Worship audio from Epiphany 5B (February 4, 2018). Bulletin here or below the notes.
Green Pastures with Jesus is the daily podcast from Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church of Fairmont, MN. Here you’ll find a variety of segments to lead you to the green pastures of the Word of God, where our Good Shepherd feeds our faith.
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Welcome to Shepherd of the Lakes! We’re here to shepherd Christ’s flock and seek the lost sheep by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with all. Come, let us worship!
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Lord Jesus, you gave glimpses of your divine power, glory, and honor – but those glimpses were not as important as your preaching. Grant that I hear your voice in Holy Scripture today; send your promised Holy Spirit to enliven and strengthen my faith. AMEN.
The New Life of Faith:
We are regenerated and receive the Holy Spirit for the very reason that the new life may produce new works, new dispositions, the fear and love of God, hatred of lustful desires (concupiscence), and so on. This faith arises in repentance and should be established and grow amid good works, temptations, and dangers. This is so that we may continually be more firmly persuaded that God cares for us, forgives us, and hears us for Christ’s sake. This is not learned without many and great struggles. How often is conscience aroused, how often does it awaken even to despair when it shows either old or new sins, or the impurity of our nature! This handwriting is not blotted out without a great struggle [Colossians 2:14]. Experience testifies what a difficult matter faith is. While we are encouraged in the midst of the terrors and receive comfort, other spiritual movements grow at the same time: knowledge of God, fear of God, hope and love of God. We are “renewed,” as Paul says, “in knowledge after the image of its creator” (Colossians 3:10) and, “Beholding the glory of the Lord, [we] are being transformed into the same image” (2 Corinthians 3:18). In other words, we receive the true knowledge of God, so that we truly fear Him, we truly trust that we are cared for by Him, and that we are heard by Him.
Apology to the Augsburg Confession, Article 3 (Concordia p. 135)
Jesus could raise the dead, heal the sick, and drive out demons. But when the crowds came to him in droves, he left that area to preach somewhere else! What do we learn about our Christian purpose? How does Christ’s singleminded purpose serve as practical comfort for us today?
OPENING HYMN: 238 – Oh, Bless the Lord, My Soul
LITURGY: Common Service with Holy Communion, p. 15
PRAYER OF THE DAY:
M: Almighty God, you sent your one and only Son as the Word of life for our eyes to see and our ears to hear. Help us to believe what the Scriptures proclaim about him and do the things that are pleasing in your sight; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
FIRST READING: 2 Kings 5:1-14
God’s visible power over sickness foreshadows the invisible power of the gospel:
Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the Lord had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.
2 Now bands from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. 3 She said to her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.”
4 Naaman went to his master and told him what the girl from Israel had said. 5 “By all means, go,” the king of Aram replied. “I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” So Naaman left, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold and ten sets of clothing. ...cont...
6 The letter that he took to the king of Israel read: “With this letter I am sending my servant Naaman to you so that you may cure him of his leprosy.”
7 As soon as the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his robes and said, “Am I God? Can I kill and bring back to life? Why does this fellow send someone to me to be cured of his leprosy? See how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me!”
8 When Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his robes, he sent him this message: “Why have you torn your robes? Have the man come to me and he will know that there is a prophet in Israel.” 9 So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.”
11 But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than any of the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage.
13 Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” 14 So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God!
PSALM: 103, p. 105
SECOND READING: Romans 8:28-30
God makes eternally-good, blessed use of all things in the lives of the elect:
28We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose, 29because those God foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he would be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those he predestined, he also called. Those he called, he also justified. And those he justified, he also glorified.
THEME VERSE: John 8:12
Alleluia. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Alleluia.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
GOSPEL READING: Mark 1:29-39
Christ reveals his glory through miracles – and those miracles reveal a greater truth:
Glory be to you, O Lord!
29They left the synagogue and went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30Simon’s mother-in-law was lying in bed, sick with a fever. Without delay they told Jesus about her. 31He went to her, took her by the hand, and raised her up. The fever left her, and she began to serve them.
32That evening, when the sun had set, the people kept bringing to him all who were sick and demon-possessed. 33The whole town gathered at the door. 34He healed many people who were sick with various diseases and drove out many demons. But he did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew who he was.
35Jesus got up early in the morning, while it was still dark, and went out. He withdrew to a solitary place and was praying there. 36Simon and his companions searched for him, 37and, when they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is looking for you!”
38He told them, “Let’s go somewhere else, to the neighboring villages, so that I can preach there too. In fact, that is why I have come.” 39Then he went throughout the whole region of Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
This is the Gospel of our Lord Jesus.
Praise be to you, O Christ!
HYMN OF THE DAY: 93 – Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
SERMON based on Mark 1: The Practical Benefit of Christ’s Divine Purpose
CONFESSION OF FAITH: Nicene Creed, p. 31
PRAYER & LORD’S PRAYER
For our Holy Communion practice, please see the purple sheet in the pew racks.
COMMUNION LITURGY: p. 33
DISTRIBUTION HYMN: 312 – Lord Jesus Christ, You Have Prepared
SONG OF SIMEON: CW p. 24
CLOSING HYMN: 760 – When Peace Like a River (back cover)
Lenten worship starts Wednesday, February 14 with supper at 6 PM and worship at 7 PM. Our Lenten series will look at Jesus as our High Priest.
If you are in need of pastoral care toward the end of next week, contact Chris Sulzle: (507) 235-8940.
Our 2017 Annual Report is at the back table. Watch the Messenger for a link to our 2017 Wisconsin Synod annual report!
Today 1 Samuel 5
9:30 - Epiphany 5 Worship with Holy Communion
10:45 - Sunday School, Annual Voters’ Mtg
Monday 1 Samuel 6
Tuesday 1 Samuel 7
7 PM - CAP Class (Christ’s Threefold Office)
Wednesday 1 Samuel 8
5-6:45 PM - Small Catechism Class
6, 8 PM - www.wels.net/interactivefaith
Thursday 1 Samuel 9
6 PM - Choir
Friday 1 Samuel 10
Saturday 1 Samuel 11
Sunday 1 Samuel 12
9:30 - Transfiguration Sunday Worship
10:45 - Sunday School & Bible Class (Genesis 6)