January 19, 2025 – Second Sunday after Epiphany

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

Lectionary Readings

Isaiah 62:1–5
The nations will see God’s faithful love when Jerusalem is redeemed.

Psalm 36:5–10
The steadfast love of the Lord is great; in God is the fountain of life.

1 Corinthians 12:1–11
Each of us has gifts from the Spirit, given for the common good.

John 2:1–11
At a wedding feast in Cana, Jesus turns water into fine wine.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

God of the feast, God of abundance,
you are always turning water into fine wine.
Though the wine has run out,
you work miracles among us.
Though the work feels impossible,
you accomplish wonders through us.
Though many fail to perceive it,
you reveal your glory among us.
Help us to receive your good gifts this day,
that we might learn
to put our faith in you.

Prayer of the Day

O God, our fountain of life,
grant us your good gifts this day.
Call us to drink from your river of delights.
Welcome us to feast in your house of abundance.
Teach us to find refuge in you
as we learn to walk in your light
together this day.

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:
Who among us has not been enticed
and led astray by idols?
All of us come with need to confess.
Let us do so with trust
in God’s endless desire to forgive.

Loving Lord,
we long to be your faithful people,
but our good intentions run out
and we come up empty.
For all the ways we fall short in our sin,
forgive us, Gracious One.
Change us—like water into wine—
to become what the world lacks,
that our community, our nation,
our church, and all creation
may know your justice and love.

Lifting water from the font:
God has lifted you up
from all that has pushed you down.
Gone are old names of derision:
Forsaken, Desolate, Loser, Nobody.
Through the gifts of the Holy Spirit,
God calls you by new names:
Wise, Knowing, Faithful,
Healer, Prophet, Mystic.
Hear, believe, and trust your new name:
In Jesus Christ, my name is 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 . . .

Transform us from water into wine:

from the ordinary people you have called

into signs of Christ’s glory in the world.

O God of grace, bless us with peace.

We pray for the world . . .

Let the nations know your saving love.

Put an end to all war and oppression

and restore the glory of your creation.

O God of grace, bless us with peace.

We pray for this community . . .

Let us work together to serve you.

Help us to use the gifts of your Spirit

for the good of the people in this place.

O God of grace, bless us with peace.

We pray for loved ones . . .

Give refuge to those who are hurting.

Show them your steadfast love;

heal them and deliver them from harm.

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:
Your steadfast love and faithfulness
are higher than the heavens;
your righteousness and justice
are deeper than the sea.
You are the fountain of life
and the source of all light.

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:
At a wedding feast in Cana,
Jesus turned water into wine—
the first sign of his glory,
so that the world might know
that even better things were yet to come.

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.

Pour out wisdom, knowledge,
faith, and healing;
pour out miracles, prophecy—
all for the common good,
so that the world will know
that Jesus is Lord.

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

Water into Wine

St. Colman’s Church

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness (OG) FAITHFULNESS GTG 39, PH 276
  • Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire (E) VENI CREATOR SPIRITUS GTG 278
  • Our God (G) Chris Tomlin LUYH 580
  • Summoned by the God Who Made Us (E) NETTLETON VT 1


  • When Hands Reach Out and Fingers Trace (E) O WALY WALY GTG 302
  • As the Wind Song (EG) WAIRUA TAPU GTG 292
  • Fill My Cup (G) FILL MY CUP GTG 699, PH 350
  • All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name (O) CORONATION GTG 263


  • The Trumpet Sounds, the Angels Sing (EG) THE FEAST IS READY GTG 505
  • In Christ Called to Baptize (E) ST. DENIO GTG 297
  • The Bread and the Wine Are Here (G) LOVE FEAST GTG 512


  • Called as Partners in Christ’s Service (OE) BEECHER GTG 761, PH 343
  • In a Deep, Unbounded Darkness (OG) DIVINUM MYSTERIUM GTG 850
  • We Are All One in Mission (E) ES FLOG EIN KLEINS WALDVÖGELEIN GTG 733, PH 435

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 36:5–10

  • Your Gifts, O Lord, Surpass the Heavens [SIMPLE GIFTS]; PP 68 (with refrain), PCW 36 (as LM)
  • High in the Heavens [TRURO]; PAS 36B
  • Thy Mercy and Thy Truth [TALLIS ORDINAL]; GTG 477, PH 186
  • Your Steadfast Love, O Living God [CMD]; SGP 36


  • How Precious Is Your Unfailing Love; PAS 36A
  • Your Love, Lord, Reaches to Heaven; PSA 34
  • In Your Light, O God, We See Light [IN BABILONE]; HTP1 72

Organ Music

  • “Woodbird,” ES FLOG EIN KLEINS WALDVÖGELEIN, David Schelat, MSM (ME)
  • “O Gott du frommer Gott,” Eleven Chorale Preludes, Op. 122, Johannes Brahms, IMSLP.org (M)
  • “Meditation on ‘As the Wind Song,’” WAIRUA TAPU, Oxford Organ Library: Easter II, Marilyn Biery, AF (ME)
  • “A Taste of Cana’s Wine,” David Evan Thomas, https://davidevanthomas.com (M)

Piano Music

  • “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” FAITHFULNESS, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, Timothy Shaw, MSM (M)
  • “Faithful,” Faithful, Todd Beaney, Lillenas Publishing (M)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “Blessed Jesus, at Your Word,” Franklin Ashdown, CON, SATB, org, opt vln (M)
  • “Jesus, Priceless Treasure,” Brad Nix, ALF, SATB, pno (ME)
  • “O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High,” Vicki Tucker Courtney, ALF, SATB, keybd (ME)
  • “And the Father Will Dance,” Mark Hayes, HIN, SATB, pno (ME)
  • “Steadfast,” Craig Courtney, BP, SATB, pno, opt brass (M)


  • Wedding Feast, John August Swanson, 2016 (EYE)
  • The Marriage at Cana, Mattia Preti, 1655-60 (PD) (National Gallery, London)
  • The Wedding at Cana, JESUS MAFA, 1973 (VDL)
  • Altar of Keur Moussa Abbey, Father George Saget, 1963 (VDL)
  • Water into Wine, Cara B. Hochhalter, 2019 (VDL)
  • Water into Wine, stained glass, St. Colman’s Church, Portsmouth, UK (VDL)
  • 1 Corinthians 12:4–11, Timothy R. Botts, 2016 (EYE)