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Order of Worship: Feb. 7


Order of Worship: Feb 7

Preservice Music

Welcome to Worship

Praise Song: 532 Gather Us In

Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, who was in the beginning, who makes a dwelling among us, who covers us with justice and mercy. Amen.

Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another. God of goodness and lovingkindness,

we confess that we have sinned against you and our neighbors. We have turned away from your invitation to new life. We have turned away from the lowly and downtrodden. In your abundant mercy, forgive us our sins, those we know and those known only to you, for the sake of the one who came to live among us,

Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

Hear the good news of peace and salvation! God forgives us all our sins, not through our own work, but through ☩ Jesus Christ, made known to all people. With all who come to the manger, rejoice in this amazing gift of grace. Amen.

Prayer of the Day

Everlasting God, you give strength to the weak and power to the faint. Make us agents of your healing and wholeness, that your good news may be made known to the ends of your creation, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Readings

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.


1 Corinthians 9:16-2

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.


Mark 1:29-39

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.



Children’s Message

Sermon

Hymn: 612 Healer of Our Every Ill

Statement of Faith: Apostles’ Creed

Prayers of Intercession

Guided by Christ made known to the nations, let us offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all people in need.

A brief silence.

For the church: for ministries of healing and wholeness, for hospital, hospice, and military chaplains, for those serving in prison ministry, for all who proclaim freedom and release in the name of Christ, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For creation: for insects in the grass, clouds on the mountaintops, for cattle and the rainwater they drink, for the humility to take our place among all creatures of the earth, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For the nations: for all who lead in cities and towns, states and countries; for community organizers, school officials, and CEOs; for international health organizations, that in times of trial, fear, or hopelessness, they find freedom in service to those most in need, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For all wearied by life’s burdens: for those who are poor, for those lacking supportive relationships, for those crushed by debt, for those struggling with chronic pain or other sickness, for those exhausted from overwork or stress, and for all who cry out to you (especially), let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For this congregation: for outreach and social ministries centered here (especially); for parish nurses and visitors; for ministries of companionship and support, for the young people in this place who open us to new understandings, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

In thanksgiving for the faithful departed, who were called by name and now rest from their labors, that their lives serve as witnesses to the goodness of God, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

Merciful God, hear the prayers of your people, spoken or silent, for the sake of the one who dwells among us, your Son, Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.


Offering, Special Music, Announcements


The Lord’s Prayer

Sending Hymn: 661 I Love to Tell the Story

Benediction

Go in peace. Share the gift of Jesus.

Thanks be to God.

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