The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.
PIn the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
ExhortationLSB p. 203
POur help is in the name of the Lord,
Cwho made heaven and earth.
PIf You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?
CBut with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.
PSince we are gathered to hear God’s Word, call upon Him in prayer and praise, and receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the fellowship of this altar, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.
Confession of SinsLSB p. 203
CAlmighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.
AbsolutionLSB p. 203
PAlmighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your 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 T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
We have thought on your steadfast love, | O God,* in the midst of your | temple. Great is the Lord and greatly | to be praised* in the city | of our God! His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of | all the earth,* Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the | great King. Within her | citadels* God has made himself known as a | fortress. As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city | of our God,* which God will establish for- | ever. Glory be to the Father and | to the Son* and to the Holy | Spirit; as it was in the be- | ginning,* is now, and will be forever. | Amen. We have thought on your steadfast love, | O God,* in the midst of your | temple.
KyrieLSB p. 204
Gloria in ExcelsisLSB p. 204
Salutation and Collect of the Day
PThe Lord be with you.
CAnd also with you.
PLet us pray.
Almighty and ever-living God, as Your only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple in the substance of our flesh, grant that we may be presented to You with pure and clean hearts; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Catechesis - Fourth Petition
PToday's catechetical reading is the Fourth Petition of the Lord's Prayer. What is the Fourth Petition?
CGive us this day our daily bread. (K)
PWhat does this mean?
CGod certainly gives daily bread to everyone without our prayers, even to all evil people, but we pray in this petition that God would lead us to realize this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving. (1)
PWhat is meant by daily bread?
CDaily bread includes everything that has to do with the support and needs of the body, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home, land, animals, money, goods, a devout husband or wife, devout children, devout workers, devout and faithful rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, self-control, good reputation, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like. (3)
PWhat passages of Holy Scripture inform us and convince us of this truth?
C[Cast] all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you... –1 Peter 5:7 (2)
You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth. –Psalm 104:14 (4)
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. –Matthew 6:33 (4)
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing. –Psalm 145:15-16 (5)
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. –Matthew 6:34 (5)
Choir - Thou Light of Gentile Nations
Old Testament Reading1 Samuel 1:21–28
21The man Elkanah and all his house went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice and to pay his vow. 22But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “As soon as the child is weaned, I will bring him, so that he may appear in the presence of the Lord and dwell there forever.” 23Elkanah her husband said to her, “Do what seems best to you; wait until you have weaned him; only, may the Lord establish his word.” So the woman remained and nursed her son until she weaned him. 24And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine, and she brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh. And the child was young. 25Then they slaughtered the bull, and they brought the child to Eli. 26And she said, “Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the Lord. 27For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. 28Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord.”
And he worshiped the Lord there.
AThis is the Word of the Lord.
CThanks be to God.
Great is the Lord and greatly | to be praised* in the city of our God, his holy | mountain! As we have heard, so | have we seen* in the city of the |Lord of hosts. We have thought on your steadfast love, | O God,* in the midst of your | temple.
14Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 17Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
AThis is the Word of the Lord.
CThanks be to God.
Alleluia VerseLSB p. 205
Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel.
Holy GospelLuke 2:22–32
PThe Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the second chapter.
CGlory to You, O Lord.
22When the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, [Mary and Joseph] brought [Jesus] up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
29“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; 30for my eyes have seen your salvation 31that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”
PThis is the Gospel of the Lord.
CPraise to You, O Christ.
CI 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 at 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 T of the world to come. Amen.
In His Temple Now Behold HimLSB #519
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Sermon - A Word Fulfilled to Purify Hearts - Luke 2:22-40
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Prayer of the Church
PThe Lord be with you.
CAnd also with you.
PLift up your hearts.
CWe lift them to the Lord.
PLet us give thanks to the Lord our God.
CIt is right to give Him thanks and praise.
PIt is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who, sharing Your eternal splendor, was presented on this day in Your temple in the substance of our human flesh and revealed by the Spirit as the glory of Israel and the light of all peoples. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:
Prayer of Thanksgiving
PBlessed are You, O Lord our God, king of all creation, for You have had mercy on us and given Your only-begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
As the glory of Your presence once filled Your ancient temple, so in the incarnation of Your Son, Jesus Christ, You manifested the fullness of Your glory in human flesh.
We give You thanks that in His most Holy Supper You reveal Your glory to us. Grant us faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood so that we may one day behold Your glory face to face.
Hear us as we pray in His name and as He has taught us:
COur 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.
The Words of Our Lord
POur 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 T 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 T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”