January 31, 2021

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Readings:

Deuteronomy 18:15-20 “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet.”

Psalm 111 “Great are the works of the LORD.”

Corinthians 8:1-13 “Love builds up.”

Mark 1:21-28 Jesus heals the man possessed by an evil spirit.

COLLECT OF THE DAY

Almighty God, You know we live in the midst of so many dangers that in our frailty we cannot stand upright. Grant strength and protection to support us in all dangers and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

THEME

Jesus’ authority is unmistakable. He is the prophet foretold, who will speak the word of truth. This holy word of truth in Jesus commands, restrains, and rebukes evil spirits. Divine wisdom and action in Christ trump the knowledge of men. It is He alone who builds up people in everlasting love. We can only boast that Jesus loves us because we are fully known by God. By His authority, our weaknesses are cared for and our sins forgiven.

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Martin Luther’s Morning Prayer

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Martin Luther’s Evening Prayer

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over

Amen.