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Epiphany 4

 

Jan. 28

 

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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:

Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Psalm 111 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Mark 1:21-28

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

91 – All hail the power of Jesus’ name!

683 – O for a world

187 – Blessed are the persecuted

661 – What does the Lord require of you

659 – What does the Lord require for praise and offering

526 – Though I May Speak

395 – Seed, scattered and sown

404 – A hymn of joy we sing

429 – You satisfy the hungry heart

 

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

 

Hymn of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2017, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Mark 1:21-28

 

In the haste of your love keep us longing.

In the joy you unfold bring life.

In the mercy of love keep us coming,

keep us following thy holiness.

In the wonder of your coming,

open hearts that we behold your trace.

In the urgency of mission,

open us to find your joy.

 

All the length of our hearts keep us stretching

in the vision of kingdom’s dawn,

that within all the meaning we savor

we discover you in lively flair.

All this wonder of the coming,

all the actions of the Lord our Joy

bring together this occasion

that we flourish in this day.

 

Now, my Lord, in your way press us ever

let us know you are in our hearts.

For immediate is your coming

to adorn us for the light of joy.

Come and enter, come as teaching,

come in full authority of grace

that we savor well the freedom

borne in your fresh healing touch.

 

10.8.10.9, refrain (8.9.8.7.)               Suggested tune: Sing Hosanna

 

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 http://lectionarypsalms.org/   

This week:  Psalm 111 is not in the hymnal. See Call to Worship

 

Concerning the Following Items: Except where otherwise noted, items are created or adapted by the editor.  If you are aware of source notations which are missing, please bring them to his attention.  No copyright infringement is intended, but is sure to happen.

 

Call to Worship  (from the United Church of Christ)

L: Be still and know that God is.

P:  God was, also, in the beginning.

L: And when all human striving has ceased, God will still be.

P:  From everlasting to everlasting, God is God, and alone is worthy to be worshiped.

 

OR  (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.

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

O God, source of all beauty and goodness, your grace comes fresh every morning.  In each new day you give us light.  We praise your for your never‑failing love that satisfies our needs and shows us the way to follow.  We rejoice in your constant care, for you are faithful in love for all people, offering the world salvation through Jesus Christ.   (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

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…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

O God who makes all things in love, we join to offer thanks to you for the blessings of life in your world, for the gifts of love and friendship, for the joy of family and kinship. Our lives at times reflect your loving presence, and at other times seem loveless and lonely and lost. Yet in all things, you do love us – lavishly and without reservation – and you plant within us the seed for loving others. Nurture that seed within us, we pray. Help us to take the risk of opening our often walled-in hearts to be vulnerable to the other in our lives, and to take the risk of love. May your perfect love, indeed, cast out all fear, and enable us to give ourselves anew to those we encounter on this journey with Christ.

 

Hear our prayers that in those encounters we may more fully share in his ministry of healing, freeing, reconciling love, as we lift up to you a world that is broken and often fearful. We pray for the leaders of government, and for the people who serve to protect us from harm. We pray for those whose decisions affect the lives of many, and those small decisions we may make which could greatly affect a few. We pray for those who feel unloved or unwanted in this world, and for the courage to reach to them with care and compassion, even as we seek to help those who are sick, imprisoned, lonely, lost, and grieving.

 

The faith and hope you have implanted within us, Lord, has much to offer our world, but without the love of Christ abiding in us, we are nothing. So come now and dwell within us. Recreate us as people able to love, and bind us one to another for the sake of all your world. For these and all of our prayers we offer to you in his name.

 

OR

Lord God, we give you thanks for all your gifts to us—for daily food, for health, for each breath we take, for freedom to choose, and for the gifts of your word, your power and your love.  Our hearts are truly overwhelmed, O God, when we consider how you have entrusted so much to us.  May we be worthy of that trust—may we be a people who are unafraid to live as fully and as richly as you want us to live.

 

Help us, O God, as followers of Jesus, to multiply all that you have given us, to risk spreading your word and perhaps see it misunderstood, to gamble by loving those whom others think worthy only of hate, to take chances by doing good to those who have not done good to us. Help us be faith filled and desire to increase your glory and your goodness in this world.  Make us people who share in both word and deed that which you have given to us.

 

We pray for the church gathered today, both here and around the world, that it may encourage all of its members to discover, develop and use all their gifts, those of nature and those of grace.

We pray for those who are poor in body or in spirit, for those oppressed and heavy laden, for those sick or in despair.   Minister by your Spirit and by us, to all those for whom we have prayed, and help us walk faithfully in the path of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

OR

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*

Collect

 

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 (© 2017, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Mark 1:21-28

 

With immediate intensity, O God,

does Jesus come into our midst,

disturbing everything

upon the rim of your delight.

Amazement sweeps our days

and thus, against contentment

and all the fashions of success,

lead us into the new impression

of Jesus in the depths.

 

Service of Table  

Offertory / Invitation to Give

As Christ calls for us to see the blessedness of life lived in simplicity, we are also called to serve those who are most vulnerable in this world.  A feast has been prepared for those who need it most.  Let us rejoice in the opportunity to participate in that feast by sharing from the wealth of God’s provisions with thanksgiving and hope.

 

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.

 

Invitation to the Table

Friends, God prepares a feast for all people; a feast of good things, a feast of peace. It is the longing of God expressed fully when we gather here, for while all of us in this room receive that open invitation of Christ, there are many who are not among us, whose places are set and who have not heard or have not answered “Yes” to God’s call to eat and drink with Jesus.  So, we come and taste.  We eat and are filled.  We drink deeply, and yet we thirst for others to come join us.  And we are nourished in Christ’s spirit to go forth to embrace them, to welcome them, and sit and dine with them at the feast of God which is intended not only for us, but for all.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving (Prayers for Bread and Cup)

(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.

 

OR

Holy God, loving Creator, close to us as breath and distant as the farthest star, we thank you for your constant love for all you have made. We thank you for all that sustains life, for all people of faith in every generation who have given themselves to your will, and especially for Jesus Christ, whom you have sent from your own being to be our Savior. Gifted by the presence of your Holy Spirit, we offer ourselves to you as we unite our hearts with the entire family of your faithful people everywhere.

 

Come, Holy Spirit, come. Bless this bread, and bless this fruit of the vine. Bless all of us in our eating and drinking at this table, so that our eyes may be opened, and we may recognize the risen Christ in our midst, in each other, and in all your children, as we seek to live faithfully as Christ’s body in the world.

 

OR

  1. Loving God, you bless your children in times of sorrow and of joy with your abundant and generous Spirit.  As we break this bread, we pray that you would help us to more clearly see those of our world who are in need, and share your gifts with them as Christ has shared his very life with us.  Bless the bread, we pray, that we who receive it might be strengthened to just such a life.
  2. Pour out your Holy Spirit, O God, upon this cup which we bless and receive in memory of your Son, who poured out his very life for us.  May we be emboldened as we drink to trust you more fully and to venture where you lead us as faithful disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

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…’

 

MORE…

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

Rev. Tim Graves offers Liturgy Bits with valuable, culturally sensitive and creatively contemplative works, well worth your time.

You may also want to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, 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. 

 

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2016.  Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2016 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2016; 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.   http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

NOTE:  We hope you return to this posting often (and are subscribed to the feed by email, on Facebook or your favorite reader), since the content of each week’s posting may change several times before Sunday.  We’d also like to include your content, even after the fact, since everything will roll around again in 3 years, and your contributions may find new life in the great cycle of the lectionary.  Send your comments or content here.

 

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Epiphany +4B

 

Feb. 1

 

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: 

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 http://www.modernpsalter.com/ or

http://lectionarypsalms.org/   

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.

9.8.8.9.       Suggested tune: Randolph

Note: Except where otherwise noted, items are created or adapted by the editor. If you are aware of source notations which are missing, please bring them to his attention. No copyright infringement is intended, but is sure to happen.

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…”)

 

Intercessions

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*

Collect

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…’”]

MORE…

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

You may also want to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, 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.   http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

NOTE: We hope you return to this posting often (and are subscribed to the feed by email, on Facebook or your favorite reader), since the content of each week’s posting may change several times before Sunday. We’d also like to include your content, even after the fact, since everything will roll around again in 3 years, and your contributions may find new life in the great cycle of the lectionary. Send your comments or content here.

 

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