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 Founded in 1755, Zion Church of the City of Baltimore is the mother church of Lutheranism in the city. We appreciate first-time worshipers and ask you to please sign the guest book in the narthex. If you do not have a church family, we invite you to join our congregation. Please speak to Pastor Roggelin or call the parish office at 410-727-3939.

Zion Church is a "Reconciling in Christ Congregation" and adopted the following Affirmation of Welcome: “At Zion Church of the City of Baltimore, all who have been baptized in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, are welcome within the membership upon transfer or affirmation of faith regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, educational level, economic status, ability, health or geographic distance.”

Zion Church welcomes all baptized Christians who acknowledge Jesus Christ as their Lord to come to the Lord’s table. We practice continuous communion beginning with the outside aisles to come down the center aisle and then depart from the altar to either side. Please follow the direction of the ushers.

If people prefer to stay with their children in the nursery they are encouraged to do so. The loudspeaker system in the nursery gives them the possibility to follow the Service in the sanctuary.

The Reverend Dr. Holger Roggelin, Pastor

Mr. John Heizer, Organist-Choir Director


January 13, 2002; 11:15 a.m.




Greetings and Announcements

Hymn: 56


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

C:        Amen

P:            Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C:        Amen.

P:         If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Silence for reflection and self-examination.

P:         Most merciful God,

C:        we confess that we have sinned against thee in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved thee with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of thy Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us;  that we may delight in thy will and walk in thy ways, to the glory of thy Name. Amen.


P:            Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for us and, for his sake, forgives us all our sins. 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.


INTROIT (read responsively)

A:         All the world shall worship thee O God:

C:        sing of thee, and praise thy Name, O thou most highest.

A:         O be joyful in God, all ye lands, sing praises unto the honor of his Name

C:        make his praise to be glorious.

P:         Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:

C:        as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


A:         Lord, have mercy upon us:   C:       Lord, have mercy upon us.

A:         Christ, have mercy upon us:   C:       Christ, have mercy upon us.

A:         Lord, have mercy upon us:   C:       Lord, have mercy upon us.


GLORIA IN EXCELSIS (music on p. 49)

P:          Glory be to God on high !

C:        And on earth peace, good will toward men. We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sin of the world, receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.

For  thou only art holy; thou only art the Lord; thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.   




P:         The Lord be with you.

C:        And with thy spirit.

P:         Let us pray

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan didst proclaim him thy beloved Son and anoint him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into His name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior, who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end.

C:        Amen.




Anthem: Christ, unser Herr zum Jordan kam Johann Schein

Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam nach seines Vaters Willen, von Sankt Johann die Taufe nahm, sein Werk und Amt zu erfüllen. Da wollt er stiften uns ein Bad, zu waschen uns von Sünden, ersäufen auch den bittern Tod durch sein selbst Blut und Wunden, es galt ein neues Leben.

Solchs hat er uns gezeiget klar mit Bildern und mit Worten. Des Vaters Stimm man offenbar daselbst am Jordan hörte; er sprach: "Das ist mein lieber Sohn, an dem ich hab Gefallen; den will ich euch befohlen han, daß ihr ihn höret alle und folget seinem Lehren."


To Jordan came our Lord the Christ, To do God's pleasure willing, And there was by Saint John baptized, All righteousness fulfilling; There did he consecrate a bath To wash away transgression, And quench the bitterness of death By his own blood and passion; He would a new life give us.
To show us this, he hath his word With signs and symbols given; On Jordan's banks was plainly heard The Father's voice from heaven: "This is my well-beloved Son, In whom my soul delighteth; Hear him." Yea, hear him every one Whom he himself inviteth, Hear and obey his teaching.


THE FIRST LESSON: Isaiah 42:1-9 Bonnie Brobst

Here is my servant, whom I uphold,

            my chosen, in whom my soul delights;

I have put my spirit upon him;

            he will bring forth justice to the nations.

2He will not cry or lift up his voice,

            or make it heard in the street;

3a bruised reed he will not break,

            and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;

            he will faithfully bring forth justice.

4He will not grow faint or be crushed

            until he has established justice in the earth;

            and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

5Thus says God, the LORD,

            who created the heavens and stretched them out,

            who spread out the earth and what comes from it,

who gives breath to the people upon it

            and spirit to those who walk in it:

6I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness,

            I have taken you by the hand and kept you;

I have given you as a covenant to the people,

            a light to the nations,

            7to open the eyes that are blind,

to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,

            from the prison those who sit in darkness.

8I am the LORD, that is my name;

            my glory I give to no other,

            nor my praise to idols.

9See, the former things have come to pass,

            and new things I now declare;

before they spring forth,

            I tell you of them.


Reader: The Word of the Lord.

C:         Thanks be to the God.


Psalm 29 (sung in unison):

Ascribe to the | LORD, you gods,*

ascribe to the LORD glo- | ry and strength.

                2Ascribe to the LORD the glory | due his name;*

            worship the LORD in the beau- | ty of holiness.

3The voice of the LORD is upon the waters; the God of | glory thunders;*

the LORD is upon the | mighty waters.

                4The voice of the LORD is a pow- | erful voice;*

            the voice of the LORD is a | voice of splendor. R

5The voice of the LORD breaks the | cedar trees;*

the LORD breaks the ce- | dars of Lebanon;

                6he makes Lebanon skip | like a calf,*

            and Mount Hermon like a | young wild ox.

7The voice of the LORD splits the flames of fire;

the voice of the LORD | shakes the wilderness;*

the LORD shakes the wilder- | ness of Kadesh.

                8The voice of the LORD makes the | oak trees writhe*

            and strips the | forests bare. R

9And in the temple | of the LORD*

all are | crying, "Glory!"

                10The LORD sits enthroned a- | bove the flood;*

            the LORD sits enthroned as | king forevermore.

11The LORD shall give strength | to his people;*

the LORD shall give his people the bless- | ing of peace.

THE SECOND LESSON: Acts 10:34-43 Bonnie Brobst

Peter began to speak to Cornelius and his household: "I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ-he is Lord of all. 37That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."


Reader: The Word of the Lord

C:         Thanks be to God


The Alleluia Sentence (p. 52)


C:            Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


The Gospel Announcement

C:        Glory be to thee, O Lord.


The Holy Gospel -  Matthew 3:13-17                                               Pastor Dr. Holger Roggelin


Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14John would have prevented him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" 15But Jesus answered him, "Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness." Then he consented. 16And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased."


P:           The Gospel of the Lord.

C:          Praise be to thee, O Christ.


A Corporate Renewal of Baptismal Vows

  Please remain standing.

 The paschal candle is lit.

 The Pastor addresses the congregation as follows:

 In baptism, God calls us, his children, out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Brothers and sisters, I ask you to profess the faith of the Church.

Do you believe and trust in God the Father?


All:      I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.


Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ?


All:      I believe in Jesus Christ, his 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.


Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit?


All:      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. 



The Pastor says:

Almighty God,

we thank thee for our fellowship in the household of faith

with all who have been baptized into thy name.

Keep us faithful to our baptism,

and so make us ready for that day

when the whole creation shall be made perfect in thy Son,

our Savior Jesus Christ.


All:      Amen.


Affirmation of Commitment


Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,

in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?


All:      With the help of God, I will.


Will you persevere in resisting evil and,

whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?


All:      With the help of God, I will.


Will you proclaim by word and example

the good news of God in Christ?


All:      With the help of God, I will.


Will you seek and serve Christ in all people,

loving your neighbor as yourself?


All:      With the help of God, I will.


Will you acknowledge Christ’s authority over human society,

by prayer for the world and its leaders,

by defending the weak, and by seeking peace and justice?


All:      With the help of God, I will.


The Pastor concludes the Renewal of Vows saying:


May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith,

that you may be rooted and grounded in love

and bring forth the fruit of the Spirit.

All:      Amen


Please remain standing


Hymn 55

Sermon:                                                                     Pastor Dr Holger Roggelin


Offertory (p. 56)

C:        Create in me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right spirit within me.Cast me not away from thy presence: and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation: and uphold me with thy free Spirit.




The Offering


Anthem: “From God the Father, Virgin-Born” English Folk Tune


From God the Father, virgin-born, to us the only son came down;

by death the font to consecrate, the faithful to regenerate.

Abide with us O Lord, we pray; the gloom of darkness chase away;

your work of healing, Lord begin, and take away the stain of sin.

To you, O Lord, all glory be for this your blest Epiphany;

to God whom all his hosts adore, and holy Spirit evermore.




The Doxology and Presentation of Gifts (Hymn 602)

C:        Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.


 The Prayer of the Church


A         Let us pray that the dawn from on high will shine for the church, the world, and all those in need.

A brief silence.

A         For all who are baptized in Christ and anointed with the Holy Spirit, that their mission and ministry may be a light to the nations; God of light and life:

C         hear us, we pray.

A         For all who govern and serve, that justice and peace be established in all corners of the earth; God of light and life:

C         hear us, we pray.

A         For those weakened by age or illness especially Kenneth Cambell, Elizabeth Cook, Karl Dziggel, Susan Grabner, Luise Maennik, Kevin Niemann, Michael Orndorff, Ruth Schwartz Rosemary Stendorf, Joseph Strosnider, Joseph Tischler and all those who we hold in our hearts…, that you take them by the hand and uphold them with your Spirit; God of light and life:

C         hear us, we pray.

A         For all who doubt that they are your sons and daughters, that they may be assured by the voice of your promise; God of light and life:

C         hear us, we pray.

A         For our congregation, that we will not grow weary or faint as we share your grace and forgiveness with all people; God of light and life:

C         hear us, we pray.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

A         In thanksgiving for all the saints, that your light upon their lives may guide us also to be instruments of healing and peace; God of light and life:

C         hear us, we pray.

P          God of splendor and light, hear our prayer and illumine us with the radiance of your glory shown in Jesus Christ our Lord.

C         Amen



Preface (p. 58)

P:         The Lord be with you.

C:        And with thy spirit.

P:         Lift up your hearts.

C:        We lift them up unto the Lord.

P:         Let us give thanks unto the Lord our God.

C:        It is meet and right so to do.

P:         It is truly meet, right, and salutary......


Sanctus (p. 61)

C:          "Holy,holy,holy, Lord God of Sabath;

            Heaven and earth are full of thy glory; Hosanna in the highest.

            Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest."

The Prayer of Thanksgiving


The Lord’s Prayer (p. 62/63)

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;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

forever and ever. Amen.

The Peace (p. 63)

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

C:        And with thy spirit


Agnus Dei (p. 64)

C:   "O Christ, thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.

O Christ, thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.

O Christ, thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, grant us thy peace. Amen."


Distribution of the Sacrament

            Continuous communion-please follow the direction of the ushers




P:         The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ and his precious Blood strengthen and preserve you unto eternal life.


Nunc Dimittis (p. 66)

C:         "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace: according to thy word; For mine eyes have seen thy salvation: which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

            A light to lighten the Gentiles: and the glory of they people Israel.

            Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:

            As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.


The Prayer (p. 68/69)

P:         O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good.

C:        And his mercy endureth for ever.

P:         Collect

C:        Amen

P:         The Lord be with you.

C:        And with thy spirit.

P:         Bless we the Lord.

C:            Thanks be to God.


The Benediction (p.70)


P:         The Lord bless thee, and keep thee.

            The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee.

            The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace:

            In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

C:        Amen. Amen. Amen.


Hymn 259




 Memorial gifts were given to the St. Cecilia fund by John Hoffman for his Parents, by Elsbeth Holland for Carl Wagenführer, by Irene Duerr for Ruth Hein and by John Strandberg for Evelyn Strandberg and Hannelies Penner , also by Curt and Charlotte Jeschke.

Memorial gift were given to the German Forum in memory of Hannelies Penner by Myrtle Lobig, by Holger Roggelin and Alexandra Mattern-Roggelin, and by Frank and Amelia Hobbs.

Memorial gifts for the German Language School were given by Olive and James Smith for Hannelies Penner.

Memorial gifts were given by Sara Murnane and Dawn Datz for Carl Wagenfürer.

Memorial gifts were given by Adeline Wilke for Hannelies Penner and Raymand and Amy Hein for Hannelies Penner.

Special gifts were given to the Organ fund by Curt and Charlotte Jeschke.


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