Fourth Sunday of Epiphany

31 January, 9:00 am @ St. Mark's

Epiphany 4

Theme: Becoming Clean
Leader: Rev Gav
Preacher: Canon John
Welcome Team: Lovett Trott & David Bedard

Principal Bible Reading: Mark 1:21–28

Read by Kelly Gilmour

They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

Devotional Bible Reading: Psalm 111

Read by Edna Bean-Reid (video)

Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.
Full of honor and majesty is his work,
and his righteousness endures forever.
He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him;
he is ever mindful of his covenant.
He has shown his people the power of his works,
in giving them the heritage of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established forever and ever,
to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people;
he has commanded his covenant forever.
Holy and awesome is his name.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever.

Prayers: David Bedard

Prayers

God of Creation, your glory fills the whole world yet we know that it is both wonderful and flawed. We see the symptoms of a disordered world in daily news broadcasts, and we pray for your blessing on those parts of the world damaged by war and pollution, and for those places in need of your healing and peace. Give all world leaders compassion to work together for the good of everyone, and the wisdom to rule with integrity and equality. Instil in all of us a desire to make positive changes in our lives, remembering that we are all responsible for others, and for the world you gave us.

Lord, in your mercy – Hear our prayer

God of Righteousness, as we learn each day of yet more cases and more deaths from the Corona Virus, may we always be aware of those who grieve, and of those who have faced illness and hospitalisation without their loved ones for support. Guide all those in the government and positions of authority to make wise decisions for the good of all Bermuda. May we play our part in proclaiming the truth and encouraging others to adhere to the rules by example, and allow health care officials the autonomy to distribute the vaccine fairly.

Lord, in your mercy – Hear our prayer

God of Mercy, as Holocaust Memorial Day was remembered this week, may we never forget the suffering of so many, and remind us how lucky we are to have our freedom. We pray for all those today who are victims of persecution, oppression, racism or prejudice; those deprived of food and water, those fleeing their homes, and those who confess Christ before their enemies. Give them all courage and the knowledge of your deep love for them.

Lord, in your mercy – Hear our prayer

God of Love, we ask for your blessing on Bishop Nick, Fathers Gavin and John, and all our church leaders as they continue the work of your Church. Give us all a passion for caring for those in our community, being aware of, and sensitive to, their needs. We give thanks for each member of our church family, from the youngest to those more advanced in age. Thank you for their individual, unique gifts that they are able to share with us. May we strive to encourage each other and recognise where an extra dose of love may be needed.

Lord, in your mercy – Hear our prayer

God of Healing, we pray for the broken, the lost and the helpless. We pray especially for those battling with anxiety or depression; those unable to cope with financial burdens; those in toxic relationships; those bound up in substance or alcohol abuse; those struggling to juggle working at home and family life. May your restoring power bring peace to relationships and comfort to all battling with negative thoughts and emotions.

Lord, in your mercy – Hear our prayer

God of Faithfulness, we pray for our amazing health care professionals, and for all frontline workers across Bermuda, who keep our country safe and functioning. Give them the physical and mental strength to get through another day and protect them as they deal with the current difficult situations caused by the pandemic.

Lord, in your mercy – Hear our prayer

God of Compassion, we pray for all those who mourn, and think especially of the family of Julian Steede, whose funeral was last week. Hold them tenderly in your arms and comfort them in their pain. Keep your healing hand over those who are ill, and those who care for them. We pray in our hearts now the names of those known personally to us who need your loving touch, comfort and peace. (SILENCE)

Lord, in your mercy – Hear our prayer

Loving God, we thank you that you hear our prayers and reach out and touch the lives of those for whom we pray. Let your light shine through our lives, revealing more of your love to the world around us.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Music

Song 1: Great is the Lord (and most worthy of praise)
Song 2: In Christ Alone
Song 3: Everlasting God

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