The Lutheran Order of Service for the high Holiday of Epiphany (6th January) is available here in isiZulu and seTswana. Today it comes with a sermon based on God’s word from St.Matthew’s gospel chapter 2 verse 1-12 written by late Bishop Georg Schulz DD (Enhlanhleni, KZN) in isiZulu (wz1508150104 umkhosi wePhifaniya) and translated as usual into seTswana (wt1508150104 Moletlo wa Epifania) by my father Rev. E.A.W.Weber DD (Welbedacht, KZN).
The readings for Epiphany are:
- Old Testament: Isaiah 60:1-6
- The Epistle: Ephesians 3:2-3a.5-6
- The Gospel: St. Matthew 2:1-12
- Psalm: 100:1-5
The liturgical colour is white.
May you have a very blessed holiday under the watchword for this festive season: The darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. (1Jo 2:8 KJV)
A collect for this Holiday: O God, who by the leading of a star didst manifest Thy only-begotten Son to the nations: Grant that we who know Thee now by faith may after this life attain to the glorious vision of Thy Godhead; 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. 67)
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.