The 5th Sunday after Epiphany (Feb 4th)

Welcome to St. Paul Lutheran Church!
We are glad that you are with us today! If you are new to our church, you may not
be familiar with Lutheran liturgy. No worries. This bulletin is designed to help guide
you through the worship service. We encourage you to participate in as much or
as little of the service as you feel comfortable. Thank you for being a part of our
worship. We hope that the Lord blesses you through our time together!
Restrooms, Changing Stations, and Nursing Room
Restrooms are located in the lobby (narthex) of the sanctuary. Both the men’s and
women’s rooms have diaper changing tables for the little ones. We also have a
nursing room for mothers and babies that is located across the breezeway, straight
out of the doors on the east side of the lobby.


Children in the Liturgy
We pray that all children would know that God made them, He loves them, and
He goes with them everywhere. We are glad to have little ones with us in the
service. We know that they sometimes can squirm, squawk, and squeal. Please
don’t feel embarrassed by it! All kids are always welcome here at St. Paul. We
encourage you to help them follow along and engage with them in the action of
the liturgy – observe the movement of the procession, hear the music, sing the
songs, smell the fire of the candles, respond with a loud Amen, make the sign of
the cross, touch the water in the baptismal font, and wonder at the images and
symbols that are all around. What Jesus does here is sure to engage us all.


A Note on Holy Communion
In this service we celebrate a sacred ritual of the Christian Church called the
Eucharist, or the Lord’s Supper. In this rite we recall the last meal that Jesus had with
his disciples. In this blessed meal we have our eyes opened and we recognize Him
in the breaking of the bread. Though our faith is grounded in history, this liturgy is
not merely a nostalgic looking back at the past – it is a celebration and a deep
recognition that in this meal our Lord Jesus Christ is truly and really present with us in
the bread and the wine. We cling to the hope of resurrection that will be ours
when all things will be fully redeemed and restored in Him. Baptized Lutherans who
have a sincere sorrow for their sin and see in this holy mystery the true body and
blood of Christ are invited to receive Holy Communion.

Notes for the 5th Sunday after Epiphany
Isaiah implores, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the
everlasting God.” He offers comfort and hope to a people who are in exile,
offering the promise that 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.” St. Paul offers his example of becoming all things to all
people for the sake of the Gospel. He does this to share the gospel with people in
any circumstance of life, and he does it that he too may share in the hope of
Christ’s good news. In Mark’s gospel, Jesus also represents hope and the chance
for healing for all whose lives are twisted by illness, grief, and encounters with evil.

The Greeting and The Welcome
The congregation stands and faces the entrance of the sanctuary. We begin with a
procession – the cross leading the way – an image of our new life in Jesus Christ and our
journey to Paradise. Some bow as the cross passes, honoring the mystery of salvation.

Alleluia, Alleluia Hearts to Heaven (477)
Alleluia, alleluia! Hearts to heav’n and voices raise:
Sing to God a hymn of gladness, Sing to God a hymn of praise;
He who on the cross a victim For the world’s salvation bled—
Jesus Christ, the King of Glory, Now is risen from the dead.
Alleluia, Christ is risen! Death at last has met defeat:
See the ancient pow’rs of evil In confusion and retreat;
Once He died, and once was buried: Now He lives forevermore,
Jesus Christ, the world’s Redeemer, Whom we worship and adore.
Alleluia, alleluia! Glory be to God on high:
Alleluia to the Savior Who has gained the victory;
Alleluia to the Spirit, Fount of love and sanctity!
Alleluia, alleluia To the triune Majesty!

Invocation
En el nombre del Padre, y del  Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo.
All Amen.

Confession and Forgiveness
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us
All But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our
sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.
All Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.
Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.
All Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.
Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.
All Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.
Silence is Kept
Let us then confess our sins to God our Father:
All Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and
unclean. 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 neighbors as
ourselves. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.
Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will
and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.
Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His
sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of
Christ, and by His authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
All Amen.

The Kyrie
The Prayer of the Day
The Lord be with you.
All And also with you.
Let us pray.
All Lord Jesus Christ, light of the nations and glory of Israel: make your
home among us, and present us pure and holy to your heavenly Father,
your God, and our God. Amen.

The Scripture Readings
Isaiah 40:21-31
Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from
the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like
grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads
them out like a tent to live in. 23 He brings princes to naught and
reduces the rulers of this world to nothing. 24 No sooner are they
planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the
ground, than he blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind
sweeps them away like chaff. 25 “To whom will you compare me? Or
who is my equal?” says the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes and look to the
heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one
by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great
power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. 27 Why do you
complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the
Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”? 28 Do you not know? Have
you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends
of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no
one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the
power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young
men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their
strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow
weary, they will walk and not be faint.
This is the word of the Lord.
All Thanks be to God.

1 Corinthians 9:16-27
For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to
preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 17 If I preach
voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging
the trust committed to me. 18 What then is my reward? Just this: that in
preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make full
use of my rights as a preacher of the gospel.19 Though I am free and
belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as
many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews.
To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I
myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To
those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though
I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win
those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the
weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible
means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I
may share in its blessings. 24 Do you not know that in a race all the
runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the
prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.
They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown
that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running
aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow
to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to
others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
This is the word of the Lord.
All Thanks be to God.
The Gospel Procession
The Holy Gospel is read in the midst of the people as a reminder of God coming to us in
Jesus Christ. As the Gospel is announced some make a small cross on their forehead, lips,
and chest – a prayer that the Word would dwell in our minds, on our lips, and in our hearts.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks
A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark.
All Glory to You, O Lord.

Mark 1:21-28
On leaving the synagogue Jesus entered the house of Simon and
Andrew with James and John. Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a
fever. They immediately told him about her. He approached,
grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and
she waited on them. When it was evening, after sunset, they brought
to him all who were ill or possessed by demons. The whole town was
gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various
diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to
speak because they knew him. Rising very early before dawn, he left
and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and
those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said,
“Everyone is looking for you.” He told them, “Let us go on to the
nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I
come.” So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out
demons throughout the whole of Galilee.
The Gospel of the Lord.
All Praise to you, O Christ.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks

The Apostle’s Creed
All I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by
the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was
crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day
He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the
right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to
judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the
communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection  of the
body, and the life everlasting. Amen

Let All Things Now Living
Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving
To God the creator triumphantly raise.
Who fashioned and made us, protected and stayed us,
Who still guides us on to the end of our days.
His banners are o’er us, His light goes before us,
A pillar of fire shining forth in the night.
Till shadows have vanished and darkness is banished
As forward we travel from light into light.
His law he enforces, the stars in their courses
And sun in its orbit obediently shine;
The hills and the mountains, the rivers and fountains,
The deeps of the ocean proclaim him divine.
We too should be voicing our love and rejoicing;
With glad adoration a song let us raise
Till all things now living unite in thanksgiving:
“To God in the highest, Hosanna and praise!” Amen.


Sermon

The Prayer of the Church

The Offering

Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow (805)
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.


Silent Prayer Before Reception of Holy Eucharist
O Lord, I believe and profess that you are truly Christ,
The Son of the living God, who came into the world
To save sinners of whom I am the first.
Accept me as a partaker of your mystical supper, O Lord,
For I will not reveal your mystery to your enemies,
Nor will I give you a kiss as did Judas, But like the thief I profess to you:
Remember me, O Lord, when you come in your kingdom.
Remember me, O Master, when you come in your kingdom.
Remember me, O Holy One, when you come in your kingdom.
May the partaking of your Holy mysteries, O Lord,
Be not for my judgment or condemnation,
But for the healing of my soul and body.
O Lord, I believe and profess, that this,
Which I am about to receive,
Is truly your most precious Body, and your life-giving Blood,
Given for me for remission of all my sins and for life everlasting. Amen
Service of the Sacrament
The Lord be with you.
All And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
All We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All It is right to give Him thanks and praise.
All honor and praise be yours always and everywhere, mighty creator,
ever-living God, through Jesus Christ your only Son our Lord: for at this
time we celebrate your glory made present in our midst. In the coming
of the magi the King of all the world was revealed to the nations. In the
waters of baptism Jesus was revealed as the Christ, the Savior sent to
redeem us. In the water made wine the new creation was revealed at
the wedding feast. Poverty was turned to riches, sorrow into joy.
Therefore with all the angels of heaven we lift our voices to proclaim
the glory of your name and sing our joyful hymn of praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of Sabaoth adored;
Heaven and earth with full acclaim shout the glory of Your name.
Sing hosana in the highest, sing hosana to the Lord;
Truly blest is He who comes in the name of the Lord!


Prayer of Thanksgiving
Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on
those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our
flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy, we receive
the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His
body and His blood on the cross. Gathered in the name and the
remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and
strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us to faithfully eat His
body and drink His blood as He bids us to in His own testament. Gather
us together from the ends of the earth to celebrate, with all the faithful,
the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end.
Receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone be all glory,
honor, and worship, now and forever.
All Amen.


The Consecration
The Ringing of Altar Bells
The church has always used bells to capture our attention and imagination. From a bell
tower’s opening call to worship, to ringing bells at a wedding or funeral – bells punctuate
special moments in the church. Altar bells are rung after the bread and wine are consecrated
to remind us of this miraculous moment: the body and blood of Christ are now present.
The Acclamation and Invitation
As often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup, we proclaim
your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come
again.
All Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
Behold the Lamb of God, behold Jesus, who takes away the sins of the
world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.
All Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall
be healed.
La paz del Señor sea con ustedes.
All Y Tambien contigo


Sharing of the Peace
Greet each other in the name of Christ by saying ‘the Peace of the Lord be with you’ as a
sign of forgiveness & reconciliation in preparation for reception of the Blessed Sacrament.
Lamb of God
Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.

Distribution
Eucharistic Dismissal


Thank The Lord
Thank the Lord and sing His praise; Tell everyone what He has done.
Let everyone who seeks the Lord, Rejoice, and proudly bear His name.
He recalls His promises, and leads His people forth in joy
With shouts of thanksgiving. Alleluia, alleluia.
Post-Communion Prayer
We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us
through this salutary gift, and we implore You, that of Your mercy, You
would strengthen us in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one
another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns
with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Announcements
The Blessing

Holy, Holy, Holy (507)
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!
Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Which wert and art and evermore shalt be.
Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see,
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!