​​​​​​Beautiful SaviorLutheran Church (LCMS)

The Holy Gospel

On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”  And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.”  His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.  Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.  And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it.  When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.”  This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

Old Testament Reading……………………………………………….. Isaiah 62:1–5

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent

    and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet,
until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
    and her salvation as a burning torch.
The nations shall see your righteousness,
    and all the kings your glory,
and you shall be called by a new name
    that the mouth of the Lord will give.
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,

    and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
    and your land shall no more be termed Desolate,
but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,
    and your land Married;
for the Lord delights in you,
    and your land shall be married.
For as a young man marries a young woman,
    so shall your sons marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
    so shall your God rejoice over you.
A     This is the Word of the Lord.
C     Thanks be to God.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Introit                                                       Ps. 36:5–9; antiphon: Song 2:4

[The Lord] brought me to the ban- | queting house,*
and his banner over | me was love.
Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the | heavens,*
your faithfulness | to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the moun- | tains of God;*
your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, | O Lord.
How precious is your steadfast love, | O God!*
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow | of your wings.
They feast on the abundance | of your house,*
and you give them drink from the river of | your delights.
For with you is the foun- | tain of life;*
in your light do | we see light.
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.

[The Lord] brought me to the ban- | queting house,*
and his banner over | me was love.
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​​​​​​​​​Epistle………………………………………………………...… 1 Corinthians 12:1–11

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.  All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
 

R     This is the Word of the Lord.
C     Thanks be to God.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

John 2:1-11

Benediction:

​​The Readings for this Sunday are printed below.  If you would like to hear the Word of God, go "BibleGateway.com" and go to the Book and Chapter and Verse.

The Sermon

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Collect of the Day


​​P  Let us pray.

​​Almighty and everlasting God, who governs all things in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the prayers of Your people and grant us Your peace through all our days; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C  Amen.

P     The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the second chapter.

​C     Glory to you, O Lord.​​ 


On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”  And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.”  His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.  Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.  And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it.  When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.”  This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

  

P     This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C     Praise to You, O Christ.​​

​​​​​​​​Gradual                                                                                           Ps. 117:1–2a; 96:8

Praise the Lord, all | nations!*
Extol him, all | peoples!
For great is his steadfast | love toward us,*
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures for- | ever.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory | due his name;*
bring an offering, and come in- | to his courts!           
           

Pastor Jonathan Bontke

Lord's Supper Announcement
The Lord’s Supper is much more than a mere symbol. Through this Sacrament our Lord Jesus Christ gives us His very body and blood. He reassures us that our sins are indeed forgiven. He gives us His Holy Spirit to strengthen our faith.

Since this is such a special sacrament we feel that anyone who wishes to partake of it should have an understanding of just what the meaning of this special gift is. If you are a baptized adult Christian and have been thoroughly instructed in the true meaning of the Lord’s Supper we invite you to participate - if not we respectfully ask that you wait until discussing the matter with the pastor.

Those partaking of the Lord’s Supper should ask themselves:


1. Am I truly sorry that I have sinned against God?
2. Do I believe that Jesus died for my sins and gives me His body and blood in the Lord’s Supper as Scripture says?
3. Will I try my very best, with God’s help, to lead my life according to His will?


Those preparing to receive the Lord’s Supper should be able to honestly answer ‘yes’ to each of these questions.

“But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup.”
 
1 Corinthians 11:2

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Thought for Today​                                                                    January 20, 2019
Jesus manifests His glory at the wedding feast at Cana, changing ordinary water into exquisite wine. The Church treasures this divine action of Christ, remembering, believing, and receiving forgiveness in Jesus’ divine blood, in, under, and with ordinary wine. God in Christ binds Himself to His people, from desolate forsaken Israel to the Holy Church of today. She is the Bride, and He the Bridegroom, whose resolute faithfulness seals the marriage covenant with us forever.                                             
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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.

Sermon Text: John 2:1–11​

Confession and Absolution
The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.
P     In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
    Amen.


P     If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C     But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Silence for reflection on God's Word and for self-examination.

P     Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.
C     Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. 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. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. 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.


P     Almighty 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  Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C     Amen.

The Second Sunday After Epiphany

What about The Gospel?


Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. This pamphlet has been prepared to show you how much we need the Gospel, why it is such good news, how we receive it and how we respond to it.  Why do we need the Gospel?  We cannot really understand how good the message of the Gospel is until we understand how bad our situation is without it.  We are poor miserable sinners. We sin daily and deserve nothing but God’s wrath and punishment.  Without Jesus Christ, our situation would be totally hopeless.  The Scriptures describe human beings as dead in trespasses and sin.  Without the mercy and cleansing of God through the blood of Jesus Christ, there awaits for us only everlasting punishment in hell. Thus, we need the Gospel— desperately!  What is the Gospel?  The word “gospel” is a translation of a Greek word that means, “an announcement of good news.”  The Gospel is the good news that God the Holy Trinity decided not to abandon humanity when Adam and Eve first fell into sin. God decided then and there that sin and death would not have the last word.  He promised to send a Savior.  When the time was right, God sent His Son into our world to be born of the Virgin Mary.  Our Lord Jesus Christ lived a perfect life for us.  On the cross, He received the penalty and punishment for the sins of the whole world, offering Himself as the perfect sacrifice for sin. Jesus rose from the dead, victorious over our ancient enemies: sin, death and the devil. Therefore, each Christian is able with great joy and confidence to declare before the whole world: “My Lord Jesus Christ has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death.”  What glorious good news! The one, true eternal and all- powerful God came into our world to live, suffer, die and rise again for us. We, who are unholy and unrighteous, receive the forgiveness of all our sins and thus receive the perfect holiness and righteousness of Christ our Savior—as a free gift—purely because of His love for us.  That is good news!  That is the Gospel!  How do we receive this great salvation in our lives today?  How do we personally receive the forgiveness Christ won for the entire world?  How does what happened on the cross nearly 2,000 years ago flow into our lives today?  Here too there is very good news.  God, through His Gospel, offers us forgiveness and help against sin in more than one way.  God is surpassingly rich in His grace.  He gives His Gospel to us through His Word, through Baptism, through the Sacrament of the Altar, and through confession and absolution.  These are the ways God enters our lives today to apply to us personally the great salvation Christ won for the world. The Holy Spirit works through the Word of the Gospel to create and sustain faith in our heart that Christ is the Savior of the world, and thus our Savior too.  The Bible is the Word of God, written down for our learning and edification.  The Scriptures are filled with the good news of Jesus Christ and all that He has done for us.  Through the almighty, Spirit-filled Word, God gathers us into His church, which is truly the mother that begets and bears every Christian through the Word of God.  The Holy Spirit is present, effective and active through the Word when it is proclaimed, heard and meditated upon.  The Sacrament of Holy Baptism is water included in God’s command and combined with God’s Word;or as St. Paul says in Holy Scripture, “The washing of water with the word.”  Through Baptism, we are made partakers of Christ’s death and resurrection.  Therefore, we know that Baptism works forgive- ness of sins, rescues from death and the devil,and gives eternal life to all who believe.  Since Baptism is connected to the Word and promise of God, it is truly a life-giving water, rich in grace—a washing of the new birth in the Holy Spirit.  Christ has provided a special application of the Gospel through confession and absolution.  Confession is admitting our sins to God and receiving His forgiveness from our pastor, as from God Himself, not doubting, but firmly believing that by it our sins are forgiven before God in heaven.  Thus, by divine ordinance, Christ Himself has entrusted absolution to his Christian church and commanded us to absolve one another from sins. The Lord’s Supper is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ Himself, for us Christians to eat and to drink.  In the Lord’s Supper, Christ’s body and blood are given to us as our treasure and gift which sustains our faith and life in Him.  If you are heavy-laden and feel your weakness, go joyfully to the Sacrament and receive refreshment, comfort and strength.  Those who want to be forgiven by God and who want to enjoy His presence in their lives, hunger and thirst for the Word and Sacraments.  With the Psalmist we say, “My soul thirsts for God,for the living God.  When can I go and meet with God?”  God has provided the means to receive Him.  So, Christians hunger and thirst for God’s Word, absolution, the Sacrament, etc.  We have the certainty that God meets us and gives us what we need in His means of grace.  The forgiveness Christ won for the world on the cross is applied to us personally by God through His Word and Sacraments.  What a joy for us to know that where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation.  Thus, we believe that we cannot, by our own reason or strength, believe in Jesus Christ our Lord, or come to Him;  but the Holy Spirit calls us by the Gospel, enlightens us with His gifts, sanctifies and keeps us in the true faith.  In the same way, He calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church He daily and richly forgives all of our sins, and the sins of all believers.  How does God cause us to respond to His Gospel?  We love God because He first loved us.  Our Lord is at work in us both to will and to do what is pleasing to Him.  Christians look to the Ten Commandments to know what is pleasing to God and wish to serve Him in gratitude for the great salvation that is theirs in Christ.  From the Word of God we learn that God wants us to put Him first,above any other person or thing, to respect His name and not misuse it, to hear and obey His Word.  Children are to honor and obey their parents and others in authority.  We are to look out for the welfare of others, doing nothing to hurt or harm our neighbor.  We are to live sexually pure and decent lives, with husbands and wives loving and honoring each another.  In looking out for our neighbor’s welfare and helping him to improve and protect his property and business, we are also to take care not to lie about our neighbor, but to help, support and defend him in every need, and, finally, we are to be content with what we have been given, and not want what is not ours.  What a joyful privilege we have to serve God and others!  He gives us the opportunity to bear witness to our faith through both our words and our deeds.  How is the Gospel obscured?  The Gospel is obscured by well-intentioned people who want to encourage a life of good works, and end up making Christians think that it is by their works that they are saved. This is a great danger.  Through His Word and Sacraments, Jesus is constantly working in our lives to forgive our sins and strengthen our relationship with God.  God always receives the credit for our salvation.  He is the one working in us.  This is not something we can do.  Our good works are the result of God’s love in our hearts and lives.  Our good works in this life do not save us, only Christ saves us.  Works serve our neighbor and show to the world that we are grateful for God’s mercy in our lives.  Another way the Gospel can be obscured is when too much emphasis is put on an emotional response to the Gospel.  Some Christians believe that unless they have some sort of ecstatic, charismatic experience, or feel some sort of “spiritual high,” they are not really Christians.  It is truly sad that some people look into their own hearts for the security that they are children of God, instead of putting their hope and trust in the objective work of Christ for them, and in the means God uses to come to them—His Word and Sacraments.  If we find ourselves beginning to ask, “Am I doing enough?” or thinking, “It doesn’t matter what I do, for God will forgive me anyway,” then we are at risk of losing Christ and His forgiveness.  We look always to Jesus and put our hope and trust in Him.  He is our Savior.  And, that’s good news!  All blessing, honor, thanks and praise to Father, Son and Spirit, the God who saved us by His grace.  All glory to His merit! O triune God in heaven above, you have revealed your saving love.  Your blessed name we hallow. — Dr. A. L. Barry President The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

The Readings and Sermon