2nd Sunday after Epiphany
Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):
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Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal
Hymn of Praise: 280
Hymn of Prayer: 86
Hymn of Invitation: 565
Communion Hymn: 409
Dismissal/Missional Hymn: 622
Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:
Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent). Chalice p. 765
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2012, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On 1 Samuel 3:1-10
In the quiet of the evening
as lamps turn low for the night,
as the hour of slumber nestles
close about the resting soul
comes the calling of our Savior,
comes the name into the night.
Quickly rising at this sounding
of the unknown voice of God,
Samuel assumes of Eli
that it is his voice he hears.
Thrice the voice cries out to wake him;
thrice he comes to Eli’s side.
At last the old man understands.
At last the clue is spoken:
if the voice call to you again
then rise up, reply to God:
Speak, Lord, for thy servant listens.
Speak and I will hear your word.
126.96.36.199.8.7. Suggested tune: Allulia, Ducle Carmen
RESOURCES FROM THE JUBILEE FUND
Call to Worship (Responsive)
Adapted from Psalm 129 (See also Psalter 765 – Chalice Hymnal)
L: O God, you have searched me and known me;
P: You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.
L: Even before a word is on my tongue, O LORD, you know it completely.
P: Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; I cannot attain it.
L: We praise you, O God;
P: Wonderful are your works.
Invocation: (From I Samuel)
Almighty and Everlasting God, even in times when it seems you are silent and visions are rare, you call us by name. How sad it is how often we do not answer, or misunderstand the source of the call. Draw nearer to us, O LORD, during this time of worship. Attune our hearts to your voice and allow us the privilege of responding, “Here I am, LORD.
First Corinthians 6:20 says “for you were bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your bodies.” Paul is speaking out aggressively against prostitution in the passages before and the importance for Christians to fight against such practices. One of our partners in Global Ministries is Sister Denisse Pichardo of Cominante Ministries in the Dominican Republic. Last fall, Sister Denisse won a humanitarian award. I want to briefly tell her story:
In 1994, Denisse Pichardo was asked to study sexual tourism and children working in the streets in the municipality of Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. Denisse was moved to action by what she saw: foreign tourists coming and going with local children, especially young girls, and extremely poor families driven to give or sell their children to these tourists. Her work on this project inspired her to establish Caminante Proyecto Educativo (Caminante Educational Project), an organization dedicated to empowering the most vulnerable youth in the emblematic sex tourism center of Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, with impact in neighboring Haiti and beyond. To date, Denisse and her organization have changed the lives of over 12,900 youth affected by sex tourism. She has prevented the sexual exploitation of countless children, reducing the violence in the community, while also rescuing and healing youth affected by prostitution and other violence. ( http://globalministries.org/news/lac/denisse-pichardo.html)
When we bring our tithes and offerings for local and global ministries, we support ministries like Caminante around the world. We will now receive the gifts which make these ministries possible.
Everlasting God, we bring these gifts before you with hope and thanksgiving for the ministries they will empower. Guide their use and bless those who have brought them, that your world will become a place of peace and wholeness, even for the “least of these”. We offer these gifts and this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
In John’s Gospel, we receive the story of Philip sharing the news of having encountered Jesus, the Messiah, to his friend Nathaniel, and Jesus calling of Nathaniel. In this encounter, Philip utters the famous quote “Come and See” with regard to Jesus. It is such a simple invitation. Not unlike the invitation our Lord offered for the repentance of sin. “Come, take, eat and drink.” As we invite you to receive the gifts of the Lord, I invite you today to reflect upon who in your life needs to “come and see”.
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RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP
in Christ you make all things new:
transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace,
and in the renewal of our lives
make known your heavenly glory;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
God of glory,
you nourish us with your Word
who is the bread of life:
fill us with your Holy Spirit
that through us the light of your glory
may shine in all the world.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
our beginning and our end:
bring us with the whole creation
to your glory, hidden through past ages
and made known
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2011. Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2011 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries
using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2011; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010. The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010. Version 2012-1.2 30 October 2011. http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary
We also urge you to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.