January 31, 2021

January 31, 2021

Order of Worship

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

In Deuteronomy God promises to raise up a prophet like Moses, who will speak for God; in Psalm 111 God shows the people the power of God’s works. For the church these are ways of pointing to the unique authority people sensed in Jesus’ actions and words. We encounter that authority in God’s word, around which we gather, the word that prevails over any lesser spirit that would claim power over us, freeing us to follow Jesus.

 

At the ringing of the bells, please observe a moment of silence

 

Welcome and Reminders

 

Thanksgiving for Baptism

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, whose voice is upon the waters, whose mercy is poured out upon all people, whose goodness cascades over all creation. Amen.

Let us confess our sin, trusting in the abundant grace of God.

 Silence is kept for reflection.

 Holy God, you search us and know us. You are acquainted with all our ways. We confess that our hearts are burdened by sin— our own sins and the broken systems that bind us. We turn inward, failing to follow your outward way of love. We distrust those who are not like us. We exploit the earth and its resources and fail to consider generations to come. Forgive us, gracious God, for all we have done and left undone. Even before the words are on our tongues, you know them; receive them in your divine mercy. Amen.

 How vast is God’s grace! Through the power and promise of ☩ Christ Jesus, our sins are washed away and we are claimed as God’s own beloved. Indeed, we are forgiven. In the wake of God’s forgiveness, we are called to be the beloved community living out Christ’s justice and the Spirit’s reconciling peace. Amen.

 

Gathering Song – Give to Our God Immortal Praise!, ELW #848

 

Greeting

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.

 

 

Kyrie p.138

 

Prayer of the Day

Compassionate God, you gather the whole universe into your radiant presence and continually reveal your Son as our Savior. Bring wholeness to all that is broken and speak truth to us in our confusion, that all creation will see and know your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

First Reading: Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Today’s reading is part of a longer discourse in Deuteronomy, an updating of the law for the Israelite community as the people wait to enter the promised land. Here Moses assures the people that God will continue to guide them through prophets who will proclaim the divine word.

 [Moses said:] 15The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet. 16This 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.” 17Then the Lord replied to me: “They are right in what they have said. 18I 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. 19Anyone who does not heed the words that the prophet shall speak in my name, I myself will hold accountable. 20But 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.”

                    The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 111

1Hallelujah! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation.
2Great are your works, O Lord, pondered by all who delight          in them.
3Majesty and splendor mark your deeds, and your righteousness endures forever.
4You cause your wonders to be remembered; you are gracious     and full of compassion. 
5You give food to those who fear you, remembering forever your covenant.
6You have shown your people the power of your works in          giving them the lands of the nations.
7The works of your hands are faithfulness and justice; all of your precepts are sure.
8They stand fast forever and ever, because they are done in     truth and equity. 
9You sent redemption to your people and commanded your covenant forever; holy and awesome is your name.
10The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who     practice this have a good understanding. God’s praise endures     forever. 

 

Second Reading – 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Paul is concerned about the way some Corinthian Christians use their freedom in Christ as license to engage in non-Christian behavior that sets a damaging example to other, impressionable believers. Christians have a responsibility to each other that their behavior does not cause another to sin.

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

4Hence, 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.” 5Indeed, even though there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as in fact there are many gods and many lords—6yet 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.
7It 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. 9But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. 10For 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? 11So by your knowledge those weak believers for whom Christ died are destroyed. 12But when you thus sin against members of your family, and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 13Therefore, if food is a cause of their falling, I will never eat meat, so that I may not cause one of them to fall.

               The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel –Mark 1:21-28

Forces that would bring death and disease have taken hold of a man, yet they recognize Jesus and know what his power means for them. Jesus commands these forces to leave and people are amazed at his authority.

    Response after the Gospel is announced: Glory to you, O Lord.

 21[Jesus and his disciples] went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught.22They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 24and 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.” 25But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27They 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.” 28At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee. 

Response after the conclusion of the Gospel: Praise to you, O Christ.

 

Sermon

 

Song of the Day – We Come to the Hungry Feast, ELW #479

 

Apostles' Creed p. 105

  

Prayers of Intercession -

Each petition concludes with, “Lord in your mercy,”

The congregation responds, Hear our prayer

 

The Meal

The Great Thanksgiving - page 206

Holy, Holy, Holy – page 207

Words of Institution

The Lord’s Prayer – page 208

The Lamb of God – page 208

Communion

Blessing

Prayer after Communion

Christ Jesus, at this table we have feasted on your very life and are strengthened for our journey. Send us forth from this banquet nourished in body and in spirit to proclaim your good news and serve others in your name. Amen.

 

Peace - The peace of Christ be with you always. And also with you.

 

The Lord’s Prayer – page 208

 

Blessing

 

Sending Song – This Little Light of Mine, ELW #677

 

Dismissal: We are set free by God’s gift in Christ to share our faith and serve others.

 

News and Events:

A message from Pastor Rick: I have been sending out a recorded worship service by email since last March. It has been a long time since many of you have received Holy Communion at St. John's, so we are going to add that option to our recorded services now. I will conclude the service with the Service of Holy Communion along with instructions of how to receive communion. For the communion elements you can use a piece of bread and some wine or fruit juice that you have at home. Or if you prefer, you can come to St. John's on Thursdays, from 10:00 am to noon, and I will be there to give you the communion packets that we have been using each Sunday in our parking lot worship service. I will also look forward to saying "hi" to folks I haven't seen in a long time. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance.   Pr Rick Engen

 

Our Ash Wednesday service will be conducted Feb 17 at 4:00 pm. You have two options for attendance. You may worship inside the church observing our safety guidelines: wear a mask, sanitize your hands, be seated by an usher, exit immediately after worship, observe social distancing. Or, you may choose to worship from your car in the parking lot as we do on Sunday mornings. Tune in to 97.5 FM. Individually packaged ashes will be distributed for use during the service.

 

February 7 will be the Noisy Offering for St. John's Women of the ELCA.

 

Next week's lessons: Isaiah 40:21-31; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23;                                                     Mark 1:29-39



                  St. John’s Lutheran Church, ELCA

(920) 622-3371    saintjohns@centurytel.net   stjohnssaxeville.org

Pastor Rick Engen (414) 403-1497 cell, (920) 566-4014 home, rtengen@aol.com

Debi Smith, Secretary (920) 622-3358

 

You are encouraged to contact Pastor Rick anytime at

920-566-4014 or 414-403-1497

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