FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY | Online Church at Home Service Bulletin | January 28th, 2024

January 28, 2024 | FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

Our Lord Jesus Christ, True God in the Flesh, Cleanses Our Consciences from Sin As He promised, the Lord our God has raised up “a prophet” like Moses, namely Jesus, our brother in the flesh. “To him you shall listen,” because the Word of the Lord is “in his mouth” (Deut. 18:15–18). Indeed, He is more than a prophet and more than a scribe of the Scriptures; He is the incarnate Word, and He speaks “a new teaching with authority” (Mark 1:22, 27). He enters “the synagogue” of His Church and provides true Sabbath rest, using His authority to silence and cast out “even the unclean spirits”
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OPENING HYMN: #442 All Glory, Laud, and Honor
HYMN OF THE DAY: #807 When Morning Glids the Skies vs. 1-4
CLOSING HYMN: #507 Holy, Holy, Holy

PINNACLE LUTHERAN CHURCH

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

“The Power to Save Us”

January 28, 2024

+ AS WE GATHER +

Our Lord Jesus Christ, True God in the Flesh, Cleanses Our Consciences from Sin

As He promised, the Lord our God has raised up a prophet like Moses, namely Jesus, our brother in the flesh. “To him you shall listen,” because the Word of the Lord is “in his mouth” (Deut. 18:15–18). Indeed, He is more than a prophet and more than a scribe of the Scriptures; He is the incarnate Word, and He speaks “a new teaching with authority” (Mark 1:22, 27). He enters “the synagogue” of His Church and provides true Sabbath rest, using His authority to silence and cast out “even the unclean spirits” (Mark 1:21–27). By His Word of the cross, He removes the accusations of the Law and of the devil, and He cleanses our consciences before God the Father, “from whom are all things and for whom we exist.” Hence, we are now set free from bondage and commended to God by the one Lord, Jesus Christ, “through whom are all things and through whom we exist” (1 Cor. 8:6). Therefore, use your freedom to care for your brothers and sisters, neither causing them to stumble nor wounding their consciences (1 Cor. 8:9–12), but cleansing and strengthening them with the Gospel.

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

OPENING HYMN: #442 All Glory, Laud, and Honor

INVOCATION

P     In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C     Amen.

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION       Psalm 3:4, 8

P     If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C     But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Silence for meditation and reflection.

P     Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C     Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. 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. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. 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.

P     In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for His sake God forgive us all our sins. To those who believe in Jesus Christ He gives the power to become the children of God and bestows on them the Holy Spirit. May the Lord, who has begun this good work in us, bring it to completion in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

C     Amen.

+ Service of the Word +

INTROIT          Psalm 32:1–2, 5–7; antiphon: v. 10    (spoken responsively as marked)

Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
            but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
Blessèd is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
            whose sin is covered.

Blessèd is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
            and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity;
            I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.
Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;
            surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.
You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble;
            you surround me with shouts of deliverance.
Glory be 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.
Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
            but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.

Amen

Kyrie

P     In peace let us pray to the Lord. 

P     For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

P     For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

P     For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.

P     Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C     Amen.

HYMN OF PRAISE: Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154

A     Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth.

SALUTATION and PRAYER OF THE DAY

P      The Lord be with you.

P     Let us pray.

Almighty God, You know we live in the midst of so many dangers that in our frailty we cannot

stand upright. Grant strength and protection to support us in all dangers and carry us through

all temptations; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the

Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

OLD TESTAMENT READING    Deuteronomy 18:15–20

            15“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— 16just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ 17And the Lord said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. 18I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him. 20But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’”

L          This is the Word of the Lord.
C          Thanks be to God.

GRADUAL     Psalm 117:1–2a; 96:8                  (spoken together)

Praise the Lord, all nations!
            Extol him, all peoples!
For great is his steadfast love toward us,
            and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
            bring an offering, and come into his courts!

Epistle             1 Corinthians 8:1–13

            1Concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. 2If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. 3But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.

            4Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” 5For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— 6yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

            7However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. 8Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. 9But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. 10For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? 11And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. 12Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 13Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

L          This is the Word of the Lord.
C          Thanks be to God.

Psalm 111; antiphon: v. 3

1Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
            in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
2Great are the works of the Lord,
            studied by all who delight in them.

3Full of splendor and majesty is his work,
            and his righteousness endures forever.
4He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered;
            the Lord is gracious and merciful.
5He provides food for those who fear him;
            he remembers his covenant forever.
6He has shown his people the power of his works,
            in giving them the inheritance of the nations.
7The works of his hands are faithful and just;
            all his precepts are trustworthy;
8they are established forever and ever,
            to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
9He sent redemption to his people;
            he has commanded his covenant forever.
            Holy and awesome is his name!

10The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
            all those who practice it have a good understanding.
            His praise endures forever!

Amen

ALLELUIA,  p. 156

HOLY GOSPEL  Mark 1:21–28

P          The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the Eleventh chapter.

            21They went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath [Jesus] entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. 23And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 25But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. 27And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.

P          This is the Gospel of the Lord.

HYMN OF THE DAY: #807 When Morning Glids the Skies vs. 1-4 

SERMON: “The Power to Save Us

Apostles’ Creed

         I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

     maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

     born of the virgin Mary,

     suffered under Pontius Pilate,

     was crucified, died and was buried.

     He descended into hell.

     The third day He rose again from the dead.

     He ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the holy Christian Church,

          the communion of saints,

     the forgiveness of sins,

     the resurrection of the body,

     and the life T everlasting. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

After each petition:                             At conclusion:

P   … Lord, in Your mercy:                   P   … one God, now and forever.

C    hear our prayer.                           C    Amen.

OFFERING

OFFERTORY LSB 159  

LORD’S PRAYER          Matthew 6:9–13

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.

CLOSING PRAYER

P      Let us pray.

O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works, give to us, Your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey Your commandments and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 

C     Amen.

Benediction

                                                                                                                                                                     LSB 166

P      The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

CLOSING HYMN: #507 Holy, Holy, Holy

DISMISSAL

Pastor:       Go in peace as you serve the Lord.

People:     Thanks be to God!

Creative Worship for the Lutheran Parish, Series C, Quarter 3. Copyright © 2022 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved. Used by permission.