July 30, 2017
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Romans 8:26-39
Genesis 29:15-28
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b

Second Sunday After The Epiphany

Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2

from the book
Lectionary Preaching Workbook
Series VI, Cycle A

E. Carver McGriff

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Lesson 1: Isaiah 49:1-7 (C, E); Isaiah 49:3, 5-6 (RC)

The prophet assumes the identity of his nation, continuing the theme we find running through much of the book of Isaiah: Israel's election to be a shining light to all the nations of the world, a missionary assigned to call all people to a loyalty to the one God. Israel was conceived in her very beginning for this single purpose. Denigrated, looked down upon by the rest of the world, she was to demonstrate by her resolute courage in the face of continual suffering and defeat that God was supplying her with the strength she needed, not merely to survive, but finally to prevail. Not everyone within the community would accept this calling, but those in whom the power of God was at work would do so. There would be hours of discouragement. There would be times when she would wonder if her efforts and sacrifices were wasted....

This Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 preaching resource, Second Sunday After The Epiphany, is based on Isaiah 49:1-7 and relates to Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This preaching resource is excerpted from the book Lectionary Preaching Workbook . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, Preaching resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary Preaching, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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