Sunday, January 21, 2018

An Ordo for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (28 January 2018)

The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

28 January 2018

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music


Opening Hymn

‘Praise, My Soul’  Common Praise #381


Blessed are you, gracious God,
you have caused a new light to shine in our hearts.
Glory to you for ever and ever.  Amen. [i]

Hymn of Praise

 ‘Glory to God on High’  Common Praise #365

The Collect of the Day

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

The First Reading:  Deuteronomy 18.15-20

A reading from Deuteronomy.

            18.15 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 111from Songs for the Holy One

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

With all my heart I praise you, Holy One,
in the congregation of truthful people.
How great are your works,
pondered by all who delight in them.
Majesty and splendour clothe them,
always faithful and just.
Your wondrous deeds have won renown;
you are so gracious and merciful.

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

Food you give to those who revere you.
Always you remember your covenant.
The power of your works you show to your people,
by giving them the heritage of nations.
Your handiwork is true and just;
all your precepts worthy of trust, enduring forever,
performed in faithfulness and truth.

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

You sent redemption to your people,
ordained your covenant for all time;
holy and revered is your name.
The beginning of wisdom is reverence for you, Holy One;
sound insight comes to all who follow it.
Your praise continues forever!

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

The Second Reading:  1 Corinthians 8.1-13

A reading from Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians.

            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 Hymn before the Gospel

‘Dear God, Compassionate and Kind’  Common Praise #455 vv. 1, 3

The Gospel:  Mark 1.21-28

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            1.21 [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 Hymn after the Gospel

‘Dear God, Compassionate and Kind’  Common Praise #455 v. 5

The Sermon

The Affirmation of Faith

Let us confess the faith of our baptism.

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living 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. [iii]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

The Exchange of the Peace

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


The Holy Communion

The Offertory Hymn

‘Sister, Let Me Be Your Servant’  Common Praise #500

The Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

God who reveals yourself to all who seek you,
we give you thanks for the glory revealed in Christ.
May we who offer you these gifts
be transformed from glory to glory
and show forth that glory in lives of loving service
to the whole of creation.
We ask this in the name of your Beloved,
Jesus the Christ.  Amen. [iv]

The 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.

We give you thanks and praise, almighty God,
through your Beloved,  Jesus Christ,
our Saviour and Redeemer. 
He is your living Word,
through whom you have created all things.

By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh from the Virgin Mary
and shared our human nature. 
He lived and died as one of us,
to reconcile us to you, the God and Creator of all.

In fulfilment of your will
he stretched out his hands in suffering,
to bring release to those who place their hope in you;
and so he won for you a holy people.

He chose to bear our griefs and sorrows,
and to give us his life on the cross,
so that he might shatter the chains of evil and death,
and banish the darkness of sin and despair. 
By his resurrection he brings us into the light of your presence.

Now with all creation we raise our voices to proclaim the glory of your name.

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. [v]

Holy and gracious God, accept our praise,
through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ;
who on the night he was handed over to suffering and death,
took bread and gave you thanks, saying,
“Take, and eat:  this is my body which is broken for you.” 
In the same way he took the cup, saying,
“This is my blood which is shed for you. 
When you do this, you do it in memory of me.”

Remembering, therefore, his death and resurrection,
we offer you this bread and this cup,
giving thanks that you have made us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

We ask you to send your Holy Spirit
upon the offering of your holy Church. 
Gather into one all who share in these sacred mysteries,
filling them with the Holy Spirit
and confirming their faith in the truth,
so that together we may praise you and give you glory
through your Servant, Jesus Christ.

All glory and honour are yours,
Author of creation and Word of redemption,
with the Spirit of wisdom in the holy Church,
now and for ever.  Amen. [vi]

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 sing 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 forever.  Amen. [vii]

The Breaking of the Bread

God of glory,
you nourish us with bread from heaven,
fill us with your Holy Spirit,
so that your light may shine in all the world. [viii]

These are the gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.

The Communion of the Community

The Hymn after Communion

‘Where Charity and Love Prevail’  Common Praise #487

The Sending Forth of the Community

The Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

Source of all goodness,
in this eucharist we are nourished
by the bread of heaven
and invigorated with new wine.
May these gifts renew our lives,
so that we may show your glory to all the world,
in the name of Jesus the Christ.  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. [x]

The Closing Hymn

‘You Call Us, Lord, to Be’  Common Praise #450

The Dismissal

Go forth into the world in the name of Christ
who has called us in life and light.
Thanks be to God.

[i] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 220 alt.

[iii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 229.

[iv] Crafted by the Rev’d Dr Richard Geoffrey Leggett.

[v] Common Praise #726.

[vi] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 196-197 alt.

[vii] Common Praise #744.

[viii] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 350 alt.

[ix] The Book of Alternative Services (1986), 353 alt.

[x] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 214.

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