4th Sunday after Epiphany
(Jan. 28-Feb. 3)
Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):
Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources:
Hymn of the Day
from William Flewelling
On Mark 1:21-28
Unto the voices calling out
‘we know you, Holy One of God’,
unto the unclean, worried sorts,
Jesus rebukes them, casts them out.
Authority, the people see;
and so they say in questioning:
what is this? Certainly we find
new teaching to transform our world.
Intensely chosen for the hour,
silence imposed becomes the clue
that entertains God’s urgency
in forms that challenge all we know.
So move among us, Jesus, Lord,
that in your promise we may stand
and in your sweep of mercy find
the joy-fulfillment of your light.
LM Suggested tune: Galilee
Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal
Hymn of Praise: 24
Hymn of Invitation: 113
Communion Hymn: 390
Dismissal/Missional Hymn: 95
Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:
Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent). Psalm 95 is available on p. 747. The Call to Worship offered by the Jubilee Fund includes some of Psalm 111.
RESOURCES FROM THE JUBILEE FUND
Call to Worship (Responsive) Adapted from Psalm 111
L: Praise the LORD!
P: We will give thanks to the LORD with our whole heart.
L: The LORD has gained renown through wonderful deeds;
P: The LORD is gracious and merciful.
L: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
P: Holy and Awesome is God’s Name.
O LORD our God, you have called us forth into your assembly and have raised for us a prophet. Guide us in our worship, that we may hear and heed your words. Help us to know your truth, and live out in our words and deeds the message you have for us.
In the Gospel of Mark, near the beginning, Jesus enters the synagogue at Capernaum and begins to teach. The scripture tells us “They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority(emphasis added), and not as the scribes.” I think too often we come to reflect on our giving afraid to speak with authority, and we come off timid or uncertain like the scribes. Today we shake off that mantle of fear: God has made clear in the holy word that tithes AND offerings are expected of God’s people. Anything less is an insult to the change we received inside ourselves on receiving the Good News of Jesus Christ. Today I call you, as a prophet of old, to give in the manner God created you to give and expects you to give. The gifts you give have the power not so much to make a difference here, in this church, as to transform the world when we bring everything God has imagined and planned we can.
Almighty and Everlasting God, forgive us when we are shy about teaching actions for which you have created us. Forgive us when we fail to challenge one another to Love, to Share, to Serve, and to Give. Help us to use these gifts faithfully. Bless them to transform the world. We offer them in Jesus’ Name, by Christ’s Grace, and for Christ’s Sake. Amen.
The Apostle Paul answers the questions of the Church in Corinth about eating foods sacrificed to idols in the eighth Chapter of First Corinthians. He cautions the Christians, that while they should not eat food that would hurt the faith of the weak for the sake of the weak, they should also know that there is no such thing as a real idol. What I can assure you today is at THIS table, the food we offer is offered ONLY to the glory of God. There is no risk of doing wrong or harm in accepting the gifts of Christ. There is only the opportunity of realized Grace. Here it is safe to take, eat, and remember.
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RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP
God our creator,
who in the beginning
commanded the light to shine out of darkness:
we pray that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ
may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief,
shine into the hearts of all your people,
and reveal the knowledge of your glory
in the face of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
in word and eucharist we have proclaimed the mystery of your love:
help us so to live out our days
that we may be signs of your wonders in the world;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
God of heaven,
you send the gospel to the ends of the earth
and your messengers to every nation:
send your Holy Spirit to transform us
by the good news of everlasting life
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2011. Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2011 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries
using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2011; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010. The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010. Version 2012-1.2 30 October 2011. http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary
We also urge you to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.