Jan 12

2nd Sunday After the Epiphany (Year A)

cross shieldWorship Ideas

  • What if we were to read Isaiah 49:1-7 as if the words were written about us? Each of us have been called to be a light – reflecting the Light of Christ, the Light of the World. Say these words as a blessing to one another.
  • Speaking of blessings, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 could also be used as a personal (face-to-face) blessing given to each person in worship. The words of Paul are incredibly encouraging – especially for those who may see themselves as being powerless or weak in various situations in their lives.
  • This week’s text from John 1:29-42 calls many of us out of our comfort zones. The subject of evangelism is not one that many people tend to enjoy. And yet, it is really as simple as saying “come and see” to others. Challenge your congregation to invite others to worship in the days and weeks (and months) ahead.
  • Everyone in your congregation knows at least one person who could come with them to worship. Challenged by the Gospel lesson, offer blank invitation cards to your congregation and have them create personalized invitations for each person they can think of who could “come and see” your worship service.

Liturgy Suggestions

Call to Worship (inspired by John 1:29-42)

Look! Listen! Here, we learn of the Lamb of God!

Here, together, we seek the Teacher.

Come and see, people of God,

Together, we will find the Messiah.

Prayer of Confession (inspired by Psalm 40:1-11)

Holy God, we confess that we do not trust as we ought to trust. We know that we should rely fully on you, but we tend to only rely on ourselves. Open our hearts to your life-changing Spirit, O God. Guide us to depend on you, that we may celebrate your faithfulness and know your steadfast love.

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