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Jan 21

3rd Sunday after Epiphany (Year C)

baptism bowlNehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
  • Common English Bible and NRSV
  • This may be the inspiration for how it is that some congregations bring the Word into the worship space.  Even if your tradition does not typically have a formal procession to bring the Bible into the sanctuary, it could be interesting to do so today.
  • The last few verses could be used to discuss the joy that can be found in worship.  Design the worship service and fellowship time to be joyful – perhaps including a meal to be shared with others in your community.
  • “…send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared…”  Cook a simple meal and bring it to members and friends who are unable to attend worship.
Psalm 19
  • Common English Bible and NRSV
  • I have offered suggestions on this passage before.  You can find those here… and also here.
  • You could read this throughout the service.  I would suggest using the first 6 verses as the Call to Worship; then, use the remaining verses as the Prayer for Illumination.
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
  • Common English Bible and NRSV
  • This text continues the conversation on God-given gifts that we started last week.  Many of the suggestions from last week’s
  • Create a collage of gifts – perhaps in the shape of a cross.  Display the collage (that, ideally, the congregation is creating together) in the worship space.
  • How do we treat the “less respectable members of the body”?
Luke 4:14-21
  • Common English Bible and NRSV
  • If you are a preacher, and you have ever had the opportunity to preach in your own hometown (or in your home congregation), you could share some testimony about that experience.
  • Jesus – by his very presence/incarnation – fulfills the scripture that he reads.  What scripture could be fulfilled by the presence of our churches?
  • If you are preaching on this passage, you may want to keep the pulpit and Bible central in your worship space.

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