The Lutheran Order of Service for the Holiday of Circumcision and naming of our Lord Jesus Christ is available here in English, isiZulu and seTswana. Today it comes with a sermon based on God’s word from St.Luke’s gospel chapter 2 verse 21 written by Bishop Weber (Murrayfield, GP) in English (2015 January 1 Circumcision of our Lord) and translated as usual into isiZulu (wz1507150101 usuku lokuqala lomnyaka) and seTswana (wt1507150101 Letsatsi la 1 la ngwaga o mo_wa) by my father Rev. E.A.W.Weber DD (Welbedacht, KZN).
The readings for this 1st January 2015 are:
- Old Testament: Genesis 17:1-8
- The Epistle: Galatians 3:26-29
- The Gospel: Luke 2:21
- Psalm: 8:2a.5-7
The liturgical colour is white.
May you have a very blessed year 2015 under the watchword for this year: Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God. (Rom 15:7 KJV)
A collect for this Holiday: O Lord God, who for our sakes hast made Thy blessed Son, our Saviour, subject to the law, and caused him to endure the circumcision of the flesh: Grant us the true circumcision of the spirit, that our hearts may be pure from all sinful desires and lusts; through the same Thy Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with Thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Lutheran Hymnal of LC in Australia Pg. 66)
If you are called to preach this weekend, may the triune God give you joy and strength, enthusiasm and wisdom, knowledge and insight – and the true words and pictures to preach his holy will faithfully according to his most precious revelation of his will and promises in both the Old and New Testament! However if you are not preaching, but listening – then listen as if God is talking to you + His precious gospel is “the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” (Rom 1:16 NIV)
We thank the Lutheran Heritage Foundation for supporting the distribution of hard-copies of these orders of worship and sermons throughout Southern Africa. If you also want a copy please do not hesitate to subscribe by writing to EAWWeber@bundunet.co.za.