Today we are called to remember that our bodies are not our own. Paul reminds us in the Epistle that we were bought with a price: the blood of Christ. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. Our bodies, even our whole lives, belong to the Lord, and we are called to consider how we are to best steward the bodies God has given us for the sake of His kingdom.


Children Activity Bags We value children in our worship services. If needed, there is a family room available for families with children. The family room has a diaper changing table, a closed-circuit TV to watch the worship service, toys and books for children. The family room is located across from the kitchen in the long hallway, the first door on the right, just past the bathrooms. There are “King’s Kids” bags with activities for children to help them worship. They are near the usher’s station on a small rack. Please return the bag to the rack after the service.


Holy Communion The Scripture teaches the Lord’s Supper is a precious gift of God in which Christ gives us His true body and blood (in a miraculous way), together with the bread and wine, for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our faith. Because the Bible teaches that this Sacrament may also be spiritually harmful if misused, and that participation in the Lord’s Supper is an act of confession of faith, we ordinarily commune those who have been instructed in the teachings of our church and who have confessed their faith in these teachings. If you have a question, please speak to Pastor Ralph before the service. For those who prefer a non-alcoholic alternative, there is grape juice at the center of each tray. Those not receiving the Sacrament, including children, are invited to come to the altar, cross their arms over their chest, and receive a special blessing.

How Christ Has and Has Not Abolished the Law  “The Ten Commandments (which speak of a holy conduct and life before God and men) are at an end so that they cannot condemn us who believe in Christ. He put Himself under the Law in order to redeem us, who were under the curse of the Law. However, the Ten Commandments remain in force and are intended for all of us Christians so far as our obedience to them is concerned. For the righteousness the Law demands is fulfilled in the believers by the grace and help of the Holy Spirit whom they receive. Hence all the exhortations to lead a godly life – by the prophets in the Old Testament and by Christ and the apostles in the New testament – are really beautiful sermons and explanations of the Ten Commandments.”       What Luther Says # 2374

Second Sunday after Epiphany

January 17, 2021



Opening Hymn      The Lord, My God, Be Praised                      LSB 794   vs 1-3


Invocation, Confession and Forgiveness     (portions of Psalm 139; 1 Cor 6)


P:   We gather in the name and at the invitation of our great and gracious triune God,

C:   In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


P:   O Lord, You have searched and know me.

C:   You perceive my thoughts from afar.


P:   Where can I go from Your Spirit?

C:   Or where can I flee from Your presence?


P:   If I go up to heaven, You are there!

C:   If I make my bed in the depths, You are there!


P:   My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.

C:   I was bought with a price, the blood of Christ.


P:   Indeed, all of us were bought with the precious blood of Christ, and God calls on us to glorify God with our bodies, but we have failed to do this. We have lived as if our bodies and lives were our own, as if Your Son had not bought them with His blood. Such sins cause deep shame, yet even now, our heavenly Father invites us to come to Him and ask for forgiveness.

C:   Heavenly Father, we have sinned by the things we have done and by the things we have left undone. Forgive us, remove the shame that clings to us, and make us new creations for the sake of Jesus. Amen.

Silence for reflection.

P:   Almighty God, in His infinite mercy and grace, sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. In His resurrection, He removes our shame and makes us more than conquerors. 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. We are forgiven in Christ. Our shame is removed.


Hymn of Praise    Praise to the Lord, the Almighty            LSB 790 vs 1, 4-5


Prayer of the Day

All:  Lord Jesus Christ, You paid for our lives with the price of Your blood on the cross. Strengthen us to serve You with pure hearts and minds in bodies that desire to serve you. May we live as witnesses to the word of Your forgiveness; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


O T Lesson                (The Lord calls Samuel.)                       1 Samuel 3:1–10 


The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. 2 One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down. 6 Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 8 The Lord called Samuel a third time, and Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 


N T Lesson     (To whom does your body belong?)         1 Corinthians 6:12–20


“Everything is permissible for me”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food”—but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

 18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. 19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.      


Gospel Lesson     (Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael.)                   John 1:43–5


The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.” “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that.” He then added, “I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.


Message Song  Take My Life and Let It Be                      Chris Tomlin


Take my life and let it be      consecrated Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days,     let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands and let them move      at the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet and let them be     swift and beautiful for thee.

Take my voice and let me sing       always, only for my king.
Take my lips and let them be        filled with messages from thee.
Take my silver and my gold      not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use      every power as you choose.

Chorus:               Here am I, all of me      Take my life, it’s all for thee.    2x’s
Take my will and make it Thine    it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart it is thine own;    it shall be thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord I pour    at your feet its treasure store.
                          Take myself and I will be ever,    only all for thee.         Chorus

Take my life and let it be,  consecrated, Lord, to Thee.

CCLI # 11390779

Message                                                 Called by God 


  1. To be a _______________     of God.
    1. ________________________              by grace through faith in Christ alone.
    2.  _____________________________     for service in His kingdom.
    3. _______________________     for our good and the expanding of His kingdom rule and reign.

Nicene Creed


 C:   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 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 of the world to come. Amen.

Prayers of the Church  

 After each petition:

 P:  Lord, in your mercy,                        

 C:  hear our prayer.   


The Lord’s Prayer


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.


The Lord’s Supper

Preface                                                                      page 194 in the hymnal


P:  The Lord be with you.

C:  And with thy spirit.

P:  Lift up your hearts.

C:  We lift them up unto the Lord.

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

C:  It is meet and right so to do.

P:  It is truly good, right, and salutary …. And with the host of heaven we sing:


Sanctus — Holy, Holy, Holy                                          page 195 in the hymnal


C:  Ho -ly, ho-ly, ho-ly Lord God of Sa – ba – oth. Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory.   

          Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He, blessed is He, blessed is

          He who cometh in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.


The Words of Institution (Jesus Institutes the Lord’s Supper)


Pax DominiThe Peace of the Lord                    page 197 in the hymnal


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

C:  Amen. 

Agnus Dei – Lamb of God                                                                 page 198 in the hymnal                                      

C:  O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world; have mercy upon us.

         O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world; have mercy upon us.

         O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world; 

         grant us Thy peace.  A – men.


Distribution of Communion

Distribution Hymn              O Jesus, King Most Wonderful                  LSB 554

Dismissal of Communicants


Nunc Dimittis                                                      page 199 in the hymnal        


C: Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace according to Thy Word, for mine  

        eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people,

        a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of Thy people Israel. Glory be to the Father

        and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall

        be, world without end.  Amen.                                                                                                                                          

 Post Communion Collect

All:  We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You purchased and won us by the blood of Christ. We implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us to live sanctified and set apart as worthy witnesses of Your grace and wisdom; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


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. 


Offering             (Please place offering in plate in the narthex.  Thank you!)    


Sending Hymn          Rise, Shine, You People                                 LSB 825