February 9, 2025 – Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Lectionary Readings   -   Gathering   -  Word  -   Eucharist   -   Sending   -   Music and Art

Lectionary Readings

Isaiah 6:1–8 (9–13)
Isaiah sees the Lord in the temple and says, “Woe is me! I am lost.”

Psalm 138
I give you thanks, O Lord; I bow down toward your holy temple.

1 Corinthians 15:1–11
Christ died for our sins, was buried, and was raised on the third day.

Luke 5:1–11
A miraculous catch of fish; Peter says, “Lord, I am a sinful man!”

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

You call us, O Christ, to live as your disciples,
with new life, by way of new paths,
seeking new ways.
In your call toward deep waters,
grant us faith.
In your command not to fear,
grant us courage.
In your invitation to follow,
grant us surrender.
Restore to us the joy of living as your disciples,
that we might travel with you
in the way of miracle. Amen.

Prayer of the Day

God who calls through the generations,
you have always been inviting your people
to join you in your holy work.
Thank you for calling us
to live as prophets and priests.
Thank you for calling us
to live as disciples and friends.
Grant us attention,
that we might hear your call this day,
and grant us courage, that we might answer yes,
bearing witness to resurrection power
in a world that so desperately needs it. Amen.

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Thanksgiving for Baptism

At the baptismal font:
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
O Lord our God, we give you thanks
for the faith, hope, and love you give to us
through the blessing of our baptism—
claiming us as your beloved children,
calling us to the path of discipleship,
revealing to us the light of your glory.
By the power of your Holy Spirit,
poured out upon us in baptism,
help us to follow you with faith,
to trust in you with hope,
and to serve you with love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession and Pardon

At the baptismal font:
I am handing on to you as of first importance
what I in turn have received:
that Christ died for our sins.
Trusting in the promise of the gospel,
let us make our confession.

Merciful God,
you call, but we seldom hear.
You beckon, yet we turn away.
Sin keeps us from responding to you,
thwarting even our best efforts.
Forgive our lack of attention
to things that matter
and restore our sense of your priorities.
Focus us on your call to worship and service
as we seek to follow after Jesus Christ.

Lifting water from the font:
Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.
Not even death can separate us from God’s love.
This is good news!
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!

— Word —

Prayer for Illumination

At the lectern or pulpit:
Saving God, source of our calling,
your Word is full of power and glory.
Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us
so that we may receive your grace
and live as your beloved children;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Before the readings: 
Listen for the Word of God, 
shaking the wilderness. 
Psalm 29:8

After the readings: 
Powerful and full of majesty 
is the voice of the Lord. 
Thanks be to God. 
Psalm 29:4


Ascription of Praise

After the sermon:
And in the temple of the Lord, 
the people of God say: Glory! Amen.
Psalm 29:9

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Affirmation of Faith

God’s sovereign love is a mystery
beyond the reach of the human mind.
Human thought ascribes to God
superlatives of power, wisdom, and goodness.
But God reveals divine love in Jesus Christ
by showing power in the form of a servant,
wisdom in the folly of the cross,
and goodness in receiving
sinful men and women.
The power of God’s love in Christ
to transform the world
discloses that the Redeemer
is the Lord and Creator
who made all things
to serve the purpose of God’s love.
Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.15

Prayers of Intercession

Joining our hearts and minds in prayer,
let us call on the name of the Lord,
saying: O God of grace, bless us with peace.

We pray for the church . . .
Give us the grace to be faithful disciples,
worshiping and serving you with gladness
and proclaiming the gospel in every place.
O God of grace, bless us with peace.

We pray for the world . . .
Restore the cities laid waste by war,
give shelter and safety to refugees,
and heal the lands destroyed by greed.
O God of grace, bless us with peace.

We pray for this community . . .
Teach us to share your blessings
through our daily life and labor.
Make us fishers of people.
O God of grace, bless us with peace.

We pray for loved ones . . .
Preserve those who are in trouble.
Stretch out your hand to deliver them
and surround them with your steadfast love.
O God of grace, bless us with peace.

Mighty God, strengthen your people
so that we may live in the world
as those you have chosen and called;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

— Eucharist —

Invitation to Offering

At the communion table:
There is only one Lord and God,
from whom all things come
and for whom we live.
Let us offer our lives to the Lord.
1 Corinthians 8:4–6

Prayer of Dedication

At the communion table:
We praise and thank you, Lord God,
for the majesty of your work,
the wisdom of your word,
and the generosity of your grace.
Let the gifts of our lives bear witness
to your goodness and mercy,
your faithfulness and justice,
and your steadfast love for all. Amen.
Psalm 111

Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God:
You alone are holy;
the earth is filled with your glory!
Still you summon us into your presence
and send us forth to proclaim your word.  

Therefore we praise you, joining the song
of the universal church and the heavenly choir:
A Sanctus (“Holy, holy, holy”) is sung.

Blessed is Jesus Christ, our Savior:
As Jesus called disciples by the lakeside,
he commissions us to be fishers of people
and fills our lives with abundant joy.

The words of institution are included here.

Remembering your goodness and grace,
we offer ourselves to you with gratitude
as we share this joyful feast.

A Memorial Acclamation
(e.g., “Christ has died”) is sung.

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us
and upon this bread and cup;
make us one in the body and blood
of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Keep us firmly rooted in the gospel,
the good news by which we were saved,
and strengthen us
to share this message with all.

Through the Lord Jesus Christ,
in the unity of the Spirit,
we bless you, God of glory,
now and forever.
An Amen is sung.

Lord’s Prayer


Breaking the Bread


Communion of the People


Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song


Prayer after Communion

At the communion table:
We give you thanks and praise, O God,
that you have fed us with your mercy
and poured out your Spirit in this place.
Continue to nourish and fill us each day,
that we may live as your beloved people;
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

— Sending —

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song


Blessing and Charge

At the doors of the church:
May the blessing of the Lord our God, 
the grace of Jesus Christ, 
and the power of the Holy Spirit 
be with you now and forever. Alleluia!
Luke 4:18–19

In the name of Jesus, 
bring good news to the poor. Amen.
Luke 4:18

The First Two Disciples


Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! (O) NICAEA GTG 1

  • Hear the Good News of Salvation (EG) NETTLETON GTG 441

  • You Walk along Our Shoreline (G) WIE LIEBLICH IST DER MAIEN GTG 170


  • Dawk’yah towgyah / Take the Saving Word of God (O) DAWK’YAH TOWGYAH LUYH 752

  • Heaven Opened to Isaiah (O) URI UWER’ UWER’ UWERA GTG 68

  • Alleluia, Alleluia! Give Thanks (E) ALLELUIA NO. 1 GTG 240

  • From the Nets of Our Labor (G) HAMILTON GTG 751

  • Oh, qué bueno es Jesús (Oh, How Great Is Christ the Lord) (E) VT 351


  • Gracious Spirit, Heed Our Pleading (O) NJOO KWETU, ROHO MWEMA GTG 287

  • When Peace like a River (E) VILLE DU HAVRE GTG 840

  • Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore (G) PESCADOR DE HOMBRES GTG 721


  • I, the Lord of Sea and Sky (O) HERE I AM (Schutte) GTG 69

  • Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound (OEG) AMAZING GRACE GTG 649

  • How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord (G) REPTON GTG 432

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 138

  • With Grateful Heart My Thanks I Bring [ST. PETERSBURG, SOLID ROCK]; GTG 334, PAS 138A, LUYH 585

  • With All My Heart I Thank You, Lord [GENEVAN 138]; PAS 138C, LUYH 323

  • O Lord, My Heart Will Sing [ENVIADO SOY DE DIOS]; PP 276 (with refrain), PCW 138 (as


  • Thank You, Lord; PAS 138B

  • The Rulers of All the Earth Will Praise You; PSA 141

Organ Music

  • “Prelude on Picardy,” Oxford Hymn Settings: Holy Communion, Philip Moore, OUP (M)

  • WIE LIEBLICH IST DER MAIEN,” Thanksgiving Simplified: Easy Settings for Organ, Jacob B. Weber, CON (E)

  • ST. DENIO,” The Rejoicing: A Postlude Collection for Organ, Charles Callahan, MSM (M)

  • NOW,” Organ Tapestries, vol. 1, Mark Sedio, CON (E)

Piano Music

  • “Come and Find the Quiet Center,” BEACH SPRING, Hymns of Peace and Comfort, Anna Laura Page, CGA (M)

  • “The Gift to Be Simple,” SIMPLE GIFTS, A Time for Giving, Dale Wood, LOR (M)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah,” arr. Mack Wilberg, OUP, SATB, org, opt orch (M)

  • “Down to the River to Pray, with Lord, Listen to Your Children,” arr. Mary McDonald, HOPE, SATB, pno (ME)

  • “We Walk by Faith,” arr. Mary McDonald, LOR, SATB, pno, opt C inst (E)

  • “Just As I Am,” arr. Joel Raney, HOPE, SATB, pno, opt hb (ME)

  • “Christ Still Rises,” Benjamin Brody, GIA, SATB, keybd, opt vln (E)


  • The First Two Disciples, JESUS MAFA, 1973 (VDL)

  • Draft of Fishes, Peter Koenig, 20th century (VDL)

  • Miraculous Draught of Fishes, Peter Paul Rubens, 1618 (VCS)

  • The Miraculous Draught of Fishes (Luke 5:1–11), Raphael, 1515–16 (VCS)

  • Miracle Catch, Mike Moyers, 2019 (VDL)

  • Cueva de las Manos (Cave of Hands), mural, began c. 7000 BCE (VCS)