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Christ Healing the Mother of Simon Peters Wife (1839) by John Bridges

Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama

The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Welcome to Worship at St. Pauls!!


The community of believers at St. Paul Lutheran Church takes delight in having guests in
its worship. Our congregation strives to present a witness to Christ that is faithful to the Word of
Holy Scripture and to the confessional heritage of the Lutheran tradition.
GUESTS: We encourage you to sign a visitor card located in the pews and our Guest Book
located in the hall outside the worship space.
HOLY COMMUNION IS OFFERED by invitation of the Lord himself. All baptized believers who
trust that Christ is presented in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist are invited to come forward
and receive Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Communion is distributed by coming up the center
aisle at the direction of the usher and returning along the side aisle. Those who do not wish to
receive the Sacrament may come forward with their arms crossed and receive a blessing. Those
who, for any reason, cannot receive the wine may receive the Sacrament under the form of bread
alone. In doing so, a communicant still receives the whole Christ.
TO THE PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDRENRelax! God put the wiggle in children; dont feel
you have to suppress it in Gods house. All are welcome!
Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear whats going on in
worship. They tire of seeing the backs of others heads.
Quietly and kindly explain the parts of the Liturgy and actions of the worship leaders. Share the
worship folder with them at eye level.
Sing the hymns, pray and voice the responses. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying you.
If you have to leave worship with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back. Jesus said
Let the children come to me.
Remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the
Church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of
worship.
Please let your child use this worship folder to draw and doodle.
The presence of children is a gift to the Church. Please welcome children and give a smile of
encouragement to their families.

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HOLY COMMUNION
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Sunday, February 8, 2015 + 9:30 a.m.


HEALER OF OUR EVERY ILL
In Isaiah it is the one God who sits above the earth and numbers the starsit is that God who
strengthens the powerless. So in Jesus' healing work we see the hand of the creator God, lifting up the
sick woman to health and service (diakonia). Like Simon's mother-in-law, we are lifted up to health
and diakonia. Following Jesus, we strengthen the powerless; like Jesus, we seek to renew our own
strength in quiet times of prayer.

The Liturgy (which means the work of the people) involves participation. The texts marked in plain
text are spoken by the worship leaders while the assembly responds with bold text.

E NTRANCE R ITE
The GATHERING MUSIC
The WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
The READING OF THE MISSION STATEMENT
Let us join together and say our Mission Statement.
Come and see, Follow me, The gift of God, Jesus Christ, Has set us free.
The THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

The Thanksgiving for Baptism is celebrated during Time after Epiphany


The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of Holy Baptism as the presiding minister
begins.

In the Name of the Father, and of the +Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen

The presiding minister addresses the assembly.

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,


we are clothed with God's mercy and forgiveness.
Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

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Water may be poured into the font as the presiding minister gives thanks.

We give you thanks, O God,


for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters
and by your Word you created the world,
calling forth life in which you took delight.

Through the waters of the flood you delivered Noah and his family.
Through the sea you led your people Israel from slavery into freedom.
At the river your Son was baptized by John and anointed with the Holy Spirit.
By water and your Word you claim us as daughters and sons,
making us heirs of your promise and servants of all.
We praise you for the gift of water that sustains life,
and above all we praise you for the gift of new life in Jesus Christ.
Shower us with your Spirit,
and renew our lives with your forgiveness, grace, and love.
To you be given honor and praise
through Jesus Christ our Lord
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.
Amen.
The assembly faces the Cross as it enters the Nave. As a reminder of the gift of baptism, the assembly
may be sprinkled with water.

The GATHERING HYMN

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

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The 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.
The HYMN OF PRAISE

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Glory to God in the Highest

The PRAYER OF THE DAY


Let us praythe prayer concludesone God, now and forever.
Amen.
The assembly is seated.

L ITURGY

OF THE
The FIRST READING

W ORD
Isaiah 40:2131

The Judeans in exile have a good reason to be hopeful: the one who will bring them to freedom is the
God who created the world, the God who subdues the rulers of the earth and gives strength to those
who are weary.
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Have 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?
22
It 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;
23
who brings princes to naught,
and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.
24
Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,

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when he blows upon them, and they wither,


and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
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To whom then will you compare me,
or who is my equal? says the Holy One.
26
Lift 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.
27
Why do you say, O Jacob,
and speak, O Israel,
"My way is hidden from the LORD,
and my right is disregarded by my God"?
28
Have 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.
29
He gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless.
30
Even youths will faint and be weary,
and the young will fall exhausted;
31
but 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 reading concludes:
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

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The PSALMODY

Psalm 147

After introduction, the choir or cantor will sing the refrain once, then repeated by all. The assembly
sings the refrain after each verse.

Praise the Lord, for he is good;


sing praise to our God, for he is gracious; it is fitting to praise him.
The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem;
the dispersed of Israel he gathers. Refrain
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
He tells the number of the stars;
he calls each by name. Refrain
Great is our Lord and mighty and in power;
to his wisdom there is no limit.
The Lord sustains the lowly;
the wicked he casts to the ground. Refrain
The SECOND READING

1 Corinthians 9:1623

God entrusted Paul with the responsibility of bringing the gospel to diverse people. Hence the focus of
Paul's ministry is not his own rights or privileges as an apostle but the privilege of serving God by
freely sharing the good news of Christ with others.
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If 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.
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For 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

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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 reading concludes:

The Word of the Lord.


Thanks be to God.

The assembly stands to welcome the Gospel.

The GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

The HOLY GOSPEL

Mark 1:2939

Everywhere Jesus goes, many people expect him to set them free from oppression. Everywhere he goes,
he heals them and sets them free. Disease, devils, and death are running for their lives. The forces that
diminish human life are rendered powerless by Jesus. Mark's Gospel reports the story of Jesus' Baptism
with some irony: the one on whom the Spirit descends is himself the one who will baptize others with
the Holy Spirit.

The Lord be with you.


And also with you.
The Holy + 1 Gospel according to Mark.
Glory to you, O Lord.
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As soon as they 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.
32
That evening, at sundown, 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.
35
In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted
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Using the thumb, the people may make three small signs of the cross, one on the forehead, one on the lips, and one on the breast while
silently using the traditional prayer, May the Good News of Jesus Christ be in my mind, and on my lips, and in my heart. Amen

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place, and there he prayed. 36And Simon and his companions hunted for him.
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When 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 reading concludes:

The Gospel of the Lord.


Praise to you, O Christ.

The CHILDRENS MESSAGE


The SERMON
Silence for reflection.
The assembly stands to proclaim the Word of God in song.

The HYMN OF THE DAY

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On Eagles Wings

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The APOSTLES CREED


With the whole people of God, let us confess our faith.
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

The PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE


Jesus went through Galilee preaching and healing and showing compassion to
those in need. As God comes no less today to those for whom we pray, let us pray
for the Church, the world, and all those in need.
After each petition

Lord, in your mercy,


hear our prayer.

The prayers conclude


All this we ask, O God, in the name of Christ, who died and rose for us, and
whose coming in glory we await. Accept our prayers and praises, through
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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L ITURGY

OF THE

E UCHARISTIC M EAL

The PEACE
The peace of the Lord be with you always.
And also with you.
The worship leaders and the assembly greet each other in the peace of the risen Christ.
The assembly is seated.

The OFFERING
The assembly stands as the gifts are brought forward.

The OFFERTORY

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Now the Silence

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The GREAT THANKGIVING

Preface for Sundays


It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places
give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus
Christ; who on this day overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious
resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life. And so, with all the choirs of
angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and
join their unending hymn:

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The EUCHARISTIC PRAYER (Epiphany)


Blessed are you, O holy God:
you are the Life and Light of all.
By your powerful word you created all things.
Through the prophets you called your people
to be a light to the nationsthe prayer continues, concluding
Through him all glory and honor is yours,
Almighty Father, with the Holy Spirit,
in your holy Church,
both now and forever.
Amen.
The LORDS PRAYER (1789)
Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us:
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 BREAKING OF THE BREAD
Come to the table of mercy, where the feast of life is spread.
Thanks be to God.
The assembly is seated

The DISTRIBUTION OF THE HOLY SACRAMENT

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The MUSIC DURING DISTRIBUTION

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After all have returned to their places, the assembly stands.

The POST-COMMUNION BLESSING


The Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his
grace.
Amen.
The POST-COMMUNION PRAYER
Let us pray Everlasting God, we praise you
that you have brought us to the mountaintop
and fed us with the life and light of your Son.
Send us in his name from this place
to bring light into dark corners,
healing where lives are torn,
and nourishment to every hungry heart,
in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

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OF
The BLESSING

S ENDING

Almighty God, Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.
Amen.
The SENDING HYMN

Arise, Your Light Has Come!

The DISMISSAL
Go in peace. Proclaim the Good News.
Thanks be to God.
The SENDING MUSIC
Acknowledgements
Unless indicated all hymns and liturgical music from Sundays and Seasons.com. Copyright 2015 by Augsburg Fortress. All rights
reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #42251. Scripture texts from the New Revised
Standard Version Bible, Copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in
the USA . Used by permission. All rights reserved. The English translation of the psalm response from the Lectionary for Mass,
1969, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Music
2001, John Schiavone. Published by OCP Publications. Reprinted by permission under OneLicense.netA-720226. All rights reserved.
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The gift of God, Jesus Christ, has set us free

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