Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

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This Sunday is Youth Sunday and our youth have been working to share the good news found in our readings. In the reading from Deuteronomy we hear about the qualifications of prophets and their messages. We make our response using Psalm 111 where we declare that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and we remind one another that true authority comes from God. Jesus, having gathered the disciples last week, comes into his own this week as he exerts some of this authority over an unclean spirit. Interestingly, even though the people are unfamiliar with Jesus, the spirit knows who Jesus is right away. God’s authority is in plain view in the person and ministry of Jesus and we are called to share the good news that God’s rule is a rule of love.

Readings

Deuteronomy 18:15-20
The prophet speaks with God’s authority

Psalm 111
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom

1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Limits to liberty: the case of food offered to idols.

Mark 1:21-28
The healing of one with an unclean spirit

Worship Music

This week’s hymn of the day Songs of Thankfulness and Praise uses the word manifest in a number of ways (we sing the word 11 times!) to speak to the authority which rests in Jesus. We sing of many ways that Jesus, “God in flesh made manifest,” reveals God’s power and majesty through ministry. The end of this song has us praying to God that we may be granted grace to imitate such lovingkindness. The youth today take up the themes of healing and spiritual gifts with a recording of There is a Balm in Gilead.

Reflection Questions

Jesus heals the person with the unclean spirit with no hesitation or judgment. What example does this set for us when we encounter those around us who are hurting?

God’s authority continues into our time. In what ways does God call St. Peter’s to serve the less fortunate and to spread the good news of God’s love?

Dr. Adam Lefever Hughes

Director of Music

As the Director of Music, I help the St. Peter’s community proclaim the gospel story and share the goodness of God through worship and music.

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