Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

  Winter Sunrise

 Invitation to  Worship

Come, let us sing to  Adonai, the God of all creation!


O Holy One,+ open my lips.

~And my mouth will proclaim your praise.


All were amazed by his teaching,

~for he taught as one with authority, Alleluia!


Sunday Morning Hymn

Sing with all who love God’s glory,
sing the resurrection song!
Death and sorrow, earth’s dark story,
to the former days belong.
All around the clouds are breaking,
soon the storms of time shall cease;
In God’s likeness, we awaking,
know  the everlasting peace.



O what glory, far exceeding
all that eye has yet perceived!
Holiest hearts for ages waiting,
never that full joy conceived.
God has promised, Christ prepares it,
On that day our welcome waits;
Every humble spirit shares it,
Christ has passed th’eternal gates.



Life eternal! O what wonders
Crowd on faith; what joy unknown,
When, amidst earth’s closing thunders,
Saints shall stand before the throne!
O to enter that bright portal,
See that glowing firmament
Know with You,  O God immortal,
“Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”
Words: William J Irons, alt.; Music: Beethoven; Melody: Hymn to Joy 87.87.D




Blest is the one who comes,

who comes in the Name of Adonai. Alleluia!

Psalm 117/118

Give thanks,  Adonai is good,

God’s love endures for ever!

Now let Israel say:

“God’s love endures forever!”


Let the house of Aaron say,

“God’s love endures forever!”

Let all who revere Adonai say,

“God’s love endures forever!”


In distress, I called to Adonai

who answered and set me free.

Adonai is with me, I am not afraid;

What can they do to me?

Adonai, my Help, is with me,

I can face all that I fear.


Better to trust in Adonai

than rely on human help.

Better to trust in Adonai

than rely on generous hearts.


When all that I fear surrounded me

your Presence,  Adonai overwhelmed them;

When they surrounded me completely

your Presence overwhelmed them;

When they surrounded me like bees,

and blazed like a brushwood fire,

in your strong Presence I faced them!


I was pushed to falling,

but you, Adonai, gave me help.

My strength, my song is Adonai,

who has become my savior.


Glad songs of victory sound

from the tents of the just.

With right hand raised on high,

Adonai is strong to save.


I shall not die but live

to tell all that Adonai has done.

I was struck down and dwelling in darkness

but not doomed to die.


Open to me the gates of truth and justice,

let me praise God within them.

This is Adonai’s own gate,

which only the just may enter.

I thank you for you answered me,

and you became my savior.


The stone rejected by the builders

has become the cornerstone.

This is the work  of  Adonai,

it is amazing and wonderful in our eyes.


This is the day Adonai has made,

let us rejoice and be glad.

Adonai, give us the victory!

Adonai, grant us success!


Blest is the one who comes,

who comes in the Name of Adonai.

We bless you from the house of our God.

Adonai Elohim is our light:

adorn the altar with branches.


I  will thank you, my God,

I will praise you highly.

Give thanks, Adonai is good,

God’s love endures forever.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love;

as always before,

so now and evermore. Amen.

Blest is the one who comes,

who comes in the Name of Adonai. Alleluia!


 READING  Deuteronomy 18: 15-18

Moses spoke to all the people, saying:

“A prophet like me will the LORD, your God, raise up for you
from among your own kin; to him you shall listen.
This is exactly what you requested of ADONAI, your God, at Horeb
on the day of the assembly, when you said,
‘Let us not again hear the voice of ADONAI, our God,
nor see this great fire any more, lest we die.’
And ADONAI said to me, ‘This was well said.
I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their kin,
and will put my words into his mouth; he shall tell them all that I command him.


R.  The Spirit of Adonai is upon me; * for I am sent to bring good news to the poor.

 V.  I will proclaim liberty to all who are oppressed * for I am sent to bring good news to the poor.


Canticle of Zachariah


“What is this?
A new teaching with authority.
Even the unclean spirits listen and obey him.”

Blessed + be Adonai, the God of Israel,

Who visits this people to set us free

Raising for us a sign of salvation

In the house and family of David.


God promised throughout past ages

In words of holy prophets

To save us from our enemies,

And from the control of our oppressors.


Adonai favored our ancestors

And remembered the sacred covenant.

The pledge to Abraham and Sarah

Is now renewed for us;


That freed from the grip of our foes

We might worship without fear

And be both just and holy

For the rest of our days.


And you, child, called “prophet of the Most High,”

Will go ahead to prepare the way,

By teaching this people of salvation

Through forgiveness of their sins.


For the loving compassion of the Holy One

As the Rising Sun will shine upon us

To illumine the darkness and dispel death’s shadow

To guide our feet on the way of peace.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen

“What is this?
A new teaching with authority.
Even the unclean spirits listen and obey him.”


Litany of Intercession

That all who are astonished by Jesus’ teaching and claim to follow him may overcome what divides us and may join our voices in proclaiming good news for the poor, let us pray…

~ Hear us O God.


That political and economic leaders may be filled with God’s Spirit of compassion and lead with honesty, justice and a passion for the flourishing of all, let us pray…

~ Hear us O God.


That those who have received more may be freed to share their abundance with those who are oppressed by racism, classism, and violence, let us pray…

~ Hear us O God.


That the sacredness of all life and the rights of all human and all earthly beings may be upheld in the hearts and in the laws of all peoples and nations, let us pray…

~ Hear us O God.


Prayer of Jesus

Our Father …


Closing Prayer & Blessing

O Holy One, Source, Guide and Goal of all that is, You called and gifted Jesus for a ministry of teaching and proclaiming the gospel, and curing every disease and illness among the people.  You have called and gifted each of us to continue his mission and ministry in a great variety of ways with a wonderful diversity of gifts.  Help us to use our gifts wisely and to  channel our lives and our energies into preparing the way for your reign on Earth as it is in heaven where yours is the power and glory of love now and forever.  Amen.


May the Spirit of God + kindle in our hearts a passion for justice and a commitment to the poor.  ~Amen 


Let us bless Adonai.    ~Thanks be to God.