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Vernes Worship - January 31, 2021

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY ~ Waging War on Evil


As Jesus taught in the synagogue, the people were amazed at his ability to instruct them in the Word and also at his ability to cast out evil from a man who was held captive by a demonic spirit.

• Have you ever marveled at how the demons know exactly who Jesus is? They know his power and they fear him. That’s not the same as faith, however, but many who have heard of Jesus know less about him than the demons.

• How do we know what love is? First of all, Jesus shows us what true love looks and acts like. It’s sacrificial, it’s giving, it’s selfless. Secondly, St. Paul describes the true nature of love in 1 Corinthians 13. When we love, we build one another up rather tearing each other down. Nothing less will do!


One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails)

Verse 1

Higher than the mountains that I face; Stronger than the power of the grave Constant in the trial and the change One thing remains; One thing remains

Your love Your love Your love will never change

Chorus

Your love never fails; It never gives up; Never runs out on me (REPEAT) Your love

Verse 2

On and on and on and on it goes; It overwhelms and satisfies my soul And I never ever have to be afraid One thing remains; One thing remains

In death in life I'm confident and Cover'd by the power of Your great love My debt is paid there's nothing that; Can separate my heart from Your great love Your love


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Prayer of the Day

O God, you know the perilous choices we are prone to make that fall short of your desire for human faithfulness and obedience. Without you, our fragile nature cannot survive. Support us with your Word of truth, that we may grow in faith in the midst of our trials. Grant this, we pray, through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.



First Reading: Deuteronomy 18:15-20 God Will Raise Up a Prophet

God would raise up for the people Israel a new prophet who is like Moses. The people were instructed to listen to him, for out of his mouth would come the Lord’s words. If a prophet was found by God to speak words other than the Lord’s, that prophet would suffer death, thus proving whether the prophets’ words were trustworthy.


“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 — just 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.’ And the Lord said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. I 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. And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him. But 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.’”



Psalm 111 Great Are the Works of the Lord

God’s work is full of splendor and majesty, remembered throughout all generations, wrote the psalmist. He is the God of justice and mercy: feeding the people, giving them land, and keeping his covenant with them. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.


Hallelujah! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,

in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation.

Great are the deeds of the Lord!

They are studied by all who delight in them.

His work is full of majesty and splendor,

and his righteousness endures forever.

He makes his marvelous works to be remembered;

the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

He gives food to those who fear him;

he is ever mindful of his covenant.

He has shown his people the power of his works

in giving them the lands of the nations.

The works of his hands are faithful-ness and justice;

all his commandments are sure.

They stand fast forever and ever,

because they are done in truth and equity.

He sent redemption to his people; he commanded his covenant forever;

holy and awesome is his Name.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

those who act accordingly have a good understanding; his praise endures forever.



Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Love Builds Up

Paul reminded the people that they have a duty to those who are weak in the faith. It is not good to be puffed up with knowledge for the sake of knowing things, or to insist on one’s rights just because one is entitled to something. Rather, Paul said, Christians are to care for the young and weak in faith so their faith is built up.


Concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by God. Therefore, 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.” For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth — as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords” — yet 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. However, 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. Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For 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? And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.



Gospel Reading: Mark 1:21-28 Jesus’

Teaching

On the Sabbath day, Jesus entered the synagogue and taught the people. They were astonished at his ability and sincerity. A man with an unclean spirit approached him, yelling at him in fear. Jesus commanded the spirit to come out of the man and to be quiet. All who were gathered were amazed at his authority.


{Jesus, Simon, Andrew, James and John} went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath {Jesus} entered the synagogue and was teaching. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, “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.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. And 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.” And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.

Next Week’s Readings:

Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11; 1 Corinthians 9:16-27; Mark 1:29-39


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Offering:

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Raymond Sundrud, Treasurer at:

35563 300th Street SE,

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Thank you for supporting the work of our church.


Prayers of the Church

For Wisdom

Wise and Good Father, help us to acknowledge you as the source of all wisdom and not to lean on our own understanding. We praise your holy name for giving us the freedom to come to you through prayer in all matters and at all times. Your word is faithful and trustworthy, so let us be guided by your steadfast ways in all we do.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

For a Grateful Heart

Gracious Lord, you provide for all our needs of both body and soul. Create in us a grateful heart to receive all that you provide and to praise you through meaningful worship together. Teach us to be more Christ-like in all we do that we may continue to build up your church for the sake of the world.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

For Our Elected Leaders

Almighty Lord, you are a wise and generous God. We pray for the wisdom of our elected leaders in our community, state, and country. We ask for your guidance and continued presence with them as they make decisions concerning your people. We also pray for the well-being of our leaders and that they would be of sound mind and body so they could do their important work. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For Comfort

Father God, you are the source of all comfort. We pray for all those who are mourning, in pain, or struggling with trials [especially …]. May they gain strength in the knowledge of your promise of eternal life, and know your abiding presence in the here and now.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Lord’s Prayer

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.


Chain Breaker

Verse 1

If you've been walking the same old road for miles and miles If you've been hearing the same old voice ; tell the same old lies If you're trying to fill the same old holes inside There's a better life, There's a better life


Chorus

If you've got pain He's a pain taker; If you feel lost He's a way maker If you need freedom or saving; He's a prison shaking Savior If you got chains He's a chain breaker


Verse 2

We've all searched for the light of day in the dead of night We've all found ourselves worn out from the same old fight We've all run to things we know just ain't right When there's a better life, There's a better life

If you believe it, If you receive it If you can feel it, Somebody testify

Oh if you need freedom or saving, He's a prison shaking Savior If you got chains well He's a chain breaker


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