Week 8: Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Jesus attended a wedding in Cana of Galilee with his disciples and Mary, his mother. When the wedding party prematurely ran out of wine, Jesus told the servants to fill six large water jars to the brim. Jesus asked them to draw some out and take it to the master of the feast. The servants took it, and the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine. The master, not knowing where the wine came from then told the bridegroom that he had kept the good wine until now. Jesus manifested his glory and his disciples believed in him.

Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
Eternal God our Father, whose Son can turn water into wine and who can transform the mundane into the miraculous, grant us eyes through the Holy Spirit to see Jesus as he truly is – the Lord from heaven, the glory of Israel, and head of the Church. In Jesus’s name, amen.

Call to Worship
Blessed are you, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed is your Kingdom, both now and forever, amen.

Te Deum Laudamus 
You are God: we praise you; you are the Lord; we acclaim you; you are the eternal Father: All creation worships you. To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship of prophets praise you. The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you; Father, of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy of all worship, and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the king of glory, the eternal Son of the Father. When you became man to set us free you did not shun the Virgin’s womb. You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. You are seated at God’s right hand in glory. We believe that you will come and be our judge. Come then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.

Praise and Thanksgiving (songs and prayers)

Gloria Patri
Glory be to the Father,
And to the Son and to the Holy Spirit:
As it was in the beginning,
Is now, and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen, amen.

Chronological Reading for the Day
Sunday: Lev. 9-11

Lectionary Readings
Psalm: Ps. 36.5-10
OT: Isa. 62.1-5
Gospel: John 2.1-11
NT: 1 Cor. 12.1-11

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Reflection: Silence and/or Journaling

The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he arose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

*In the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, the term catholic refers to the Church’s universality, through all ages and times, of all languages and peoples. It refers to no particular tradition or denominational expression (e.g., as in Roman Catholic).

Prayers of Confession
Let us now confess our sins to God and receive mercy and grace to help in our time of need.

Assurance of Pardon
Having faithfully confessed and renounced your sin, Christ also has been faithful to forgive your sins and to purify you from all unrighteousness. It is certain, that there is One who has spoken to the Father in your defense, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One who is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and for the sins of the whole world. His grace and peace are with you now. Amen.

Petitions and Supplications, Ending with The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

~ Matthew 6.9-13 (KJV)

Doxology (and/or closing song)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Benediction 
Eternal God, our Father, by your Spirit grant us the vision and confidence to never be discouraged by the ordinary or disdain the mundane, for in the midst of our “normal days” and “water filled pots,” there our Lord Jesus can transform our lives and bring refreshment and blessing to those who believe in him alone. In his name, amen.

Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
We exalt you, O Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ, for in you alone can our everyday be transformed into beautiful, and our mundane be transformed into the magnificent.

Weekly Reflection on the Priesthood of all Believers
Christ must be our all in our daily conscious experience, or we can never show a dying world how sufficient he is for all their need. We must be able to show the goods we advertise. We can and will do this from the moment we yield ourselves to Christ.

~ Roy J. Fish and J. E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism.
Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 1976. p.79.

Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
And He Manifested His Glory, John 2.1-11

Book Reading
Carter, Guard the Good Deposit