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Epiphany +4B


Epiphany +4B


Feb. 1


Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):

Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources: 

Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Psalm 111 Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 95:1-9

1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Roman Catholic reading: 1 Corinthians 7:32-35

Mark 1:21-28

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

The Oremus Hymnal offers many good choices for the lectionary (although this 2010 version will have incorrect calendar dates). Not all are available in Chalice Hymnal, but some may be helpful in congregations where there is not a Chalice Hymnal available. Visit the Oremus Hymnal.

24-The God of Abraham praise

95-Jesus shall reign

59-This is my Father’s world

420-I come with joy

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.



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). A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin. Where practical, these may be offered here as well. You may also want to visit or   

This week: Psalm 111 is not in the hymnal (see Greeting below)

Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2014-2015, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Among the many distressing things,

the matters offered to not-gods

appear as nothing – naught at all.

And so we might be free by our God.

For in all things we settle well, Lord,

know there is but you, our one God

and one Lord Jesus Christ – the rest

is nil.  We know this all so well.

So freedom is our game.  You call us;

we come in freedom to rejoice.

Yours is the liberty we know,

the graciousness that sets hearts soaring.

Now free, we are ever for freedom

in all we do, a freedom won

for all the troubles, frightened friends

whose lives are free by our apt restraint.       Suggested tune: Randolph

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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer (from Psalm 111)

L: Praise the LORD!

P: Praise the LORD!

L: I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

P: Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them.

L: Full of honor and majesty is God’s work, whose righteousness endures forever.

P: God sent redemption to his people, and has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is God’s name.

L: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding.

P: God’s praise endures forever.

Prayer of Approach

L: The Lord be with you.

P: And also with you.

L: Let us pray. God of grace, you have given us minds to know you, hearts to love you, and voices to sing your praise. Fill us with your spirit that we may celebrate your glory and truly worship you; through Jesus Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)



Center us now, O God, on your presence in this place among your people, as we lift up our hearts desires, our soul’s deep needs, our hungers, fears and failures.

As we have often failed to be obedient to your will in our lives as individual disciples and as church, we pray that you will forgive us and enliven us to be and to do the gospel of Christ. Open us to your Spirit’s urgings, and awaken us to live faithfully as your people in a changing, often hurting world.

We pray for those around us who need your care, and ask that you would make of us your instruments of healing, peace and redemption. We pray especially for those we have named to you this day, and others we lift to you in the silence of our hearts.

Reveal your presence with them and with us, God of life, that as people of renewed faith and vitality, we may be empowered to serve your world, and so give glory to you; for we offer our prayers and our lives in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Prayers 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.

Post Communion

Generous Lord,

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.

Additional Collect

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.

Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in

heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of

your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through

Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the

Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2014-2015, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Mark 1:21-28

So suddenly, O God,

the appearing of your Beloved, Jesus, sweeps

awareness, surprising all.

With clear rebuke, the idle recognition

is spurned that depth may yet

impose his quality.

Preserve us from the all at once

that we may savor long the holy depths

of Jesus, our Delight.

Service of Table

Preparation (Invitation)

The apostle writes: “My sisters and brothers, I implore you by God’s mercy to offer your very selves to God; a living sacrifice, dedicated and fit for God’s acceptance, the worship offered by mind and heart. Adapt yourselves no longer to the pattern of this present world, but let your minds be remade and your whole nature be transformed. Then you will be able to discern the will of God, and know what is good, acceptable and perfect.

[If the offering has not yet been received, add: “Let us prepare the Table of the Lord with the fruits of our lives and our labors”]


Offertory Prayer

O God, we thank you for your great generosity. All that we are and all that we have is a gift from you. Help us to serve one another and so reflect your spirit and goodness. Accept these offerings and grant that the cause to which they are devoted may prosper under your guidance.

Prayer of Thanksgiving from William Flewelling

(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)

We rejoice, O God, that you have come to us, revealing yourself in Jesus Christ our Lord. In thankful adoration, Lord, we listen to your Beloved Son. In joy we turn to meet the fullness of your presence borne upon us. In expectation, Lord, we long to learn your searching Holy Spirit in our lives.

Your Word reveals in us your coming. And we hear your speaking plainly now over bread our Jesus took and blessed and broke for us, saying: This is my body. We taste your presence spoken in the cup of wine of which Jesus said: This is my blood of the new covenant. Come now, Lord our God, to feed us that we might find within our hearts and, more, within our shared communion your revealing unity in us as in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Conclusion: Through him, with him, and in him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be to you, O God, now and forever. Amen.

[if not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’”]


Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails for each Sunday’s service. Visit to learn more.

You may also want to visit Worship Connection at, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.

Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University.

Liturgies created by Moira Laidlaw (Uniting Church in Australia) as a part of her doctoral dissertation are often helpful.  Read more here.


Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2014. Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2014 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2014; 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.


Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.


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