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The Divine Service of the Lord Jesus Christ
Fifth Sunday After Epiphany February 6, 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) O Lord, keep Your family the Church continually in the true faith that, relying on the hope of Your heavenly grace, we may ever be defended by Your mighty power; 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
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.
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>
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
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! 3
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)
Prayer of Illumination Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that as the Scriptures are read and your Word proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. <BE SEATED> Scripture Lesson This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! Psalm
Romans 1.1-17 (text printed on back page)
As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. 14 For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; 16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. 17 But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children, Alleluia ~ Praise the Lord
to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. 19 The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. 20 Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! 21 Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will! 22 Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!
Gospel Lesson (and primary sermon text) This is the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ! Praise be to you, O Christ!
Matthew 9.35—10.20 (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
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) 7
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 God, our Father in heaven, look with mercy on us, your needy children on earth, and grant us grace that your holy Name be hallowed by us and all the world through the pure and true teaching of your Word and the fervent love shown in our lives. Graciously turn from us all false doctrine and evil living whereby your holy Name is borne by us in an empty and profane way. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer! May your kingdom come to us and expand. Bring all transgressors, and those who are blinded and bound in the devil’s kingdom, to know Jesus Christ, your Son, by faith, that the number of Christians may be increased. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer! Strengthen us by your Spirit according to your will, both in life and in death, in the midst of both good and evil things, that our own wills may be crucified daily and sacrificed to your good and gracious will. Into your merciful hands we commend our family and friends, indeed, all who are in need, praying for them at all times that your will be done. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer! Grant us our daily bread, preserve us from greed and selfish cares, and help us to trust in you to provide for all our needs. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer! Forgive us our sins as we also forgive those who sin against us so that our hearts may be at peace and may rejoice in good conscience before you, and that no sin may ever frighten or alarm us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer! Lead us not into temptation, O Lord, but help us by your Spirit to subdue our flesh, to turn from the world and its ways, and to overcome the devil with all his crafty schemes. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer! And lastly, O heavenly Father, deliver us from the evil one, from all evil of both body and soul, now and forever. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer! We trust, O Lord, in your great mercy to hear and answer us; through Jesus Christ, our 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
IV. The LORD Feeds Us Holy Food at His Royal Table
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 making us fearfully and wonderfully in your image. When we followed the way of the evil one in the Garden of Eden, you did not leave us to perish in our sins, but instead you rescued us from sin and death. In the fullness of time you provided a new and living way through the flesh and blood of Jesus, our great high priest over the house of God. And now we can draw near in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled by Jesus’ blood and our bodies washed with pure water. We thank you, Father, that when we celebrate this memorial meal, you remember the holy life of your Son lived for us, his death offered for us, his resurrection that gives life to us, and his ascension in glory at your right hand, where, as our Great High Priest, he intercedes for us. United in Christ's priesthood, we celebrate this meal of the covenant, offering ourselves to you as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to you in Christ. In your mercy, remember your covenant by pouring out your Holy Spirit upon us, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be for us a communion in the body and blood of Christ, that we may become one in him. Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, and in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory are yours, Almighty Father, forever and ever. 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
Agnus Dei ~ Lamb of God
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 stanza 1 on the following page as the bread is passed> Communion: Wine <Sing stanza 2 on the following page as the wine is passed> 11
May the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen and preserve you steadfast in true faith unto life everlasting. Amen! Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for his love endures forever! <STAND> 13
1 Chronicles 16.34; Psalm 106.1; 107.1; 118.1; 118.29; 136.1
V. The LORD Sends Us Back Into the World
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
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.
Romans 1.1-17 1 2 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised 3 beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David 4 according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his 5 resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring 6 about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to 7 Jesus Christ, To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God 8 our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is 9 proclaimed in all the world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without 10 ceasing I mention you always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God's will I may now at last succeed in coming 11 12 to you. For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you- that is, that we may be 13 mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine. I want you to know, brothers, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as well 14 as among the rest of the Gentiles. I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the 15 16 foolish. So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it 17 is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, "The righteous shall live by faith." Matthew 9.35—10.20 35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of 36 the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, 37 because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest 38 is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." 10:1 And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, 2 and to heal every disease and every affliction. The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called 3 Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas 4 and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas 5 Iscariot, who betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, "Go nowhere among the Gentiles and 6 7 enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And proclaim as you go, 8 saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You 9 10 received without paying; give without pay. Acquire no gold nor silver nor copper for your belts, no bag for your 11 journey, nor two tunics nor sandals nor a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. And whatever town or village you 12 13 enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. As you enter the house, greet it. And if the house 14 is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. And if anyone will not 15 receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. Truly, I say 16 to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town. 17 "Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 18 Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged 19 before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that 20 hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
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 email@example.com. You can visit our website at ChristChurch-Atl.com.
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