The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

January 29, 2023


Opening Hymn #542: Christ is the world’s true light

Priest Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: 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.

Priest The Lord be with you.
People And also with you.

Collect of the Day:

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The People may be seated for the readings. At the end of the First and Second Reading, the reader says, “The Word of the Lord” to which the people respond, “Thanks be to God!”

A reading from the Prophet Micah, Chapter 6, Verses 1 – 8

Hear what the LORD says:
Rise, plead your case before the mountains,
and let the hills hear your voice.
Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the LORD,
and you enduring foundations of the earth;
for the LORD has a controversy with his people,
and he will contend with Israel.

“O my people, what have I done to you?
In what have I wearied you? Answer me!
For I brought you up from the land of Egypt,
and redeemed you from the house of slavery;
and I sent before you Moses,
Aaron, and Miriam.

O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised,
what Balaam son of Beor answered him,
and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal,
that you may know the saving acts of the LORD.”
“With what shall I come before the LORD,
and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt-offerings,
with calves a year old?
Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,
with tens of thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the LORD require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?

Psalm 15

1 LORD, who may dwell in your tabernacle? *
who may abide upon your holy hill?
2 Whoever leads a blameless life and does what is right, *
who speaks the truth from his heart.
3 There is no guile upon his tongue;
he does no evil to his friend; *
he does not heap contempt upon his neighbor.
4 In his sight the wicked is rejected, *
but he honors those who fear the LORD.
5 He has sworn to do no wrong *
and does not take back his word.
6 He does not give his money in hope of gain, *
nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
7 Whoever does these things *
shall never be overthrown.

A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, Chapter 1, Verses 18 – 31

The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

Sequence Hymn #554: Tis the gift to be simple (sing twice)

The People stand for the reading of the Gospel.

Priest The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
People Glory to you, Lord Christ.

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew, Chapter 5, Verses 1 – 12

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Priest The Gospel of the Lord.
People Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The people may be seated for the sermon.

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father,
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Prayers of the People

Priest Let us pray for the Church and the world.

Intercessor We pray for God’s people throughout the world; for Michael, our Presiding Bishop; for Jos, our Bishop; for this gathering; and for all ministers and people. Pray for the Church.

Intercessor We pray for peace; for goodwill among nations; and for the well-being of all people. Pray for justice and peace.


Intercessor We pray for all those who are struggling and in hardship: for those who are sick; for those who are hungry; for those who are poor and oppressed; for those who are in prison. Pray for those in any need or trouble.

Intercessor We pray for all who seek God; for all who seek deeper knowledge in their spiritual life; for all who long for spiritual community. Pray that they may encounter God whom their soul desires.

Intercessor We pray in unison with our diocese for the Trinity Episcopal Church, Pocatello and our city leaders. Pray that all may have what they need to flourish.


Intercessor We pray for each other, especially Donna, Cheryl, Bill & Barbara, Mark & Kim, Cathy, Kathryn, Mike & Chuck, Karen & Keith, Brent, Susan, Linda, Karen & Daryl, King Family, Polly, Cathy & Gary, Faye, Addie, Betty, Mimi, Dean Family, Annette, Pat, Bruce & Janice, Robin, Debbie. Pray for one another.


Intercessor We pray for the departed. Pray for those who have died.


Priest O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the Peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Confession of Sin

Priest Jesus said, “The first commandment is this: Hear, O Israel: The Lord your God is the only Lord. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31

Priest Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

All Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you in
thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry
and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Priest Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

Priest The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People And also with you.

The peace is briefly shared. After the peace, a time for sharing and celebrating blessings and birthdays will follow.

The Offertory begins with the following:

Priest Through Christ let us offer to God the sacrifice of praise; but do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:15, 16
People We give you thanks, O God,
we give you thanks,
calling upon your Name
and declaring all your wonderful deeds. Psalm 75:1

Offertory Hymn #656: Blest are the pure in heart
The people stand to sing or sit as able.

After the Altar is prepared, the following is said:

Priest Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the splendor, and the majesty; for everything in heaven and on earth is yours. 1 Chron. 29: 11
People All things come from you, and of your own do we give you. 1 Chron. 29: 14

The Great Thanksgiving

The people remain standing.

Priest The Lord be with you.
People And also with you.
Priest Lift up your hearts.
People We lift them to the Lord.
Priest Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People It is right to give God thanks and praise.
Priest It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth – (The Priest now inserts a preface appropriate to the day)

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

Priest We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world.

In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore, according to his command, O Father,

All We remember his death,
We proclaim his resurrection,
We await his coming in glory;

Priest And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.

We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.

By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

All Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Priest The Gifts of God for the People of God.

People may be seated while waiting to come forward. All are welcome to share in communion. Gluten free bread is available. Hold out your hands to receive the bread. If you wish to come forward for a blessing only, cross your arms over your chest.

Communion Hymn:

Eucharistic Visit:
Donna Ellway

If a Eucharistic Visitor is being sent out to take communion to those unable to be present, they are sent with the following words:

Priest In the name of this congregation, I send you forth bearing these holy gifts that those to whom you go may share with us in the communion of Christ’s body and blood.
People We who are many are one body, because we all share one bread, one cup.

After Communion, the Priest says Let us pray.

All Eternal God, heavenly Father,
you have graciously accepted us as living members
of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ,
and you have fed us with spiritual food
in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.
Send us now into the world in peace,
and grant us strength and courage
to love and serve you
with gladness and singleness of heart;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Priest now blesses the people. It is appropriate to make the sign of the cross as a sign of receiving the blessing.

Priest May Christ, the Son of God, be manifest in you, that your lives may be a light to the world; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.

Priest Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
People Thanks be to God!

Closing Hymn #437: Tell out my soul, the greatness of the Lord!


All are invited to coffee hour in the parish hall. You can get there by heading outside under the covered walkway until you reach the parish hall doors on your left, or ask someone to show you! They’d be glad to join you for coffee hour.

The Altar Flowers are given by All Saints Episcopal Church, to the
Glory of God and in honor of the All Saints community.

Serving today:
10:00 A.M.
Celebrant: Fr. Joseph Farnes
Lectors: Stephanie Elder & Ed Lonsdale
Eucharistic Minister: Duncan Nims & Penny Sites
Altar Guild: ElsieLee McKlveen, & Linda Stark, & Holly Melgard
Usher: Ray Stark
Music Director: Shauna Emara
Camera: Ed Lonsdale

This Week

Food Truck: The Food Truck will be here January 30th at 5:30 P.M.; please come help us distribute food to our neighbors! Connect with Julie Walker if you’d like to assist.

Friendship Meal: The next Friendship Meal will be February 3rd and this month we are competing with a chili cook-off! Our guests will be the judges, so everyone come on by to try all the varieties! If you’d like to help out, you can sign-up here: Volunteers are needed to help cook and serve – we begin preparations at 2:30 and finish cooking by 5:00. Volunteers who serve help out from 5:00-7:00. Contact Mary Ellen Gallagher with any questions.

Looking Ahead

Coffee & Conversation: Join us on Saturday, February 4th, at 11:00 A.M. at the Trailside Bakery Café at 2919 W. State Street for some witty chitchat and great liquid refreshment!

Directory: It’s time for the annual update. Please double check your information and email the office with any changes. An updated directory will be available in February.

Creation Care: Our Creation Care committee is in need of your cardboard! Please bring your broken down boxes to church every Sunday for Dean, Bonnie, Mike, or Sarah.

Fr. Joseph’s Emergency Message Phone: If you are in need of pastoral care, please leave a message on Fr. Joseph’s emergency message phone at 208-917-2270. Include your name, a call-back number, and a detailed message and he will get to you as soon as he can. You may also text a message to this phone!