The Lord Manifests His Glory through His Office of the Holy Ministry
Is. 9:1–4; 1 Cor. 1:10–18; Matt. 4:12–25; Psalm 27:1–9 (10–14)
1 Corinthians 1:10–18
The Lord Manifests His Glory through His Office of the Holy Ministry
By His coming in the flesh and by His preaching and miracles, the Lord Jesus shines the light
of His Gospel upon “the people who walked in darkness” and “who dwelt in a land of deep
darkness” (Is. 9:2). He has also “multiplied the nation” and “increased its joy” (Is. 9:3) by
calling disciples to Himself from the ends of the earth. For this purpose, He calls Peter and
Andrew, with James and John, to follow Him and be “fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19). As Jesus
did, they also go forth “proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and
every affliction among the people” (Matt. 4:23). They preach the foolishness of the Cross of
Christ as the very power and wisdom of God. This word and preaching of the Cross divides
“those who are perishing” from “us who are being saved” (1 Cor. 1:18), but it unites the
Church, the one Body of Christ, “in the same mind and the same judgment” (1 Cor. 1:10).
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1 O Christ, our true and only light, In you find peace and heav'nly rest.
Enlighten those who sit in night;
Let those afar now hear Your voice 4 Shine on the darkened and the
And in Your fold with us rejoice.
Recall the wand'rers to Your fold.
2 Fill with the radiance of Your
Unite all those who walk apart;
Confirm the weak and doubting
The souls now lost in error's maze; heart,
Enlighten those whose inmost
5 That they with us may evermore
Some dark delusion haunts and
Such grace with wond'ring thanks
And endless praise to You be giv'n
3 O gently call those gone astray
By all Your Church in earth and
That they may find the saving way! heav'n.
Let ev'ry conscience sore oppressed
Use your prayer notes.
Use a verse from the
bible to reflect on.
Pray about how the
Word fulfilled in
For the Church on earth, that
For the nations of this world, that
believers everywhere might
the almighty God would provide
rejoice in repentance and the
wise and just rulers, content and
kingdom of heaven and proclaim compassionate citizens, honest
the Savior, Jesus Christ, as the one industry and fruitful harvest…
who has conquered sin, death and
devil by His life, death and
For the unborn, that the Lord
resurrection, let us pray to the
Jesus Christ who was conceived
Lord: Lord, have mercy.
by the Holy Spirit and born of the
Virgin Mary might form them for
For our Synod, that the Koinonia His service and praise, grant them
Project and other fraternal
health and safe delivery, protect
conversation might bear fruit, that them from all danger and
there would be no divisions
especially from those who would
among us and that we might be seek to end their lives..
united in the same mind and in the
same judgment under the cross of For parents who are tempted to
consider abortion, that the Lord
who creates and preserves life
For the world, that all who hear would grant to them repentance,
the folly of the cross might repent faith in His forgiveness and
of their sins, believe in Jesus and provision, deliverance from fear
be baptized in His name....
and courage to defend life..
For women who have undergone and
for those who advocate elective
abortion, that the Lord of life would
deliver them from hardened hearts,
lead them gently to contrition and
Use your prayer notes. repentance, and comfort the penitent
with the truth that His death has
Use a verse from the atoned for all of their sins…
bible to reflect on.
Pray about how the
Word fulfilled in
who were brought to Him might grant
them healing in His time and faith to
trust Him in the midst of trial…
For all who receive the Sacrament of
the Altar today, that they might
receive the true body and blood of the
Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness
of sins and the strengthening of faith,
For husbands and wives who are
and thus eagerly await looking upon
unable to have children, that the Lord the goodness of the Lord in the land of
would grant them consolation and
the living forever…
grace to trust in His holy will....
We give thanks to You, heavenly
For children who are in need of family Father, that You delight to hear the
and home, that the Lord would set His prayers of Your people and that You
angels over them and provide them promise to be gracious to us and to
with loving parents, safety and
answer us. Receive these and all of
security, and lavish exposure to His our petitions, and answer them
Means of Grace…
according to Your will for our good;
through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our
For those who suffer from afflictions Lord, who lives and reigns with You
of body and mind, loneliness or
and the Holy Spirit, one God now and
despair [especially _________], that forever. Amen.
the Savior who healed all the afflicted
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Office of the Holy Ministry
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3 You have multiplied the nation;
For to Us a Child Is Born
you have increased its joy;
9 [a] But there will be no gloom they rejoice before you
for her who was in anguish. In
as with joy at the harvest,
the former time he brought into
as they are glad when they
contempt the land of Zebulun
divide the spoil.
and the land of Naphtali, but in 4 For the yoke of his burden,
the latter time he has made
and the staff for his shoulder,
glorious the way of the sea, the
the rod of his oppressor,
land beyond the Jordan, Galilee
you have broken as on the day
of the nations.[b]
2 [c] The people who walked in
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land
of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Beyond that, I do not know whether I
Divisions in the Church
baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did
10 I appeal to you, brothers,[a] by the
not send me to baptize but to preach the
name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all gospel, and not with words of eloquent
of you agree, and that there be
wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be
no divisions among you, but that you be emptied of its power.
united in the same mind and the same Christ the Wisdom and Power of God
judgment. 11 For it has been reported to 18 For the word of the cross is folly
me by Chloe's people that there
to those who are perishing, but to
is quarreling among you, my
us who are being saved it is the power
brothers. 12 What I mean is that each
one of you says, ―I follow Paul,‖ or ―I
follow Apollos,‖ or ―I follow Cephas,‖
or ―I follow Christ.‖ 13 Is Christ
divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or
were you baptized in the name of
Paul?14 I thank God that I baptized none
of you except Crispus andGaius, 15 so
that no one may say that you were
baptized in my name. 16 (I did baptize
also the household of Stephanas.
me, and I will make you fishers of
Jesus Begins His Ministry
men.‖[a] 20 Immediately they left their nets
12 Now when he heard that John had been and followed him. 21 And going on from
arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. 13 And there he saw two other brothers, James the
leaving Nazareth he went and lived
son of Zebedee and John his brother, in
inCapernaum by the sea, in the territory the boat with Zebedee their father,
of Zebulun and Naphtali,14 so that what mending their nets, and he called
was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might them. 22 Immediately they left the boat
and their father and followed him.
15 ―The land of Zebulun and the land of
Jesus Ministers to Great Crowds
23 And he went throughout all
the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee, teaching in their synagogues
Galilee of the Gentiles—
and proclaiming the gospel of the
16 the people dwelling in darkness
kingdom andhealing every disease and
have seen a great light,
every affliction among the people. 24 So
and for those dwelling in the region
his fame spread throughout all Syria,
and shadow of death,
and they brought him all the sick, those
on them a light has dawned.‖
afflicted with various diseases
17 From that time Jesus began to preach,
and pains, those oppressed by
saying, ―Repent, for the kingdom of
demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he
heaven is at hand.‖
healed them. 25 And great crowds
Jesus Calls the First Disciples
followed him from Galilee and
18 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he theDecapolis, and from Jerusalem and
saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.
Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a
net into the sea, for they were
fishermen. 19 And he said to them,―Follow
The LORD Is My Light and My Salvation
27 The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold[a] of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.
3 Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet[b] I will be confident.
4 One thing have I asked of the LORD,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to inquire[c] in his temple.
5 For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock.
6 And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the LORD.
7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
have said, ―Seek[d] my face.‖
My heart says to you,
―Your face, LORD, do I seek.‖[e]
Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken
but the LORD will take me in.
11 Teach me your way, O LORD,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.
13 I believe[f] that I shall look upon the
goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the LORD;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD!
The Purification of Mary
and the Presentation of
1 Sam. 1:21–28 Samuel
Given to the Lord
Psalm 84 My Soul Longs
for the Courts of the Lord
Heb. 2:14–18 The Founder
Luke 2:22–32 (33–40)
1 Sam. 1:21–28;
Luke 2:22–40; Psalm 84
1 Samuel 1:21-28
able to help those who are being tempted.
My Soul Longs for the Courts of theLORD
To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith.[a] A
Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
84 How lovely is your dwelling place,
O LORD of hosts!
Samuel Given to the LORD
22 And when the time came for their purification
2 My soul longs, yes, faints
21 The man Elkanah and all his housewent up to offer according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up
for the courts of the LORD;
to the LORD the yearly sacrifice and to pay his
to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord23 (as it is
my heart and flesh sing for joy
vow. 22 But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first
to the living God.
husband, “As soon as the child is weaned, I will bring opens the womb shall be called holy to the
3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
him, so that he may appear in the presence of
Lord”)24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is
and the swallow a nest for herself,
the LORD and dwell there forever.” 23 Elkanah her
said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or
where she may lay her young,
husband said to her, “Do what seems best to you;
two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in
at your altars, O LORD of hosts,
wait until you have weaned him; only, may
Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man
my King and my God.
the LORD establish his word.” So the woman
was righteous and devout,waiting for the consolation 4
Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
remained and nursed her son until she weaned
of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it
ever singing your praise!Selah
24 And when she had weaned him, she took him had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he
up with her, along with a three-year-old bull,[a] an
would not see death before he had seen the Lord's 5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
[b] of flour, and a skin of wine, and she brought Christ.27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple,
in whose heart are the highways to Zion.[b]
6 As they go through the Valley of Baca
him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh. And the child and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to
was young. 25 Then they slaughtered the bull, and
do for him according to the custom of the Law,28 he
they make it a place of springs;
26 And she said, “Oh, my took him up in his arms andblessed God and said,
they brought the child to Eli.
the early rain also covers it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength;
lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was 29
“Lord, now you are letting your servant[a] depart in
standing here in your presence, praying to
each one appears before God in Zion.
the LORD.27 For this child I prayed, and the LORDhas
8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;
according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen yoursalvation
granted me my petition that I made to
give ear, O God of Jacob!Selah
that you have prepared
him. 28 Therefore I have lent him to the LORD. As long 31 a light for revelation to thein the presence of all peoples,
9 Behold our shield, O God;
and for glory to your people Israel.” 33 And his father and his mother
as he lives, he is lent to the LORD.”
look on the face of your anointed!
marveled at what was said about him.34 And Simeon blessed them and
said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and
And he worshiped the LORD there.
10 For a day in your courts is better
rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed35 (and a sword
will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many
than a thousand elsewhere.
hearts may be revealed.”
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my
14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and
36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the
blood, he himself likewisepartook of the same things, tribe of Asher. She was advancedsheyears, having lived with her a widow
husband seven years from when
was a virgin,37 and then as
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
thatthrough death he might destroy the one who has until she was eighty-four.[b] She did not depart from the
temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 And coming For the LORD God is a sun andshield;
the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him
the LORD bestows favor and honor.
to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.
those whothrough fear of death were subject to
No good thing does he withhold
lifelong slavery. 16 For surely it is not angels that he The Return to Nazareth
from those who walk uprightly.
helps, but he helps the offspring of
39 And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the 12 O LORD of hosts,
Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And
Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to be made like his
blessed is the one who trusts in you!
brothers in every respect, so that he might become a the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of
God was upon him.
merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God,
to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For Psalm 84
because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is
Jesus Presented at the Temple