Christ Church

The Divine Service of the Lord Jesus Christ
Fourth Sunday After Epiphany January 30, 2011

Salutation The Lord be with you! And also with you! Welcome & Announcements Preparation for Worship (silently pray the following collect to prepare for worship) 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. Amen.
<STAND when the pianist stops playing> 2 Timothy 4.22

I. The Lord Gathers Us for Worship
Invocation & Entrance
<STAND>

We are gathered in the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Amen! Matthew 18.20; 28.19 I rejoiced when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord!” Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem! Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth! Hymn of Procession (on following page)
Psalm 122.1-2 Psalm 124.8

Note: The congregation says all bold words and sings all printed songs.

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II. The Lord Cleanses Us from Sin
Brothers and sisters in Christ, the Scriptures teach us that if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1.9 Kyrie Eleison ~ Lord Have Mercy
Psalm 51.1; 123.3; Matthew 17.15; 20.30-31

Confession of Sin Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker! <KNEEL>
Psalm 95.6

Most merciful God, 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 hearts, and we have not loved our neighbors 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. <REMAIN KNEELING>

Absolution ~ Pronouncement of Pardon

<STAND>

By virtue of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, you are fully and freely forgiven of all your sins. Believe this and know that you are at peace with God! Thanks be to God! 4

III. The Lord Raises Us Up to Heaven and Seats Us With Christ
Sursum Corda ~ Lift Up Your Hearts Lift up your hearts! We lift them up to the Lord! Prayer of Ascent to Heaven Let us give thanks to the Lord our God! It is good and right to do so! It is very good and right that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to you, O Holy Lord, Father Almighty. By the star you led magi to bow to your Son, a revelation of your plan to guide all nations and peoples to worship you. In the mystery of the Word made flesh, you have caused light to shine in our hearts, to give us the knowledge of your glory in the face of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Therefore, with the angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we magnify your glorious name, evermore praising you and singing: Sanctus ~ Holy
Traditionally called the Preface (to the Sanctus). Ephesians 2.6; Colossians 3.1

O Lord, open our lips, and our mouths will declare your praise! Hymn of Ascent (on following page)

Psalm 51.15

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Prayer of Illumination Gracious God, give us humble, teachable, and obedient hearts, that we may receive what you have revealed, and do what you have commanded, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. <BE SEATED> Scripture Lesson This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to you, God Most High! Psalm
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Isaiah 35.1-10 (text printed on back page)

Psalm 103.1-12

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, 3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. 6 The LORD works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. 7 He made known his ways to Moses, his acts Alleluia ~ Praise the Lord

to the people of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 9 He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. 10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
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Psalms 146-150

Gospel Lesson (and primary sermon text) This is the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ! Praise be to you, O Christ!

Matthew 9.9-34 (text printed on back page)

Profession of Faith Christian, in whom do you trust? I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds: God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by Whom all things were made; Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen! Gloria Patri ~ Glory to the Father

Nicene Creed

Pre-sermon Prayer May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, Lord Jesus Christ, our Rock, and our Kinsman Redeemer. Psalm 19.14 Amen. <BE SEATED> Sermon Post-sermon Blessing May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Amen. Philippians 4.7 Offertory Hymn (on following page) 8
Pastor Jeremy Sexton

Offertory Response & Prayer What gifts have you brought for your Lord? We give only what the Lord has first given to us. We offer ourselves in Christ through confession, praise, and thanksgiving; we give our prayers and alms for the sake of the world; and we participate in the Lord’s Supper as a memorial of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen! Blessed are you, O Lord God our Father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty; indeed all that is in the heavens and the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord Jesus Christ, and you are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you reign over all, and in your hand is power and might, and it lies in your hand to make great and to strengthen all. Now therefore, our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name, for all things come from you and of your own gifts we have given to you. 1 Chronicles 29.10-14 Amen! <STAND> Kingdom Prayer O eternal God, we, your children, give you thanks for our ancestors in the household of faith: for Abraham, the father of the faithful; for patriarchs and matriarchs who followed him in faith; for Moses, who with your guidance led your people to freedom and gave them your law. We bring thanks to you, O God, for the prophets who declared your Word and will; for David, the king who sang your praises; for those who gave their lives to preserve your law; for those disciples of Christ who left all to follow him; for Paul, who richly experienced the grace of the risen Lord and brought his gospel to the nations. We bring thanks to you, O Lord, for the fathers and mothers of your church, who guided her even in her oppressed beginning; for the noble army of martyrs who faced death for their love of you. We bring thanks to you, O Lord, for mothers, fathers, and grandparents who ushered us into the knowledge of you, and who now have been ushered into your kingdom to praise you in heavenly glory; for elder members of our community who mentored us; for dear friends old and young who brought joy into our lives. We bring thanks to you, O Lord. Glory be to God, our Fortress and our Rock. Father, grant us unity with one another in the family of faith, that all your saints together might bring glory to your name in all the earth. Have mercy upon us, Lord. Father, be with your saints who are sick or suffering from the pains of life in this fallen world <silently pray for suffering loved ones> Grant them the comfort of your Spirit and the joyful hope of eternal life. Lord, have mercy. Father, build up your church in true faith until she reaches full maturity in Christ, and enable her to serve you faithfully as a kingdom of priests, united by the bonds of peace and love in the gospel. Christ, have mercy. Father, cause the nations to be drawn to Christ, that he might claim his inheritance and fulfill your covenant with Abraham. Lord, have mercy. Father, deliver the oppressed and persecuted among your saints, and give us all the grace of perseverance unto the end in the strength of the Holy Spirit. Christ, have mercy. Father, enable your saints to serve you in the world, in word and deed, for your glory. Lord, have mercy. Father, join our prayers and praises to those of your saints who have gone on ahead of us and entered into their promised rest. Keep us all faithful to you as we await the final revelation of Christ and the resurrection of the body. Have mercy upon us, Lord. Now, O God, hear the very words Jesus taught us to pray: <RAISE HANDS> 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 debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen. Matthew 6.9-13 10

IV. The LORD Feeds Us Holy Food at His Royal Table
Trinitarian Blessing
2 Corinthians 13.14

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Holy things for holy people! The gifts of God for the people of God! Pax Domini ~ The Peace of the Lord The peace of the Lord be with you always. And with your spirit. Eucharistic Prayer ~ Prayer of Thanksgiving We thank you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for your mighty works, which reveal your wisdom and love. You formed us in your own image, and you gave the whole world into our care, so that, in faithfulness to you, we might rule and serve all your creatures. When our unbelief and disobedience took us far from you, You did not abandon us to the power of death. In your mercy you came to our help, so that in seeking you we might find you. Again and again you called us into covenant with you, and through the prophets you called us to repent and to hope for salvation. We thank you, Father, that you loved the world so much that in the fullness of time, you sent your Son to be our Savior. He lived as one of us, yet with unwavering faith and without sin. To the poor he proclaimed the good news of salvation; to prisoners, freedom; to the sorrowful, joy. To fulfill your purpose, he humbled himself in obedience to death, and rose from the grave to destroy death, and to make the whole creation new. We thank you, Father, for sending the Holy Spirit, who grants us repentance and gives us new life in Christ by faith, that we might no longer live for ourselves, but for him who died and rose for us. Dying he destroyed our death, rising he restored our life. Lord Jesus, come again in glory! Amen. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! Christ our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed for us. Therefore, let us keep the feast!
Psalm 34.8 1 Corinthians 5.8 John 20.19

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Agnus Dei ~ Lamb of God

John 1.29

<BE SEATED>

In the name of Christ Jesus our Lord, we at Christ Church welcome to the Lord’s Table all who are spiritually weak and seek rest; all who mourn and long for comfort; all who struggle and desire victory; all who sin and need the Savior; all who are strangers and want fellowship; all who hunger and thirst for righteousness; all who are poor in spirit and desire the riches of the gospel; all who come to Jesus Christ in living faith and repentance, looking to him as both Liberator and Lord. And, of course, we welcome all baptized children, no matter how young, to the Lord’s Table.
Communion: Bread <Sing stanzas 1-2 on the following page as the bread is passed> Communion: Wine <Sing stanza 3 on the following page as the wine is passed> 12

May the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen and preserve you steadfast in true faith unto life everlasting. Amen! <STAND> 13

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for his love endures forever! <STAND>

1 Chronicles 16.34; Psalm 106.1; 107.1; 118.1; 118.29; 136.1

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V. The LORD Sends Us Back Into the World
Post-Communion Prayer
Adapted from the post-Communion prayer in Martin Bucer’s reformed Strasbourg Liturgy

Let us continue in prayer together: Almighty and gracious heavenly Father, we give You praise and thanks that through Your holy Gospel and Sacrament, You have again offered and presented to us Your most precious treasure: the true Bread of Heaven and Food of eternal life, Our Lord Jesus Christ. And we heartily ask You to grant that we may receive Him and partake of Him in true faith, now and forever, and be so nourished by His Flesh and Blood that we may be set free from all evil, and increase daily in all goodness, to Your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen! Great Commission
Matthew 28.18-20

Jesus declares, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and disciple all the nations by baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, by teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Amen! Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered! Let those who hate Him flee before Him! Psalm 68.1 Nunc Dimittis ~ Now Dismiss [Your Servant]
Luke 2.29-32 “Song of Simeon”

Benediction ~ Blessing The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Numbers 6.24-26

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Isaiah 35.1-10 1 2 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and 3 Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the 4 feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, "Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with 5 vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you." Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and 6 the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For 7 waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty 8 ground springs of water; in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down, the grass shall become reeds and rushes. And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to 9 those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any 10 ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Matthew 9.9-34 9 As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, "Follow 10 me." And he rose and followed him. And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and 11 sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his 12 disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" But when he heard it, he said, "Those who 13 are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not 14 sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners." Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, "Why do 15 we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?" And Jesus said to them, "Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then 16 they will fast. No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, 17 and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled 18 and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved." While he was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying, "My daughter has just died, but 19 20 come and lay your hand on her, and she will live." And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples. And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the 21 22 fringe of his garment, for she said to herself, "If I only touch his garment, I will be made well." Jesus turned, and 23 seeing her he said, "Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well." And instantly the woman was made well. 24 And when Jesus came to the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, 25 "Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, 26 27 he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. And the report of this went through all that district. And as 28 Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, "Have mercy on us, Son of David." When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They 29 30 said to him, "Yes, Lord." Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith be it done to you." And their 31 eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, "See that no one knows about it." But they went away and 32 spread his fame through all that district. As they were going away, behold, a demon-oppressed man who was mute 33 was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds marveled, saying, 34 "Never was anything like this seen in Israel." But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons by the prince of demons."

If you are a visitor of Christ Church, we are grateful that you have joined us in our highest privilege, worshipping the Triune God. We hope you stay and eat with us after the service so that we can get to know you better. If you would like to talk with Pastor Sexton throughout the week, feel free to call him at 770.696.7521 or email him at sexton555@gmail.com. You can visit our website at ChristChurch-Atl.com.

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