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THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

23 JANUARY 2022

God’s glory is revealed in the reading of scripture.  People stand at attention.  People weep.  People prostrate themselves in prayer.  The unity of the church is another reflection of God’s glory.  Most gloriously, the promises of God are fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ.  Gather round.  Listen up.  Glimpse the glory of God.

Prayer of the Day

Blessed Lord God, you have caused the holy scriptures to be written for the nourishment of your people.  Grant that we may hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that, comforted by your promises, we may embrace and forever hold fast to the hope of eternal life, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

First Reading: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10

The exiles have returned and rebuilt Jerusalem.  Now Ezra, the priest, reads the law of Moses to them in the public square.  When they hear it, they weep for their sins and for the long years in exile, but Ezra reminds them that “the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Psalm: Psalm 19

The teaching of the Lord revives the soul. (Ps. 19:7)

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

The apostle and pastor Paul uses the metaphor of the human body to describe how intimately connected we are in the church.  For this struggling congregation in Corinth, Paul delivers a vital message of unity that is a mark of the church today.

Gospel: Luke 4:14-21

Near the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry, he visits his hometown of Nazareth.  In the words of Isaiah, he states and claims his identity, purpose, and mission.

 

(from Sundays and Seasons, 2022, Year C, Guide to Worship Planning)

 

 

 

 

 
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