06 January 2016

Epiphany Service

What a glorious Epiphany service this morning at the International Center, a Eucharist sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church of Worden, IL. As Pastor Curtis could not be present this morning, I presided and preached in his stead, with Vice-President Mueller assisting. We sang Divine Service, Setting Three. The Entrance Hymn consisted of stanzas one and two of O Morning Star; the Hymn of the Day of the next two stanzas, and the Concluding Hymn was the final stanzas. I chanted the Gospel reading, and in the middle of the reading, the choir sang a lovely setting of "Lo, the star." Henry Gerike on the organ with Cara on the trumpet for O Morning Star; then Henry Gerike on piano and Erin on flute and Anna on violin. The chapel choir, though smaller in number than usual, did a very fine job indeed. Celebrated ad orientem, facing that lovely crucifix. It was wonderful to welcome in Epiphany with such overflowing joy.

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