Service for the Second Sunday after Christmas
Rev. Gregory Mech, pastor | January 2, 2022 | Christmas 2 | Immanuel Lutheran Church – Joplin, Missouri | 8:00 or 10:30 am
Jesus said, “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
The Second Sunday after Christmas
January 2, 2022 — Divine Service, Setting Four
Christmas 2 — SALUTATION AND COLLECT OF THE DAY
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray. Almighty God, You have poured into our hearts the true Light of Your incarnate Word. Grant that this Light may shine forth in our lives; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
HOLY GOSPEL Luke 2:40-52
The Holy Gospel according to St Luke, the second chapter.
Glory to You, O Lord.
And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.
Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.
And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to You, O Christ.
HYMN OF PRAISE “Within the Father’s House” 410
Within the Father’s house
The Son has found His home,
And to His temple suddenly
The Lord of life has come.
The doctors of the Law
Gaze on the wondrous child
And marvel at His gracious words
Of wisdom undefiled.
Yet not to them is giv’n
The mighty truth to know,
To lift the earthly veil that hides
Incarnate God below.
The secret of the Lord
Escapes each human eye,
And faithful pond’ring hearts await
The full epiphany.
Lord, visit Thou our souls
And teach us by Thy grace
Each dim revealing of Thyself
With loving awe to trace
Δ Till we behold Thy face
And know as we are known
Thee, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Coequal Three in One. Amen.
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