Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
1300 Mansfield Street
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Office Hours: M-Th, 8a.m.-4p.m.

01-20-2019 (Epiphany 2)

The Sundays after Epiphany continue to celebrate the revelation of the glory of God to us as it was made known to the magi and to those on Jordan’s banks at the baptism of Jesus—today using wedding imagery. Our God rejoices over God’s people “as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride.” By the power of the Spirit there are gifts galore for everyone. In Christ Jesus the best wine is saved for last. Taste and see.

FIRST READING                                                                                                        Psalm 49:12-20

“The psalms and the prophets are perhaps better known for words of praise and thanksgiving for an Almighty and Beneficent God.  Many of our hymns are derived from this uplifting literature. Less recognized are the texts of anger and frustrations with evil empires and the pleas for retribution and relief.  Our two readings from the psalms are representative of the numerous cries for justice and peace throughout the Old Testament.”

12Mortals cannot abide in their pomp;
 they are like the animals that perish.
 13Such is the fate of the foolhardy,
 the end of those who are pleased with their lot.
 14Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol;
 Death shall be their shepherd;
 straight to the grave they descend,
 and their form shall waste away;
 Sheol shall be their home.
 15But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol,
 for he will receive me.
 16Do not be afraid when some become rich,
 when the wealth of their houses increases.
 17For when they die they will carry nothing away;
 their wealth will not go down after them.
 18Though in their lifetime they count themselves happy
  — for you are praised when you do well for yourself —
 19they will go to the company of their ancestors,
 who will never again see the light.
 20Mortals cannot abide in their pomp;
 they are like the animals that perish.

SECOND READING                                                                                                       Psalm 52

 1Why do you boast, O mighty one,
 of mischief done against the godly?
 All day long 2you are plotting destruction.
Your tongue is like a sharp razor,
 you worker of treachery.
 3You love evil more than good,
 and lying more than speaking the truth.
 4You love all words that devour,
 O deceitful tongue.
 5But God will break you down forever;
 he will snatch and tear you from your tent;
 he will uproot you from the land of the living.
 6The righteous will see, and fear,
 and will laugh at the evildoer, saying,
 7“See the one who would not take
 refuge in God,
 but trusted in abundant riches,
 and sought refuge in wealth!”
 8But I am like a green olive tree
 in the house of God.
 I trust in the steadfast love of God
 forever and ever.
 9I will thank you forever,
 because of what you have done.
 In the presence of the faithful
 I will proclaim your name, for it is good.

GOSPEL READING                                                                                           Matthew 5:3-11

Jesus opens the Sermon on the Mount by naming those who are blessed in the reign of God.     

The holy gospel according to Matthew the 5th chapter.  Glory to you, O Lord.

3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account