The Lutheran Order of Service for the Holiday of our Lord Jesus’ circumcision and name giving (New Year’s Day) is available here in isiZulu and seTswana. Today it comes with a sermon based on God’s Word from the epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians in the third chapter verses 26-29. This sermon was written by my dear father Rev. E.A.W.Weber DD (Welbedacht, KZN) in isiZulu (wz1607160101 Usuku lokukhumbula ukusokwa kweNkosi) and by my dear brother Rev. Dr. Radikobo Ntsimane in seTswana (wt1607160101 letsatsi 1 la ngwaga o mošwz) and in German by myself in writing (Gal3,26-29 Neujahr 2016) and as an audio file:
The readings for this holiday in the high Christmas season are:
- Old Testament: Genesis 17:1-8
- The Epistle: Galatians 3:26-29
- The Gospel: St. Luke 2:21
- Psalm: 8:2a.5-7
- The liturgical colour is white.
May you have a very blessed weekend and have time to meditate on the watchword for this Christmas season: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (Joh.1:14 KJV)
And we pray with a collect for this Holiday: O Lord God, who for our sakes hast made Your 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 Jesus Christ Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit one God now and forever. Amen. (TLH 57)
If you are called to preach this weekend, may the triune God give you joy and strength, 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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