Lectionary -- Epiphany 5 (Ordinary 5) Year B
 

Isaiah 40: 21-31 The Creator of the ends of the earth
Psalm 147: 1-11, 20c Praise the Lord! .... How great is our Lord
1 Corinthians 9: 16-23 all things ... for the sake of the gospel
Mark 1: 29-39 Jesus healed Simon's mother-in-law

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Suggested Hymns from Denis Towner
(TIS = Together in Song; AHB = The Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)

Isaiah 40: 21-31
By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered TIS.617 SA.15
God is love: let heaven adore him TIS.153 AHB.93
God of mercy, God of grace TIS.452 AHB.379
Have you not known, have you not heard AHB.35

Psalm 147: 1-11, 20c
Praise now the Lord, it's good to raise TIS.91
Sing to God with joy and gladness TIS.92
Sing praise to God who reigns above TIS.110 AHB.27

1 Corinthians 9: 16-23
I will sing the wondrous story TIS.233 AHB.173
Now there is no male or female SFGP.62
O Spirit of the living God TIS.405 AHB.318
We have a gospel to proclaim TIS.245 AHB.189
We have this ministry and we are not discouraged SFGP.76

Mark 1: 29-39
At even when the sun was set AHB.169
Brother, you on your heart did bear AHB.538
Immortal love, for ever full AHB.168
Jesus' hands were kind hands TIS.236 AHB.178
O Christ the healer, we have come TIS.638 Supp.LH.815
Where cross the crowded ways of life TIS.608 AHB.532
Your arm, O Lord, in days of old AHB.167

Sermon summary

God the Creator: ancient and modern

Notes have been posted for a complete sermon on belief in God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, based on the Old Testament reading from Isaiah 40. Its emphasis is on celebrating the faithfulness of God that is seen in his nature as both Creator and Saviour. It concludes with a view that we can be inspired to belief in God as both powerful and loving, even if we have in that passage a clear example of the "pre-scientific" world view, the three decker universe, in which God sits above the circle of the earth, and which it raises again the question of how to speak of God in a world often estranged from the church by such visions of the Creator. Modern cosmology, nevertheless, although it is never free from the prejudice of the theorist who produced it, especially where outdated "scientism" prevails, is not so far removed from Christian understanding as is often assumed. As Paul Davies puts it, in books such as "The Mind of God", deep study of theoretical physics can lead to the conclusion that it is not all an accident, but that "the universe is about something". There is plenty for room for debate in which Christians can participate honestly, without fear of what may be discovered.

Christians should not give up on talk of God as Creator, but neither do we need to retreat defensively into uses of the Bible to oppose good science. We have nothing to fear from the truth obtained from observation. It will not contradict what we learn from revelation. On the contrary, modern science depends upon basic attitudes which have been developed exclusively in Christian culture. For further background on this theme of science and creation see the sermons Creation: Faith and Science and The Wholeness of Miracles, and the note at the end of the latter for references, especially the recent work of Harold Turner on the history Christian faith and science.

Order of service - Epiphany 5 Year B

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP
Let us worship God:
Those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40: 31).
COLLECT FOR PURITY
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

HYMN 161 Tell out my soul the greatness of the Lord

PRAYER OF ADORATION
CONFESSION - Unitng in Worship p. 59
DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
If we say we have no sin, the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. - 1 John 1: 7-9.
Hear then Christ's word of grace to us: Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.
DOXOLOGY:
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME
READINGS
Isaiah 40: 21-31 The Creator of the ends of the earth
Psalm 147:1-11 Praise the Lord! Read responsively p. 352
Mark 1: 29-39 Jesus healed Simon's mother-in-law

HYMN 452 God of mercy, God of grace

SERMON
NICINE CREED - p. 62
OFFERING
SHARING TIME [Notices, Celebrations and requests for intercessions]
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

The Lord's Supper

THE PEACE
HYMN 526 Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us
GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING - p. 65
THE LORD'S PRAYER - p. 66
BREAKING THE BREAD
THE LAMB OF GOD - p. 67
COMMUNION
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

The Sending Forth of the People of God


HYMN 608 Where cross the crowded ways of life
WORD OF MISSION
BLESSING
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.  

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