The 3rd Sunday of Epiphany – 27 Jan 2019 – Luke 4:14-21 ~ “The time of the Lord’s favor has come.”

Third Sunday of Epiphany

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

Lord God, whose compassion embraces all peoples, whose law is wisdom, freedom, and joy, fulfill in our midst your promise of favor, that we may receive the gospel of salvation with faith and, anointed by the Spirit, freely proclaim it. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

“O for a Thousand Tongues” – St Michael’s Singers


Gospel Reading: Luke 4:14-21 (NLT)

Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power. Reports about him spread quickly through the whole region. He taught regularly in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”

He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently. Then he began to speak to them. “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!”

Prayers of Intercession:

Heavenly Father: Pour out your Spirit on us that we may demonstrate the Good News of great joy given to us through your Son, Jesus Christ. We pray especially for –

+ Church leaders around the world – that they may faithfully preach and teach your Word….
+ All believers – that we may listen to your Word and faithfully put it into practice….
+ Persecuted believers – that they be delivered from evil and refreshed in faith and hope….
+ The poor, the captive, the blind, and oppressed – that they might experience your favor….
+ The sick in body, mind, and spirit – that they may experience healing in this life, and perfect wholeness in the life to come….
+ Those who have died in Christ – that all your promises to them may be fulfilled as they enter into the glory of your presence….

Heavenly Father: Your words are spirit and life. Soften our hearts, change our minds, and bend our wills, that we may become joy-filled bearers of your Good News through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

“Joy of the Lord” – Rend Collective Experiment


Blessing – Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to him who is able to do far more than all that we ask or imagine, according to his power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!