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Epiphany 5


Feb. 5


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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

Isaiah 58:1-9a, (9b-12) Psalm 112:1-9, (10) 1 Corinthians 2:1-12, (13-16) Matthew 5:13-20

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

90 – Come, Christians, join to sing

195 – When I survey the wondrous cross

606 – God whose giving knows no ending

517-Love divine, all loves excelling

385-An upper room did our Lord prepare

428 – An upper room with evening lamps ashine


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.

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 Isaiah 58:1-9a


With every wonder that we might conceive

we gather in our longing company

to seek, O God, your fervent, warm embrace,

the well of joy.


But in our fasting practice we are lone

and find no answer, resonance of hope.

Where, O our God, are we to ever find

this well of joy?


You answer boldly, Lord, to yield the course

of satiety and joy.  Here, in this hour

we contemplate the holy fast by care,

exposing joy.


In earnest is the fast composed for joy,

the yielding of our lives and hearts to dare

the increase of your righteous urgency:

here I am: joy.       Suggested tune: Engelberg



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 112 does not appear in Chalice Hymnal


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  

L: Come, let us use our voices to praise the Lord.

P:  Our mouths will shout forth praise.

L: Let us use our minds to ponder the wondrous deeds of God.

P:  We will call to mind God’s mighty acts.

L: With all of our strength and being, let us worship the Lord of love.

P:  We will worship from our depths.  Our souls exult in God!


Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

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

God of love and mercy, you have called us and all your children into one family through the resurrection of your Son Jesus.  By his gracious presence, we look with new eyes at the whole human family in its brokenness and pain.  We seek your strength and determination to embrace them, love them, heal them, and share with them your great good news of hope and new life.

Hear us as we lift to you our deepest needs, our pressing burdens, our fears and hopes.  Be near us, we pray, as your people.  Help us to receive your many gifts with gratitude and faithful stewardship.

We pray for those who suffer pain or illness, for the lonely and despairing, for the lost and worn and battered of our world.    And we lift to you the leaders of this and every nation, community and faith, that they would be guided by your spirit, and aware of the needs, especially of the least, of their people.

We pray for those whose lives are closely linked to our own_______________

and for our own needs, which we offer to you in faith.

To the sick, O Lord, give your healing; to the grieving, give hope; to the dying, give your peace; and to all of us, O God, give faith to go forth from this place, determined to live in the light of your good news in Jesus Christ.  It is in his name that we offer to you our prayers and our lives.  Amen.


Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect O God, you know us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright: grant to us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers and carry us through all temptations; through 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 Go before us, Lord, in all we do with your most gracious favour, and guide us with your continual help, that in all our works begun, continued and ended in you, we may glorify your holy name, and finally by your mercy receive everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Additional Collect Lord of the hosts of heaven, our salvation and our strength, without you we are lost: guard us from all that harms or hurts and raise us when we fall; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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

Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us

the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known

to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns

with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and

for ever. Amen.


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

Matthew 5:13-20


Against the grain of good enough, Lord God,

you layer in our midst the tryst

of righteousness of heart,

exceeding every rule

by generosity of love.

Create in us the resonance of grace, Lord God,

that in your mercy we attend

your kingdom evermore.


Service of Table  

Offertory / Invitation to Give

You are light for the world; you are the salt of the earth.  These are no small commendations from our Lord, and they come with great expectations.  Often, we expect very little of ourselves; but the truth of Christ’s invitation to this Table is one which speaks volumes of God’s investment in us.  We should be quick to answer the call, and ready to offer our best.  Let us bring our best to God as we present our tithes and offerings.


Offertory Prayer

We offer ourselves to you, O God, in these tokens of our lives.  May they make a practical difference in this world, bringing light and life through Jesus Christ to the darkest and most shadowy places.  Fill us with your Spirit, that our lives may also bear the light of him who gave himself for us, as we go about our daily living in your presence.  Amen.


Invitation to the Table

Christ invites to this Table all who desire to walk in faith with God and in peace with one another.  Here, the very best of God is offered for us, to nourish our lives and encourage our spirits to share with the world the light that is known only in the Savior Christ our Lord.  It is he who invites us.  Let us join together in thanksgiving and praise as we receive his gifts of bread and cup, his body and blood offered that all might have life that is eternal.


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)

  1. We who gather in your name, O God, give thanks to you for the gift of this bread – fruit of the earth and work of human hands – and pray that for us it might be the bread of life.  Receive our praise, O God, for your abundant gifts, which we offer in union with Christ’s gift of life for us.  Bring us with him to life everlasting.


  1. We bless your name, O God, maker of this gift of wine – fruit of the earth and work of human hands – and pray that it might be for us the cup of our salvation.  Pour forth your Spirit upon us, O God, and upon these gifts; make us anew as your body, living faithfully in your world, as we proclaim Christ’s death until he comes again.


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…’



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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.


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