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January 27, 2019

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany PRELUDE Chorale Prelude on God, Whose Almighty Word Wells

Holy Communion IV TOWER BELLS

All may stand and make the sign of the cross, the sign with which we are
marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

In the name of the Father, and of the (+) Son, and of the Holy Spirit.


The glory of the Lord is revealed in the reading of scripture. People stand APOSTOLIC GREETING
at attention. People weep. People prostrate themselves in prayer. The unity
of the church is another reflection of the glory of God. Most gloriously, the The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of
promises of God are fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ. Gather round. the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Listen up. Glimpse the glory of God. And also with you.

CHILDREN are always welcome to our Worship Service. Rainbow bags and HYMN OF PRAISE
a cry room are available. A staffed nursery is also available if needed. An
usher will gladly provide you with assistance.

As a worship courtesy, we ask that you please turn off or set to vibrate all
cellular telephones and pagers during the worship service.

We ask that all present today please fill out the Attendance and Communion
registration card found in your bulletin and place it in the offering plate so
that we may record your presence with us.


Almighty God, you sent your Son Jesus Christ to reconcile the world to
yourself. We praise and bless you for those whom you have sent in the
power of the Spirit to preach the gospel to all nations. We thank you that in
all parts of the earth a community of love has been gathered together by
their prayers and labors, and that in every place your servants call upon
your name; for the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours forever.
FIRST READING: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10

The exiles have returned and rebuilt Jerusalem. Now Ezra, the priest, reads
the law of Moses to them in the public square. When they hear it, they weep
for their sins and for the long years in exile, but Ezra reminds them that the
joy of the Lord is their strength.
All the people [of Israel] gathered together into the square before the
Water Gate. They told the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of
Moses, which the LORD had given to Israel. 2Accordingly, the priest Ezra
brought the law before the assembly, both men and women and all who
could hear with understanding. This was on the first day of the seventh
month. 3He read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early
morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those
who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the
book of the law. 5And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people,
for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the
people stood up. 6Then Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God, and all the
people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. Then they bowed
their heads and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground. 8So they
read from the book, from the law of God, with interpretation. They gave the
sense, so that the people understood the reading.
And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe,
and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is
Let us pray.
holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people
Blessed Lord God, you have caused the holy scriptures to be written for the
wept when they heard the words of the law. 10Then he said to them, “Go
nourishment of your people. Grant that we may hear them, read, mark,
your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to
learn, and inwardly digest them, that, comforted by your promises, we may
those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our LORD; and
embrace and forever hold fast to the hope of eternal life, through your Son,
do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
Jesus Christ our Lord.
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Please be seated.

A MESSAGE FOR OUR CHILDREN Silence for reflection on the reading.

PSALM 19 SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
Refrain: The apostle and pastor Paul uses the metaphor of the human body to
describe how intimately connected we are in the church. For this struggling
congregation in Corinth, Paul delivers a vital message of unity that is a
mark of the church today.
Tone: For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members
of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13For in the
one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or
free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
The heavens declare the glo- | ry of God, Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15If the
and the sky proclaims its | maker’s handiwork. foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,”
One day tells its tale | to another, that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16And if the ear would
and one night imparts knowledge | to another. say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not
Although they have no | words or language, make it any less a part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where
and their voices | are not heard, would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the
their sound has gone out into all lands, and their message to the ends | sense of smell be? 18But as it is, God arranged the members in the body,
of the world, where God has pitched a tent | for the sun. each one of them, as he chose. 19If all were a single member, where would
It comes forth like a bridegroom out | of his chamber; the body be? 20As it is, there are many members, yet one body. 21The eye
it rejoices like a champion to | run its course. cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the
It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens and runs about to feet, “I have no need of you.” 22On the contrary, the members of the body
the end of | it again; nothing is hidden from its | burning heat. R that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23and those members of the body
that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less
The teaching of the LORD is perfect and re- | vives the soul; respectable members are treated with greater respect; 24whereas our more
the testimony of the LORD is sure and gives wisdom to | the simple. respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body,
The statutes of the LORD are just and re- | joice the heart; the giving the greater honor to the inferior member, 25that there may be no
commandment of the LORD is clear and gives light | to the eyes. dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for
The fear of the LORD is clean and en- | dures forever; one another. 26If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one
the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous | altogether. member is honored, all rejoice together with it.
More to be desired are they than gold, more than | much fine gold, Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28And
sweeter far than honey, than honey | in the comb. R God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third
teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance,
By them also is your ser- | vant enlightened, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. 29Are all apostles? Are all
and in keeping them there is | great reward. prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30Do all possess gifts of
Who can detect one’s | own offenses? healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31aBut strive for the
Cleanse me from my | secret faults. greater gifts.
Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not get
dominion | over me; then shall I be whole and sound, and innocent of a The word of the Lord.
| great offense. Thanks be to God.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be
acceptable | in your sight, O LORD, my strength and | my
redeemer. R Please stand for the gospel.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down.
The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21Then he began to say
All sing the Alleluia. The cantor will sing the verse, all repeat the Alleluia to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

Please be seated.

SERMON Pastor Charles Peterson

Silence for reflection and then we invite you to stand as we sing:

VERSE: The Spirit of the Lord has anointed me to bring good news | to
the poor,* and to proclaim release | to the captives. (Luke 4:18) HYMN OF THE DAY: Arise, Your Light Has Come! (ELW 314)
As the Gospel is announced, worshippers are invited to trace a cross upon As they recite the creed, worshippers are invited to bow beginning with the
their forehead, then over their lips, and then over their hearts, silently words “born of the virgin Mary,” until the words “he descended to the
praying, “May the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ be ever on my mind, on dead.”
my lips, and in my heart.”
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
The holy gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to Luke.
Glory to you, O Lord. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived
by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius
Near the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry, he visits his hometown of Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.
Nazareth. In the words of Isaiah, he states and claims his identity, purpose, On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at
and mission. the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and
the dead.
Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a
report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15He began to I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of
teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life
everlasting. Amen.
When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to
the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the
scroll and found the place where it was written: United as one body in Christ, let us pray for the church, the world, and all
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, those in need.
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor. Please sit or kneel as you are able.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives Each petition ends with:
and recovery of sight to the blind, Lord, in your mercy,
to let the oppressed go free, hear our prayer.
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
OFFERTORY HYMN Let the Vineyards Be Fruitful (ELW 182)
Receive our prayers and fill us with the radiance of your love; through
Jesus Christ our Lord.


Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

Silence for reflection.

Most merciful God,

we confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. 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. 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.

In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high has broken
upon us. Jesus Christ has manifested God’s grace, has conquered sin, and
calls us to new and eternal life. In Christ’s name and for his sake I declare OFFERING PRAYER
to you: God forgives you all your sins. (+)Almighty God grant unto us the
grace and power of the Holy Spirit, true repentance, and time for the Good and loving God, we rejoice in the birth of Jesus, who came among
amendment of life. the poor to bring the riches of your good news of grace. As you have
Amen. blessed us with your gifts, let them and us be blessings for others, signs of
your goodwill for all. In the name of Christ Jesus, Immanuel, God with us.
Please rise and greet one another in the peace of the risen Christ. DIALOGUE
The peace of Christ be with you always.
And also with you.

Please be seated.


ANTHEM AT THE OFFERING Dona Nobis Pacem Ester Mägi

We invite you to please stand.



Worshippers are invited to bow with the consecration of the Lord’s body
and blood, each time the words “Do this for the remembrance of me,” are

Holy God, Creator of all and Source of life, at the birth of time your word
brought light into the world. In the fullness of time, you sent your Word,
born of Mary, to shine in our darkness and to make us your daughters and

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave
thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is
my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to
drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and
for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.

Remembering, therefore, his birth and life among us, his death and
resurrection, we await his coming again when all things will be restored in
him. By your Spirit bless us and this bread and cup, that, held and
nourished by you, we may live as your children, shining with the light of
your Son.

Through him all glory and honor is yours, Almighty Father, with the Holy
Spirit, in your holy Church, both now and forever. Amen.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be 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.


Christ gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to
make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.
(Titus 2:14) Come, behold and receive the Word made flesh.

Lutherans believe, teach and confess that we receive the true Body and
Blood of Christ in Holy Communion. If you desire to pick up the cross and
live in Christ, we hope you will receive with us. Even if you do not feel
prepared to receive the sacrament today we hope you will join us at the
table. Simply hold your hands over your heart and the pastor will give you
a blessing. Pastor will be glad to discuss Holy Communion and Holy
Baptism with you!


Please stand.


Radiant God, with our eyes we have seen your salvation, and in this meal
we have feasted on your grace. May your Word take flesh in us, that we
may be your holy people, revealing your glory made known to us in Jesus
Christ our Savior.


The God of glory dwell in you richly, name you beloved, and shine brightly
on your path; and the blessing of almighty God, the Father, the (+)Son, and
the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you always.
SENDING SONG: O God of Light (ELW 507) The Altar flowers are administered by the worship committee. The 2019
Altar Flower chart is posted on the bulletin board in the lower lobby and
DISMISSAL there is a nearby pocket containing an information sheet for donors to
complete and hand into the office or place in the offering plate for
Go in peace. Christ is with you. proper publication in the bulletin.
Thanks be to God.
If you would like to purchase flowers for worship in memory of or in honor
POSTLUDE Chorale Prelude on Herzliebster Jesu Johannes Brahms of someone, please sign up. The cost is $35 per arrangement, and checks
should be made out to Trinity Lutheran Church. The contact person is Mary
UPCOMING COMMEMORATIONS in the church office (614) 224.6818 or email: office@oldtrinity.com.
Please do not remove flowers unless you purchased them or made
Lydia, Dorcas, and Phoebe, witnesses to the faith arrangements.
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Women as well as men were important Christian leaders from the
beginning, as demonstrated by these coworkers of the apostle Paul.
Lydia, a seller of purple goods, lent her home for a church; Dorcas ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MEMBER OF
was known for charitable works; and Phoebe was a deacon in the TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH?
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Confirmation, Letter of Transfer, and New Member Instruction. Please
Thomas Aquinas, teacher, died 1274 contact the church office with any questions. 224-6818.
Monday, January 28, 2019
One of the most brilliant and creative theologians in the church's
history, Aquinas worked to bring together scripture and the
philosophy of Aristotle. A member of the Order of Preachers
(Dominicans), Aquinas was also a hymnwriter. Please feel free to take your bulletin and happenings with you.
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Presentation of Our Lord Thank you.
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Forty days after the birth of Jesus we mark the day Mary and Joseph
presented him in the temple in accordance with Jewish law. There
they were greeted by Simeon, an aged priest who offered the song
"Lord, now you let your servant depart in peace," as well as by the
prophet Anna, who spoke of the redemption of Israel.