2nd Sunday of Epiphany A
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
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 for each individual pericope:
Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal
The Oremus Hymnal offers many good choices for the lectionary (although this 2010 version will have incorrect calendar dates). Not all are available in Chalice Hymnal, but some may be helpful in congregations where there is not a Chalice Hymnal available. Visit the Oremus Hymnal.
Hymn of Praise: 100-When morning gilds the skies
Hymn of Invitation: 622-Guide me, O thou great Jehovah
Communion Hymn: 411-For the bread which you have broken
More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.
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). A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin. Where practical, these may be offered here as well. You may also want to visit http://www.modernpsalter.com/ or
This week: Psalm 40 is given in part on p. 740
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
Always we give thanks to God
for all the grace received.
Among the callèd children
God’s wanton gifts abide.
Abundance in the future,
the fruit provided all
becomes the gracious bounty
that overflows in hope.
So called to Jesus ever,
to following his way,
become apt servants daily
in every holy way.
The Spirit’s gifts abounding
become the font of joy,
the wellspring of delightful,
Proclaimed in full thanksgiving,
this offering to God,
you are the joyful bearers
of all Christ calls to love.
Become in this beginning
the agency of hope,
revealing our Lord Jesus
in every attitude.
18.104.22.168.D Suggested tune: Offertorium
Call to Worship (adapted from Psalm 40)
L: I waited patiently for God. God inclined to me and heard my cry.
P: God drew me up from the desolate pit, out of a miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
L: God put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.
P: Many will see and be awed, and put their trust in God.
Prayer of Approach (created or adapted by the editor)
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. O God, source of all beauty and goodness, your grace comes fresh every morning. In each new day you give us light. We praise your for your never‑failing love that satisfies our needs and shows us the way to follow. We rejoice in your constant care, for you are faithful in love for all people, offering the world salvation through Jesus Christ. (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
Intercessions (created or adapted by the editor)
How vast and deep is your love O God, for us and for all the world. As we give you thanks for the beauty of creation and for the gift of life, we turn to you for strength and guidance to help those of our world in need of care and healing.
We pray for our community, our nation and world that peace and justice might be made known. We pray for our families and friends, especially those who are hurting, sick, grieving or alone. We pray for our own burdens and needs, both spoken and unspoken…
We yield our lives to you as we offer our prayers in the strong and saving name of Jesus.
Prayers 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.
Collect of the Day (Book of Common Prayer, 1979)
Almighty and everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth; Mercifully hear the supplications of thy people, and grant us thy peace all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayers for Christian Unity (misc. and unknown sources)
O Lord Jesus Christ, you prayed for your disciples that they might be one. Look in pity upon the many divisions among those who profess your name, and heal the many wounds which the passions and pride of mortals have inflicted upon your church. Shed abroad in the hearts of your people the spirit of love, which will break down the walls of separation. Help us to realize that, as there is in heaven only one holy company abiding in love, so on earth there may be only one holy fellowship of your people abiding in the unity of love and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We give you thanks, O Lord, for the life and ministry of Jesus, your Child, and for the life and ministry you have opened to us through him. As this broken bread was scattered on the mountain, but was brought together and became one, so let your church be gathered together into one, that your reign may be known throughout the earth.
Great God, you are One, and you bring together what is scattered and mend what is broken. Unite us with the scattered peoples of earth, that we may become one family of your children. Bind up our wounds and heal us in spirit, that we may be renewed as disciples of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Friend.
MORE: See the World Council of Churches page
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
O Lamb of God announced, bring us
to follow, to come and see,
to come and adore,
to come and know the Lamb.
For in this Lamb, O God, you take away the sin
and brood within us the favor
and the flavor of your anointed.
Complete in us the lively call
all the days.
Service of Table (by the editor using traditional responses)
The Holy One says: “Why spend money on that which does not satisfy? Why spend your wages and still be hungry? Listen to me, and do what I say, and you will enjoy the best food of all. Listen now my people, and come to me; come to me and you will live.” Christ invites to this table all who confess him as Lord and seek to follow in his way. Come to this sacred table, not because you must, but because you may. Come not because you are fulfilled, but because in your emptiness you stand in need of God’s mercy and assurance. Come not to express an opinion, but to seek a presence and to pray for a spirit. Come, then, sisters and brothers, as you are. Partake and share. It is spread for you and me that we might again know that God has come to us, shared our common lot, and invited us to join the people of God’s new age.
[If the offering has not yet been received, add: “Let us prepare the Table of the Lord with the fruits of our lives and our labors”]
Preface (to the Words of Institution)
L: As a people blessed with all the gifts of life, and who put their confidence in God alone for all of life’s provisions, we remember that night on which our Lord was betrayed…(continue with the Words of Institution)
Prayer(s) of Thanksgiving
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Lift up your hearts.
P: We lift them up to the Lord.
L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God,.
P: It is right and just. [or: “It is right to give God thanks and praise.”]
(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)
1. O God, your very nearness to us makes us at once uneasy and filled with great comfort. In the breaking of this bread, we pray that you will bring confidence where we would waver, and that you will stir us when complacency would keep us from living fully the life of mission to which Christ has called us.
2. Pour out your Spirit upon us, O God, and upon this bread and cup. May we know in the receiving of it the lifegiving presence of the resurrected Christ, and be empowered to live as your people in this and every day.
Conclusion: Through him, with him, and in him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be to you, O God, now and forever. Amen.
[if not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’”]
Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails, archived here at the Disciples Center for Faith and Giving Site, for each Sunday’s service.
You may also want to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.
Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University.
Liturgies created by Moira Laidlaw (Uniting Church in Australia) as a part of her doctoral dissertation are often helpful. Read more here.
Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2012. Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2012 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2012; 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. http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary
Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.
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