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The Church of the Lighted Cross
January 10, 2021

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Good morning!  Welcome to worship in the name of God the Father, His beloved Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, who descended as a dove at Jesus’ baptism.  May we all sense God’s touch today.  

PRELUDE                                                                        Celeste Lundblom


“You Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim”
                                                                                    HFG 360

You servants of God, your Master proclaim,
And publish abroad His wonderful name;
The name, all victorious, of Jesus extol:
His kingdom is glorious, He rules over all.

God ruleth on high, almighty to save,
And still He is nigh, His presence we have;
The great congregation His triumph shall sing,
Ascribing salvation to Jesus, our King.

“Salvation to God, who sits on the throne!”
Let all cry aloud and honor the Son;
The praises of Jesus the angels proclaim,
Fall down on their faces and worship the Lamb.

Then let us adore and give Him His right –
All glory and power, all wisdom and might,
All honor and blessing, with angels above,
And thanks never ceasing, and infinite love.

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

P:         Our help is in the Name of the Lord.
C:        Who made heaven and earth.
P:         Brothers and sisters in Christ:  Scripture clearly reveals that we are all born children of a fallen humanity; Scripture also teaches that if we say that we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 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 and self-examination
P:         Heavenly Father,
C:        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. 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.


*INTROIT     from Psalm 29
P:         Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
C:        ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
P:         Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name;
C:        worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
P:         The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
C:        the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over many waters.
P:         The voice of the Lord is powerful;
C:        the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
P:         The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
C:        the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
P:         He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.
C:        The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
P:         The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
C:        the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
P:         The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare,
C:        and in His temple all cry, “Glory!”
P:         The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
C:        the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
P:         May the Lord give strength to His people!
C:        May the Lord bless His people with peace!
*GLORIA PATRI (sung by the congregation)
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.  Amen.

(in unison)
Father in heaven, at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan You proclaimed Him Your beloved Son and anointed Him with the Holy Spirit.  Make all who are baptized into Christ faithful in their calling to be Your children and inheritors with Him of everlasting life; through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

“Built on the Rock”                                        HFG 555
Built on the rock the Church doth stand,
Even when steeples are falling;
Crumbled have spires in every land –
Bells still are chiming and calling,
Calling the young and old to rest,
Calling the souls of men distressed,
Longing for life everlasting.

Surely in temples made with hands
God, the most high, is not dwelling;
High in the heavens His temple stand,
All earthly temples excelling;
Yet He who dwells in heaven above
Deigns to abide with us in love,
Making our bodies His temple.

We are God’s house of living stones,
Built for His own habitation;
He fills our hearts, His humble thrones,
Granting us life and salvation;
Were two or three to seek His face,
He in their midst would show His grace,
Blessings upon them bestowing.

Yet in this house, an earthly frame,
Jesus, His children is blessing;
Higher we come to praise His name,
Faith in our Savior confessing;
Jesus to us His Spirit sent,
Making with us His covenant,
Granting His children the kingdom.

Here stands the font before our eyes
Telling how God did receive us;
Th’ altar recalls Christ’s sacrifice
And what His table doth give us;
Here sounds the word that doth proclaim
Christ yesterday, today, the same;
Yes, evermore our Redeemer.
tHE word of god

                   Genesis 1:1-5

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

SECOND LESSON              Romans 6:1-11

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
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. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

*HOLY GOSPEL                 Mark 1:4-11
John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the
country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

“Crown Him with Many Crowns”                  HFG 345

Crown Him with many crowns,
The Lamb upon His throne:
Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns
All music but its own!
Awake, my soul and sing
Of Him who died for thee;
And hail Him as thy matchless King
Through all eternity.

Crown Him the Lord of love:
Behold His hands and side,
Rich wounds, yet visible above,
In beauty glorified;
No angel in the sky
Can fully bear that sight,
But downward bends His wondering eye
At mysteries so bright.

Crown Him the Lord of life:
Who triumphed o'er the grave,
Who rose victorious to the strife
For those He came to save;
His glories now we sing,
Who died and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring,
And lives that death may die.

Crown Him the Lord of heaven:
One with the Father known,
One with the Spirit through Him given
From yonder glorious throne.
To Thee be endless praise,
For Thou for us hast died;
Be Thou, O Lord, through endless days
Adored and magnified.

Crown Him the Lord of years:
The potentate of time,
Creator of the rolling spheres,
Ineffably sublime.
All hail, Redeemer, hail!
For Thou hast died for me;
Thy praise and glory shall not fail
Throughout eternity.

SERMON      Pastor Steve Lundblom

I believe in God the Father, Almighty, maker of heaven and earth;

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate; Was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell, the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven; And sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit; The holy Christian Church; The Communion of Saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.  Amen.

            “I Lay My Sins on Jesus”                               HFG 427


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I lay my sins on Jesus,
The spotless Lamb of God;
He bears them all and frees us
From every guilty load.
I bring my guilt to Jesus,
To wash my crimson stains
White in His blood most precious,
‘Til not a spot remains.

I lay my wants on Jesus –
All fullness dwells in Him;
He heals all my diseases,
He doth my soul redeem.
I lay my griefs on Jesus,
My burdens and my cares;
He from them all releases,
He all my sorrow shares.

I long to be like Jesus –
Pure, loving, lowly, mild;
I long to be like Jesus –
The Father’s holy child.
I long to be with Jesus,
Amid the heavenly throng,
To sing with saints His praises,
To learn the angels’ song.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him all
creatures here below; Praise Him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  Amen.


P:         The Lord be with you.
C:        And also with you.
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 good and right so to do.
P:         It is truly good and right that we should at all times and in all places give You thanks, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who
            promised that wherever two or three come together in His name, there He is with them to shepherd His flock till He
            comes again in glory.

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. Do
            this for the remembrance of Me.”
            Again, after supper, He took the cup, gave thanks and gave it for all to drink, saying: “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the
            remembrance of Me.”

*THE LORD’S PRAYER   (In unison)
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.



            “Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun”           HFG 238

Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
Does His successive journeys run,
His kingdom spread from shore to shore,
‘Til moons shall wax and wane no more.

To Him shall endless prayer be made,
And endless praises crown His head;
His name like sweet perfume shall rise
With every morning sacrifice.

People and realms of every tongue
Dwell on His love with sweetest song:
And infant voices shall proclaim
Their early blessings on His name.

Let every creature rise and bring
His grateful honors to our King;
Angels descend with songs again,
And earth repeat the loud “Amen!”



is given in loving memory of Vernon Oster, whose 90th birthday would have been January 16th,
from his family.