January 5, 2020     11  A.M.  Epiphany

ENTRANCE HYMN (please stand)

“As With Gladness Men of Old” 


P: We are gathered to worship God the Father, the + Son, and the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

P: Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C: Amen.

P: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, but if we confess our failings, you are faithful and just to forgive us, and to lead us in the ways of Jesus. We pray, Merciful God…

C: We are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have failed to reflect you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you as we should; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. 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.

P: When we were laid low by sin and guilt, God made us alive together with Christ, forgiving us + our trespasses by taking our sins to the cross, and rising to new life. Rejoice in this good news!

C: Amen.


M:The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

M:What does scripture say the Lord requires of us?

C: To be just, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God. (Micah 6:8)

M:Isaiah tells us this is the fast God desires of us:

C: To loose the bonds of oppression; undo the heavy burdens; free the oppressed; and to break every yoke;

M: We should share our bread with the hungry; provide shelter for those who are cast down; clothe the naked; and not hide ourselves from our own flesh and blood.

C: Then our light will break forth as the morning; healing shall abound; and our righteousness will go before us; and the glory of the Lord shall guard us.

M: Then we will call; and the Lord will answer. We shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’

C: We will be like a well-watered garden, whose springs never fail.

(Isa 58:6-12)

M: Let us pray. . . .

C: O God our redeemer, you created light that we might live, and you illumine our world with your beloved Son. By your Spirit comfort us in all darkness, and turn us toward the light of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


FIRST READING: Isaiah 60:1-6
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift up your eyes and look around; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from far away, and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms. Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and rejoice, because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you. A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praise of the LORD.
R:    Word of God, word of life.                 C:     Thanks be to God.

PSALM:  Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
D: Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son. May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.
C: May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness. May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor.
D: May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations. May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.
C: In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more. May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles render him tribute, may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts.
D: May all kings fall down before him, all nations give him service. For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper.
C: He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight.

SECOND READING: Ephesians 3:1-12
This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles–for surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given me for you, and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ. In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given me by the working of his power. Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.
R:    Word of God, word of life.                 C:     Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL: Matthew 2:1-12
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.'” Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

D: The Gospel of the Lord.                                 C: Praise to you, O Christ.



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CREED (stand)

We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

SONG – “In the Bleak Midwinter”


L: Joining our voices with God’s people around the world, let us offer our prayers for those in need. For the church, visible and invisible; for all servants of the gospel; and for the holy people of God, that we hear your word, share your supper, and build your Kingdom, let us pray.

C: Have mercy, O God.

L: For favorable weather; for calm waters and seas; and for all creation, that it become for us a reflection of God’s glory. For those affected by natural disasters, that they be provided relief, let us pray.

C: Have mercy, O God.

L: For those who help make our communities safe: police officers and firefighters, military and international peacekeepers, local and national leaders, that God’s peace and compassion come also to us, let us pray.

C: Have mercy, O God.

L: For the sick, the hungry, the imprisoned, those living with chronic illnesses, and those caring for them, for those awaiting the birth of children, those grieving a loss, people struggling with depression, and all people in need (especially…), that Christ, our great physician, care for all who are in distress, let us pray.

C: Have mercy, O God.

L: For those who are distracted by overwork, and those who seek more adequate employment, that we recognize God’s goodness in vocations of all kinds, let us pray.

C: Have mercy, O God.

L: Merciful God, you hear the prayers of your people even before they are spoken. We commend all our prayers to you, trusting in your abundant mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C: Amen.


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

C: And also with you.


M: Blessed are you,O Lord God…

C: …maker of all things. Through your goodness you have blessed us with all good things. We pause to give back to you a portion of your abundance to us. We offer ourselves to your service and dedicate our lives to the care and redemption of all that you have made, for the sake of him who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen  (sit)


Offertory              We Give Thee But Thine Own

We give Thee but Thine own, what-e’er the gift may be;

all that we have is Thine alone, a trust, O Lord, from Thee.

DIALOGUE (stand)

P: The Lord be with you.                                     C: And also with you.

P: Lift up your hearts.                                          C: We lift them to the Lord.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.      C: It is right to give him thanks & praise.


P: It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.  From sunrise to sunset this day is holy, for Christ has risen from the tomb and scattered the darkness of death with light that will not fade.  This day the risen Lord makes himself known in the breaking of the bread.  And though the night will overtake this day you summon us to live in endless light.  And so, with choirs of angels and with all the heavenly host, we proclaim your glory and join their unending song of praise:

(WOV 619a)

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Power, God of might: 

Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest.


P: Gracious Father your mercy is endless. You fill all creation with light and life; heaven and earth are full of your glory.

C: Through Abraham you promised to bless all nations, and you renewed your promise through the prophets; at this end of the ages, you sent your Son, who proclaimed your kingdom and was obedient to your will, even to giving his life.

P: In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying: take and eat; this is my body + given for you.

P: After supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all of them to drink, saying: this cup is the new covenant in my blood + shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

P: Whenever we eat this bread and drink this wine, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he returns.

C: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.   

P: Send your Holy Spirit, the spirit of our Lord and of his resurrection, that we who receive this meal may be empowered to live for your glory.

C: Amen. Come Holy Spirit.

P: We join together as the people of God, singing the prayer Jesus taught us:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil,

For the Kingdom, the pow’r,

and the glory are yours now and forever. (sit)


“Here I am, Lord”  #752 WOV

“What Child is This”


P: May this Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, strengthen you in the faith until life everlasting. 

C: 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.



This Little Light of Mine


P: You have been blessed by God to be a blessing to those around you.

C: The Lord God is our strength!  (Hab 3:19)

M:Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

Silent Prayer


St. John’s Announcements  January 5, 2020                       Epiphany

Church office telephone # 716-373-0025

E-Mail Addresses

Derek Cheek   dr.d.cheek@gmail.com  716-307-7963

Carolynne Solak leFeber, church secretary, SJLC36@verizon.net

Christa Wentworth, youth & young adult director, christa.wentworth@gmail.com, 716-790-3128

Serving Today

Deacons: John Schultz  and Matt Wiltse

Altar: Glenda Hall                               Minister of Music: Kim Voegelin

Calendar for the Week

Today after service – Coffee fellowship

Wednesday 6 PM – Church Council

7 PM – Prayer Gathering

Thursday 9 AM – Quilting


January 5 – Isaac Clayson

6 – Curtis McCoy, Julie Glover

7 – Bonnie Yaw

11 – Marsha Hartnett


January 11 – Bob and Barb Salmonson 51 years

Special Guest  Next Sunday, January 12 the Bishop will be visiting us.  It is also our monthly congregational luncheon.  Please come to service and also the luncheon.

Boar’s Head Festival  Saturday, January 11th at 5:30 P.M.  Immanuel will be having their Boar’s Head Festival.  For more information please see the bulletin boards. 

Directory Update   Everyone Please give me your current information, phone #, address, e-mail.  You will not be included in the new paper directory unless you do.  I haven’t gotten many responses yet.  I will be finalizing the directory in January.  Thank you to those that have. 

Bible Study Pastor Cheek will be holding a weekly adult study of Isaiah on Wednesday mornings from 10-11:30 AM at Immanuel.  All are invited to join. This Wednesday is Christmas so please enjoy it with family.

Food Pantry We are still collecting food items for the Food Pantry.  They have a great need for items now.  There is a bin in the narthex for you to place your donations.

Sign-out Sheet  Please use the sign out sheet in the office if you plan on borrowing any items from church.

Majengo  The Moores are asking for your help in supporting Majengo, a children’s home. You can put your donation in the box in the narthex.

Service Personnel

Tony Wolf – Jerry Wolf’s son                                     Isaac Clayson

Zachary Starr – Carolyn Wings nephew                     Greg Estes

Trenton Wing – Carolyn Wings nephew                     Adam Phearsdorf       

Robert Bastow – Connie Putts grandson


Jerry Givan- friend of the Prestons                                         Donald Hood  

Mary Ann Trieskey – friend of Dee Kyser                              Ray Limerick              

Kathleen Perry                                                                                    Brent Limerick

Kevin Adshire and Dave Moore – friends of Ed Preston        Glen Reitz

Greg Givan – friend of the Prestons                                       Robyn Porterfield

Wendy Geems – Carolynn Filgroves sister-in-law                  John Fillgrove

Angela Martin Emley – friend of Rodney and Kim                Jonathan Wesley

Chris Bronson – friend of Jennifer Moshier                           Bette Finger   

Nancy Hughes – friend of Jeanine Wilcox                              Beth Mattern                         

Nick and Catherine Heary                                                      John M. Gray – son of John H. Gray              

Jaidin Page                                                                              Richard Anderson – Sue Crowleys nephew   

Ann Pierce                                                                               Charlotte and Gene Preston                          

Jim Greene – Dee Kysers brother                  


Bob Salmonson                       Jerry Spring                 Ted Boser

George Schreiber                    Sandy Watt                  Merle Schultz             

Daily Devotions

Sunday, January 5 – 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 and Psalm 114

Monday, January 6 – MATTHEW 2:1-12 and Psalm 115

Tuesday, January 7 – James 4:1-12 and Psalm 116

Wednesday, January 8 – John 14:5-14 and Psalm 117

Thursday, January 9 – Philippians 4:10-20 and Psalm 118

Friday, January 10 – Mark 11:12-26 and Psalm 119:1-8

Saturday, January 11 – 1 Peter 3:1-7 and Psalm 119:9-16

January Baptismal Birthdays           

Zakary Linza                            January 1

Ron Wolf                                 January 2

Laurie Zimmerman                 January 12

Amy Mattern                          January 20

Beth Mattern                          January 20