Worship Theme for Sunday January 21

Third Sunday after the Epiphany —-  Stories of the call to discipleship continue as the time after Epiphany play out the implications of our baptismal calling to show Christ to the world. The church father Tertullian once said, “But we, little fishes, after the example of our Christ, are born in water, nor have we safety in any other way than by permanently abiding in water.” The call to discipleship is not one of water to dry land but one of water to other waters. Water is the visible sign of our call to follow Christ and bring others to the waters of baptism.

Scripture readings: Jonah 3:1-5,10; Psalm 62:5-12; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20

Prayer of the Day: “Almighty God, by grace alone you call us and accept us in your service. Strengthen us by your Spirit and make us worthy of your call, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.” Amen

Worship Theme for January 14

Everyone who is baptized has a calling in God’s world.

Read 1 Samuel 3:1-20; Psalm 139; I Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1: 43-51

Prayer of the Day: “Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, most merciful redeemer, for the countless blessings and benefits you give. May we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day praising you, with the Father and  the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen”

Worship Theme for Sunday, January 7

Baptism of Our Lord

As Jesus rises from the waters, the Spirit, the breath of God, descends like a dove. Jesus, having held his breath under the water, rises as a model of death and life for us, breathing in the life of the Spirit. He is a risen and claimed by God as the beloved with whom God is pleased.

Scriptures readings: Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11

Prayer of the Day: “Holy God, creator of light and giver of goodness, your voice moves over the waters. Immerse us in your grace, and transform us by your Spirit, that we may follow after your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen”

December 24 – 25 Worship Services

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 190 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701, will offer the following worship services to celebrate The Nativity of Our Lord:

Sunday, December 24 :

9:30 am – Fourth Sunday in Advent Communion Service

3:00 pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service

7:30 pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service (Special music 7:10 pm)

Monday, December 25:

10:00 am – Christmas Day Communion Service

Sunday, December 31:

9:30 am – First Sunday of Christmas Communion Service

Worship Theme for December 17

On this Third Sunday of the Advent season of the church, our theme is one of rejoicing. It is a time to restore our faith in the promises of God.  Though God’s promises have not been completely fulfilled, we are closer to them today than yesterday.  We light the “pink” candle on our Advent wreath to announce our rejoicing.

Scripture readings: Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8,19-28.

Prayer of the Day: “Stir up the wills of your faithful people, Lord God, and open our ears to the words of your prophets, that, anointed by your Spirit, we may testify to your light; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.” Amen