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Worship Service, January 14, 2024

Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

14722 Morris Ave, Allen Park, MI 48101  (313) 429-3085

The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod - English District

Rev. Joel M. Holls, Pastor




January 14, 2024

Divine Service Setting Three B Page 184


As We Gather: Since the beginning of creation, God has spoken. He spoke into being our universe and our very selves as the crown of His creation; He spoke when seeking out Adam and Eve in a fallen world; He spoke many times and many ways through the prophets; and He spoke by the very words that came from the mouth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. From Him came words of instructing, healing, forgiving, and of invitation to follow Him as we hear today with Philip and Nathanael. The Lord still speaks to us today in His Word, as His Spirit spoke instruction and encouragement of the use of bodies through Paul in his letter to the church of Corinth. Through all He speaks, we are called to listen to that Word to guide and direct, and to hear His continued words of forgiveness, peace, hope, and joy as Ain these last days He has spoken to us by His Son@ (Hebrews 1:2)


The Opening Hymn:

     “Speak, O Lord, Your Servant Listens”         LSB 589


The Confession and Absolution                         page 184


The Introit              Psalm 40:1B5; antiphon: Psalm 40;10a, b

  I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart.

I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation.

  I waited patiently for the LORD;

And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.

  He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay,

And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.

  He has put a new song in my mouth - Praise to our God;

Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD.

  Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust,

And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

  Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order;

If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered.

  Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.         Amen.

  I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart;

I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation.


The Kyrie                                                        page 186


The Old Testament Reading:                 I Samuel 3:1-10

  The boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli.  And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of the LORD where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down, that the LORD called Samuel.

  And Samuel answered, "Here I am!" So, he ran to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me."

  And Eli said, "I did not call; lie down again." And he went and lay down.

  Then the LORD called yet again, "Samuel!" So, Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you called me."

  Eli answered, "I did not call, my son; lie down again." (Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, nor was the word of the LORD yet revealed to him.)

  And the LORD called Samuel again the third time.   



Then he arose and went to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you did call me."

  Then Eli perceived that the LORD had called the boy. Therefore, Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, 'Speak, LORD, for Your servant hears.' " So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

  Now the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" And Samuel answered, "Speak, for Your servant hears."


L: This is the Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.


The Gradual                                Psalm 117:1-2a; Psalm 96:8

  Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples! For His merciful kindness is great toward us, And the truth of the LORD endures forever.

  Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering and come into His courts.


The Epistle Reading                     I Corinthians 6:12-20

  All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.

  Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For "the two," He says, "shall become one flesh." But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

  Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have


from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.


L: This is the Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.


The Alleluia            


The Holy Gospel Reading:                       John 1:43-51

  P: The Holy Gospel selection is recorded by the Gospel writer John, in the 1st chapter, beginning with the 43rd verse.

  C: Glory be to Thee, O Lord.


  The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, "Follow Me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.

  Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote - Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."

  And Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?"

  Philip said to him, "Come and see."

  Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of

  Nathanael said to Him, "How do You know me?"

 Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you."

  Nathanael answered and said to Him, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!"

  Jesus answered and said to him, "Because I said to you,  'I saw you under the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater things than these." And He said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."


P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C: Praise be to Thee, O Christ.


The Creed:    The Apostles Creed                    page 192


The Hymn of the Day:       

     “Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling”                LSB 827


The Sermon


The Offering & the Offertory                            page 192


The Prayers of the Church

  We pray for those in need.

  (After our petitions) Lord in Your mercy hear our prayer.

  Lord God, heavenly Father, You have been gracious to us and blessed us.

The earth has yielded its increase, and Your way is being made known to many nations.

  For bringing the knowledge of salvation to our nation and increasing to other nations,

we adore Your most holy name.

  We confess, O Lord, that we have too often taken Your blessings for granted.

We have neglected our primary mission to proclaim Your way within our own nation and to other nations.

  Although You have revealed Yourself to us in Your Word, we have often ignored Your voice calling us to action.

We have not always respected our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit.

  We have been hesitant to admonish others who abuse their bodies.

We have done too little to stem the tide of immorality in our nation.

  For our many sins of neglect,

forgive us, O Lord.

  Give us the courage and the strength to be more faithful in inviting others to follow You.

May Your Holy Spirit motivate us actively to share Christ with others by our words and deeds.

  Bless our national and world leaders that they may lead in a way which is acceptable in Your sight.

May all people know Your love in Christ.


  Comfort the bereaved with the blessed hop of the resurrection in Christ.

Give strength to the weak and companionship to the lonely. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son and our Savior. Amen.


Continue with The Service of the Sacrament    page 194


Hymn during the Distribution:

     “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”       LSB 770


The Nunc Dimittis                                            page 199


The Closing Hymn: 

     “Abide, O Dearest Jesus”                            LSB 919






Welcome to Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

We are happy that you have joined us today. Our hope is that you enjoyed the service and were inspired by God’s Word, that you will join us again very soon. If you are interested in membership, please talk to Pastor Holls or one of our Elders.


.Daily Readings this week are in our hymnal, page 303, beginning today. If you can’t be with us, follow Divine  Service 3, on page 184.


Lectionary Readings for the Third Sunday after Epiphany are on page xvi, at the front of the hymnal. These are our   Old Testament, Epistle, and Gospel readings to preview for our worship next Sunday, January 21st.


Prayer List:  Landon, Sheryl, Leda, Martha, Bill, Jody,   Shirley W, Carrie, Glenn, Matthew, Scottie, Steve, Andy, Terry, Samson, Buddy, Vicki. If you need someone on this permanent prayer list or they can be taken off, please see Sarah Lange.



Free Will Offering: Those who wish to give an offering,

The offering plate is located at the entrance by the organ. Offerings, donations, and envelopes can be placed there.


Coming Events:


Sunday, January 14th: Worship at 10:00 a.m.

                        with Bible Class to follow

Wednesday, January 17th:  Women’s Bible Study continues. Please check to see that you have the papers for the Woman at the Well. If needed Sue can print more.

Sunday, January 21st: Worship at 10:00 a.m.

                        with Bible Class to follow


Birthdays:  Terry Rodriguez, January 18th,

            Sue Holls, January 20th.

Anniversary: PJ and Deanna Jentzen, January 17th.   May our Lord bless you all with a wonderful day!


Donations for the Military: Paul started a nice tradition of making donations to the troops overseas. We are asking that you bring in goodies and snacks for them by January 28th. There will be a table to collect items you may wish to bring.


Who has taken a look at our website?


Our worship bulletin and Connections are posted every week, and Pastor and Sue have posted many good articles for the enhancement of your faith. Please go to the site and see what’s available! Let us know what you think.

If you also have something to contribute, please tell us!!