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Jan 21

4th Sunday After the Epiphany (Year A)

feetWorship Ideas

  • The words from Micah 6:1-8 may be familiar to many in your congregation. To help people hear the Word in a new way, you may want to read this lesson from a different translation (or, perhaps, several different translations). You could have different voices read each verse from a different translation – giving the scripture reading an “echo” effect as you read it.
  • Do we strive to be the person/people described by the psalmist in Psalm 15? Due to our sinful nature, it is impossible for us to be perfect. Still, these words do describe Christ very well – and they are certainly words for us to live by.
  • The 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 passage is a fun one to play with in a worship setting. The repeated theme of “foolishness” lends itself to a playful service that embraces humor and whimsy.
    • Borrow a jester’s outfit from a costume shop or theater. The fool is often the one who speaks the truth in classical literature. Present your sermon as “the fool”, if you dare!
    • God calls the imperfect and unqualified. The Lord uses that which is silly and foolish to make God’s plan and kingdom known. Celebrate the foolishness that exists in your congregation, inviting people to see their weaknesses as strengths. (This could be especially interesting if you are recognizing church officers or leaders.)
  • Matthew 5:1-12 presents us with some of the most familiar words in the New Testament: The Beatitudes.
    • Who are the “blessed” ones in your church or community? Create a collage for each of the “blessed” statements (poor in spirit, those who mourn, etc). Use pictures and images to illustrate each one.
    • Create banners for each of the “blessed are” statements. Invite the congregation to use fabric markers to write their prayers and pledges for how they can strive to embody/celebrate/honor each of these.

Liturgy Suggestions

Call to Worship (inspired by Micah 6:1-8)

What does God want us to offer as an offering?

God wants us to do justice.

What does God want us to offer in service to the Lord?

God wants us to love kindness.

What does God want us to offer as a gift of thanks?

God wants us to walk humbly with the Almighty.

Prayer of Confession (inspired by Psalm 15)

O Most High, we long to dwell in your presence. But, we confess that we are far from worthy. We speak falsehoods, hurt our friends, and insult our neighbors. Forgive us, we pray. Teach us to love as you love. Guide us to value one another as you value each of us.