Tuesday, January 27, 2015

An Order for the Eucharist on the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (1 February 2015)

The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
1 February 2015

The Gathering of the Community

Processional Hymn

‘I’ll Praise My Maker While I’ve Breath’  Common Praise #346

Introductory Responses

Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God,
the fountain of living water,
the rock who gave us birth,
our light and our salvation.  Amen. [i]

Seasonal Hymn of Praise

‘Blessed Be the God of Israel’  Common Praise #11 (sung to #508)


Let us pray.

God of liberation,
who comes not to destroy but to set us free,
bring wholeness to all that is broken
and speak truth to us in our confusion;
through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen. [ii]

The Proclamation of the Word

First Reading

A reading from Deuteronomy (18.15-20).

            15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet.  16 This is what you requested of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said:  “If I hear the voice of the Lord my God any more, or ever again see this great fire, I will die.”  17 Then the Lord replied to me:  “They are right in what they have said.  18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command.  19 Anyone who does not heed the words that the prophet shall speak in my name, I myself will hold accountable.  20 But any prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, or who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded the prophet to speak — that prophet shall die.”

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.

The Psalm

Psalm 111 with the refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  With all our hearts we praise you, O Holy One.

1 Alleluia!  I will give thanks to you, O God,
with my whole heart, *
            in the assembly of the upright,
            in the congregation.
2 Great are your deeds, O God; *
            they are studied by all who delight in them.

Refrain:  With all our hearts we praise you, O Holy One.

3 Your work is full of majesty and splendour, *
            and your righteousness endures for ever.
4 You make your marvellous works to be remembered; *
            you are gracious and full of compassion.
5 You give food to those who fear you; *
            you are ever mindful of your covenant.

Refrain:  With all our hearts we praise you, O Holy One.

6 You have shown your people the power of your works *
            in giving them the lands of the nations.
7 The works of your hands are faithfulness and justice; *
            all your commandments are sure.
8 They stand fast for ever and ever, *
            because they are done in truth and equity.

Refrain:  With all our hearts we praise you, O Holy One.

9 You sent redemption to your people;
you commanded your covenant for ever; *
            holy and awesome is your name.
10 The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom; *
            those who act accordingly have a good understanding;
            God’s praise endures for ever.

Refrain:  With all our hearts we praise you, O Holy One.

Second Reading

A reading from the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians (8.1-13).

            1 Now concerning food sacrificed to idols:  we know that “all of us possess knowledge.”  Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.  2 Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge; 3 but anyone who loves God is known by him.

            4 Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “no idol in the world really exists,” and that “there is no God but one.”  5 Indeed, even though there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth — as in fact there are many gods and many lords — 6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

            7 It is not everyone, however, who has this knowledge.  Since some have become so accustomed to idols until now, they still think of the food they eat as food offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.  8 “Food will not bring us close to God.”  We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do.  9 But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.  10 For if others see you, who possess knowledge, eating in the temple of an idol, might they not, since their conscience is weak, be encouraged to the point of eating food sacrificed to idols?  11 So by your knowledge those weak believers for whom Christ died are destroyed.  12 But when you thus sin against members of your family, and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ.  13 Therefore, if food is a cause of their falling, I will never eat meat, so that I may not cause one of them to fall.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.

The Gradual Hymn

‘Silence!  Frenzied, Unclean Spirit’  Songs for a Gospel People #74 (sung to CP #44)

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark (1.21-28).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            21 [Jesus and his disciples] went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, [Jesus] entered the synagogue and taught.  22 They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.  23 Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 24 and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?  Have you come to destroy us?  I know who you are, the Holy One of God.”  25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!”  26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.  27 They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this?  A new teaching — with authority!  He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.”  28 At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

The Gospel of Christ.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Sermon

An Affirmation of Faith

Let us affirm our faith in God.

Blessed be the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ  with every spiritual blessing
that comes from heaven.

God chose us in Christ to be holy and blameless
and destined us to be beloved adopted children.

God revealed the divine hidden design to us:
to bring all things together in Christ,
the things in heaven along with the things on earth. [iii]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Thanksgivings and Petitions

The Exchange of the Peace

May the peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

The Offertory Hymn

‘Dear God, Compassionate and Kind’  Common Praise #455

Prayer over the Gifts

God of all creation,
all you have made is good,
and your love endures forever.
You bring forth bread from the earth
and fruit from the vine.
Nourish us with these gifts,
so that we might be for the world
signs of your gracious presence in Jesus Christ,
our Saviour and Lord.  Amen. [iv]

Thanksgiving at the Table

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Blessed are you, gracious God,
creator of heaven and earth;
by water and the Holy Spirit
you have made us a holy people
in Jesus Christ our Lord;
you renew that mystery in bread and wine and nourish us
to show forth your glory in all the world.
Therefore with angels and archangels,
and will all the holy people
who have served you in every age,
we raise our voices
to proclaim the glory of your name. [v]

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest. [vi]

Holy God, you alone are holy, you alone are God.
The universe declares your praise:
beyond the stars, beneath the sea;
within each cell; with every breath.
We praise you, O God.

Generations bless your faithfulness:
through the water; by night and day; across the wilderness;
out of exile; into the future.
We bless you, O God.

We give you thanks for your dear Son:
at the heart of human life; near to those who suffer;
beside the sinner; among the poor; with us now.
We thank you, O God.

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread,
and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, eh took the cup, gave thanks,
and gave it for all to drink, saying:
This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.
Do this for the remembrance of me.

Remembering his love for us on the way,
at the table, and to the end,
we proclaim the mystery of faith.
Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.

We pray for the gift of your Spirit:
in our gathering; within this meal;
among your people; throughout the world.

Blessing, praise, and thanks to you, holy God,
through Christ Jesus, by your Spirit,
in your church, without end.  Amen.  [vii]

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, let us pray,
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.  Amen. [viii]

The Breaking of the Bread

We break the bread of life,
and that life is the light of the world
God here among us,
light in the midst of us,
bring us to light and life.

The gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.

The Communion

Communion Hymn

‘Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service’  Common Praise #585

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

We give you thanks, almighty God,
that you have refreshed us
through the healing power of this gift of life.
In your mercy, strengthen us through this gift,
in faith toward you
and in fervent love toward one another;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [ix]

Glory to God,
whose power, working in us,
can do infinitely more
than we can ask or imagine.
Glory to God from generation to generation,
in the Church and in Christ Jesus,
for ever and ever.  Amen.

Closing Hymn

‘Praise to the Lord, the Almighty’  Common Praise #384 vv. 1, 2, 3, 6


The Deacon will send the people forth with an appropriate Dismissal.

[i] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 97.

[ii] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Propers:  Epiphany 2 to Transfiguration’ (2015), 2.

[iii] Ephesians 1.3, 4a, 5a, 9a, 10b (Common English Bible) alt.

[iv] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Propers:  Epiphany 2 to Transfiguration’ (2015), 1.

[v] Third Preface of the Lord’s Day, The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 218.

[vi] Common Praise #732.

[vii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006).

[viii] Common Praise #744.

[ix] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Propers:  Epiphany 2 to Transfiguration’ (2015), 1.

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