ST. MATTHEW’S The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany Book of Alternative Services • Interim Priest: Fr. Wright • Honorary Assistant: Rev. Blair Dixon • Wardens: Mae Boa & Ben Harmsworth • Sunday School: Marlene Skaalrud • Music Ministry: Nicole Stenerson • Treasurer: Tammy Weisgerber Gilbert • Prayer Cycle: Bert Clarke WELCOME TO ST. MATTHEW’S THE GATHERING OF THE COMMUNITY • Priest: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. • Congregation: And also with you COLLECT FOR PURITY • Priest: Almighty God… • Congregation: to you all hearts are open, all desires known and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthy magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. 10,000 REASONS (BLESS THE LORD) Click on image to bring up lyrics (Nichole will play the piano while we sing). We will be singing this song throughout February. CHILDREN'S TIME Please join me at the chancel steps if you are young enough or you figure you are young enough. THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE, I’m goanna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m goanna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m goanna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine let it shine. COLLECT Merciful Lord, grant to your faithful people pardon and peace, that we may be cleansed from all our sins and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. WORD OF GOD Please be seated as we listen to the Word of God. ISAIAH 40:21-31 21Have 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? 22It 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; 23who brings princes to naught, and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing. ISAIAH 40:21-31 24Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows upon them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble. 25To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One. 26Lift 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. ISAIAH 40:21-31 27Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God”? 28Have 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. ISAIAH 40:21-31 29He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. 30Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; 31but 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. PSALM 147:1-12, 20C REFRAIN: Praise the Lord who heals the brokenhearted 1 CORINTHIANS 9:16-23 16If 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. 1 CORINTHIANS 9:16-23 19For 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. 1 CORINTHIANS 9:16-23 22To the weak I became 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. GRADUAL HYMN (BLUE BOOK) # 538: Nearer, My God, to Thee Stop BEFORE last verse in order to listen to the Gospel. Following the Gospel, we will sing the last verse TOGETHER. GOSPEL: MARK 1:29-39 29As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon’s mother-inlaw 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. 32That 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. GOSPEL: MARK 1:29-39 35In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. 36And Simon and his companions hunted for him. 37When 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. SERMON Opening Prayer: Lord, open my heart that I may speak your truth. Open our ears so that we hear your truth. And guide our spirits so that we can take that truth to the world. By your power, and through your grace, Amen TWO NATURES OF CHRIST (ATHANASIUS) • In 360 AD, Athanasius argued for the divinity of Christ while also affirming the full humanity of Christ. • Today… we listened to the Gospel, which points to this reality – Jesus is both God and Human. “Being God, he became a human being: an than as God he raised the dead, healed all by a word, and also changed water into wine. These were not the acts of a human being. But as a human being, he felt thirst and tiredness, and he suffered pain. These experiences are not appropriate to deity. As God he said, “I in the Father, the Father in me;” when I am a man who has told you the truth, when I heard from my father?” And yet these events are not events occurring without any connection, distinguished according to their quality, so that one class may be ascribed to the body, apart from the divinity, and the other divinity, apart from the body. They all occurred in such a way that they were joined together; and the Lord, who marvelously performed these acts by his grace, was one. He spat in human fashion; but his spittle had divine power, for by it he restored sight to the eyes of the man blind from birth. When he willed to make himself known as God, he used his human tongue to signify this, when he said, “I and the Father are one.” He cured by his mere will. Yet it was extending his human hand that he raised Peter’s mother-in-law when she had a fever, and raised from the dead the daughter of the ruler of the synagogue, when she has already died.” • Athanasius here offers a critique of the Arian understanding of the identity of Christ – Arians denial of the divinity of Christ. • It is only God who can save! God, and God alone, can break the power of sin and bring us to eternal life. • An essential feature of being human is that one requires to be redeemed. No creature can save another creature. Only the Creator can redeem the creature. • Athanasius makes the logical argument that Christ is both fully human and divine. That Jesus is God incarnate! CONCLUSION • C.S. Lewis: “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic - on the level with a man who says he is a poached egg - or he would be the devil of hell. You must take your choice. Either this was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us.” • Do you agree? If so… that changes everything! AMEN APOSTLES’ CREED 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 to the dead. 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 • LITANY # 3 (page 112-113 of BAS) • RESPONSE: Lord, Hear Our Prayer • PERSONAL PRAYERS • PRAYER FOR ST. MATTHEW’S • Please stand, sit or kneel as may be most comfortable for you. INVITATION TO CONFESSION Priest: Dear friends in Christ, God is steadfast in Love and infinite in mercy, he welcomes sinners and invites them to his table. Let us confess our sins, confident in God’s forgiveness. CONFESSION ALL: We confess that 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 neighbor as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. AMEN ABSOLUTION • Priest: Almighty God have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN THE PEACE PRIEST: THE PEACE OF THE LORD BE ALWAYS WITH YOU. PEOPLE: AND WITH YOU OFFERTORY HYMN: BLUE BOOK #532: What a Friend We Have in Jesus Representatives of the people will present the gifts of bread and wine for the Eucharist (with money and other gifts for the needs and responsibilities of the Church) to the celebrant before the altar. PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS • God of compassion and forgiveness, receive our offering this day, and make us one with him who is our peace, Jesus Christ our Saviour. THE GREAT THANKSGIVING (EUCHARIST) PRAYER #3 (PAGE 198, BAS) • Priest: The Lord be with you • People: And also with you • Priest: Lift up your heart. • People: we lift them to the Lord • Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God • People: It is right to give our thanks and praise. PROPER PREFACES Celebrant: Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of heaven and earth; you have revealed your eternal plan of salvation, and have shown your Son Jesus Christ to be the light of all peoples. Therefore with angels and archangels we raise our voices in joyful praise to proclaim the glory of your name. SANCTUS • All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might • Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. • Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. EUCHARISTIC PRAYER #3 Celebrant We give thanks to you, Lord our God, for the goodness and love you have made known to us in creation; in calling Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Saviour and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life. EUCHARISTIC PRAYER #3 • Celebrant: On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, a death he freely accepted, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “ Take, eat: this is my body which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.” After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.” Therefore, Father, according to his command… • ALL: we remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory EUCHARISTIC PRAYER #3 • Celebrant: and we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine. We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts, that they may be the sacrament of the body of Christ and his blood of the new covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we, made acceptable in him, may be sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, reconcile all things in Christ, and make them new, and bring us to that city of light where you dwell with all your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation; by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory are yours, almighty Father, now and for ever. • People: Amen THE LORD’S PRAYER Celebrant: And now, as our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to say, All: 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 BREAKING OF THE BREAD #4 PAGE 212-213 BAS • Celebrant “I am the bread, which has come down from heaven,” says the Lord. • All: Give us this bread forever. • Celebrant: “I am the vine, you are the branches.” • All: May we dwell in him, as he lives in us THE COMMUNION Celebrant: The gifts of God for the people of God. People: Thanks be to God. • ALL BAPTIZED Christians are welcome to partake in Holy Communion. • If you wish a blessing from the priest, please come forward and cross your arms over your chest. COMMUNION HYMN: BLUE BOOK # 360: Bless the Lord, My Soul PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION • Eternal God, in you we find peace beyond all telling. May we who share in this heavenly banquet be instruments of your peace on earth, in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. DOXOLOGY Celebrant: Glory to God, All: Whose power, working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever. AMEN ANNOUNCEMENTS BLESSING The peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. RECESSIONAL HYMN: BLUE BOOK # 528: God Our Help in Ages Past DISMISSAL •Celebrant: Go in peace to love & serve the Lord •All: Thanks be to God Please join us downstairs for coffee and good food.