Lectionary - Second Sunday after Epiphany (Ordinary 2) Year C
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Isaiah 62:1-5 as the bridegroom rejoices ... so shall your God rejoice over you
Psalm 36:5-10 Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens
1 Corinthians 12:1-11 ... there are varieties of gifts
John 2:1-11 The wedding at Cana in Galilee.
Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
|Hymns for Epiphany 2, Yr.C|
|O||All hail the power of Jesus' name||224||159|
|G||Blessed Jesus, at your word||437||352|
|E||Christ from whom all blessings flow||440||364|
|G||Christ whose glory fills the skies||212||140|
|E/G||Come down, O Love divine||398||310|
|E||Come from the four winds, O Spirit||752|
|Come Holy Spirit our souls inspire||396||308|
|Ps||Come O Fount of every blessing||152|
|E/G||Filled with the Spirit's power, with one accord||411||328|
|G||For the beauty of the earth||137||77|
|O||God of many names||180|
|s||Hail to the Lord's anointed||275||203|
|E||Holy Spirit come, confirm us||413||327|
|G||Immortal invisible, God only wise||143||80|
|E||In Christ there is no east or west||459||391|
|G||Jesus priceless treasure||463|
|O||King of glory, King of peace||201||129|
|E||Let all mortal flesh keep silence||497||418|
|Ps||Lord the light of your love is shining||675|
|O||Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord||315||205|
|E||O thou who camest from above||572||486|
|G||Of the Father's love begotten||290||215|
|E/G||Take my life, and let it be||599||520|
|O/G||The church's one foundation||457||385|
|s||The people that in darkness walked||274||202|
|E||Veni Sancte Spiritus||752|
|G||When all your mercies, O my God||39|
|Ps||You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord||48|
|G||Your love O God, has called us here||664|
Other Possible Hymns
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia.)
SA 7 (TIS 645) As man and woman we were made
SA 28 (TIS 16) Do not be afraid, I am with you
SA 59 (TIS 537) Let us talents and tongues employ
115 (TIS 52) Let us sing to the God of salvation
168 Immortal love for ever full
191 (TIS 246) Christ is the world's light [vv 1,4]
367 (TIS 442) All praise to our redeeming Lord
385 (TIS 457) The church's one foundation [vv 1,2,4,5]
434 (TIS 513) Bread of heaven, we feed on thee
Sermon summary (Click here for complete sermon)
The Wedding Banquet of the Kingdom
An ordinary festival of the people -- except for one thing: Jesus was there, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. [John 2:11]
There was a tradition about signs, [Exodus 4:8; Is 8:18 and Ezek 4:3]. ... that God was about to do something wonderful. The sign at the wedding feast in Cana was a manifestation of who he was, an epiphany, like the showing of the baby to the wise men. We believe the Lord came to his own creation. [John 1:1-4; 10-14].
A symbol of many changes
It is a story full of symbols which reminded the early Christians of many other things about him and their life in relation to him. Jesus used the symbolism of wine, or the vine, and of wedding feasts, many times to illustrate important aspects of the coming of the Kingdom. .... extraordinary abundance like the abundant harvest [Matthew 9:37; Mark 4:8], and the good measure, overflowing [Luke 6:38]. ... the true vine [John 15:1] ....the way that he told them to remember him [1 Cor. 11:23-26; Luke 22:17-19] in the bread and the wine of the great thanksgiving. ...resurrection `On the third day' ... Replacement of the old covenant ... and making things new -- new wine into fresh wineskins [Mark 2:22].
The sign of the wedding banquet
In many and various ways Jesus taught about the Kingdom by using the celebration of a wedding as a symbol of what it would be like ... people should be ready to come [Matthew 22:2-9; Matthew 25:10; Luke 12:36] and humbly [Luke 14:8] -- the followers of Jesus should expect to have a good time with him [Luke 7:33-34; Mark 2:18-20]. The Church is seen as the bride of Christ [2 Cor 11:2]. The great banquet of the kingdom is the marriage feast of Christ [Revelation 19:7-9; 21:2-4]
We anticipate the great celebration in the Lord's Supper and in marriage
Giving thanks for his victory over sin and death, in the sacrament we anticipate that great marriage feast. In marriage also we begin to share now in the new life. The presence of Jesus at the Wedding in Cana, reminds us of the means of grace.
Order of Service - Epiphany 2 Year C - | DB Home | RCL Resources Index |
The Gathering of the People of God
CALL TO WORSHIP Let us worship God.
Jesus gave, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. John 2:11
Grant your presence, Lord, that in faith we may celebrate with joy the coming of your Kingdom.
HYMN Let us sing to the God of salvation TIS 52 AHB 115
PRAYER OF ADORATION
We have failed to love you with all our heart and to be good stewards of your creation: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
We have failed to take up the cross of discipleship and to be good stewards of your gospel: Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
We have failed to be faithful members of your church and to be good stewards of your spiritual gifts: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 2 Corinthians 5:17-18
Hear then Christ's word of grace to us:
Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.
DOXOLOGY: Christ is the world's light [vv 1,4] TIS 246 AHB 191
WELCOME AND GREETING EACH OTHER
Service of the Word
INTRODUCTION OF THEME: [A word to the children]
OLD TESTAMENT Isaiah 62:1-5 as the bridegroom rejoices.. God rejoices over you
PSALM 36:5-10 Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens
EPISTLE 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 ... there are varieties of gifts
GOSPEL John 2:1-11 The wedding at Cana in Galilee.
HYMN The church's one foundation [vv 1,2,4,5] TIS 457 AHB 385
HYMN As man and woman we were made TIS 645 SA 7
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations and requests for intercessions]
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.
For all people in their daily life and work;
for our families, friends and neighbours, and for those who are alone.
For this community, our country, and the world;
for all who work for justice, freedom and peace.
For the just and proper use of your creation;
for the victims of hunger, fear, injustice and oppression.
For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
for those who minister to the sick, the friendless and the needy.
For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
for all who proclaim the gospel, and for all seek the truth.
For the Uniting Church in Australia,
for James, President of the Assembly,
for ... our moderator and for ... our chairperson of presbytery,
for elders and members of the parish council,
and for all who hold office in this congregation;
for all who serve God in the church.
For our own needs, and for others for whom you have called us to pray.
[Silence. The people may offer their own petition, either silently or aloud.]
Hear us, Lord; for your mercy is great.
We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of life.
[Silence. The people may offer their own thanksgivings, either silently or aloud.]
We exalt you, O God our king; and praise your name for ever and ever.
We give thanks for all those who have died in the peace of Christ, and for the promise of your eternal kingdom. [Silence]
In Christ you have called us to eternal glory;
to you be praise for ever and ever. Amen.
COLLECT FOR THE DAY
Jesus manifested his glory, and his disciples believed in him. [John 2:11]
Let us pray (for grace to be true to our calling):
Almighty God, by whose grace alone we are accepted and called to your service: strengthen us by your Holy Spirit, and make us worthy of our calling; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.
The Sending Forth of the People of God
HYMN All praise to our redeeming Lord TIS 442 AHB 367
WORD OF MISSION
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.
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