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The Lord Calls Fishermen to be His Apostles

The Lord Calls Fishermen to be His Apostles

Jan 26, 2020

Passage: Matthew 4:12-25

Preacher: Pastor Yeager

Series: Epiphany

Category: Epiphany

Summary:

The Lord Calls Fishermen to be His Apostles While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

Detail:

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

 

8am Divine Service III, P. 184.         10:15am Matins, P. 219.

 

Opening Hymn          O God of God, O Light of Light                     810

Hymn of the Day       O Christ, Our True and Only Light               839

Communion 1            “Come, Follow Me,” the Savior Spake          688

Communion 2            Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness      849

Communion 3            O Christ, Who Called the Twelve                  856

Closing Hymn           The People That in Darkness Sat                   412

 

10:15. For the CANTICLE, we sing the versification of the TE DEUM,

Hymn 941, “We Praise You and Acknowledge You.”

The Choir sings, “I Want to Walk As A Child of the Light” during the Offering.

 

THE INTROIT                                          Ps. 22:27-31; antiphon 22:22

 

I will tell of your name to my brothers;

            in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD,

            and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.

For kingship belongs to the LORD,

            and he rules over the nations.

All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;

before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, even the one who could not keep himself alive.

Posterity shall serve him,

            it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;

they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,

            that he has done it.

 [Sung] Glory be to the Father, and to the Son…

I will tell of your name to my brothers;

            in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.

 

THE COLLECT

 

Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities and stretch forth the hand of your majesty to heal and defend us; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

THE OLD TESTAMENT                             Isaiah 9:1-4

 

But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.

 The people who walked in darkness
    have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
    on them has light shone.
You have multiplied the nation;
    you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
    as with joy at the harvest,
    as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
For the yoke of his burden,
    and the staff for his shoulder,
    the rod of his oppressor,
    you have broken as on the day of Midian.

 

THE EPISTLE                                               1 Corinthians 1:10-18

 

10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 12 What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

 

THE ALLELUIA                                           Matthew 4:17

 

Alleluia. From that time Jesus began to preach, saying,

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Alleluia.

THE HOLY GOSPEL                                   Matthew 4:12-25 

 

12 Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. 13 And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

15 “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
    the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
16 the people dwelling in darkness
    have seen a great light,
and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death,
    on them a light has dawned.”

17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

18 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. 23 And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. 24 So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, those having seizures, and paralytics, and he healed them. 25 And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.