January 22, 2016
Matthew 4:12-23
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Isaiah 9:1-4
Psalm 27:1, 4-9

Called from the womb for the world

Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2

from the book
LECTIONARY WORSHIP AIDS
Series II


PAUL A. LAUGHLIN



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Exegetical note: In this second Servant Song of Isaiah II, the Servant makes a public announcement of his divine, prenatal call directed to all nations. Noteworthy is the fact that after the prophet declares his inability to carry out his call, God not only repeats it, but expands it to include the 'end of the earth," i.e., the entire world. The womb and the world here represent the bifocal nature of God's providence: the particular and the universal.

Call to Worship
(based on Psalm 40)

Leader:
Let us tell the good news of deliverance!

People:
LET US MAKE KNOWN THE SALVATION IN OUR HEARTS!

Leader:
Let us proclaim God's faithfulness!

People:
LET US DECLARE GOD'S STEADFAST LOVE!

Collect
Almighty God, your call to service is to particular individuals as well as to all humankind. Open our ears to your summoning voice: that, like the prophets of old before us, we may realize and claim in all humility the vocation that you have for us, both as individuals and as your earthly family....

This Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 worship resource, Called from the womb for the world, is based on Isaiah 49:1-7 and relates to Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This worship resource is excerpted from the book LECTIONARY WORSHIP AIDS . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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