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We Are All Connected -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 -- Frank Ramirez -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2019
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus.
Within or Without -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 -- David Kalas -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2016
“Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification.” This is the tan
Wedding day -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2012
The bride was obviously nervous. She could hardly get through the wedding rehearsal.
Wedding bells -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2006
A former US president and his wife were reputed to have visited their old hometown and
Passion for God -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2001
It would not be difficult to look around in our world and identify passionate people.
Celebration -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1998
A prominent theme in today's lessons seems to be celebration of life.
A sign of God's new day -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1995
Thus says the Lord: In this place of which you say "It is a waste without human beings or animals,"
Married to God -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
For this Sunday, the lessons have a positive, happy view, as might be expected in this season of Epi
The wedding hour -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
The wedding liturgy in my denomination begins with a paragraph that includes this line: "Our Lord Je

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We Are All Connected -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 -- Frank Ramirez -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2019
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus.

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God Activates -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2019
For January 20, 2018:
Sometimes You Have To Shout -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2016
The prophet Isaiah declares in this week’s Old Testament passage that “For Zion’s sake I will
Not Keeping Silent -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2013
This Sunday is January 20th -- the traditional date for presidential inaugurations in the United Sta
Sin And Punishment Versus Grace And Hope -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- James Evans -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
January 18, 2004
Was It Only A Dream? -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Thom M. Shuman, Barbara Jurgensen -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
"For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest..." (Isaiah 62:1).

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God Activates -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2019
For January 20, 2018:

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Epiphany 2 / Ordinary Time 2 -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2009
For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest....

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Whose Gift Is It, Anyway? -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2003
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Sermon Illustrations for Epiphany 2 | OT 2 (2019) -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 -- Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2019
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Sermon Illustrations for Epiphany 2 | OT 2 (2016) -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 -- Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove, R. Robert Cueni, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2016
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Sermon Illustrations for Epiphany 2 | OT 2 (2013) -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Mark J. Molldrem, Bob Ove, Cynthia E. Cowen -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2012
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The lesson refers to the people of faith relating to God like in a marital union... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2012
The lesson refers to the people of faith relating to God like in a marital union.
When I began my career as a pastor... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Ron Love -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2012
When I began my career as a pastor my dad gave me only one word of advice.
Episcopal priest, Robert Capon, said... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2006
Episcopal priest, Robert Capon, said, "We are in a war between dullness and
For years, the Brewer boys... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2006
For years, the Brewer boys antagonized their fellow riders on the school bus. The
One of the leaders of... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2006
One of the leaders of the church asked to address the congregation one Sunday morning.
I recently attended a community... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2006
I recently attended a community theater play that we had seen before in a different
Martin Luther may in fact... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1995
Martin Luther may in fact not have proclaimed to the Diet of Worms: "Here stand I: I can do no other
A man appeared before a... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1995
A man appeared before a judge in order to have his name legally changed.
January is a grim time... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1995
January is a grim time at the university where I work: students are in reading period and exams; the
Many years ago, in the... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1995
Many years ago, in the earlier days of my ministry, a dear lady suggested I would be a more effectiv
Some years ago I met... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
Some years ago I met a man whose given name was Peter. For years he had been haunted by that name.
Mary was heartbroken when her... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
Mary was heartbroken when her son Andy came home drunk or when she got a phone call saying that Andy
I Have A Dream... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
"I Have A Dream"Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday --January 20
Before John Hinckley, Jr., shot... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
Before John Hinckley, Jr., shot President Reagan in his infamous assassination attempt, he was stran
Thank you, Mr. Martinez. I'll... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
"Thank you, Mr. Martinez.
The young lady announced that... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
The young lady announced that she wanted a different kind of birthday party, and so in consultation

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God Activates -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2019
For January 20, 2018:
Sometimes You Have To Shout -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2016
The prophet Isaiah declares in this week’s Old Testament passage that “For Zion’s sake I will
Not Keeping Silent -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2013
This Sunday is January 20th -- the traditional date for presidential inaugurations in the United Sta
Sin And Punishment Versus Grace And Hope -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- James Evans -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
January 18, 2004

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God Activates -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2019
For January 20, 2018:
Sermon Illustrations for Epiphany 2 | OT 2 (2019) -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 -- Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2019
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SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY -- Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 -- B. David Hostetter -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP

Preaching

The Immediate Word

God Activates -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2019
For January 20, 2018:
Sometimes You Have To Shout -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2016
The prophet Isaiah declares in this week’s Old Testament passage that “For Zion’s sake I will
Not Keeping Silent -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2013
This Sunday is January 20th -- the traditional date for presidential inaugurations in the United Sta
Sin And Punishment Versus Grace And Hope -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- James Evans -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
January 18, 2004
Was It Only A Dream? -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Thom M. Shuman, Barbara Jurgensen -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
"For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest..." (Isaiah 62:1).

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God Activates -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2019
For January 20, 2018:

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Second Sunday After The Epiphany -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 -- Carlos Wilton -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day With Jesus, wonders never cease.
Second Sunday after Epiphany -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2003
For those who like to preach from all three lectionary texts, the stated readings for this Sunday co
Second Sunday After The Epiphany -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2003
Seasonal Theme
Second Sunday After The Epiphany -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Isaiah 62:1-5 (C, RC, E)
Second Sunday After The Epiphany -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 -- George M. Bass -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Second Sunday After The Epiphany -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 -- George M. Bass -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Epiphany 2 -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 -- Perry H. Biddle, Jr. -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1988
Comments on the Lessons

Sermon

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God Activates -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2019
For January 20, 2018:
Sometimes You Have To Shout -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2016
The prophet Isaiah declares in this week’s Old Testament passage that “For Zion’s sake I will
Not Keeping Silent -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2013
This Sunday is January 20th -- the traditional date for presidential inaugurations in the United Sta
Sin And Punishment Versus Grace And Hope -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- James Evans -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
January 18, 2004
Was It Only A Dream? -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Thom M. Shuman, Barbara Jurgensen -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
"For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest..." (Isaiah 62:1).

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God Activates -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2019
For January 20, 2018:

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A New Name -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2009
Let's play a game. I am going to say a name and you think about that person.
Called By A New Name -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Mary S. Lautensleger -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2006
Two or three generations ago, the only women who did not take their husbands' names after marrying w
Love For Herbert And Dorothy -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Steven E. Albertin -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2003
The miracle that Jesus performed at the wedding at Cana in today's Gospel is recalled in the prayer
Light For Beauty -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Harry N. Huxhold -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2000
David Donald's biography of Abraham Lincoln is a special effort to help us feel along with Mr.
From Inferiority To Fulfillment -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Ron Lavin -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1991
A counselor was listening carefully to a teenager. She was speaking about her troubles.
God Is on Our Side -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Robert G. Tuttle -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1988
Is God "on our side"? Isaiah seemed to think so.
Burned Out -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- James H. Bailey -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1985
A man said to me recently, "I'm just plain 'burned-out' after Christmas.

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The Marriage Covenant -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
Britney Spears can now claim the shortest marriage on record.

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Second Opinion -- John 2:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Keith Hewitt -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2016
Contents "Second Opinion" by Keith HewittSecond Opinion
How Can Things Be Better? -- John 2:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Lamar Massingill, John E. Sumwalt -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2013
Contents"How Can Things Be Better?" by Lamar Massingill
No More Forsaken -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11, Psalm 36:5-10 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
A Story to Live ByNo More Forsaken
Va-Va-Voom -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- C. David Mckirachan, Ron Lavin -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "Va-Va-Voom" by C. David McKirachan

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Not Forsaken -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2006
For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her vindi

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God Activates -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2019
For January 20, 2018:
Sometimes You Have To Shout -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2016
The prophet Isaiah declares in this week’s Old Testament passage that “For Zion’s sake I will
Not Keeping Silent -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2013
This Sunday is January 20th -- the traditional date for presidential inaugurations in the United Sta
Sin And Punishment Versus Grace And Hope -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- James Evans -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
January 18, 2004
Was It Only A Dream? -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Thom M. Shuman, Barbara Jurgensen -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
"For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest..." (Isaiah 62:1).

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God Activates -- John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2019
For January 20, 2018:

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Epiphany 2 / Ordinary Time 2 -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11, Psalm 36:5-10 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2009
A single song is being inflected through all the colorations of the human choir.
Second Sunday After The Epiphany -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Frank Ramirez -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2006
First Lesson: Isaiah 62:1-5Theme: An Arranged Marriage
Second Sunday After Epiphany -- Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2003
Theme: God Does Not Forsake His PeopleCall To Worship
Left Out? -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2000
Call To Worship
God's promise of greatness -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- James R. Wilson -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Come, let all of God's people give praise and worship the Lord!
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Jesus is the Good Shepherd. If you want to know him, listen to his voice today.

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