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“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!". God's Blessings as you begin a new week!

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The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
January 19, 2020

Gradual Psalm 117:1–2a; 96:8
Praise the LORD, all | nations!*
Extol him, all | peoples!
For great is his steadfast | love toward us,*
and the faithfulness of the LORD endures for- | ever.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory | due his name;*
bring an offering, and come in- | to his courts!

Old Testament Reading Isaiah 49:1–7
1Listen to me, O coastlands,
and give attention, you peoples from afar.
The LORD called me from the womb,
from the body of my mother he named my name.
2He made my mouth like a sharp sword;
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow;
in his quiver he hid me away.
3And he said to me, “You are my servant,
Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
4But I said, “I have labored in vain;
I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my right is with the LORD,
and my recompense with my God.”
5And now the LORD says,
he who formed me from the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him;
and that Israel might be gathered to him—
for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD,
and my God has become my strength—
6he says:
“It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
to raise up the tribes of Jacob
and to bring back the preserved of Israel;
I will make you as a light for the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
7Thus says the LORD,
the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,
to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation,
the servant of rulers:
“Kings shall see and arise;
princes, and they shall prostrate themselves;
because of the LORD, who is faithful,
the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

Epistle 1 Corinthians 1:1–9
1Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes,
2To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:
3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge—6even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you—7so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Holy Gospel John 1:29–42a
29The next day [John] saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ 31I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”
35The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. 40One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42He brought him to Jesus.

Alleluia and Verse John 1:29b
Alleluia. Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! Alleluia.

Collect of the Day
Almighty and everlasting God, who governs all things in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the prayers of Your people and grant us Your peace through all our days; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever
St. Paul Lutheran Church - Royal Oak
St. Paul Lutheran Church - Royal Oak
On Wednesday our #AdoptedMissionary Rachel Meyer visited our campus to share her experience with us! She also gave us a beautiful handmade ornament for our Angel Tree! God’s Blessings to Rachel as she continues to share the word of God in #Uganda!
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Yesterday was an especially blessed day for two of our #milcms #urbanministries: Family of God, Detroit installed Rev. Tyler Cronkright as its SMP pastor, and he proceeded to baptize two people in the same service. And @franklinavemission in Flint had TEN baptisms! Praise be to God!! #godskingdomgrows #lcms #urbanministry #familyofgoddetroit #baptism #franklinavenuemission

During Holy Week we saw the tragic news out of Paris that Notre Dame Cathedral had caught on fire. The world watched as this symbol of Christianity, that stood for over 850 years, was reduced to ashes. In the moments following this tragedy, Cardinal Dolan said this, “There does seem......

NEW Update! Due to a schedule change, we will now be hosting the SOS Program April 1-7. If you are able to help out this week we can use all the help we can get. Please contact Ken Ruszkowski or the call the Church office for more information on where we......

Most the time when we think of sin we think of doing something really bad. We think of things like adultery, murder, stealing. We tend to focus more on the behavior, but that’s only part of what sin is. If you recall in our confession at the beginning of our......

You may be aware that Lent is later in the year than it was last year or the year before.  In fact, with Ash Wednesday on March 6 this year, this is the first time we have seen Lent begin this late since 2011, when Ash Wednesday was on March......

Do you ever have a hard time formulating the words you want to pray to God?  Prayer, like any other discipline takes practice.  Yet, we are not left to figure it out for ourselves.  God teaches us how to pray.  Of course, we know Jesus gave his disciples the Lord’s......

At the beginning of November, I had the opportunity to go to an evangelism conference.  The speaker was Rev. Greg Finke, and he and his wife have a ministry called Dwelling 1:14. The type of evangelism that he encourages isn’t another program to add on to our already busy schedules. ......

As we come to November, like me, many of you are looking forward to Thanksgiving. It’s a time to relax and to be with family and friends. It is also a time to feast. We feast because it is a celebration of all that God has given us. We are......

On February 24th, St. Paul hosted a live stream event of the Michigan District theological conference Take Heart, Take Action. The focus of the conference was to dive into what it means to be a witness and the role evangelism plays in our faith. The conference was opened by moderator......

Question: What event was fun, exciting, informative and for a good cause? Answer: Trivia night at St. Paul Royal Oak!   Members of the congregation and friends gathered together in fellowship on Saturday, February 17th for the annual Trivia Night. The event raised money for the Youth Group and featured 12 teams, one......

On January 17th, St. Paul Lutheran School and Cranbrook teamed up for a night of learning. Teachers invited parents, students and the community to participate in a science night. There were 16 booths with hands-on activities on topics such as paleontology, bugs, spatial awareness, centripetal force and many others. Thanks......