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29 JANUARY 2023
FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY


Radio.JPG Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church
1024 West 6th Street
Williston, North Dakota 58801                       
701-572-3724

Good morning!  We welcome everyone to this house of worship.  We are one family, united in our heavenly Father and our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. 

PRELUDE                                                           Celeste Lundblom

WELCOME/ANNOUNCEMENTS

OPENING HYMN

            “This Is My Father's World”                          HFG 6

This is my Father’s world,
And to my listening ears
All nature sings, and ‘round me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world:
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas –
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world,
The birds their carols raise.
The morning light, the lily white,
Declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world:
He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world,
O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world:
The battle is not done;
Jesus who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and heaven be one.

*INVOCATION
L:         In the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
C:        Amen.

*CONFESSION OF SINS
L:         Our help is in the Name of the Lord.
C:        Who made heaven and earth.
L:         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.
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 and self-examination

L:         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.

*ABSOLUTION
L:         In the Word who has come to dwell with us, God has given us grace upon grace; forgiveness that is stronger than our sins, love that can heal every broken heart.  Hear this word
of God’s pardon and peace: in the name of Jesus our Savior, you are free from all your sins.  Rise, shine, for your light has come.

*INTROIT    
from Psalm 15
L:         O Lord, who shall sojourn in Your tent?
C:        Who shall dwell on Your holy hill?
L:         He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart;
C:        who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
L:         in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
C:        who does not put out his money at interest
L          and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
C:        He who does these things shall never be moved.

*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.

*PRAYER OF THE DAY
(in unison)
Almighty God, You know we live in the midst of so many dangers that in our frailty we cannot stand upright.  Grant strength and protection to support us in all dangers and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

SPECIAL MUSIC
            “For All You’ve Done”                      Choir
THE WORD OF GOD

FIRST LESSON
                    Micah 6:1-8
Hear what the Lord says:
Arise, plead your case before the mountains,
and let the hills hear your voice.
Hear, you mountains, the indictment of the Lord,
and you enduring foundations of the earth,
for the Lord has an indictment against his people,
and he will contend with Israel.
“O my people, what have I done to you?
How have I wearied you? Answer me!
For I brought you up from the land of Egypt
and redeemed you from the house of slavery,
and I sent before you Moses,
Aaron, and Miriam.
O my people, remember what Balak king of Moab devised,
and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him,
and what happened from Shateem to Gilgal,
that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.”
“With what shall I come before the Lord,
and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?


SECOND LESSON
               1 Corinthians 1:18-31
18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

HYMN
           
“In the Cross of Christ I Glory”                     HFG 251

In the cross of Christ I glory,
Towering o’er the wrecks of time;
All the light of sacred story
Gathers round its head sublime.

When the woes of life o’er-take me,
Hopes deceive, and fears annoy,
Never shall the cross forsake me:
Lo! it glows with peace and joy.

When the sun of bliss is beaming
Light and love upon my way,
From the cross the radiance streaming
Adds more luster to the day.

Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure,
By the cross are sanctified;
Peace is there that knows no measure,
Joys that through all time abide.

*HOLY GOSPEL                 Matthew 5:1-12
Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.
And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons1 of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

MESSAGE                
Pastor Steve Lundblom

INSTALLATION OF OUR CHURCH COUNCIL
Chairperson -              Scott Monson
Vice Chairperson -      Todd Thompson
Secretary -                   Sandy Monson*
Deacons -                    Debbie Hendrickson*
                                    Sandy Hampton
                                    Betty Schroeder
                                    Kyle Hass
                                    Michelle Lux*
                                    Heidi Ryen
                                    Paul Bauer*
                                    James Phipps*
Trustees -                    Doug Ginther*
                                    Randy Hass*
                                    Mick Soiseth
                                    Darin Toavs
                                    Teresa Kyllo
                                    Ordean Erickson*
                                    Laura Weishoff
                                    Matthew Johnson*

*Elected or re-elected at the January 22, 2023 Annual Meeting.

*APOSTLES' CREED
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.
OFFERTORY HYMN
            “The King of Love My Shepherd Is”  vs 1-4          CW 375

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“The King of Love My Shepherd Is”  vs 1-4 CW 375

The King of love my shepherd is,
Whose goodness fails me never;
I nothing lack if I am His,
And He is mine forever.

Where streams of living water flow,
My Savior gently leads me;
And where the verdant pastures grow,
With food celestial feeds me.

Confused and foolish oft I strayed,
But yet in love He sought me
And on His shoulder gently laid
And home rejoicing, brought me.

In death’s dark vale I fear no ill
With You, dear Lord, beside me;
Your rod and staff my comfort still,
Your cross before to guide me.

*DOXOLOGY
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.

*PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

*THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION
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.

DISTRIBUTION

THE BENEDICTION
L:       
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
   C:     Amen.

THREE-FOLD AMEN

CLOSING HYMN
            “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” vs 5, 6             CW 375

You spread a table in my sight,
A banquet here bestowing;
Your oil of welcome, my delight;
My cup is overflowing!

And so through all the length of days
Your goodness fails me never.
Good Shepherd, may I sing Your praise
Within Your house forever!

POSTLUDE

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TODAY’S RADIO BROADCAST is given in memory of Noreen Lund from Tom Jacobsons, Clif Sundts, Gary Bickel, Steve Osters, Anna Remsburg, Marilee Johnson and Stuart Langager.

TODAY IS MISSION SUNDAY AT ORLC.
  January’s emphasis is Lutherans for Life.  Offering baskets are placed at the sanctuary doors for you to leave your gift in as you leave the worship service.