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    Today Is: Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Sun, 07 Feb 2021 -- The Lectionary Cycle is: B

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Collect for: Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Old Testament
Isaiah 40:21-24, 27-31

21 Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22 It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. 23 He brings the princes to nothing; He makes the judges of the earth useless. 24 Scarcely shall they be planted, Scarcely shall they be sown, Scarcely shall their stock take root in the earth, When He will also blow on them, And they will wither, And the whirlwind will take them away like stubble.

27 Why do you say, O Jacob, And speak, O Israel: 'My way is hidden from the LORD, And my just claim is passed over by my God'? 28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on 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.

Officiant: The Word of the Lord.
The People: Thanks be to God.


Psalm
Psalm 147

1 Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful. 2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem; He gathers together the outcasts of Israel.
Praise God for His Word and Providence

3 He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. 4 He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.
Praise God for His Word and Providence

5 Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. 6 The LORD lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground.
Praise God for His Word and Providence

7 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; Sing praises on the harp to our God, 8 Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who prepares rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
Praise God for His Word and Providence



*At the end of the Psalms this is sung or said
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


New Testament
1 Corinthians 9:16-23

16 For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! 17 For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship. 18 What is my reward then? That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel. 19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; 22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 Now this I do for the gospel's sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.

Officiant: The Word of the Lord.
The People: Thanks be to God.


Gospel
Mark 1:32-39

Introduction to the Gospel:
Deacon:The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you. Or And with your spirit
Deacon: May the Lord be on our minds, on our lips, and on our hearts as we hear His Holy Gospel. The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark.
People: Glory to You, Lord Christ.
Deacon: We are reading from Mark's Gospel chapter 1, beginning at verse 32.

32 At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. 33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34 Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him. 35 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. 36 And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him. 37 When they found Him, they said to Him, 'Everyone is looking for You.' 38 But He said to them, 'Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.' 39 And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.

After the Gospel reading, the deacon elevates the book and says:

Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to You, Lord Christ.

Prayers of the People

Prayers of the People for: Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Brothers and sisters, the Lord at all times listens to the cries of His people.
Therefore, let us turn to Him with confidence for our needs and the needs of the whole world. For the Patriarch, all Bishops, Priests and Deacons; that they will boldly preach 'the Kingdom of God is at hand'.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

For the Church in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

For the Church in North America, South America and the outer most parts of the Earth.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

For men and women who minister to the sick and dying; that they will be strengthened in their ministry by Christ, the great healer.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

For those who despair because of past abortions; that they will repent and open their hearts and experience the merciful forgiveness of God.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

That there will be unity among God's living saints in matters which are essential, and respect for those difference that are non-essential with all wisdom and humility. 
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

For the outpouring of God's Holy Spirit and His Gifts upon His people.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

For our inner cities; that peace, justice and mercy will fill the streets.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father, You are the Everlasting God. Hear our prayer and give us the grace to run the race You have called us to and not grow weary.  We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN