Sunday February 4 2018 – The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.

 

These prayers are adapted from the Book of Common Prayer for use at home.

 

 

From Psalm 51

 

Open my lips, O Lord, *

and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, *

and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from your presence *

and take not your holy Spirit from me.

Give me the joy of your saving help again *

and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

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.

 

The Gospel for the Day

 

Mark 1:29-39

 

After Jesus and his disciples left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.

 

If you are feeling well enough, you can spend a few minutes thinking about this Gospel. When Jesus heals people he restores them to their place in their community. It might seem odd that Peter’s mother-in-law got up and made dinner, but that was what she would usually have done. She is restored to normal life.

 

The same with people with demons. Whatever demons are, whatever that means, these people were cut off from their usual life and their community. Jesus restores them.

 

And then, Jesus restores himself in prayer.

 

If you are sick, you are probably longing for a very practical sort of restoration. In the rest of your life – where do you pray that God will restore you? And where can you work to restore those who are cast out and separated? As we enter deeper and deeper into God’s presence throughout our lives, we are restored to our true selves and equipped to be those who heal and make whole in the world.

 

 

The First Song of Isaiah    Isaiah 12:2-6

 

Surely, it is God who saves me; *

I will trust in him and not be afraid.

For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, *

and he will be my Savior.

Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing *

from the springs of salvation.

And on that day you shall say, *

Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name;

Make his deeds known among the peoples; *

see that they remember that his Name is exalted.

Sing the praises of the Lord, for he has done great things, *

and this is known in all the world.

Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy, *

for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.

 

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

 

 

Prayers

At the end of the formal prayers, take a minute to pray for those things which are on your heart and mind today.

 

Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church;

That we all may be one.

 

Grant that every member of the Church may truly and

humbly serve you;

That your Name may be glorified by all people.

 

We pray for all bishops, priests, and deacons;

That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and

Sacraments.

 

We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations

of the world;

That there may be justice and peace on the earth.

 

Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;

That our works may find favor in your sight.

 

Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble;

That they may be delivered from their distress.

 

Give to the departed eternal rest.

Let light perpetual shine upon them.

 

We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;

May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.

 

Let us pray for our own needs and those of others.

 

 

Silence

 

 

The Collect for today:

 

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.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

 

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy Name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Now, know that God is around you and within you, wait patiently in the peace of Christ, be of good faith with the Holy Spirit as your guardian and guide.