Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Liturgy: Fourth Sunday After Epiphany, Mark 5:21-43 (January 28, 2024)

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Hymn GTG #386, “Come, Worship God”
Hymn GTG #466, “Come and Fill Our Hearts”
Hymn GTG #27, “Sacred the Body”

*Call to Worship (Mark 5:23, 34)

Leader: Jairus begged Jesus to heal his daughter,
People: And Jesus raised her from the dead.
Leader: A hemorrhaging woman touched the hem of Jesus’ garment,
People: And Jesus proclaimed that her faith had made her well.
Leader: When others ask, “Why bother with this Jesus?”
People: We will answer, “Because he offers wholeness of body and sprit to all who seek him.”

Call to Confession (based on Mark 5:30-34)

Leader: We fear that in confessing our sin to God, we invite divine condemnation. But in reality, Christ’s greatest desire is to heal our spirits and make us whole. Let us, therefore, tell him the whole truth, so that we might discover in him a peace that surpasses all understanding.

Popcorn Prayer of Confession (based on Mark 5:39-42)

You are invited to speak a word or short phrase that describes a personal or collective sin of which you repent and seek forgiveness.

When the gathered community is finished sharing, we pray together:

People: Great Physician, we look to you for healing, yet we are skeptical of your abilities. We falsely believe that some maladies are beyond your capacity to heal, some sins are beyond your capacity to forgive, forgetting that even death is subject to your will. Forgive us our doubt and our hopelessness. Help us to release our fear and trust in you. In your mercy, hear our prayers…

(Silent prayers of personal confession)

Declaration of Forgiveness (based on Mark 5:41)

Leader: Even as we bow our heads in repentance, Jesus is calling to us: “Get up!” For we have already died to our sins and been given new life in Christ. Hear the Good News: in Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
People: Thanks be to God!

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