3rd 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):
Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources:
Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal
Hymn of Praise: 66
Hymn of Prayer: 594
Hymn of Invitation: 595
Communion Hymn: 417
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). Sorry…again the pickings are slim.
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2012, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Certainly now we seek the hour,
knowing the pressing time.
All is our own expressive zeal,
eagerly knowing Christ.
In the appearance we adore
as Jesus graces sight,
we are engaged, the vanguard force
at dawning of delight.
For in the moment of our God,
in this epiphany,
when all is at the brink of time,
all is the making-new.
The long familiar forms we know,
the makings of this world –
they all are passing from our view
as Spirit breathes God’s life.
CM Suggested tune: Billing
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Call to Worship (Responsive) Adapted from Psalm 62
L: For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from God.
P: God alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
L: On God rests our deliverance and our honor;
P: Our refuge is in God.
L: Trust in God at all times, O people; pour out your hearts before God;
P: God is our refuge and our strength. Amen.
O God of might and glory, we come before you seeking to know your will. Like Ninevah of Old, we accept our sinfulness, confess it before and seek to repent. Send us your blessing, O God, instead of calamity. Guide us in our efforts to turn from evil, and help us as we seek to Worship you in word and deed.
During the 2011 General Assembly the Christian Church Foundation offered a workshop on Planned Giving and Estate Planning on the same day that Craig Wiseman, Disciple Song Writer who penned “Live Like You Were Dying”, offered a concert. A friend quipped during the concert, they should have called their workshop “GIVE like you were dying.”
While we can all laugh, sometimes nervously at the idea, the Gospel presents an urgency that the present world is passing away, and we should be living as though it is true. What ministry, program, or charity would you support aggressively if you knew the end was coming? In this year, perhaps beginning today, I invite you to give, like you were dying.
Everlasting God, who lives in eternity. We bring our gifts before you in the here and now. Forgive us for being creatures of time and place, and living in that way. Help us to be constant seekers of your reign as our first priority. Bless these, our gifts, and use them, we pray that others may hear the Good News. We offer these gifts and this prayer in the name of Christ, by Christ’s grace, and for Christ’s sake. Amen.
In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus not only declares “the kingdom of God has come near”, but also begins to call the Disciples. “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” I sometimes wonder if Communion Tables should look less like Sacrifice Altars, and more like fishing boats. Perhaps to remind us that this table, which calls us to remember the sacrifice of Jesus is table which is meant to be shared. If this was only a family table, which served just us until the last of us died, it quickly would become pointless. As we remember the sacrifice of our Lord, let us also remember the call and commission of the Lord. And may this meal, nourish our souls, that we can go and fish for people.
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whose Son revealed in signs and miracles
the wonder of your saving presence:
renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your mighty power;
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.
whose Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world:
may your people,
illumined by your word and sacraments,
shine with the radiance of his glory,
that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed
to the ends of the earth;
for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.
God of all mercy,
your Son proclaimed good news to the poor,
release to the captives,
and freedom to the oppressed:
anoint us with your Holy Spirit
and set all your people free
to praise you in 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.