The 4th Sunday of Epiphany – 03 Feb 2019 – Luke 4:21-32 ~ familiarity breeds contempt

Fourth Sunday of Epiphany

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

Opening Prayer

God of salvation: In your Son – Jesus Christ – the Word made man, you announce freedom and call us to follow him. As we marvel at his grace and beauty, strengthen us in faith, and empower us with your Spirit, that we may faithfully follow wherever he leads us. We pray in Jesus’ name, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

“You’re Beautiful” – Phil Wickham


Gospel Reading: Luke 4:21-32 (NLT)

Then he began to speak to them. “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!”

Everyone spoke well of him and was amazed by the gracious words that came from his lips. “How can this be?” they asked. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”

Then he said, “You will undoubtedly quote me this proverb: ‘Physician, heal yourself’—meaning, ‘Do miracles here in your hometown like those you did in Capernaum.’ But I tell you the truth, no prophet is accepted in his own hometown.

“Certainly there were many needy widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the heavens were closed for three and a half years, and a severe famine devastated the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them. He was sent instead to a foreigner—a widow of Zarephath in the land of Sidon. And many in Israel had leprosy in the time of the prophet Elisha, but the only one healed was Naaman, a Syrian.”

When they heard this, the people in the synagogue were furious. Jumping up, they mobbed him and forced him to the edge of the hill on which the town was built. They intended to push him over the cliff, but he passed right through the crowd and went on his way.

Then Jesus went to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and taught there in the synagogue every Sabbath day. There, too, the people were amazed at his teaching, for he spoke with authority.

Prayers of Intercession:

Almighty God: Our world is becoming increasingly hostile to the Good News of your Son, Jesus Christ. Grant us your mercy, that we may be a light to the nations – a source of help, and healing, and hope. We pray especially –

+ For church leaders everywhere, that they may faithfully proclaim Jesus Christ and him crucified….
+ For believers everywhere, that our lives may reflect the compelling love of Christ….
+ For believers suffering great persecution, that they may be delivered from evil and receive hope and help….
+ For believers called as prophets, that they may speak your Word truthfully, even if it isn’t the popular thing to do….
+ For all who are sick, that they may receive healing in body, mind, and spirit and acknowledge Jesus as Lord….
+ For all who are seeking truth, that they may discover the Good News of Your Son, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life….
+ For all who have died in Christ Jesus, that they may experience perfect wholeness and pure joy in your eternal presence….

Almighty God: You are our Rock and our Refuge. Hear our prayers and grant us your sustaining mercy and grace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

“What A Beautiful Name” – Hillsong Worship


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!