Week 10: Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Jesus’s word of teaching and command was final, authoritative, and dramatically impactful. Its power was demonstrated early in his ministry when with the disciples he went into Capernaum on the Sabbath and entered the synagogue. As he was teaching, the people were astonished because he taught as one whose word carried authority on its own, unlike the scribes. He rebuked an unclean spirit, and it obeyed him. The power and authority of Jesus’s teaching was not merely in exegeting the Scriptures, but in commanding the powers ravaging humankind to yield to his authority. Jesus is King, and Lord of all.

Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
Eternal God, thank you for the way you demonstrated the power of your Kingdom in the person and work of Jesus of Nazareth. His teaching was not merely explanatory and helpful; it commanded authority, causing the unclean spirits to be terrified, disease to be healed, the effects of the curse to be overthrown, and even death itself to yield. Truly, Jesus of Nazareth is the King of the Kingdom to come. Manifest this power in our lives, for your glory’s sake, 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: Num. 19-21

Lectionary Readings
Psalm: Ps. 111
OT: Deut. 18.15-20
Gospel: Mark 1.21-28
NT: 1 Cor. 8.1-13

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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.

We rejoice, O God, in the power of Jesus Christ, the one true Lord and the fulfillment of the prophets’ vision for David’s King to reign in the Age to Come. Cause us to affirm this, to speak this, to live in the light of this, and to expect you to demonstrate this in our midst. We bless you for your kingdom life, and all its benefits and blessing in our lives. In Christ’s name, amen.

Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
Let the authority and teaching of our Lord Jesus have its effect in my life today, in all things! Amen.

Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
Your Kingdom Has Come, Mark 1.29-39

Book Reading
Anderson, The Unfolding Drama of the Bible

Our Corporate Disciplines
Book Discussion: Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Special Church Year Service
The Presentation of the Lord: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

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