January 2019 Program Summaries
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January 6, 2019 – Epiphany
Psalm 72:1-11; Epistle: Ephesians 3:1-12; Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12
“The Mystery of Christ Made Known” - Sermon Text: Ephesians 3:4-6 - Rev. Thomas Eggold
The mystery of Christ is the inclusive and universal message that Jesus Christ entered our humanity, lived a perfect life under the Law, died on a cross for the sins of the entire world and was raised from the dead, conquering death and giving all of humankind the certain promise of everlasting life. This is the Gospel that the Church has been commissioned to communicate!
January 13, 2019 – The Baptism of Our Lord
Psalm 29; Epistle: Romans 6:1-11; Gospel: Luke 3:15-22
“Baptised into Christ!” - Sermon Text: Luke 3:21-22 - Rev. Shayne Jonker
“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” (Romans 6:5 ESV). This morning we celebrate the Baptism of our Lord in the Jordan, God in the flesh, and so also we celebrate our Baptism into Christ. What a great comfort in the midst of temptation and trial, sin and death, and every distress that we can say to ourselves, “I am baptized into Christ!”
January 20, 2019 – Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Psalm 128; Old Testament: Isaiah 62:1-5; Gospel: John 2:1-11
“Manifesting His Glory” - Sermon Text: John 2:1-11 - Rev. Paul Shoemaker
We remember weddings as special, happy occasions. At the wedding at Cana, the unthinkable happened. Who would step in and save the day? Jesus has done much more than saved a wedding at Cana.
January 27, 2019 – Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Psalm 19; Old Testament: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Gospel: Luke 4:16-30
“Read It and…Rejoice!” - Sermon Text: Nehemiah 8:1-10 - Rev. William Mueller
In the dark days after the exiles returned from captivity in Babylon, the Word of God was rare. Ezra, the priest, reads and applies God’s Word and the people respond with repentant weeping and abiding faith. The Word of God still has that same power for us – so we are invited to read it and rejoice!