Lectionary -- Epiphany 2 (Ordinary 2) -- Year A

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Isaiah 49:1-7 I give you as a light to the nations
Psalm 40:1-11 I waited patiently for the Lord
1 Corinthians 1:1-9 He will strengthen you
John 1:29-42 "Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"

Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
lesson Hymns for Epiphany +2, Yr.A TIS AHB SA
At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow 231 170
Awake awake! Fling off the night 412
G Behold the Lamb of God 705
s Blessed Jesus at your word 437 352
s Brightest and best of the stars of the morning 310 234
E Christ from whom all blessings flow 440 364
O/Ps Christ is made the sure foundation 432 343
Christ is the world's light, he and none other 246 191
E Christ is the world's redeemer 192 123
O Christ is the world's true light 238 179
G Christ when for us you were baptized 250 20
O Christ whose glory fills the skies 212 140
G Come let us join our cheerful songs 204 133
G Crown him with many crowns 228 163
O/G Do not be afraid I am with you 16 28
Fairest Lord Jesus 203 131
Father in whom we live 51
E Father Lord of all creation 631 567
Father whose everlasting love 213 142
E Give thanks with a grateful heart 719
O God is our strength and refuge 28
God moves in a mysterious way 126 54
E God of grace and God of glory 611 543
God of mercy, God of grace 452 379
E Great is your faithfulness 154
Guide me, O thou great Redeemer 569 478
G Hail our once-despised Jesus 373 295
s Hail to the Lord's anointed 275 203
G Hark a herald voice is calling 264 192
G He walked on earth showing glimpses of heaven 260
Ps Here I am Lord! I come to do your will 46
O Holy God we praise your name 127 86
G Holy most holy Lamb of God 448
E Holy Spirit, come confirm us 413 327
O How brightly beams the Morning Star [199] 220
E/G I sing a song of the saints of God 551
Ps I waited for the Lord my God 18
I waited, I waited for the Lord 46
I'm not ashamed to own my Lord 562 470
O Immortal invisible, God only wise 143 80
In Christ there is no east or west 459 391
G Jesus calls us! O'er the tumult 589 505
G Jesus priceless treasure 463
G Jesus the name high over all 218 150
G Just as I am without one plea 584 497
Let all mortal flesh keep silence 497 418
E Like the murmur of the dove's song 419
Lord bid your servant go in peace 324 248
G Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour 520 441
Lord Jesus Christ on this your day of light 487 414
Lord Jesus joy of loving hearts 499 [420]
O Lord Jesus our bright Morning Star 199 [220]
Lord Jesus think on me 546 122
Lord of light whose name shines brighter 392
Lord the light of your love is shining 675
O Lord your almighty word 447 61
O for a closer walk with God 576 488
O Jesus Christ may grateful hymns be rising 620 553
G O let the Son of God enfold you 655
Ps O Lord, do not withhold your mercy 23
O love how deep, how broad, how high 194 6
O Spirit of the living God 405 318
G On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry 270 199
Praise to the Lord the Almighty 111 28
E/G Rejoice in God's saints today and all days 470 73
O Safe in the shadow of the Lord 644 74
Ps Sing praise and thanksgiving 107 25
Son of God eternal Saviour 606 529
E Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands 496 417
Ps The Lord Jehovah reigns 117 37
s The people that in darkness walked 274 202
E The Saviour's precious blood 400
This this is the God we adore 220 153
Ps You are my hiding place 754
O/G You servants of God, your Master proclaim 215 144

Other Possible Hymns
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia. TIS = Together in Song)
6 O God our help in ages past
150 Jesus the name high over all
258 When I survey the wondrous cross
420 Jesus, thou joy of loving hearts

Sermon Summary (Click here for complete sermon)

Introducing disciples

After he had spent a while with Jesus, Andrew found his brother Simon and brought him to Jesus. This is the beginning of the recruitment of disciples by one sharing with another their own experience of the Messiah. [John 1:41]. That is the most basic model of evangelism: having something to share with someone you care about. Actually Andrew did do a little more than tell Simon about Jesus, he brought him to meet Jesus. [John 1:42]

Sharing the good news without waiting
Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. It was Jesus himself who brought about the change in Simon. Andrew certainly had not known Jesus for very long or very well. It is not necessary to wait until you know a great deal about him to tell other of Jesus. The answer is "Come and see." [eg. Philip: John 1:45-46].

The inspiration to follow the Lamb of God
Andrew heard John the Baptist call Jesus "the Lamb of God" and testify that he was "the Son of God" and began to follow him. [John 1:29,32-40]. It was in that very early period before they had seen very much of him. So let us encourage one another to share what we know and introduce people without waiting until we have travelled a long way and learned a great deal. Let others learn with us as we travel with the Lord.

Lamb of God: king and servant
Jesus identified himself with "the servant" whose work for others is described in the prophecy of Isaiah. See Isaiah 53:1-10, the lamb that went quietly to his death (compare with 1 Cor.5:7 and 1 Peter 1:18-20; Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! [John 1:29]); and Isaiah 49:6 the light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth. (Compare Revelation 5:6-12.)

The Spirit who sends out witnesses
He was not the Messiah only of his own people, or of his own time and place. -- The sign of Jonah, the dove, the Spirit who sends people out with the sacred and eternal message of eternal salvation.

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Order of Service - Epiphany 2 - Year A

The Gathering of the People of God

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
We give thanks to God always because of the grace of God that has been given to us in Christ Jesus. -- from 1 Corinthians 3-4.
"Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"-- John 1:29
Let us worship God.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

HYMN 258 When I survey the wondrous cross


Loving God, Lord of the Church, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed: we have not loved you with all our heart or served you with all our strength; we have been blind to the vision of a renewed world and deaf to your call to costly discipleship; we have been indifferent to the suffering of others and unwilling to forgive one another. In your mercy, Lord, pardon and restore us, that together in the ministry of Christ we may serve you with joy all the days of our life. Amen.

If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [1 John 1:9]
Hear then Christ's word of grace to us: Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

DOXOLOGY: Hymn 144 Ye servants of God [verses 2 and 3]


Service of the Word

A word to the children.

OLD TESTAMENT Isaiah 49:1-7 I give you as a light to the nations
PSALM 40:1-11 I waited patiently for the Lord
I waited patiently for the LORD;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.
Happy are those who make the LORD their trust,
who do not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after false gods.
You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you.
Were I to proclaim and tell of them, they would be more than can be counted.
Sacrifice and offering you do not desire, but you have given me an open ear.
Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required.
Then I said, "Here I am;
in the scroll of the book it is written of me.
I delight to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart."
I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation;
see, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD.
I have not hidden your saving help within my heart, I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.
Do not, O LORD, withhold your mercy from me;
let your steadfast love and your faithfulness keep me safe forever.

[EPISTLE 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 He will strengthen you]
GOSPEL John 1:29-42 "The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"
HYMN 191 Christ is the world's light, he and no other


HYMN 497 Just as I am, without one plea
SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests for intercessions]
Heavenly Father,
you have called us to see you in the world.
Bend our hearts to your will,
that we may gladly follow Christ,
and strive ceaselessly for your kingdom
of righteousness and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit.
one God, for ever and ever.


The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN 46 O God our help in ages past
One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. {41} He first found his brother Simon and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" .... {42} He brought Simon to Jesus, .... -- John 1:40-42

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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