Week 9: Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Mark records a summary message of Jesus’s ministry proclamation concerning the inauguration of the Kingdom of God. After John the Baptizer was arrested, Jesus journeyed into Galilee proclaiming the glad tidings of God, saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” The idea that the Kingdom of God was present in his day is a central element in his understanding of the Gospel. In the ministry and person of Jesus of Nazareth, the royal rule and kingship of God’s kingdom activity had become present, including its benefits and blessings.

Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
Eternal God and Father of our Lord Jesus, thank you for inaugurating the Kingdom promised through the prophets and through the incarnation and ministry of your Son, our Lord. In his miracles, exorcisms, teaching, and holy person, he displayed the power and glory of your royal rule, and called all people to surrender to your kingdom reign. Now, in our hearts and through our lives, manifest the glory of your Kingdom that all who know us might see and understand it. In Jesus’s name we pray, amen.

Call to Worship
Blessed are you, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed is your Kingdom, both now and forever, amen.

Te Deum Laudamus 
You are God: we praise you; you are the Lord; we acclaim you; you are the eternal Father: All creation worships you. To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship of prophets praise you. The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you; Father, of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy of all worship, and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the king of glory, the eternal Son of the Father. When you became man to set us free you did not shun the Virgin’s womb. You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. You are seated at God’s right hand in glory. We believe that you will come and be our judge. Come then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.

Praise and Thanksgiving (songs and prayers)

Gloria Patri
Glory be to the Father,
And to the Son and to the Holy Spirit:
As it was in the beginning,
Is now, and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen, amen.

Chronological Reading for the Day
Sunday: Lev. 27; Num. 1

Lectionary Readings
Psalm: Ps. 62.5-12
OT: Jon. 3.1-5, 10
Gospel: Mark 1.14-20
NT: 1 Cor. 7.29-31

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Reflection: Silence and/or Journaling

The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he arose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

*In the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, the term catholic refers to the Church’s universality, through all ages and times, of all languages and peoples. It refers to no particular tradition or denominational expression (e.g., as in Roman Catholic).

Prayers of Confession
Let us now confess our sins to God and receive mercy and grace to help in our time of need.

Assurance of Pardon
Having faithfully confessed and renounced your sin, Christ also has been faithful to forgive your sins and to purify you from all unrighteousness. It is certain, that there is One who has spoken to the Father in your defense, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One who is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and for the sins of the whole world. His grace and peace are with you now. Amen.

Petitions and Supplications, Ending with The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

~ Matthew 6.9-13 (KJV)

Doxology (and/or closing song)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Benediction 
As your Son called to himself ordinary fishermen whom he would later transform into his disciples and fishers of men, so now call us to yourself, transforming us by the Gospel that we may truly be disciples of Jesus, and servants to the Kingdom here where we live and work today. For Christ’s sake, Amen.

Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
In Jesus today, the time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; let us repent and believe in the Gospel.

Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
The Wonderful Works of God, Psalm 139.1-6, 13-18

Book Reading
Anderson, The Unfolding Drama of the Bible