The Hymn #39 Praise to the Lord 3.1
The Introit p. 16
The Gloria Patri
The Kyrie p. 17
The Gloria in Excelsis
The Salutation and Collect p. 19
The Epistle and Gradual
Praise be to Thee, O Christ!
The Nicene Creed p. 22
The Sermon Hymn # 370 My Hope Is Built 3.11
The Hymn #128 Brightest and Best 3:29
The Sanctus p. 26
The Lord's Prayer p. 27
The Words of Institution
The Agnus Dei p. 28
The Nunc Dimittis p. 29
The Benediction p. 31
The Hymn #309 O Jesus, Blessed Lord 3.70
Lord God, heavenly Father, we thank Thee, that of Thy grace Thou hast instituted holy matrimony, in which Thou keepest us from unchastity, and other offenses: We beseech Thee to send Thy blessing upon every husband and wife, that they may not provoke each other to anger and strife, but live peaceably together in love and godliness, receive Thy gracious help in all temptations, and rear their children in accordance with Thy will; grant unto us all to walk before Thee, in purity and holiness, to put all our trust in Thee, and lead such lives on earth, that in the world to come we may have everlasting life, through the same, Thy beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one true God, world without end. Amen.
Demonstration of the Word's Power
KJV John 2:1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: 2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
There are two main themes in this Gospel. One is the power and extent of God's Word, and the other is God's blessing of Christian marriage.
We are now in the third phase of pagan attitudes toward marriage.
Marriage paganism - first phase. Around the time of Christ, there was a pagan attitude toward women as the source of all evil in the world, so marriage was bad too. This came to influence the Church with monks and nuns, but that took some time. The apostles were married but in time (St. Augustine) priests were no longer married.
Second phase of paganism - In Luther's time, he observed that the Christian Church of his day despised marriage and had priests who would not sully themselves by attending a marriage. The single life was more holy, and that was the only way to have a church vocation. This was not entirely honest, since many priests were secretly married and even paid a marriage tax to the pope. But as we see with today, reality is not as important as the impression, the posturing. Marriage was bad and women were evil.
Today is the third phase of paganism. People get married, but it is considered a curse and something to be avoided by men and women. Marriage was re-defined some time ago, when corporations began recognizing "partners" as married and giving them benefits. Now the Supreme Court will make it official nation-wide, in spite of Congress' Protection of Marriage Act years ago and all the state-wide votes.
So marriage now, when it happens, is turned into a joke where extravagance is the key and the union really means almost nothing.
But in this lesson, marriage is blessed by God, because Jesus attended with His disciples and His mother. No mention is made of Joseph, so it is assumed that Joseph had died by that time.
And we can tell this was a simple marriage between two people with few relatives. That is why Mary is in charge and taking responsibility for the details. We have to assume that the couple had no living relatives and that their financial resources were limited.
They ran out of wine, and that was like inviting people to dinner with no food, no plates, no silverware. In other words, it was unthinkable and embarrassing to the couple.
I keep wondering why people accept the synod as their god, having all power over their lives. Instead of trusting the Word of God, they trust the word of man will get them the answers they need, if they complain on Facebook or on blogs.
Jesus responded by performing His first miracle.
This is because the heart now has in Christ all that the Law demands, and it would be sorry indeed if it demanded less. Behold, thus the Law is delightful now and easy which before was disagreeable, difficult and impossible; for it lives in the heart by the Spirit. Water no longer is in the pots, it has turned to wine, it is passed to the guest, it is consumed, and has made the heart glad.