SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
19 January 2020
God Reveals His Glory in Christ and His Cross
“The Lord, the Redeemer of Israel,” calls forth “his Holy One” (Is. 49:7), Jesus, the Christ, “from the womb” of His mother (Is. 49:1). The incarnate Son of God is revealed as the Savior, not only for Israel but also “as a light for the nations,” whose salvation reaches “to the end of the earth” (Is. 49:6). John came “baptizing with water” (John 1:31) to reveal Jesus as “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29), and who glorifies His God and Father by His atoning sacrifice upon the cross. When Jesus was baptized in the waters of the Jordan, the Holy Spirit descended “from heaven like a dove” and “remained on him” (John 1:32). By our Baptism, we are anointed by the same Spirit, adopted by God the Father, and “called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 1:9). Therefore, we “are not lacking in any gift,” but we can trust Him who promises to sustain us to the end, “guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 1:7–8).
Prayer of the Church
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
19 January 2020
Let us pray together in the Lord’s name and for the mercy He has promised to all in need.
For the Church, the Body of Christ and the elect whom He has called into faith and fellowship through His Son, and for this congregation now gathered at His bidding around His Word and table, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the missionaries in the field; for newly planted congregations; and for each of us in our baptismal calling to worship, witness, prayer and service, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For husbands and wives, for all women with child, for children and families, for the Spirit to renew our appreciation for the sacred gift of life and our responsibility to protect life from conception to its natural end, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the agencies and ministries that support pregnant women and their children, for our service to the poor and those in need, and for God’s blessing upon all our works of mercy, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the nation and our president; for the governor of this state; for all judges and magistrates; and for those who serve us as firefighters, police, disaster workers and medical personnel, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the sick and those who care for them, for the dying and those who mourn, and for those who struggle with mental illness, [especially ___________,] that God may heal them according to His will and grant them comfort and peace in their trials, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For an end to aimless violence, for the virtues of compassion and kindness, for grace to forgive those who hurt us, and for us to seek forgiveness from those whom we have hurt, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For grace to recognize Christ, the Lamb of God; for boldness to confess Him before the world; and for a thankful heart to acknowledge all His goodness toward us, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For a steadfast heart in times of duress, for strength amid temptation, and for the grace of humility so we may not fall victim to pride and arrogance, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For faith as we approach the Lamb of God to eat His body and drink His blood in this Sacrament, for grace to keep in holy hearts what we receive upon our lips, and for the Spirit to keep us in this faith until Christ comes in His glory, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For generous hearts, that we may humbly remember the Giver of every good gift and joyfully return to the Lord our tithes and offerings, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
Gracious Lord, receive the prayers of Your people according to Your promise, and grant to us all things needful but keep from us all things harmful, that we may be kept safe and secure in the arms of our Savior until He comes to bring all things to their perfect fulfillment; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.