Service for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Rev. Gregory Mech, pastor | January 30, 2022 | Epiphany 4 | Immanuel Lutheran Church – Joplin, Missouri | 8:00 or 10:30 am
But Jesus said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” Luke 4
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The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
January 30, 2022 — Divine Service, Setting One
COLLECT OF THE DAY for Epiphany 4
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray. Almighty God, You know that 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.
HOLY GOSPEL Luke 4:31-44
The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the fourth chapter.
Glory to You, O Lord.
And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority. And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Ha! 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 when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. And they were all amazed and said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!” And reports about him went out into every place in the surrounding region.
And he arose and left the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they appealed to him on her behalf. And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her, and immediately she rose and began to serve them.
Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. And demons also came out of many, crying, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.
And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to You, O Christ.
HYMN “Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness” 849
Praise the One who breaks the darkness
With a liberating light;
Praise the One who frees the prisoners,
Turning blindness into sight.
Praise the One who preached the Gospel,
Healing every dread disease,
Calming storms, and feeding thousands
With the very Bread of peace.
Praise the One who blessed the children
With a strong, yet gentle, word;
Praise the One who drove out demons
With the piercing, two-edged sword.
Praise the One who brings cool water
To the desert’s burning sand;
From this well comes living water,
Quenching thirst in every land.
Let us praise the Word Incarnate,
Christ, who suffered in our place.
Jesus died and rose victorious
That we might know God by grace.
Let us sing for joy and gladness,
Seeing what our God has done;
Let us praise the true Redeemer,
Praise the One who makes us one.
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