Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Call to Worship

Based on Psalm111

Leader: Come praise the LORD! Give thanks to the LORD with all your heart, in the company of the upright, and in the congregation.

Congregation: Great are the works of the LORD, Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.

Leader: He has caused his works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and merciful. He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the inheritance of the nations.

Congregation: The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy; 

Leader: He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name!

Congregation: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; His praise endures forever!

Let’s worship together!

Song of Rejoicing – Praise to the Lord the Almighty/ Only a Holy God

Reading of the Scriptures – Deuteronomy 18:15-20

“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ And the Lord said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him. But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’

Prayer of Confession

The Apostle Paul tells us that what is most essential in our conduct as Christians is not knowledge, but love.  And that what we know is less important than our being known by God. So, we confess…

The times when we have used knowledge in ways which put people down rather than build them up. God, source of all knowledge, forgive us.

When we see people being exploited because of lack of knowledge, and do nothing. God, source of all goodness, forgive us. 

When we have idolized knowledge at the expense of loving and caring for others. God, source of all love, forgive us.

When we have ridiculed others for having a weak and feeble faith because they appear to lack wisdom; God, source of all wisdom, forgive us.

(A time of silence for personal confession)

Forgive us, O God, for seeing good only in what we understand and accept as your truths. Remind us of Paul’s words ‘If I have all knowledge but do not have love, I am nothing.’  Touch us, teach us, heal us and make us newly aware of your love and forgiveness. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Pastoral Prayer

Song of Rejoicing – Tis’ So Sweet to Trust in Jesus/ Turn your Eyes Upon Jesus

Reading of the Scriptures – 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that “We all possess knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. But whoever loves God is known by God.

So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that “An idol is nothing at all in the world” and that “There is no God but one.” For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.

But not everyone possesses this knowledge. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat sacrificial food they think of it as having been sacrificed to a god, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled. But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.

Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols? So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. When you sin against them in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.

Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.

Songs of Reflection – Speak, O Lord

The Word 

Song of Response – Be Thou My Vision

Benediction

Please take the time to look over the Order of Service for this Sunday and use it to prepare your minds and hearts to gather in the name of Jesus. A downloadable version of this Order of Service is available for you here to open and use this Sunday to follow along. We will begin our liturgy this Sunday at 9:30am followed by our morning message from one of our pastors. Additional music will follow for worship and reflection after the sermon.

If you would like to make yourself familiar with the music for this Sunday, you can find the songs listed in the Order of Service at the top of our Spotify playlist found here. Each week our playlist will be updated so that you can familiarize yourself with the music.

We look forward to our time together this Sunday morning via Facebook Live from our Redeemer Church Facebook page.