The 6th Sunday of Epiphany – 17 Feb 2019 – Luke 6:17-26 ~ Blessing & Sorrow

Sixth Sunday of Epiphany

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

Opening Prayer

Faithful God: You alone can satisfy our deepest hungers and protect us from the lure of wealth and power; move our hearts to seek first your kingdom, that ours may be the security and joy of those who place their trust in you. We pray 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
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“Psalm 1” – Kim Hill

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Gospel Reading: Luke 6:17-26 (NLT)

Crowds Follow Jesus

When they came down from the mountain, the disciples stood with Jesus on a large, level area, surrounded by many of his followers and by the crowds. There were people from all over Judea and from Jerusalem and from as far north as the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those troubled by evil spirits were healed. Everyone tried to touch him, because healing power went out from him, and he healed everyone.

The Beatitudes

Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said,

  • “God blesses you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours.
  • God blesses you who are hungry now, for you will be satisfied.
  • God blesses you who weep now, for in due time you will laugh.
  • What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man. When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, their ancestors treated the ancient prophets that same way.”

Sorrows Foretold

  • “What sorrow awaits you who are rich, for you have your only happiness now.
  • What sorrow awaits you who are fat and prosperous now, for a time of awful hunger awaits you.
  • What sorrow awaits you who laugh now, for your laughing will turn to mourning and sorrow.
  • What sorrow awaits you who are praised by the crowds, for their ancestors also praised false prophets.”

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Prayers of Intercession:

Faithful God: Trusting in your mercy and loving-kindness, hear our prayers –

+ For church leaders, that they delight in your Word and practice what they preach….
+ For church leaders, that they comfort the distressed and distress the comfortable….
+ For all believers, that we listen to the good news of your Kingdom and grow in faith and obedience….
+ For all who are troubled by spirits, that they be healed and restored by your Word and Spirit….
+ For all who are sick and broken, that they be healed and restored by your Word and Spirit….
+ For all who are distressed and dislocated by war and violence, that they be delivered from evil and their communities rebuilt….
+ For government and regional leaders, that they protect the people under their care and administer justice for all….

Faithful God: We rejoice in the mercy you show us, and look forward to our home in heaven, secured through faith in your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God – the same yesterday, today, and forever. Amen.
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“Lord I Need You” – Matt Maher

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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!



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