31 January 2021

A Service For Use in the Home

Epiphany 4

The following service order is intended for use in the home at a time when our congregation cannot gather. It may be lead by a family member, or if you live alone, you may use it by yourself, in which case, simply say all parts. Of course this is not intended to be a substitute for the Divine Service of the gathered church, but as a provision for household devotion and prayer. You may also use the daily service orders of Matins, Morning Prayer, Vespers, Evening Prayer, or Compline depending on the time of day. For a simple service order, see Daily Prayer (LSB p. 294ff) .

Leader: O Lord, open my lips.
Response: And my mouth will declare your praise.
L: Make haste, O God, to deliver me.
R: Make haste to help me, O Lord.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

L: Many are the sorrows of the wicked
R: but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD.
L: Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
R: whose sin is covered.
L: Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity,
R: and in who spirit there is no deceit.
L:I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity,
R: I said, “I will cofess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.
L: Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;
R: surely in the rush of great watersm they shall not reach him.
L: You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble;
R: you surround me with shouts of deliverance.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

L: Many are the sorrows of the wicked
R: but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD.

L: Almighty God, You know we live in the midst of so many dangers that in our frailty we cannot stand upright. Grant strength and protection to support us in all dangers and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
R: Amen.

READINGS FROM HOLY SCRIPTURE
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Psalm 111
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28

L: Praise the LORD, all nations!
R: Extol him, all peoples!
L: For great is his steadfast love toward us,
R: and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.
L: Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
R: bring an offering, and come into his courts!

HYMN #842  Son of God, Eternal Savior

SERMON – Mark 1:21-28

The Apostles’ Creed (confessed all together)

THE PRAYERS

Gracious God our Father in heaven, Your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, silenced the unclean spirit in the synagogue by the power His Word. Baptized into Him and clinging to His Word, we are bold to pray:

For your holy church scattered throughout the world, for our brothers and sisters in Christ who suffer persecution for the sake of the Gospel and for all who confess the name of Jesus; Lord, in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

For our fellowship in the Missouri Synod, for those who watch over our teaching and life together, for Matthew, Michael, and Paul, and for all pastors and teachers in Christ, 

For our fellow congregations including First Lutheran in El Cajon, CA,

For our missionaries including James Krey,

For our schools and seminaries, for our AfterSchool and for Vicki its director; Lord in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

For the government and all in authority, for the president of the nation, for the governor of the state, all legislators and judges, and those in public service; for your guidance upon all who hold public office that we would live peaceful lives in all godliness, uprightness, honor, and integrity; Lord in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

For our nation and its people, for those who protect us – our soldiers, police, fire, and emergency workers, for medical workers and all who attend to our health, for those who risk their own lives and health in service of others; Lord, in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

For relief from the pandemic; for the sick and dying; for knowledge to scientists seeking treatments and cures; for your benediction upon the medicines being discovered and deployed that it may be as oil and wine to our wounds; Lord, in your mercy….
R: Hear our prayer

For those who call upon you in their time of need: (everyone may speak the names of those for who they wish to pray); Lord, in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

For those yet to be born and for their mothers, that both mother and child would be kept in safety through childbirth; for those who celebrate the sacred gift of life on their birthdays, for Ted, Joseph, and Katrina; Lord in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

Into your hands we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, through your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord.  
R: Amen.

The Our Father (prayed together)

(Morning) I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

(Evening) I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

L: Let us bless the Lord.
R: Thanks be to God.

L: The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the +Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless and preserve us.
R: Amen.

#849 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness


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