Sunday Moments

Second Sunday after Epiphany
January 16, 2022

Gathering Song
Our God

Chris Tomlin
Thankyou Music (Admin. by Integrity Music)
CCLI #38771

Call to Worship
(Based Isaiah 62, John 2)

With God, all things are made new.
We are made new creatures in Christ!
The mouth of the Lord has spoken.
We are made new creatures in Christ!
The old things have passed away.
We are made new creatures in Christ!

Prayer of the Day

Lord God,
source of every blessing,
you showed forth your glory
and led many to faith
by the works of your Son,
who brought gladness
and salvation to his people.
Transform us by the Spirit of his love,
that we may find our life together in him,
Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Bible Reading
1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.

  Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

Gospel
John 2:1-11

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Thought for the Day
Talk about Variety!

Epiphanies don’t just happen in church—a sudden insight can lead to a “Eureka!” in scientific experiments, an “Aha!” in a detective’s casework, a “Checkmate!” in a fierce chess game, and even a self-satisfied “Yes!” in Sudoku, crosswords, or finding a set of lost keys. So, too, epiphanies about the true nature of Christ come in a variety of words, actions, and places in our gospel readings during the Sundays after Epiphany.

First wise men from the east, then a dove from heaven and the voice of God, and now water into wine—all pointing to the glory and wonder of God-made-flesh. Just as we have been created and blessed with varieties of gifts, services, and activities, so too has God created and blessed us with varieties of epiphanies throughout human history. In our world that so often relies on an us-versus-them mentality, can we see the rich tapestry of differences as part of God’s glory? Will we be able to look past our traditions, our comfort zone, and our familiarities to see the glorious diversity of God’s revelation? Are we open to an epiphany in any form so that we can in fact “do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5)?

(Overview from Sundays and Seasons Day Resources for January 16, 2022)

Song of the Day
Water into Wine

Tommy Walker
2015 McKinney Music, Inc
CCLI #38771

Prayers of Intercession

The Spirit of the Lord is poured out upon us in abundance; so we are bold to pray for the church, the world, and all that God has made.

A brief silence.

For advocates, activists, and allies working for racial justice…
Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

In thanksgiving for the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr…
Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

For those rebuilding, recovering, and grieving after recent natural disasters, especially flooding in South Africa, snowstorms in Pakistan, cyclones in Australia, and wildfire risk in the United States…
Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

For the safe rescue of hostages at the Texas synagogue yesterday...
Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

For severe cold, ice and snow this weekend in the midwest, south and east coast…
Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

For safety of lives in the path of the tsumamis near Hawaii, Japan, and Tonga...
Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

For the families of those grieving victims of the apartment fire in the Bronx…
Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

For teachers, administrators, school staff, and parents navigating the challenges of education during pandemic…
Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

For shared ministry with our full communion and ecumenical partners…
Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

For whom and for what else shall we pray?

Since we have such great hope in your promises, O God, we lift these and all of our prayers to you in confidence and faith; through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Amen.

Blessing & Dismissal

And now,
from the One who is indeed the giver
of all good gifts:
go and share what God has given you;
go and proclaim that God's love is here;
go in the power of God's Spirit
to make all things new.
Thanks be to God.

Sending Song
This Little Light of Mine

Soweto Gospel Choir
(African American Spiritual)

Sources:

Call to Worship and Blessing from Ministry Matters
https://www.ministrymatters.com/worship/entry/3500/worship-elements-january-16-2022

Prayers of Intercession Prompts from ELCA Worship Blog via email for January 16, 2022;
Opening & closing petitions, and response from Sundays and Seasons.

Other prayers, litanies and Thought for the Day are from www.sundaysandseasons.com
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