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SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

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LECTIONARY WORSHIP AIDS
Series III
* CALL TO WORSHIP (responsively)
God's face shines upon us in Christ.
Turn your face up to him in joy.
Jesus shows God's way in the earth.
Come to God on that path.
The Spirit is God's saving power among all nations.
Be uplifted by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

* PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Giving God, Uniting God, Indwelling God, we are forgetful of the
price you have paid for us in the dying and rising of your Son,
Jesus Christ. We sin against our own body and yours when we are
not mindful that these bodies, individually and collectively are
shrines for your Holy Spirit. Forgive us if we live too much for
food and drink and sex, not disciplined by the Spirit. Save us
from all deadly sins by the power that raised Jesus from the dead
through your Spirit within us. Amen.

* DECLARATION OF GOD'S FORGIVENESS
Hear the Good News! God exercises his saving power among the
nations. Friends, believe the Good News! In Jesus Christ, we are
forgiven.

* EXHORTATION
When you have heard the call of Jesus to discipleship, follow
him, and spend the rest of your life with him.

* PRAYER OF THE DAY
Lamb of God, Teacher of disciples, tend us and teach us, that we
may live always within sight of you in gentle tractability and
learn the simple obedience that will win us a name as reliable
followers in your way. Amen.

* PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
In broad daylight and in dead of night, in a communal sanctuary
and in a quiet mind, you speak our name, God of the covenant,
calling us to be your servants. We are honored to serve you and
to join with all people who praise you. You have blessed us with
all the good things of the earth and granted us the supreme gift
of your Spirit to live in us. We would honor you

more fully in our bodies, living chastely, devoting our energies
to serve you and others, lifting our voices to praise you,
shouting in triumph as your justice guides nations. May all
people praise you at last, O God, Creator, Judge, Savior/Lord,
Holy Spirit. Amen.

* PRAYER OF DEDICATION
No gift of ours can match the gift of your Spirit, but without
our bodies made available and obedient to the Spirit the church
cannot be the body of Christ to do your work in the world. Use
us and ours as we respond to your call in the gospel of Jesus
Christ. Amen.

* PSALM 139:1-6, 13-18
O LORD, you have searched me and known me.
you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down,
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
O LORD, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is so high that I cannot attain it.
For it was you who formed my inward parts;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written all the days that were formed for me,
when none of them as yet existed.
How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
I try to count them -- they are more than the sand;
I come to the end -- I am still with you.

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