Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
I Have Seen Thy Salvation – Arr. Jae Park
The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold. Please sing along with us! To prepare for worship, you may want to place a candle or two in the place where you worship, to light during the opening prayer.
The ushers and the rector welcome the congregation. If you are new to us, consider filling out our “get connected” form, let us get to know you better.
Hymn of Praise
Arise Shine – Music by Ruth Cunningham, shared through Music that Makes Community
I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may
reach to the end of the earth. Isaiah 49:6b
O God, open thou our lips.
And our mouths shall show forth thy praise.
Glory to God, Source of all being, Incarnate Word, and Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.
The Collect of the Day
The Presider reads ancient prayers that signify our longing for Christ’s
coming, and the coming of God’s reign as we light the candles on the altar. You are invited to light a candle at home with us.
Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
In Christ There is No East Nor West – Lift Every Voice And Sing Hymnal #62
We hear the stories of the experience of God from our spiritual ancestors. Following an ancient pattern originally from Jewish synagogue worship, readings follow a set calendar for what will be read when.
THE FIRST READING:
A Reading from the book of Isaiah (Isaiah 40:21-31)
Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard?
Wasn’t it announced to you from the beginning?
Haven’t you understood since the earth was founded?
God inhabits the earth’s horizon—
its inhabitants are like locusts—
stretches out the skies like a curtain
and spreads it out like a tent for dwelling.
God makes dignitaries useless
and the earth’s judges into nothing.
Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
scarcely is their shoot rooted in the earth
when God breathes on them, and they dry up;
the windstorm carries them off like straw.
So to whom will you compare me,
and who is my equal? says the holy one.
Look up at the sky and consider:
Who created these?
The one who brings out their attendants one by one,
summoning each of them by name.
Because of God’s great strength
and mighty power, not one is missing.
Why do you say, Jacob,
and declare, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
my God ignores my predicament”?
Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the creator of the ends of the earth.
He doesn’t grow tired or weary.
His understanding is beyond human reach,
giving power to the tired
and reviving the exhausted.
Youths will become tired and weary,
young men will certainly stumble;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength;
they will fly up on wings like eagles;
they will run and not be tired;
they will walk and not be weary.
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
THE PSALM (Psalm 147:1-12, 21)
Alleluia! How good it is to sing praises to you, O God;
how pleasant it is to honor you with praise!
For you rebuild Jerusalem
and gather the exiles of Israel.
You heal the brokenhearted
and bind up their wounds.
You count the number of the stars
and call them all by their names.
Great are you and mighty in power;
there is no limit to your wisdom.
You lift up the lowly,
but cast the wicked to the ground.
We sing to you, Most High, with thanksgiving;
we make music to you upon the harp,
For you cover the heavens with clouds
and prepare rain for the earth;
You make grass to grow upon the mountains
and green plants to serve humankind.
You provide food for flocks and herds
and for the young ravens when they cry.
You are not impressed by the might of a horse;
you have no pleasure in human strength;
But you have pleasure in those who fear you,
in those who await your gracious favor.
You have not done so to any other nation;
to them you have not revealed your judgments. Alleluia!
Glory to God, Source of all being, Incarnate Word, and Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.
THE GOSPEL READING
The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to Mark (Mark 1:29-39)
Glory to You, Lord Christ.
After leaving the synagogue, Jesus, James, and John went home with Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed, sick with a fever, and they told Jesus about her at once. He went to her, took her by the hand, and raised her up. The fever left her, and she served them.
That evening, at sunset, people brought to Jesus those who were sick or demon-possessed. The whole town gathered near the door. He healed many who were sick with all kinds of diseases, and he threw out many demons. But he didn’t let the demons speak, because they recognized him.
Early in the morning, well before sunrise, Jesus rose and went to a deserted place where he could be alone in prayer. Simon and those with him tracked him down. When they found him, they told him, “Everyone’s looking for you!”
He replied, “Let’s head in the other direction, to the nearby villages, so that I can preach there too. That’s why I’ve come.” He traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and throwing out demons.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, Lord Christ.
The Sermon: The Rev. Mike Angell
“Lift Every Voice and Sing” arranged by Dr. Roland Carter. Sung by a choir of Black opera performers assembled by Nicole Heaston. Used by permission.
Announcements are shared
Prayers of the People
You may add your prayer requests in the comments at any time. Know that people will pray for you.
Let us pray for the Church and for the world.
God of love, we pray for your church: For Michael our Presiding Bishop; Deon, our bishop; for all lay and ordained ministers; and for all who seek you in the community of the faithful. Equip us with compassion and love, to carry out your work of reconciliation in the world. God of love, Hear our prayers for the church.
God of freedom, we pray for our nation, and all the nations of the world: For equity, and peace across barriers of language, color, and creed; for elected and appointed leaders, especially Joseph, our president, Kamala our vice-president and the whole incoming administration, that they would serve the common good. Inspire all people with courage to speak out against hatred, to actively resist evil. Unite the human family in bonds of love. God of freedom, Hear our prayers for the world.
God of peace, we pray for this community: For our local leaders; for our schools and markets; for our neighborhoods and workplaces. Kindle in every heart a desire for equality, respect, and opportunity for all. Give us courage to strive for justice and peace among all people, beginning here at home. We give you thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week, especially Madeleine Docherty and Deanna Hill. And for those celebrating anniversaries this week, especially Maggie Linck & TJ Müller. God of peace, Hear our prayers for this community.
God of grace, we pray for those who have died: For the faithful in every generation who have worked for justice; for prophets who called us to racial reconciliation; for martyrs who died because of hatred; for those who have died of COVID and for all the communion of saints. Make us faithful to your call to proclaim your Good News, by word and example, and bring us at last into the glorious company of the saints in light. God of grace, Hear our prayers for those who have died.
Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart and especially the hearts of the people of this land, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
The Lord’s Prayer
Let us pray in the way Christ taught us, and in the language of our hearts.
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, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Concluding Prayer is followed by the ancient prayer of Saint Chrysostom.
A Prayer of Pauli Murray:
Hope is a word in a tuneless ditty —
A word whispered with the wind,
A dream of forty acres and a mule,
A cabin of one’s own and a moment to rest,
A name and place for one’s children
And children’s children at last . . .
Hope is a song in a weary throat.
Give me a song of hope
And a world where I can sing it.
Give me a song of faith
And a people to believe in it.
Give me a song of kindliness
And a country where I can live it. Amen.
Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.
The Peace is then exchanged.
The peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.
The Peace is then exchanged. Consider sending a text, a message on Facebook, or even writing a letter or email to someone who could use some peace.
Just a Closer Walk – Lift Every Voice And Sing Hymnal #72
The Deacon dismisses the congregation:
Let us Bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.
This Little Light
Brooke Meyers & Bria Jones
Officiant: The Rev. Mike Angell
Preacher: The Rev. Chester Hines
Assisting: The Rev. Marc Smith and Emilee Walker-Cornetta, Seminarian
Lectors: Ellis Anderson, Alisa Williams
The Lord’s Prayer: Jacob Swanson
Greeters: Heidi Volkl, Lynn Wolfe
Soloist: Juliet Jackson
Guest Musicians: Jae Park, Nicole Heaston and friends, Brooke Myers, Bria Jones
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Streaming Producer: John Kelly
Music reprinted and broadcast with permission by OneLicense # A-704988
The Psalms and Collect of the Day are copyright of the Order of Saint Helena. The Scripture Translation is the Common English Bible. All are used by permission.
The Prayers of the People are adapted from a resource from the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music.
The Concluding Prayer is adapted from The Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray’s “Dark Testament.”