Sunday, February 7, 2021

The Holy Communion on the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany - Sunday, February 7, 10:30 a.m.

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February 7, 2021, 10:30 am

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany






The color green, used for the vestments and paraments for the Sundays after the Epiphany, represents growth and life in the Holy Spirit.



OLD TESTAMENT: Isaiah chapter 40 is the beginning of what scholars call ‘Second Isaiah.’ In ‘First Isaiah’, the focus is on the prophetic warning of exile; now we hear the prophetic good news of return from exile. In the midst of a land of idols, the prophet proclaims the power of God who created all things and has power to heal and save Israel.



NEW TESTAMENT: Paul is defending his ministry to the Corinthians. He explains that he does not proclaim the Gospel for profit, but because he is under an obligation from God. Religious teachers in that time charged for their services (and Paul in other places defends the idea of provision for pastors!) but in order to preach to more people, Paul will not accept payment. Strangely enough, this refusal to accept payment offends the Corinthians. Paul must show the Corinthians that he does everything for the sake of saving others.



GOSPEL: After Jesus’ authoritative teaching and exorcism in the synagogue, he continues his work (on the Sabbath!) by healing Peter’s mother-in-law. Healing is part of his exercise of God’s authority, and once the Sabbath is over, the entire community of Capernaum gathers outside Peter’s house, bringing many to be healed. But Jesus’ ministry is not to be restricted to Capernaum. He will not ‘set up shop,’ but instead is an itinerant preacher, proclaiming the good news of God throughout rural Galilee.





OPENING MUSIC                                                 God, Whose Almighty Word 

I.                    Richard Proulx

II.                  David Cherwien


Please meditate on the text of the hymn as it is played:


1              God, whose almighty word

                chaos and darkness heard

                and took their flight:

                hear us, we humbly pray,

                and where the gospel day

                sheds not its glorious ray,

                let there be light!


2              Lord, who once came to bring,

                on your redeeming wing,

                healing and sight,

                health to the sick in mind,

                sight to the inly blind:

                oh, now to humankind

                let there be light!


3              Spirit of truth and love,

                life-giving, holy dove,

                speed forth your flight;

                move on the water’s face

                bearing the lamp of grace,

                and in earth’s darkest place

                let there be light!


4             Holy and blessed three,

                glorious Trinity,

                wisdom, love, might!

                Boundless as ocean’s tide,

                rolling in fullest pride,

                through the earth, far and wide,

                let there be light!


Text: John Marriott, 1780-1825, alt.





The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.


In the name of the Father, and of the X Son, and of the Holy Spirit.



Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.



If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

(1 John 1:8-9)


Silence for reflection and self-examination.


Most merciful God,

we confess that we are in bondage to sin

and cannot free ourselves.

We have sinned against you

in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done

and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart;

we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.

Forgive us, renew us, and lead us,

so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways,

to the glory of your holy name. Amen


Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for us, and for his sake forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the

X Son, and of the Holy Spirit.






The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.      2 Corinthians 13:13

  And also with you.


HYMN OF PRAISE Gloria in excelsis Deo


Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.       Luke 2:14


Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father:

                We worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

                Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God:

                You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

                You are seated at the right hand of the Father;

receive our prayer.

                For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

                you alone are the Most High,

                Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen



The Lord be with you.

  And also with you.


God our Father, out of your power and compassion

you sent your Son into our afflicted world

to proclaim the day of salvation.

  Heal the brokenhearted; bind up our wounds.

  Bring us health of body and spirit

  and raise us to new life in your service.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.




Jesus went through Galilee,

proclaiming the message in their synagogues

and casting out demons.

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.                                              Mark 1:39


First Reading                                                                    Isaiah 40:21-31


21Have you not known? Have you not heard?
  Has it not been told you from the beginning?
  Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
  and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
 who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
  and spreads them like a tent to live in;
23who brings princes to naught,
  and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.
24Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
  scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
 when he blows upon them, and they wither,
  and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
25To whom then will you compare me,
  or who is my equal? says the Holy One.
   26Lift up your eyes on high and see:
  Who created these?

   He who brings out their host and numbers them,
  calling them all by name;
 because he is great in strength,
  mighty in power,
  not one is missing.
27Why do you say, O Jacob,
  and speak, O Israel,
 “My way is hidden from the Lord,
  and my right is disregarded by my God”?
28Have you not known? Have you not heard?
 The Lord is the everlasting God,
  the Creator of the ends of the earth.
 He does not faint or grow weary;
  his understanding is unsearchable.
29He gives power to the faint,
  and strengthens the powerless.
30Even youths will faint and be weary,
  and the young will fall exhausted;
31but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
  they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
 they shall run and not be weary,
  they shall walk and not faint.


The Word of the Lord.                                                   Thanks be to God.

PSALM 147:1-12, 21c

The psalm is read responsively between the pastor and the people.


The Lord heals the brokenhearted.                                                                   (vs. 3)

  The Lord heals the brokenhearted.


1 Hallelujah! How good it is to sing praises | to our God!*

                How pleasant it is to honor | him with praise!

2 The Lord re- | builds Jerusalem;*

                he gathers the ex- | iles of Israel.

3 He heals the | brokenhearted*

                and binds | up their wounds.

4 He counts the number | of the stars*

                and calls them all | by their names.

5 Great is our Lord and might- | y in power;*

                there is no limit | to his wisdom.

6 The Lord lifts | up the lowly,*

                but casts the wicked | to the ground.

7 Sing to the Lord | with thanksgiving;*

                make music to our God up- | on the harp.

8 He covers the heav- | ens with clouds*

                and prepares rain | for the earth;

9 he makes grass to grow up- | on the mountains*

                and green plants to | serve mankind.

10 He provides food for | flocks and herds*

                and for the young ravens | when they cry.

11 He is not impressed by the might | of a horse;*

                he has no pleasure in the strength | of a man;

12 but the Lord has pleasure in | those who fear him,*

                in those who await his | gracious favor. 21cHallelujah!         


The Lord heals the brokenhearted.


Second Reading                                                        1 Corinthians 9:16-23


16If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe to me if I do not proclaim the gospel! 17For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission. 18What then is my reward? Just this: that in my proclamation I may make the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my rights in the gospel.


19For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them. 20To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law. 21To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law) so that I might win those outside the law. 22To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. 23I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.


The Word of the Lord.

  Thanks be to God.




Alleluia. Jesus said: I am the light of the world.

  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,

  but will have the light of life. Alleluia.                                               John 8:12


Gospel                                                                                            Mark 1:29-39


The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark.

  Glory to you, O Lord.



29As soon as [Jesus and the disciples] left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
32That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. 33And the whole city was gathered around the door. 34And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
35In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. 36And Simon and his companions hunted for him. 37When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” 38He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” 39And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.


The Gospel of the Lord.                                

  Praise to you, O Christ.






HYMN OF THE DAY                                         Praise To the Lord, the Almighty


Please meditate on the text of the hymn as it is played.



1      Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!

        O my soul, praise him, for he is your health and salvation!

        Let all who hear now to his temple draw near,

        joining in glad adoration!


2      Praise to the Lord, who o'er all things is wondrously reigning

        and, as on wings of an eagle, uplifting, sustaining.

        Have you not seen all that is needful has been

        sent by his gracious ordaining?


3      Praise to the Lord, who will prosper your work and defend you;

        surely his goodness and mercy shall daily attend you.

        Ponder anew what the Almighty can do

        if with his love he befriend you.


4     Praise to the Lord! Oh, let all that is in me adore him!

        All that has life and breath, come now with praises before him!

        Let the amen sound from his people again.

        Gladly forever adore him!


Text: Joachim Neander, 1650-1680; tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1827-1878, alt.





The pastor and people confess the faith of the Church in the words of the Apostles’ Creed.



                I believe in God, the Father almighty,

                                creator of heaven and earth.


I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

                He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

                                and born of the virgin Mary.

                He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

                                was crucified, died, and was buried.

                He descended into hell.

                On the third day he rose again.

                He ascended into heaven,

                                and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

                He will come again 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




Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.


Silence is kept.


For the Church of Christ throughout the world, that your healing work may be accomplished in and through us; Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


For those called to preach the Gospel which Christ entrusted to the Church, that they may be faithful in their calling and bold in their preaching; Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


For the members of our faith family, that we may use the freedom we have in Christ to serve you, each other, and all around us; Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.

For those who hold civil authority in our land: our President, Joseph; our Governor, Thomas; our legislators and magistrates; and for the members of the armed forces and all who work for peace, justice, health, and protection; Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


For our communities, the nation, and the world; for the conversion of all those possessed by demons who incite to violence and despair; Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


For all who are beset with illness or addiction; the poor, the downtrodden, and the oppressed; for those who suffer from physical, mental, emotional, and sexual abuse; and for these who have asked for our prayers:


The pastor reads the names submitted for prayer.

The people are invited to offer spoken or silent petitions.


Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


For those whom your Son has brought to final and complete healing, that we may rejoice with them when your kingdom is revealed; Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Into your hands, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your steadfast love, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.




The peace of the Lord be with you always. 

  And also with you. 


The people exchange a sign of peace with the simple words, Peace be with you.



The Lord’s Table is prepared.




Open the heavens, Lord our God,

and send your transforming Spirit

on us and on these gifts.

May we who are baptized into Christ

be ready to share his cup of suffering

and strengthened to serve him forever.





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 him thanks and praise.


  It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, through Christ our Lord.

  Mighty in healing, victorious over evil, he preached the good news of your kingdom to all your people, and by the Holy Spirit he continues to proclaim to us the Gospel message of freedom and peace.

  And so, with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


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!                                                       Isaiah 6:3, Matthew 21:9



The pastor leads the people in praying the Eucharistic canon:


You are indeed holy, almighty and merciful God;

                you are most holy, and great is the majesty of your glory.


You so loved the world that you gave your only Son,

                that whoever believes in him

may not perish but have eternal life.


Having come into the world, he fulfilled for us your holy will

                and accomplished our salvation.


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, he 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, therefore, his salutary command,

                his life-giving Passion and death,

                his glorious resurrection and ascension,

and his promise to come again,

                we give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,

                not as we ought, but as we are able;

                and we implore you mercifully

to accept our praise and thanksgiving,

                and, with your Word and Holy Spirit,

to bless us, your servants,

                and these your own gifts of bread and wine;

                that we and all who share

in the body and blood of your Son

                may be filled with heavenly peace and joy,

                and, receiving the forgiveness of sin,

may be sanctified in soul and body,

                and have our portion with all your saints.


All honor and glory are yours, O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

                in your holy Church, now and forever.



Christ is in our midst.

By the power of the Spirit,

we pray to his Father, saying:



Our Father, who art in heaven,

                                hallowed be thy name,

                                thy kingdom come,

                                thy will be done,

                                                on earth as it is in heaven.

                Give us this day our daily bread;

                and forgive us our trespasses,

                                as we forgive those who trespass against us;

                and lead us not into temptation,

                                but deliver us from evil.

                For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,

                                forever and ever. Amen



The LORD heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

  Thanks be to God.                                                                                       Ps. 147:3



We adore Christ with the words of the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God).


Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;           

   have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

  have mercy on us.        

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

  Grant us peace.                                                    

John 1:29, see also Luke 17:13


Please meditate on the text of the hymn as it is played.


O Jesus, Blessed Lord


1              O Jesus, blessed Lord, to you

                my heartfelt thanks and praise are due;

                you have so lovingly bestowed

                on me your body and your blood.


2              Break forth, my soul, in joy and say:

                What wealth has come to me today!

                My Savior dwells within my soul

                and makes my wounded spirit whole!


Text: Thomas H. Kingo, 1634-1703; tr. Arthur J. Mason, 1851-1928, alt.


When all have received, the congregation stands at the direction of the pastor.


The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.



Lord, now you let your servant go in peace;

your word has been fulfilled.

My own eyes have seen the salvation

which you have prepared in the sight of every people:

A light to reveal you to the nations

and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now,

and will be forever. Amen                                       Song of Simeon (Luke 2:29-32)



We give you thanks, almighty God,

that you have refreshed us through the healing power of this gift of life;

and we pray that in your mercy

you would strengthen us through this gift,

in faith toward you and fervent love toward one another;

for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.





Almighty God heal you from your wounds,

protect you from every evil,

make you to rejoice in the presence of the Kingdom

and give you hope for the life of the world to come.



Almighty God, Father, X Son, and Holy Spirit,

bless you now and forever.



Go in peace. Serve the Lord.          

Thanks be to God!


CLOSING MUSIC                                         O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright