Third Sunday after EPIPHANY 2024

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With your presence,Lord,our Head and Savior.
Bless them all we humbly pray.
Our dear heavenly father’s love and favor.
Be their comfort every day.
May God’s spirit now in each proceeding.
Favor them with his most gracious leading.
Thus shall they be truly blessed.
Both in labor and in rest.

O, Lord, our God, your wisdom and power are beyond our comprehension. Yet our hearts know you intimately.

Our love for you and our awe of you join together in our praise to your Holy Name.

You are the One we turn to when we hear your invitation to be your disciples, when we feel the call to servanthood.

You, O Lord, provide strength and wisdom for each day and hope for the journey.

It is by faith in you that we respond to your call to serve.

We believe that you are our source of love and provide the resources for loving.

We believe that you redeem not only our lives but also our actions so that our small human offerings have divine results.

We believe that your Spirit empowers us to be all that you created us to be for your purpose.

et the call to serve can at times be overwhelming. The need before us is more than one person can handle alone.

We thank you, Lord, for calling us to work as one body. Your Body is made manifest in us as we work together to serve your children.

Lord, many disciple workers in our community show your love through their actions.

They shelter the homeless. They feed the hungry. They accompany the elderly. They champion the battle with mental illness. They help others become better parents. They donate blood, their sweat and their personal belongings.

Lord, many disciple workers in our church generously offer their lives to your serve.

They teach your Word. They visit the sick and home bound. They provide fellowship for our church family. They serve as leaders and decision makers. They make worship a meaningful experience. They welcome strangers among us. They support our ministry in prayer and with words of encouragement. They serve through the various ministries of our congregation, of the wider church and through ecumenical groups.

Lord, we thank you for these disciple workers whom you have joined together for your purpose.

We thank you for faithful servants who love what they believe, and believe what they live. We thank you for the Spirit of Christ which dwells in such disciple workers in our church and community.

By your grace, Lord, we stand among those who will hear you say, “I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you clothed me, sick, and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.”

And we will say, “Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or in prison?

And you will assure us, Lord, with your words, “Just as you have done it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways;
re clothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper reverence, praise.

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Father, we confess that we have sinned against you, yet we know that you love us still. In your steadfast love, forgive our feeble worship which we offer to you; pardon our paltry praise; extend your mercy to us in our failure to be genuine in our fellowship one with other; and absolve our tendency to neglect attending to the needs of those who are the least among us.

Reclaim us as your own for we truly repent of our sins as we resolve to follow in our Lord’s footsteps. We embrace our Father’s promise to us: a new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. AMEN

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