Sunday, February 4th – 5th Sunday after the Epiphany

You can join the service, live or later, via YouTube. The stream begins at about 9:45 am, and the service begins at 10 am. You will also be able to watch or re-watch the stream on YouTube at any later time.

The order of service is available here. You might like to have it handy while joining the stream, as it includes the readings, all of the responses, and the words to the hymns–it makes it easier to join more fully into participating via the live-stream. It also includes particular prayers you might like to use while those physically present are receiving the Eucharist.

Today is the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany. Sundays and Seasons offers this reflection on the what we hear proclaimed as we worship together:
In Isaiah the one God who sits above the earth and numbers the stars also strengthens the powerless. So in Jesus’ healing work we see the hand of the creator God, lifting up the sick woman to health and service (diakonia). Like Simon’s mother-in-law, we are lifted up and healed to serve. Following Jesus, we strengthen the powerless; like Jesus, we seek to renew our own strength in quiet times of prayer.

Our cover image is a drawing in pen and wash by the artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, entitled “Christ Healing Peter’s Mother-in-Law” and dating to circa 1650—60. It’s in the collection of the Fondation Custodia, an art collection in Paris. This image is in the public domain.