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Prayers, readings, and suggested hymns: February 4, 2024: 5th Sunday after Epiphany (Proper 4)

 

Isaiah 40:21-31 (Those who trust the Lord will renew strength, rise like eagles)

Psalm 147:1-11,20c (The Lord cares for creation, lifts up downtrodden)

1 Corinthians 9:16-23 (Paul became all things to all people so some may be saved)

Mark 1:29-39 (Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law, then many people)

Opening hymn: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation

(LBW #543, ELW #858 (#859 is politically correct version!), LSB #790

OR I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me: ELW #860

OR Voices Raised to You We Offer: ELW #845, LSB #795 (Nice Herman Stuempfle hymn.)

Hymn of the Day: Hail to the Lord’s Anointed: LBW #87, ELW #311, LSB #398

(Yes, I know I selected this during Advent. See if anyone remembers! 😊 )

OR Praise to the Lord, All of You, God’s Servants: ELW #844

Communion Hymn #1: Let All Things Now Living: LBW #557, ELW #881

Communion Hymn #2: Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us With Your Love: WOV #765, ELW #708, LSB #980

Closing Hymn: When To Our World the Savior Came: LSB #551 (tune: “Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak”)

OR Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee: LBW #551, ELW #836, LSB #803

 

THE PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

With gratitude for the gift of Christ, let us draw near to our heavenly Father in prayer, asking his mercy for the Church, the world, and all who need his loving-kindness.

A brief silence

 

Father, help us remember that “Becoming all things to all people” doesn’t mean selling out or being hypocrites. It means understanding other people so well that we can lead them one step closer to trusting Jesus. Give us sympathy and wisdom, so that by all means, some may come to faith in him!

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Renew and strengthen your Church. Grant wings to its words, so hearts are touched by the Gospel of salvation. Make it swift to speak and show mercy in your name. Make it tireless in bearing witness to you. Conform it to your will. Use it to draw all people to yourself.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Renew and strengthen all who suffer for the sake of Jesus. Help them to constantly trust in his love.  Help us, who do not experience such suffering, to pray for them; defend them; provide for them as we are able; and to live in a way that glorifies you and honors their witness.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Renew and strengthen this congregation. Give us confidence to willingly wait upon you for guidance, and to gladly obey what you command. Use us to encourage our families, friends, and neighbors, especially those who most need to know your love.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Renew and strengthen your servants who are nearing or are in retirement. Fill them with your Spirit, so that they continue to walk in the way of faithfulness and service which you set before them.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Renew and strengthen the leaders of the nations. Grant them wisdom and understanding, counsel and might, knowledge and fear of the Lord. Help them to care for their people, especially victims of natural disaster or manmade calamities. Make all of us eager to learn what makes for righteousness and peace in our communities and world.

 

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

 

Renew and strengthen all who work to bring us justice, safety, and healing in these troubled times. Grant them courage and integrity, and use their labors to accomplish your will. Shield them and their loved ones from harm.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Renew and strengthen all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit, including {List}. Give them hope: to wait upon your gifts of health and wholeness. Give them faith: to rise above doubt, despair, and sorrow. Give them your love, shared through each of us: to strengthen, shield, and surround them always.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Most blessed and glorious Lord, thank you for the great and final healing you bestow upon all who died clinging to your promises. Grant us joy in sorrow; patience in suffering; courage in danger; wisdom in choosing; compassion and mercy in service. Give us the joy of being welcomed, with all whom you have healed from sin and death, into your eternal kingdom.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

 

Graciously hear, and generously answer our prayers and petitions, dear Father, as may be best for us and to your greater glory, thorough your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers, readings, and suggested hymns:  February 4, 2024: 5th Sunday after Epiphany (Proper 4)

 

Isaiah 40:21-31 (Those who trust the Lord will renew strength, rise like eagles)

 

Psalm 147:1-11,20c (The Lord cares for creation, lifts up downtrodden)

 

1 Corinthians 9:16-23 (Paul became all things to all people so some may be saved)

 

Mark 1:29-39 (Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law, then many people)

Opening hymn: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation

(LBW #543, ELW #858 (#859 is politically correct version!), LSB #790

OR I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me: ELW #860

OR Voices Raised to You We Offer: ELW #845, LSB #795 (Nice Herman Stuempfle hymn.)

Hymn of the Day: Hail to the Lord’s Anointed: LBW #87, ELW #311, LSB #398

(Yes, I know I selected this during Advent. See if anyone remembers! 😊 )

OR Praise to the Lord, All of You, God’s Servants: ELW #844

Communion Hymn #1: Let All Things Now Living: LBW #557, ELW #881

Communion Hymn #2: Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us With Your Love: WOV #765, ELW #708, LSB #980

Closing Hymn: When To Our World the Savior Came: LSB #551

(tune is “Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak”)

OR Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee: LBW #551, ELW #836, LSB #803

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