The Lutheran Order of Service for the 1st Sunday after Epiphany is available here in isiZulu and seTswana. Today it comes with a sermon based on God’s word from the gospel of St. Matthew in the third chapter the verses 13-17 written by late Pastor and dean Isaschar Dube (Utrecht, KZN) in isiZulu (wz1509150111 Epi 1) and translated as usual seTswana (wt1509150111 Epi 1) by my father Rev. E.A.W.Weber DD (Welbedacht, KZN).
The readings for this 1st Sunday after Epiphany are:
- Old Testament: Isaiah 42:1-4 (5-9)
- The Epistle: Romans 12:1-3 (4-8)
- The Gospel: St. Matthew’s 3:13-17 (Baptism of Jesus)
- Psalm: 72:1-2.12.17b
The liturgical colour is green.
May you have a very blessed weekend and have time to meditate on the watchword for this week: For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (Rom 8:14 KJV)
A collect for this Sunday: O Lord, we beseech Thee mercifully to receive the prayers of Thy people who call upon Thee; and grant that they may perceive and know what things they outh to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil the same; through Thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with Thee and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. (Lutheran Hymnal of the LC in Australia 1973)
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)
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