Sunday Worship Service, 31 January 2021

Jesus heals the man with unclean spirits named Legion Luke 8:29-30

Order of Worship for Sunday, January 31, 2021


In Deuteronomy God promises to raise up a prophet like Moses, who will speak for God; in Psalm 111 God shows the people the power of God’s works. For the church these are ways of pointing to the unique authority people sensed in Jesus’ actions and words. We encounter that authority in God’s word, around which we gather, the word that prevails over any lesser spirit that would claim power over us, freeing us to follow Jesus.

Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, whose voice is upon the waters, whose mercy is poured out upon all people, whose goodness cascades over all creation.


Let us confess our sin, trusting in the abundant grace of God.

Holy God,

you search us and know us. You are acquainted with all our ways. We confess that our hearts are burdened by sin— our own sins and the broken systems that bind us. We turn inward, failing to follow your outward way of love. We distrust those who are not like us. We exploit the earth and its resources and fail to consider generations to come. Forgive us, gracious God, for all we have done and left undone. Even before the words are on our tongues, you know them; receive them in your divine mercy.


How vast is God’s grace! Through the power and promise of ☩ Christ Jesus, our sins are washed away and we are claimed as God’s own beloved. Indeed, we are forgiven. In the wake of God’s forgiveness, we are called to be the beloved community living out Christ’s justice and the Spirit’s reconciling peace.


Opening Hymn: ELW 507- “O God of Light,” verses 1, 2 & 3.

Prayer of the Day

Compassionate God, you gather the whole universe into your radiant presence and continually reveal your Son as our Savior. Bring wholeness to all that is broken and speak truth to us in our confusion, that all creation will see and know your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


First Reading: Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Today’s reading is part of a longer discourse in Deuteronomy, an updating of the law for the Israelite community as the people wait to enter the promised land. Here Moses assures the people that God will continue to guide them through prophets who will proclaim the divine word.

Moses said: 15The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet. 16This is what you requested of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said: “If I hear the voice of the Lord my God any more, or ever again see this great fire, I will die.” 17Then the Lord replied to me: “They are right in what they have said. 18I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command. 19Anyone who does not heed the words that the prophet shall speak in my name, I myself will hold accountable. 20But any prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, or who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded the prophet to speak—that prophet shall die.”

Gospel: Mark 1:21-28

Forces that would bring death and disease have taken hold of a man, yet they recognize Jesus and know what his power means for them. Jesus commands these forces to leave and people are amazed at his authority.

21Jesus and his disciples went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught.22They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 24and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” 25But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

Sermon: Pastor Chris Lee

Hymn of the Day: ELW 665- “Rise, Shine, You People!” verses 1, 3 & 4.

Prayers of Intercession

Guided by Christ made known to the nations, let us offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all people in need.

For all who share the gospel and proclaim freedom in Christ throughout the world: prophets, teachers, pastors, deacons, and lay leaders; for the church and its ministries, in all times and in all places, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For all God’s works in creation: plants and animals, water and soil, forests and farms; and for those tasked with protecting our natural resources and all that exists, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For government and leaders: cities and nations, rescue professionals and legal aid attorneys, elected officials and grassroots organizers; for all responsible for the well-being of civil society, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For those who suffer in mind, body, or spirit: those who are sick and hospitalized, those living with HIV/AIDS, those struggling with mental illness, those who are hungry or homeless, and all in any need especially Tim Anderson; Kayli Bird; Wanda Esping; Wayne Esping; Patrick Esping; Ricky Lindquist; Helen Schubert; Mariah Pearson; and Dan Wolever; for caregivers, hospice workers, and home health aides, for all those we name before you, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

You turn our mourning into joy. We give thanks for all those who have died in the faith, especially Marianne Marshall. With all the saints, give us our inheritance in Christ. In the fullness of time, gather us all together in your mercy, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For the concerns of this congregation: those who travel, those absent from worship, those celebrating birthdays or anniversaries; for the people of God in this place and for other needs in our community, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For the covenant God made with us in the waters of baptism, in thanksgiving for the baptized who have died in the Lord, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

Merciful God, hear the prayers of your people, spoken or silent, for the sake of the one who dwells among us, your Son, Jesus Christ our Savior.


The Great Thanksgiving

The Lord’s Prayer

Communion Anthem: ELW 481- “Come to the Table.” Vocalists: Brittany & Miriam Anderson, and Pam Edwards.

Prayer after Communion

Christ Jesus, at this table we have feasted on your very life and are strengthened for our journey. Send us forth from this banquet nourished in body and in spirit to proclaim your good news and serve others in your name. Amen.


God the creator strengthen you; Jesus the beloved fill you; and the Holy Spirit the comforter ☩ keep you in peace. Amen.

Sending Hymn: ELW 655- “Son of God, Eternal Savior,” verses 1, 3 & 4.


Go in peace. Be the light of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

Postlude: “I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy,”- Cooke (Public Domain). Vocalists: Abbigail & Amaya Lee and Brittany & Miriam Anderson.

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Image credits: Jesus Unclean Spirit, and Jesus Unclean Spirits,

Music credits:

Organist/Pianist: Pam Edwards. Vocalists: Brittany & Miriam Anderson; Abbigail & Amaya Lee.

“O God of Light.” Text: Sarah E. Taylor, 1883 – 1954, alt.. Music: H. Barrie Cabena, b. 1933. Text copyright 1952, ren. 1980 The Hymn Society, admin. Hope Publishing Company. Music copyright 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, admin. Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“Rise, Shine, You People!” Text: Ronald A. Klug, b. 1939, alt.. Music: Dale Wood, 1934 – 2003. Text and music copyright 1974 Augsburg Publishing House. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“Come to the Table.” Text: Claire Cloninger, b. 1942. Music: Martin J. Nystrom, b. 1956. Text and music copyright 1991 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music; Juniper Landing Music, admin. Word Music; and Word Music. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI with license #11114590.

“Son of God, Eternal Savior.” Text: Somerset C. Lowry, 1855 – 1932. Music: Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlities en Contradansen, 1710; arr. Julius Rontgen, 1855 – 1932. Public domain.

“I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy,” George W. Cooke. Public Domain.

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