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Daily chapel service
The Epiphany of Our Lord (Observed)
Divine Service, Setting Four
Confession and Absolution LSB 203
Kyrie LSB 204
Gloria in Excelsis
Salutation and Collect of the Day LSB 205
Old Testament Reading Isaiah 60:1–6
Alleluia and Verse LSB 205
Holy Gospel Matthew 2:1–12
Nicene Creed LSB 206
Hymn of the Day LSB 395 “O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright”
Prayer of the Church
Following the prayers, the people may greet one another in the name of the Lord, saying “Peace be with you,” as a sign of reconciliation and of the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Matt. 5:22–24; Eph. 4:1–3).
Offertory Hymn LSB 400 “Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning”
Service of the Sacrament LSB 208 ff.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Words of Our Lord
The Lord’s Supper is distributed at the altar rails in a continuous flow. Both pulpit and lectern sides come forward at the same time. Beginning at the center of the rail, please take the next available place at the rail, moving around to the wall behind the altar, allowing for space between you and others as you are comfortable. Both the chalice (cleansed with alcohol-soaked purificators) and individual cups are available. After communing, please return to your seat by the side aisles.
Distribution Hymns LSB 372 “O Jesus Christ, Thy Manger Is”
LSB 370 “What Child Is This”
Nunc Dimittis LSB 211
Post-Communion Collect LSB 212
Benedicamus and Benediction
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In the Lord’s Service
Presiding Minister Rev. Dr. David Maxwell
Preacher Rev. Dr. Gerry Bode
Lector Rev. Dr. Jon Vieker
Assistants Rev. Dr. Paul Sieveking
Mr. Mark Kempff
Seminarian Michael Wilke
Seminarian Michael Duffy
Organ Rev. Dr. James Marriott
Concerning the Divine Service
The Lord’s Supper is celebrated on our campus in the confession and glad confidence that our Lord Jesus, as He says, gives His very body and blood under the bread and wine for us Christians to eat and drink for the forgiveness of sin. In joyful obedience to the clear teaching of our Lord, those are invited to His table who trust His words, repent of all sin, set aside any refusal to forgive, and forgive as He forgives us. Because Holy Communion is a confession of the faith which is confessed at this altar, any who are not yet instructed, in doubt, or who hold a confession differing from that of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and so are unable to receive the Sacrament, are invited to meditate on God’s Word in the distribution hymns and pray for the day when divisions will have ceased.
This service of Holy Communion is hosted by Peace Lutheran Church, St. Louis, Rev. Jon Furgeson, Senior Pastor.
Individual Confession and Absolution is available through Chaplain Sieveking. email@example.com. “When I urge you to go to confession, I am simply urging you to be a Christian.” (Large Catechism, Brief Exhortation, 32).
To submit prayer requests for daily chapel, please submit them via SemNet: Semnet>Resources>Chapel>Prayer Request.
The creche of nativity figures and Christmas trees will remain in the chapel through the Presentation of Our Lord on February 2, a date which traditionally marks the end of the extended Christmas season.
The aroma of incense in chapel this morning is a reminder of the frankincense that was given by the Magi to the child Jesus when they visited Him in Bethlehem to worship Him. The symbolism of incense is rich and diverse in Holy Scripture. In the Old Testament incense symbolized protection against God’s wrath (Lev. 16:12–13); calling upon God and His appearance (Lev. 16:2); and the prayerful oblation offered to God seeking His blessing (Psalm 141). In the New Testament incense symbolized the presence of God as Zechariah burned it as part of his priestly duties (Luke 1:8-13). It symbolizes the prayers of the faithful (Rev. 5:8) and of the saints (Rev. 8:3–4).
Thus, incense can symbolize the presence of God in the midst of His people (especially appropriate on the Feast of the Epiphany, Christ’s manifestation to the nations); the cleansing and purification of the people of God; the uplifting of the prayers of God’s people to the heavenly throne; entrance into the heavenly throne room of God; the sacrificial offering of the whole person to God. May the cloud of incense this day surround the prayer and praise of all God’s people gathered into His marvelous, gracious presence.
The Seminary community gathers for daily worship at 9:35 a.m. Monday through Friday, when classes are in session, in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus. During our daily chapel services, we rejoice in receiving the gifts that God gives us in His Word and Sacraments. The worship schedule generally follows the orders of service from the Lutheran Service Book (LSB). Holy Communion is distributed each Wednesday and is sponsored by a Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod congregation.
The public is invited to attend chapel services in person or watch via live stream.