Jan 04

2nd Sunday After Epiphany (Year B)

1 Samuel 3:1-20

  • This text is ripe and ready to be presented as a readers’ theater.  You will need people to read the voices of Samuel, Eli, the Lord, and a narrator.
  • God does not give Samuel an easy message to deliver.  Likewise, God does not give Eli an easy message to hear.  In any case, the truth needed to be spoken.  What truths need to be spoken (in love) in your life/community?
  • Creative visuals for your worship display may include a bedroll, a lamp (an ancient oil lamp would be best, but any lamp can work), and/or a Bible.

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

  • This Psalm depicts God as an artist – specifically, as an artist who is particularly gifted at fiber arts such as sewing and knitting.  Gather together all sorts of yarns and knitting/crocheting materials to use in your worship display.
  • Does your congregation have a craft-related ministry (prayer shawls, quilts, etc)?  If so, consider doing some sort of dedication or blessing for that ministry today.

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

  • Any passage that uses the words “fornicate” and “prostitute” as often as this passage does is not going to be easy to present to kids or youth (or their parents, to be honest).  Proceed with caution.
  • Yes, it is easy to go the “sex” route with this passage… But that almost seems to easy.  Personally, I am drawn to the commitment issue that Paul raises here.  Fornication is (basically) sex without any sort of official commitment to your partner.  How do we try to enjoy a full relationship with God without any real commitment on our part?
  • If you think that I’m going to suggest something “prostitute” related for the worship decor, think again… (although, a red light could be really provocative).

John 1:43-51

  • For congregations (and pastors) who are afraid of the “e-word” (evangelism), this is a wonderful passage to use while exploring that topic!  There’s no Bible-thumping.  There are no Roman Roads.  There are no Bible tracts to read or sign.  All Philip says is “come and see” – and that is something that each and every one of us can say…
  • Like the lesson from 1 Samuel, this text lends itself to a readers’ theater.
  • If you are focusing on evangelism, create a large “invitation” (like a party invitation) to display in the front of your worship space.

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