Week 11: Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Jesus demonstrated his lordship in his healings, which occurred in many ways and venues. When Jesus was told how Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, he came, took her by the hand, and lifted her up, and the fever left her. That evening, the people brought all who were sick or oppressed by demons to Jesus, “and the whole city was gathered together at the door.” Jesus healed many who were ill with diseases, and he cast demons out of many. In Jesus’s teaching, preaching, and healing, the Kingdom of God was revealed and offered to the people of God.

Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
Holy Father, who through love sent your Son down to the earth to save a remnant of humankind for your glory, thank you for your grace given in Jesus. In his life, his matchless teaching and preaching, and his mighty signs and wonders, you reveal to us the reality and power of your Kingdom come. While we await its full consummation at our Lord’s Second Coming, we declare that with the coming of Jesus in the world, the Kingdom of God promised through the prophets has come to earth. Let us, your people, display your Kingdom life in all we are and do. Meet us here and confirm your word to our hearts. In Jesus’s name, 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: Deut. 1-3

Lectionary Readings
Psalm: Ps. 147.1-20
OT: Isa. 40.21-31
Gospel: Mark 1.29-39
NT: 1 Cor. 9.16-23

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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.

Lord Jesus, whose healings, teachings, and demonstrations of power confirmed you as the Lord of all, grant us, those who cling to you in faith, the insight and wisdom to see you as you are – the risen Lord, reigning in glory, who must reign until all your enemies are under your feet. Help us to affirm and believe that, in you, the Kingdom of the Father has appeared in this world. We cry “Maranatha!” for we desire the full manifestation of your kingdom rule to come. You are Messiah, and you are Lord. We bless you, who reign with the Father and the Spirit, one God, amen.

Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
Eternal Sovereign, your Kingdom has come to this world in the incarnation of your Son. Manifest your glory through us as we yield to him.

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

Book Reading
Anderson, The Unfolding Drama of the Bible

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