Trinity Lutheran Church - Canton, IL
January 19, 2020 - Second Sunday after Epiphany
Welcome to Trinity!

We’re glad you’re here! 

  • If you are attending via Facebook Live, please fill out the contact card at the end of today's bulletin to request a pastoral visit, join our mailing list, or update your contact information.
  • If you are attending in person, we invite you to sign in when the ushers pass around the clipboards, and to include your contact information so that we can send you a card (and Pastor can call you if you’d like).

We celebrate Holy Communion in worship each Sunday at 9:00 AM. Visitors are welcome for Communion—read the "Invitation to Holy Communion section  to learn more.

We have weekly education programs for all ages after worship, including Sunday School (age 3+), Confirmation (7th & 8th grade), Youth Group (middle/high school), and Adult Forum.


"Need to Know" Information

Restrooms (all ADA accessible):

  • Located down the hall from the church office (women’s first, then men’s).

Child and Family Needs—in Fireside Room (entry area):

  • Children are welcome in worship! The small table has crayons and coloring books if your little ones need to keep their hands busy!
  • Our Family Room (door next to the piano) offers a baby changing table and space for nursing or other family needs during the service!

Hearing Assistance:

  • You can your set hearing aid to “T” to use our T-coil hearing loop.
  • Other hearing assistance devices are available as well—please ask an usher if you would like to use one.


God’s Mission for Trinity: Welcome. Nurture. Serve.

  • In order to put Christ first, we WELCOME people into the church, inviting them to receive the love and grace of Jesus so they may know themselves as children of God.
  • We NURTURE people in faith to support their learning and growth as followers of Jesus.
  • We send people out to SERVE people in emotional, spiritual, and physical need in the congregation, the community, and the world.
Welcoming & Gathering

Prelude & Welcome

  •  For Kids: Learn about the Bible with interactive games, word searches, and puzzles you can play on a phone through Bible Activities Zone! (Please be polite and turn off the sound if you are sitting in church, though!)


Please stand as you are able.

Confession and Forgiveness (1 John 1:9, John 20:23)

P: In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C:   Amen.

P: As we approach the mystery of God, let us come in confession, trusting the love of Christ crucified and risen. (A brief silence for reflection.) God who searches us and knows us,

C: you have shown us what is good, but we have looked to other lights to find our way. We have not been just in our dealings with others. We have chosen revenge over mercy. We have promoted ourselves instead of walking humbly with you. With what shall we come before you? Forgive us our sin, and show us your salvation in the face of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

P: Beloved of God, you have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, poured out for you in the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.



Gathering Hymn                         “Give Me Jesus”                         #770


Apostolic Greeting (2 Corinthians 13:13)

P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C: And also with you.


Hymn of Praise (Luke 2:14)

P: (sung) Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth.

Prayer of the Day

P: Let us pray together. Holy God, our strength and our redeemer,

C: by your Spirit hold us forever, that through your grace we may worship you and faithfully serve you, follow you and joyfully find you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Please sit.

Nurtured By God's Word

First Reading: Isaiah 49:1-7

Here the servant, identified as Israel, speaks for herself and describes her honored mission. Called before her birth like Jeremiah and John the Baptist, the servant is not only to restore Israel. The servant's ultimate assignment is to bring news of God's victory to the ends of the earth. God in faithfulness has chosen Israel for this task.


A: Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The LORD called me before I was born, while I was in my mother's womb he named me. He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away. And he said to me, "You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified." But I said, "I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my cause is with the LORD, and my reward with my God." And now the LORD says, who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him, for I am honored in the sight of the LORD, and my God has become my strength — he says, "It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth."

Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations, the slave of rulers, "Kings shall see and stand up, princes, and they shall prostrate themselves, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you."


A: The word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.


Psalm: Psalm 40:1-11 (sung to the tone below)

L: I waited patiently up- | on the LORD,

who stooped to me and | heard my cry.

C: The LORD lifted me out of the desolate pit, out of the | miry clay,

and set my feet upon a high cliff, making my | footing sure.

L: The LORD put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise | to our God;

many shall see, and stand in awe, and put their trust | in the LORD.

C: Happy are they who trust | in the LORD!

They do not turn to enemies or to those who | follow lies.  

L: Great are the wonders you have done, O LORD my God!

In your plans for us, none can be com- | pared with you!

Oh, that I could make them known and tell them!

But they are more than | I can count.

C: Sacrifice and offering you do | not desire;

you have opened my ears:

burnt-offering and sin-offering you have | not required.  

L: And so I said, "Here I | am; I come.

In the scroll of the book it is writ- | ten of me:

C: 'I love to do your will, | O my God;

your law is | deep within me.'"

L: I proclaimed righteousness in the | great assembly;

I have not restrained my lips, O | LORD, you know.

C: I have not hidden your righteousness in my heart;

I have spoken of your faithfulness and | your deliverance;

I have not concealed your steadfast love and truth

from the | great assembly.

L: You are the LORD; do not withhold your compas- | sion from me;

may your steadfast love and your truth continually | keep me safe.  



Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Though God's church in Corinth is a fractious congregation beset with many conflicts, Paul opens this letter by spotlighting the multiple ways God has enriched and sustained its life as part of the divine call into the fellowship of our Lord Jesus Christ.


 A:  Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind—just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you—so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.


A: The word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.


Please stand as you are able.

Gospel Acclamation (John 6:68)

Gospel Reading: John 1:29-42

John the Baptist's witness to Jesus initiates a chain of testimony as his disciples begin to share with others what they have found.


P:  This is the Holy Gospel according to St. John, the 1st chapter.

C: Glory to you, O Lord.


P: [John the Baptist] saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, "Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, 'After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.' I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel." And John testified, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God." The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, "Look, here is the Lamb of God!" The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, "What are you looking for?" They said to him, "Rabbi" (which translated means Teacher), "where are you staying?" He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, "You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas" (which is translated Peter).


P: The Gospel of the Lord.

C: Praise to you, O Christ.


Please sit.


Please stand as you are able. 

Hymn of the Day                     “Lamb of God”

Profession of Faith (Apostles’ Creed)

C:   I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.



Prayers of the Church (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

Each section of the prayers ends:

A: Lord, in your mercy, C: Hear our prayer.


When we get to this part, please join in reading the names in bold:

A: Today, we pray especially...and for these friends on our Prayer list:

C: Andrea, JoAnne, Gail, Marilyn, Cecil, Rebecca, Eileen, Tom, Ron, Don, Pr. Virgil, Eleanor, Jim, Karen, Gloria, Ian, Kirk, Rosy, Dawn, Lois, Lynette, Joyce, Carole, Paul, Brian, Brenda, John, Gina, Kenneth, Caryl, Mike, Jim, and Tom.


At the conclusion of the prayers:

P: Into your hands…our Savior and Lord.

C: Amen.



Sharing of the Peace (John 14:27, 20:19-21; Matthew 5:23-24)

P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C: And also with you.


Nurtured By Christ's Meal

Please sit.

Offering                                        Richard Etter


Please stand as you are able.

Offertory       “Doxology” 

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise him, all creatures here below;

Praise him above, ye heav’nly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.



Offertory Prayer

A: Let us pray. God of wonder, you formed us in our mother's womb, and from mother earth you bring forth this bread and wine. We place them on your table, together with our lives and all that you have made. Open the heavens to us and pour out your Spirit. We wait for your mercy; we long for your peace; we hunger and thirst for Jesus Christ, our banquet of life.

C: Amen.

P: It is indeed right...join their unending hymn:     

Holy, Holy, Holy (Isaiah 6:3, Psalm 118:26, Mark 11:9-10)

Eucharistic Prayer (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

P: Holy, mighty, and merciful Lord...

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread...

Again, after supper, he took the cup...

Pour out upon and forever.

C: Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 11:2-4)

C: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.


Please sit.

Lamb of God (John 1:29)

Invitation to Holy Communion

If you are visiting today, you are welcome to receive Holy Communion.

  • Please come forward when the usher comes to your row. (If you are unable to come forward, please tell the usher, and the servers will come to you.)
  • Pastor will give you the bread, and then you can choose to either drink wine from the first (silver) cup or to dip your bread in the second (blue) cup, which has both red wine and white grape juice.
  • If you prefer not to receive Holy Communion, you are invited to come forward with your arms folded across your chest to receive a blessing.

All are invited to join in singing the following hymns while Holy Communion is distributed.

  • #471 “Let Us Break Bread Together”
  • #717 “Let Justice Flow like Streams”
  • #710 “Let Streams of Living Justice”
  • #708 “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love”



P: The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.

C: Amen.


Prayer after Communion

A:  Let us pray. Faithful God, you have kept your promise to us in this meal, nourishing us with the gift of salvation. Now send your servants forth in peace, that we may testify to your goodness and share the hope that is ours in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C: Amen

Sending Us Out to Serve

Ministries & Opportunities Announcements

  • Worship Helper assignments for January & February are posted on the “Serve” bulletin board near the Main Entrance. Please take a minute after worship to see when you are signed up to help. The Worship Helper assignment schedule, including our acolytes, is printed in the January Tidings, and you can always look up the full year’s schedule online at Thank you to everyone who serves!
  • Offering envelopes for 2020 are ready for pick-up on the table in the Fireside Room.  Please stop after worship today and take your envelopes home—they are arranged alphabetically by last name. You probably have envelopes even if you didn’t make a pledge, so be sure to check. If you don’t see any envelopes for your family and you would like a box, please let Sue know.  
  • Come join us for the January service of “Shush-Free Worship for Rejoicers of All Abilities” on Sunday, January 19th at 3:30pm! Last month, 40 people came (despite snowy conditions) to share a lively service and tasty Christmas dinner, and we made fast friends with the residents and staff from Bridgeway’s Pekin group homes in their first time at Rejoicing Spirits! Greeters and ushers needed today--please sign up on the board near the main entrance.
  • Mark your calendars for the Annual Reports and Visioning Meeting next Sunday, January 26th, in Engvall Hall immediately after worship. There will be no Adult Forum that day. 
  • Annual Ministry reports from 2019 are due today. If you have responsibility for one of the various ministries of Trinity, please submit your report as soon as possible. We would like to have a complete and articulate report for the Annual Meeting. Please feel free to email your report to the office at if that is more convenient for you. If you have any questions, please contact either Sue or Pastor. Thanks!
  • If your group would like to request funds from the Endowment Commission for 2020, please fill out the “Endowment Fund Request Form” on the counter outside the church office. Request forms are due today! 
  • Congratulations to Ron & June Hammond on the birth of their great-granddaughter, Isabella Renee Wilson, granddaughter of June’s daughter, Echo. Isabella was born at 7:12pm on Tuesday, January 14th.


Children's Time

Please stand as you are able.

Benediction (Numbers 6:24-25, sung)

P: The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C: (Sung response below)and

Sending Hymn              “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”              #773    



A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord!

C: Thanks be to God.




Copyright Notices

Service words & music reproduced and streamed under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies License #SBL-14744.

Other hymns streamed under OneLicense #A-715015.

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