship you together as your children, draw us closer to you and to each other.
P: We are gathered together to worship and praise our Lord and to proclaim that he is the one and only God. Come, let us sing to the Lord.
Come, Oh, Come, Let Us Sing To The Lord
Confession and Absolution
P: There is one thing always present in this world – sin. As much as we want to point to the evil out there we need to listen to God’s warning: “If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.” Sin is in us. With angry thoughts, cruel words, and selfish desires, we show that’s true. Because of this, let’s confess our sins to God and trust in his Word: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
C: Lord we come before you as sinners. For every time we have refused to listen to your Word and ignored sin in our lives, we are sorry. For the thoughts and words and actions of anger, of lust, of selfishness, and lack of love for others, we ask for your forgiveness.
P: Let’s take a moment to privately confess our sins to God.
P: We have not lived as you have called us and don’t deserve anything good from you. But trusting in your promises and knowing the work of Jesus our Savior we pray:
C: Forgive us for all of our sins.
P: God always shows his abundant love. He does not treat us as our sins deserve but with his unending love and forgiveness. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Therefore as a called servant of God and by his authority, I forgive you all of your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. You are God’s own dear child.
C: Lord Jesus, we thank you. Help us to turn away from the temptation in our lives and to serve you with everything that we have and do.
Adult Choir – The Only Son from Heaven
Old Testament Reading – 1 Samuel 3:1-10
May all of us have the same answer as young Samuel: “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.”
The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.
One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel.
Samuel answered, “Here I am.” And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.
Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
“My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”
Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.
A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
Come, Follow Me, the Savior Spoke
“Come, follow me,” the Savior spoke,
“All in my way abiding.
Deny yourselves; the world forsake;
Obey my call and guiding.
Oh, bear the cross, whate’er betide;
Take my example for your guide.
“I am the light; I light the way,
A godly life displaying.
I bid you walk as in the day;
I keep your feet from straying.
I am the way, and well I show
How you should journey here below.
“My heart abounds in lowliness,
My soul with love is glowing,
And gracious words my lips express,
With meekness overflowing.
My heart, my mind, my strength, my all
To God I yield; on him I call.
“I teach you how to shun and flee
What harms your souls’ salvation,
Your hearts from ev’ry guile to free,
From sin and its temptation.
I am the refuge of the soul
And lead you to your heav’nly goal.”
Then let us follow Christ our Lord
And take the cross appointed
And, firmly clinging to his Word,
In suff’ring be undaunted.
For those who bear the battle’s strain
The crown of heav’nly life obtain.
New Testament Reading – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
I thank God for all who share in the ministry of God and hold to God’s Word.
But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
Verse of the Day
P: Alleluia. He said to me, “You are my servant in whom I will display my splendor.” Alleluia.
Gospel – John 1:43-51
The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”
Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.
When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”
“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”
Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”
Hymn of the Day
Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult
Jesus calls us o’er the tumult
Of our life’s wild, restless sea;
Day by day his voice invites us,
Saying, “Christian, follow me!”
As the first disciples heard it
By the Galilean lake,
Turned from home and toil and kindred,
Leaving all for his dear sake.
Jesus calls us from the worship
Of the vain world’s golden store,
From each idol that would keep us,
Saying, “Christian, love me more.”
In our joys and in our sorrows,
Days of toil and hours of ease,
Still he calls, in cares and pleasures,
“Christian, love me more than these.”
Jesus calls us! In your mercy,
Savior, help us hear your call;
Give our hearts to your obedience,
Serve and love you best of all!
Sermon – John 1:43-51
You Will See Greater Things
Profession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
P: As we give our offerings to the Lord we remember that they are a response to God’s love for us. As his children we want to show him thanks and to make sure he is the most important thing in our lives. Therefore let us pray to him and ask for hearts that are eager to serve him.
Lord, you have shown the full extent of your love. You held nothing back when you sacrificed yourself in order to save us from our sins.
C: Almighty God, help us to show you thanks by using our time, our wealth, and our abilities to serve you with joyful hearts – both now and every day of our lives. Amen.
The offering is brought forward.
Prayer of the Church and the 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.
P: Lord, we thank you for your Word which corrects, trains, and builds us up. As we go out into the world renewed by your love we ask:
C: Give us power to say no to temptation, strength to share the Good News with everyone we meet, and comfort in all of our hardships and struggles.
P: These can only come from you, our only source of Truth.
P: As we close our service, receive God’s blessings. The Lord bless and keep you, the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace. Amen.
Christ Be My Leader
Christ be my leader by night as by day,
Safe through the darkness, for he is the way.
Gladly I follow, my future his care;
Darkness is daylight when Jesus is there.
Christ be my teacher in age as in youth,
Drifting or doubting, for he is the truth.
Grant me to trust him, though shifting as sand.
Doubt cannot daunt me – in Jesus I stand!
Christ be my Savior in calm as in strife;
Death cannot hold me, for he is the life.
Nor darkness nor doubting nor sin and its stain
Can touch my salvation – with Jesus I reign!