Sunday 28 January, 2018 – Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, Year B

Here are the resources you need for this Sunday. Please feel free to choose what is suitable for your congregation’s needs. You will notice that the orders of service are available in different formats: choose the “pdf” format if you want something that is ready to print and photocopy, the “doc” or “rtf” format if you wish to change the formatting yourself or the “ppt” format if you use PowerPoint.

Altar colour: Green

Bible readings:
FIRST READING  Deuteronomy 18:15-20 The Lord promises a prophet like Moses
PSALM Psalm 111 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Freedom and the conscience of your fellow believer
GOSPEL Mark 1:21-28 Jesus teaches with authority

Notes on the readings:

DEUTERONOMY 18:15-22: Moses here predicts a future prophet who, like Moses at Mount Horeb, will establish a new covenant. This prophet will speak the comprehensive will of God. All will be required to receive and believe his word as being the word of God himself. Peter and Stephen both connected this promise with the prophetic ministry of Jesus. Similarities between the life and work of Moses and Christ abound.

1 CORINTHIANS 8-1-13: At Corinth meat was presented for sacrifice to the heathen gods. Some was burnt at the altar, while the remainder was sold in the market as consumable food. Some Christians purchased this meat to eat while others believed that to be wrong because it had been consecrated to the gods. Paul says that as idols do not exist as gods, the meat was not in itself evil, nor its consumption. However, Christians, while free to eat, would not do so if it were to harm the faith of a weaker brother/sister.

MARK 1:21-28: Jesus shows his messianic and divine authority at Capernaum by casting out an evil spirit. The spirit recognised Jesus as the Messiah. Jesus appears in this instance as the true Son of God with authority to fight evil and control it from the very outset of his ministry.

Lay-readers please note: the linked sermons have not been edited for general use. As part of your preparations, keep in mind that they have been written for specific people in a specific context, and for this reason the issues they address or the examples they use may not be entirely suitable for people in your congregation. If you feel this is the case, you may need to make minor adjustments or find another sermon
Based on gospel reading : edited for lay reading sermon – mark 1 21-28 – year b – epiphany 4; Pr Tim Stringer ; Pr Roger Atze; edited for lay reading sermon – mark 1 21-28 – year b – epiphany 4
NEW edited for lay reading sermon – mark 1 21-28 – year b – epiphany 4 new

Opening sentences:
The Lord God will raise up a prophet like Moses from among your own people.
He will put his words in the mouth of the prophet
and you shall heed such a prophet.  (based on Deut 18:15,18)

Orders of service:
Epiphany Sunday Word and Prayer (pdf / doc / ppt)
Service of the Word (pdf / rtf / ppt)
Morning Praise (pdf / rtf / ppt)
Service without communion (pdf / doc / ppt)
Service orders with holy communion
Service with communion (page 6) (pdf / doc / ppt )
Alternative form A (page 58) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Sing the Feast (Chataway) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Simplified Spoken (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Service with Five Songs of Faith (pdf / rtf/ ppt)

Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
Almighty God,
since you know that we are set in the midst
of so many and great dangers
that we cannot stand upright
because of the frailty of our nature:
Grant us strength and protection
to support us in all dangers,
and carry us through all temptations;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, modernised traditional
Almighty God,
you know that we are placed
in the midst of such great dangers
that we cannot stand upright
because of our human frailty.
Make us whole in mind and body.
Support us in all dangers
and carry us through all temptations.
We ask this through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, alternative
(Let us pray for power to say and do what is right. [silence])
In all our doubts, dangers, and confusion,
teach us, Lord, what we ought to say and do.
Give to us,
who can do nothing good without you,
the power to speak the truth and do your will.
We ask this through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, new
(Let us pray that we accept the authority of Jesus. [silence])
Great and loving God,
we thank you for sending your Son Jesus
with authority to teach and to heal.
Make us ready to listen to him
in all our doubts and confusion,
and to trust in him
in all our troubles.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)
Alleluia, alleluia.
They were all amazed, and said, ‘He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.’ (Mark 1:27 NRSV)

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank you for coming
with God’s authority and power.
Help us to listen to what you say and to obey you.

Children’s Address: Epiphany 4B

Offering Prayer:
Thank you, Lord, for sending your prophets,
and especially for sending your Son Jesus,
with your own authority and power
to save us from sin and evil.
Help us to listen to Jesus,
and to serve him by serving and helping other people.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Epiphany 4B

Resources for services with Holy Communion

It is indeed right and good,
Lord God, holy Father,
that we should at all times and in all places
give thanks to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
You have sent your only Son
to appear among us as a human being,
and through him
you have fully revealed
the light of your presence to us.
And so, with angels and archangels,
and with all the company of heaven,
we adore and praise your glorious name:


The following Epiphany invitation or one of the two general invitations below may be used.

Jesus says:
‘The bread that God gives
is he who comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world.’
(Thanks be to God.)
Come, everything is ready.

1  Jesus says:
‘I am the bread of life.
Whoever comes to me will never be hungry,
and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’
(Thanks be to God.)
Come, everything is ready.

2  Jesus says:
‘My flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.
Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood
remain in me, and I in them.’
(Thanks be to God.)
Come, everything is ready.

See the service order for a standard post-communion prayer. Alternatively, use the third prayer of the day (as listed above) at this point. It may be modified as follows.

In all our doubts, dangers, and confusion,
teach us, Lord, what we ought to say and do.
As we have received
the body and blood of Christ
in this sacrament,
give us the power
to speak the truth and do your will.
We ask this through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.


Go in peace. Be guided by love, and serve the Lord in freedom.
Thanks be to God. 
OR  In the name of Christ. Amen.

Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures

Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here to go to the Modernised hymns page) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH

First reading : Deuteronomy 18:15-20
194    Thy hand, O God, has guided (mod – TIS 456)
244    Lord, pour Thy Spirit from on high* (mod – TIS 451)
245    Lord of the Church, we humbly pray*
822    God has spoken by His prophets G6 (see also TIS 158)
158    God has spoken by his prophets
258    Praise to you, O Christ our Saviour
431    Thanks to God, whose word
451    Pour out your Spirit from on high
456    Your hand, O God, has guided
239    Breezes whisper without meaning
244    We have seen the Word of Life

Second reading : 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
139    We all believe in one true God*
337    God from all eternity* (alt tune 276, G5)
357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
381    O God our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
853    A new commandment GS (mod – TIS 699)
860    When this earth was created GS
686    Lord Jesus, we belong to you
699    A new commandment
742    One God
65    A new commandment
99    Pentecost prayer
120    One God
292    Lord Jesus, we belong to you

Gospel: Mark 1:21-28
47    Songs of thankfulness and praise* G4
159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5
161    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds G4
452    O bless the Lord, my soul
795    When Jesus came the demons cried GS
815    O Christ the healer, we have come G6
64    O bless the Lord, my soul
210    O for a thousand tongues
223    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
638    O Christ the healer
148    They knew who he was

Two metrical versions of Psalm 111 by David Schütz are given here. If reproducing either of these versions, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Version I: may be sung to the tune Herzlich Lieb (LHS 385)

Alleluia! Alleluia!
With all my heart I thank the Lord
before the congregation.
The works of God are great and good,
and all who find their joy in him,
will seek to understand them.
His noble works and splendid ways,
have won him fame and glorious praise;
for evermore his righteousness
and grace and mercy never cease.
The Lord our God
provides for those who fear his name,
true to his word, always the same.

The Lord has shown his mighty power
by giving to his faithful ones
a good land to inherit.
The things he does are right and just,
and all his laws deserve our trust,
they will remain for ever.
He set his faithful people free,
when we were lost in slavery,
gave us his covenant and word –
holy and awesome is the Lord!
Be wise and learn to fear the Lord,
whose praise endures for evermore.

Version II: may be sung to the tune ‘I am covered over’ (ATA 130)

I will thank the Lord with all
my heart before the presence of
his holy ones.
Everything the Lord has done
is great and wonderful, and
I delight in it!
He is full of majesty
and honour, and his righteousness
will always last forever.
We will not forget him for
he always shows us tenderness
and mercy.

He provides the food for those
who fear him; he will not forget
his covenant;
he has shown his power to
his people and he’s given us
a heritage.
All he does is just and true;
and we can trust his precepts too,
for they are always steadfast,
they have been set down to be
performed in truth and righteousness
for ever.

He has freed his people from
their chains and he has given us
his covenant.
Holy is the Lord our God
and awesome is his holy name
for evermore.
Wisdom starts with fearing God
the Lord, and all who practise it
will reach true understanding.
Everyone who loves the Lord
our God will praise his name now
and forever.
Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- Psalm 111 p182 , Psalm 111 p183

While the LCA does not necessarily endorse the content of these websites, you may find them helpful in your worship planning.
Small Church Music: You can download mp3 and midi files of popular hymn tunes from this site.
Together to Celebrate: lectionary based song and hymn suggestions from a variety of sources.
Singing from the Lectionary: has song and hymn suggestions based on the RCL from other hymnals.
Song Select: you can search for more contemporary songs by theme. If your congregation has a paid subscription you can also download sheet music.
Hymns Without Words: mp3 downloads of hymn tunes.
Song and Hymn Index. Contains all the indexes of the LHS and AT books in one Excel file. Download the file (zip file) here.
Metrical Psalms by Dale Schoening : Psalms set to well known hymn tunes.
Keyboard Accompaniments for Together in Song – CDs are available for purchase through ACR. CD 1 & 2 ; CD 3 & 4.

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