THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD                                        January 10, 2021

ORDER OF SERVICE: LSB DS1 with Holy Communion, p. 151

THE HYMNS: 839, 406, 333, 603

THE SERMON TEXT: Romans 6:1-11

 

OPENING HYMN: “O Christ, Our True and Only Light” (LSB 839)

 

O Christ, our true and only light,

Enlighten those who sit in night;

Let those afar now hear Your voice

And in Your fold with us rejoice.

 

Fill with the radiance of Your grace

The souls now lost in error’s maze;

Enlighten those whose inmost minds

Some dark delusion haunts and blinds.

 

O gently call those gone astray

That they may find the saving way!

Let ev’ry conscience sore oppressed

In You find peace and heav’nly rest.

 

Shine on the darkened and the cold;

Recall the wand’rers to Your fold.

Unite all those who walk apart;

Confirm the weak and doubting heart.

 

That they with us may evermore

Such grace with wond’ring thanks adore

And endless praise to You be giv’n

By all Your Church in earth and heav’n.

 

[Stand]

 

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION

 

[The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.]

 

P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen

 

P: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C: But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

[Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.]

 

P: Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C: Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. 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. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. 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 you and for His sake forgives you all yours sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

 

THE INTROIT (all): Psalm 2:7-11, 12c; Antiphon: Isaiah 42:1a

 

Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights. I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. Behold, my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights.

 

KYRIE ~ Lord Have Mercy (Sung)

 

P: In peace let us pray to the Lord.

C: Lord, have mercy.

 

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

C: Lord, have mercy.

 

P: 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.

C: Lord, have mercy.

 

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

C: Lord, have mercy.

 

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

C: Amen.

 

HYMN OF PRAISE: This is the Feast (LSB 155)

 

This is the feast of victory for our God,

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain,

whose blood set us free to be people of God.

 

This is the feast of victory for our God,

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Power, riches, wisdom, and strength,

And honor, blessing, and glory are His.

 

This is the feast of victory for our God,

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Sing with all the people of God,

And join in the hymn of all creation:

Blessing, honor, glory, and might

be to God, and the Lamb forever. Amen.

 

This is the feast of victory for our God,

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

For the Lamb who was slain

Has begun His reign. Alleluia.

 

This is the feast of victory for our God.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

SALUTATION and COLLECT OF THE DAY

 

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

 

P: Let us pray. Father in heaven, at the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River You proclaimed Him Your beloved Son and anointed Him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized in His name faithful in their calling as Your children and inheritors with Him of everlasting life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C:  Amen

 

[Sit]

 

BOOK OF CONCORD: Large Catechism: Baptism

 

We must know what Baptism signifies and why God has ordained just this outward sign and ceremony for the Sacrament by which we are first received into the Christian Church. The act or ceremony is this: we are sunk under the water, which passes over us, and afterward are drawn out again. These two parts, (1) to be sunk under the water and (2) drawn out again, signify Baptism's power and work. It is nothing other than putting to death the old Adam and affecting the new man's resurrection after that [Romans 6:4-6]. Both of these things must take place in us all our lives. So a truly Christian life is nothing other than a daily Baptism, once begun and ever to be continued. For this must be done without ceasing, that we always keep purging away whatever belongs to the old Adam. Then what belongs to the new man may come forth. But what is the old man? It is what is born in human beings from Adam: anger, hate, envy, unchastity, stinginess, laziness, arrogance - yes, unbelief. The old man is infected with all vices and has by nature nothing good in him [Romans 7:18]. Now, when we have come into Christ's kingdom [John 3:5], these things must daily decrease. The longer we live the more we become gentle, patient, meek, and ever turn away from unbelief, greed, hatred, envy, and arrogance.

 

This is Baptism's true use among Christians, as signified by baptizing with water.

 

OLD TESTAMENT READING: Genesis 1:1-5

 

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

 

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

 

P: This is the Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

 

EPISTLE: Romans 6:1-11

 

1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

 

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

 

P: This is the Word of the Lord.

C. Thanks be to God.

 

[Stand]

 

ALLELUIA (Sung)

 

C: Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life.

Alleluia, alleluia.

 

P: The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the first chapter

C: Glory to You, O Lord.

 

HOLY GOSPEL: Mark 1:4-11

 

John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

 

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

 

P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C: Praise to You, O Christ.

 

[Sit]

 

HYMN OF THE DAY: “To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Lord” (LSB 406)

 

To Jordan came the Christ, our Lord,

To do His Father’s pleasure;

Baptized by John, the Father’s Word

Was given us to treasure.

This heavn’ly washing now shall be

A cleansing from transgression

And by His blood and agony

Release from death’s oppression.

A new life now awaits us.

 

O hear and mark the message well,

For God Himself has spoken.

Let faith, not doubt, among us dwell

And so receive this token.

Our Lord here with His Word endows

Pure water, freely flowing.

God’s Holy Spirit here avows

Our kinship while bestowing

The Baptism of His blessing.

 

These truths on Jordan’s banks were shown

By mighty word and wonder.

The Father’s voice from heav’n came down,

Which we do well to ponder:

“This man is My beloved Son,

In whom My heart has pleasure.

Him you must hear, and Him alone,

And trust in fullest measure

The word that He has spoken.”

 

There stood the Son of God in love,

His grace to us extending;

The Holy Spirit like a dove

Upon the scene descending;

The triune God assuring us,

With promises compelling,

That in our Baptism He will thus

Among us find a dwelling

To comfort and sustain us.

 

SERMON

 

[Stand]

 

NICENE CREED

 

I believe in one God,

      the Father Almighty,

      maker of heaven and earth

            and of all things visible and invisible.

 

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

      the only-begotten Son of God,

      begotten of His Father before all worlds,

      God of God, Light of Light,

      very God of very God,

      begotten, not made,

      being of one substance with the Father,

      by whom all things were made;

      who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven

      and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary

      and was made man;

      and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate,

      He suffered and was buried,

      And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures

            and ascended into heaven

      and sits on the right hand of the Father.

      And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,

      whose kingdom will have no end.

 

And I believe in the Holy Spirit,

      the Lord and giver of life,

      who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

      who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,

      who spoke by the prophets.

      And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,

      I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,

      and I look for the resurrection of the dead

      and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

 

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

 

[After each petition:]

P: Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

 

THE SERVICE OF THE SACRAMENT

 

PREFACE (Sung)

 

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

 

P: Lift up your hearts.

C: We lift them to the Lord.

 

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C: It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

P: It is truly good, right, and salutary…evermore praising You and saying:

 

SANCTUS (Sung)

 

Holy, holy, holy Lord God of pow'r and might:

Heaven and earth are full of Your glory.

Hosanna. Hosanna. Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

 

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

 

P: Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross.

 

Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us do in His own testament. Gather us together, we pray, from the ends of the earth to celebrate with all the faithful the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen.

 

LORD'S PRAYER

 

P:  Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C: Our Father who art in heaven,

            hallowed by 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.

 

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD

 

P: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: "Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me."

 

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: "Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."

 

PAX DOMINI (Sung)

 

P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C: Amen.

 

AGNUS DEI (Sung)

 

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.

 

[Sit]

 

THE DISTRIBUTION

 

DISTRIBUTION HYMN:  “Once He Came In Blessing" (LSB 333)

 

Once He came in blessing,

All our sins redressing;

Came in likeness lowly,

Son of God most holy,

Bore the cross to save us;

Hope and freedom gave us.

 

Now He gently leads us;

With Himself He feeds us

Precious food from heaven,

Pledge of peace here given,

Manna that will nourish

Souls that they may flourish.

 

Soon will come that hour

When with mighty power

Christ will come in splendor

And will judgment render

With the faithful sharing

Joy beyond comparing.

 

Come, then, O Lord Jesus,

From our sins release us.

Keep our hearts believing,

That we, grace receiving,

Ever may confess You

Till in heav’n we bless You.

 

[Stand]

 

POST-COMMUNION CANTICLE: "Thank the Lord" (LSB 164)

 

Thank the Lord and sing His praise; tell ev'ryone what He has done.

Let all who seek the Lord rejoice and proudly bear His name.

He recalls His promises and leads His people forth in joy

with shouts of thanksgiving Alleluia, alleluia.

 

POST-COMMUNION COLLECT

 

P: Let us pray.

We give thanks to you, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen

 

BENEDICTION (Sung)

 

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 give you peace.

C: Amen.

 

CLOSING HYMN: “We Know That Christ Is Raised” (LSB 603)

 

We know that Christ is raised and dies no more.

Embraced by death, He broke its fearful hold;

And our despair He turned to blazing joy.

Alleluia!

 

We share by water in His saving death.

Reborn, we share with Him an Easter life

As living members of a living Christ.

Alleluia!

 

The Father’s splendor clothes the Son with life,

The Spirit’s power shakes the Church of God.

Baptized, we live with God the Three in One.

Alleluia!