2nd Sunday after Epiphany
The Sundays after Epiphany continue to celebrate the revelation of the glory of God to us as it was made known to the magi and to those on Jordan’s banks at the baptism of Jesus—today using wedding imagery. Our God rejoices over God’s people “as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride.” By the power of the Spirit there are gifts galore for everyone. In Christ Jesus the best wine is saved for last. Taste and see.
PRELUDE: St. Denio- Welsh tune, first published 1839; setting by Pepper Choplin
GREETING AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
*CALL TO WORSHIP & PRAYER OF THE DAY John 2:11
Alleluia. Jesus revealed his glory,
and his disciples believed in him. Alleluia.
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.
*GATHERING HYMN # 156 Sing of God Made Manifest (verses 1-3)
PRAYER OF RECONCILIATION
Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God, who creates us and forms us, who redeems us and calls us, who unites us and sends us. Amen.
Gathered in God’s presence, let us confess our sin.
Silence is kept for reflection.
Mighty and loving God,
we confess that we are captive to sin
and cannot free ourselves.
We seek our own way.
We divide the body of Christ.
In your mercy, cleanse us and heal us.
Let the words of our mouths,
the thoughts of our hearts,
and everything that we do
be filled with faith, hope, and love.
Hear the voice of Jesus:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me
to proclaim release to the captives.”
In the name of + Jesus Christ,
I proclaim to you
that your sins are forgiven and you are released.
The joy of the Lord is your strength,
and the gifts of the Holy Spirit are yours forever.
ALL SING # 447 We Are Forgiven
The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.
ALL SING # 487 These Treasured Children (verses 1, 4)
SUNG PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION # 455 Listen to the Word that God Has Spoken
FIRST READING: Isaiah 62:1-5
The people’s return to Judah after the exile was marred by economic and political troubles. Nevertheless, the prophet declares, Jerusalem and Judah will be restored. God will rejoice over Jerusalem as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride; and the people are called to the celebration.
1For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
until her vindication shines out like the dawn,
and her salvation like a burning torch.
2The nations shall see your vindication,
and all the kings your glory;
and you shall be called by a new name
that the mouth of the LORD will give.
3You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
4You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
and your land shall no more be termed Desolate;
but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,
and your land Married;
for the LORD delights in you,
and your land shall be married.
5For as a young man marries a young woman,
so shall your builder marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so shall your God rejoice over you.
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
PSALM 36, Hymn # 12 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
The congregation at Corinth experienced division as people were comparing one another’s spiritual gifts, thinking some to be superior to others. Paul invites this fractured community to trust that God’s Holy Spirit has gifted them all perfectly for their mission together.
1Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. 3Therefore 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.
4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10to 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. 11All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL: John 2:1-11
Turning water to wine at the wedding at Cana is described as the first of Jesus’ signs. Through many such epiphanies, Jesus reveals that he bears God’s creative power and joyful presence into the world.
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” 5His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. 9When 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 10and 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.” 11Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
A BRIEF TEACHING
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
United as one body in Christ, let us pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.
A brief silence.
We pray for the church. Strengthen pastors, presbyters, deacons, and all who lead your people in ministry. Pour out your Spirit and make us bold to proclaim your reign of mercy and justice. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
For the earth. For vineyards and orchards, fields and gardens, urban parks and wilderness areas. Fill the earth with your abundance and provide for the needs of all living things. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
For the nations. Guide leaders and decision makers toward the well-being of all in their care. Strengthen those who work to uphold human rights for the sake of the dignity of all people. Shelter communities threatened by violence and show us the way of peace. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
For those in need. For those who face a scarcity of resources and those who struggle with debt. For all who suffer with chronic pain, all who grieve, and all who are ill (especially). Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
For this assembly. Transform us and fill us with your life, so that we pour out your love in service to the world. Bless all who work to provide food for others. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
With thanksgiving, we remember those who have died in faith. We commemorate this week: Fabian of Rome; Sebastian of Rome; Agnes of Rome; Vincent of Saragossa; Phillips Brooks; Cadoc; Timothy, Titus, and Silas. Inspire us by their witness and unite us in the eternal light of your presence. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Receive our prayers and fill us with the radiance of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
INVITATION TO DISCIPLESHIP & STEWARDSHIP 1 Cor. 12:4–6
There are varieties of gifts, services, and activities,
but there is one Spirit, one Lord, and one God.
The God of grace calls us into covenant relationship with Jesus Christ, in the communion of the Holy Spirit. Everyone who is baptized is a kind of minister — called to live like Jesus, to love others, and to serve God. Each one of us is given special gifts from the Holy Spirit to help us do these things. When we remember our baptism, we give thanks for these gifts and this calling, and we promise again to follow Jesus in everything we do.
During this time of offering you are encouraged to take a moment to be in prayer with God and reflect on what is means to be a student or disciple of Jesus Christ. The Gospel understanding of discipleship is a way of being in the world that affects every relationship. Disciples shape one another according to the action of the Spirit in their lives. The energy of the disciples flows from faith in what is unseen yet believed. At its very core, discipleship is a call to a love so radical that it never gives up on God, one’s neighbor, or one’s self. How is God calling you to use your gifts, talents, time and resources to love radically, especially as a part of this worshipping community?
Offerings and tithes will be collected by the ushers in the Narthex (the great entrance hall) following worship. If you would like to make an offering using your smart phone or tablet, go to www.SouthminsterChurch.org and click on the Donate link.
HYMN # 648 Thankful Hearts and Voices Raise
*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
God of heaven and earth,
you call us to come in humility before you,
bringing the offering of our very selves.
As you revealed Jesus to be your Son
in his baptism at the hand of John,
so you claimed our lives in baptism,
that we might die to sin
and be raised with him to new life.
By your Spirit, confirm in our hearts the witness
that Christ is Savior of the world and our Lord.
Accept all we have and are, O God,
in the service of Jesus Christ,
and strengthen us with your Spirit’s power,
now and forever, as we pray:
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on 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, forever.
*HYMN # 662 Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
NOTES: Order of service and content is in accord with the Presbyterian Church’s Directory for Worship. Prayers are from the Sundays and Seasons (Year C) and the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship (2018).
All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, wherever the “+” appears within the liturgy. The sign of the cross, as explained and demonstrated in the 2018 edition of the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship, is an ancient silent form of prayer which dates to the early 1st century church. A typical pattern for making the sign of the cross involves holding your thumb and first two fingers together (as a sign of the Trinity) and touching your forehead, lower chest, and both shoulders.
COMMEMORATIONS THIS WEEK:
20 Fabian of Rome (d. 250) & Sebastian of Rome (d. c. 288)- These two are commemorated together on January 20. Fabian was the first layman ever to be elected to the papacy. Before his election as Pope in 236, Fabian was a humble and well-respected farmer. He served as Pope for 14 years, and was murdered in 250 at the command of Emperor Decius. Legend tells us that Sebastian was a young officer in the Roman imperial army, who secretly dedicated himself to supporting and assisting Roman Christians. He was condemned to death by Emperor Diocletian and killed in 288.
21 Agnes of Rome (d. c. 304)- According to tradition, Agnes was a member of the Roman nobility, born in 291 and raised in an early Christian family. She suffered martyrdom at the age of 12 or 13 during the reign of Emperor Diocletian.
22 Vincent of Saragossa (d. 304)- Spanish deacon; Vincent is the patron saint of the cities of Lisbon and Valencia. An outspoken critic of the Roman governor of Spain, under the Roman Emperor Diocletian, he was imprisoned, tortured, and executed after refusing to repudiate his faith.
23 Phillips Brooks (1835–1893)- American Episcopal clergyman and author, Rector of Boston’s Trinity Church and Bishop of Massachusetts, Brooks is particularly remembered as lyricist of the Christmas hymn, “O Little Town of Bethlehem”.
24 Cadoc [Cathmael] (d. 580)- Born into a Welsh royal family, priest and abbot Cadoc is credited with the establishment of many churches and monasteries in Cornwall, Brittany, Dyfed and Scotland.
25 The Conversion of Paul (Acts 9:1–9; 22:6–11; 26:12–18)- Before his conversion, Paul, then known as Saul, was “a Pharisee of Pharisees”, who intensely persecuted the followers of Jesus. He participated in the murder of Stephen, as related in Acts 7-8. His conversion experience is described in Acts 9, and Paul himself speaks of having “seen the risen Christ” in 1 Corinthians 15 and Galatians 1.
26 Timothy, Titus, and Silas (Acts 15:22–18:5; letters to Timothy and Titus, and references in other letters) - Companions and correspondents with St. Paul. Timothy was an early Christian evangelist and the first first-century Christian bishop of Ephesus; Titus was an early Christian missionary and church leader; Silas (or Silvanus) was a leading member of the early Christian community and traveling companion on two of Paul’s missionary journeys.