January 21, 2024 – Third Sunday after Epiphany

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

Lectionary Readings

Jonah 3:1–5, 10
God sends Jonah to Ninevah; the people repent and God forgives.

Psalm 62:5–12
My soul waits in silence for God; God is my rock and salvation.

1 Corinthians 7:29–31
The present world is passing away; let go of earthly attachments.

Mark 1:14–20
Jesus calls four fishermen: Simon, Andrew, James, and John.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

God is our rock and salvation.
We wait to hear from God;
our souls wait.
We depend on God alone;
we release what will pass away
and rest in God’s enduring mercy.
Though God calls us down difficult paths,
we answer, relying on God’s help,
for God keeps calling us to the work.
Let us worship God!

Prayer of the Day

Great God,
Jesus awakened the disciples
to a new life-changing purpose
that caused them to drop it all and follow him.
You call us here from our everyday work in this very busy world.
Have we dropped it all to follow you?
Awaken us, we pray.
Show us how to leave everything behind
and with our lives to proclaim the good news—
your kingdom is drawing near.
Make us into vessels
that carry your message of love,
that we might, with others,
turn around, see, and believe.
In the name of Jesus, we pray. 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:
Nothing can be hidden from the Lord,
the maker of heaven and earth,
whose wisdom is endless,
whose mercy is great.
Isaiah 40:27–28

Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.

O Holy God,
you called the disciples to drop their nets and follow you,
yet we are hesitant to drop the tools and comforts of our lives.
We distract ourselves from your call
with busyness, stress, and worry.
We tangle ourselves in webs of racism, sexism,
and hatred that disguises itself as fear.
Forgive us, O Lord, and by your forgiveness,
open our ears to hear your voice saying to us,
“Follow me.”

Lifting water from the font:
Those who trust in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will rise up to fly like eagles,
they will run and not be weary,
they will walk and not grow faint.
Isaiah 40:31

In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God.

— 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:
Speak to us, Lord,
for your servants are listening.
1 Samuel 3:9–10

After the readings:
A new teaching, with authority!
Thanks be to God.
Mark 1:27


Ascription of Praise

After the sermon:
To the Lord who speaks to us,
and strengthens us,
and blesses us with peace,
be all glory and honor forever. Amen.
Psalm 29:1, 11

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Affirmation of Faith

Time after Epiphany
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 the People

Mindful of the many needs around us,
we turn to God for help and healing, saying:
To you, O God, we cry; be gracious to us.

Ever seeking your glory, we pray for the church . . .
Teach us to follow Jesus, fishing for people,
proclaiming the good news of your realm
and calling all to turn and trust in you.
To you, O God, we cry; be gracious to us.

Ever seeking your glory, we pray for the world . . .
Send messengers of truth and grace
who will condemn destructive ways
and announce your saving love.
To you, O God, we cry; be gracious to us.

Ever seeking your glory, we pray for this community . . .
Be a place of refuge and safety
for all who are in danger or need.
Surround them with your steadfast love.
To you, O God, we cry; be gracious to us.

Ever seeking your glory, we pray for loved ones . . .
Help our sisters and brothers who are suffering.
Give healing to those who are sick
and comfort those who mourn.
To you, O God, we cry; be gracious to us.

Gracious God, turn our mourning into dancing
and change our sorrow into joy,
so that we may give you thanks and praise forever;
through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. 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 are our rock and our strength, salvation for every generation.
You send your prophets to call us back when we stray,
and in turning to you we find refuge and steadfast love.
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:
He came proclaiming the good news that your reign has come near.
He calls us to repent and follow him,
that our lives may lure others to his way.
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.
You call us to proclaim your love in word and action,
and your Spirit sends us out to call others to you.
Give us courage, vision, and strength to be your faithful disciples.
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:
Beloved children of God,
receive the gift of the Holy Spirit,
the grace of Jesus Christ,
and the blessing of the Lord forever. Alleluia!
Mark 1:11, 9:7

As Jesus called the first disciples,
so he calls to us this day:
Follow me. Amen.
Mark 1:17, John 1:43

Christ Calling the Disciples

Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • God of Grace and God of Glory (OEG) CWM RHONDDA GTG 307
  • How Firm a Foundation (O) FOUNDATION GTG 463
  • I Danced in the Morning (G) LORD OF THE DANCE GTG 157
  • O God Beyond All Praising (O) THAXTED LUYH 557


  • Change My Heart, O God (OE) CHANGE MY HEART GTG 695
  • Dear Lord and Father of Mankind (O) REST GTG 169
  • Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me (O) TOPLADY GTG 438
  • You Walk along Our Shoreline (G) WIE LIEBLICH IST DER MAIEN GTG 170


  • Bread of Life from Heaven (G) ARGENTINE SANTO/BREAK NOW THE BREAD GTG 497
  • Forgive Us, Lord (OE) CONFESIÓN GTG 431
  • Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling (G) SOFTLY AND TENDERLY GTG 418
  • We Are Forgiven (O) WE ARE FORGIVEN GTG 447


  • All Who Love and Serve Your City (OE) CHARLESTOWN GTG 351
  • From the Nets of Our Labor (We Will Rise Up and Follow) (G) HAMILTON GTG 751
  • Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore (G) PESCADOR DE HOMBRES GTG 721
  • O Jesus, I Have Promised (G) ANGEL’S STORY GTG 724, NYLAND GTG 725

Psalms and Canticles


  • In Silence My Soul Thirsts [MY SOUL THIRSTS]; GTG 790, PAS 62A
  • My Soul in Silence Waits for God [CHESHIRE]; PH 197
  • My Soul Finds Rest in God Alone [THIRD MODE MELODY]; PAS 62C, LUYH 435
  • My Soul Finds Rest in God Alone [Keyes/Townend]; PAS 62B, LUYH 370, SSS 328 (with Spanish translation)


  • Rest in God Alone; PSA 52
  • In God Alone (Taizé); PAS 62D, LUYH 433
  • My Soul Is at Rest (Taizé); GTG 843
  • For God Alone [EVENTIDE]: HTP1 41
  • Lord, Come and Help Me; PP 108

    Organ Music

    • “How Firm a Foundation,” The Essential Dale Wood, Dale Wood, LOR (M)
    • “The Gift to Be Simple,” The Essential Dale Wood, Dale Wood, LOR (M)
    • “Fantasy on ‘Rock of Ages,’” Praises Unending, Jason W. Krug, LOR (E)
    • “Fanfare and Toccata on ‘Thaxted,’” The Sacred Organ Library, vol. 8, Matthew F. Walicke, LOR (ME)

    Anthems for Adult Choirs

    • “God Has Called Us,” Robert A. Hobby, AF, SATB, org, opt brass, timp, org (M)
    • “Lord, You Call Us,” arr. Michael Burkhardt, GIA, SATB, org, hb (E)
    • “Walking with God,” Paul Basler, CV, SATB, pno, hn (M)
    • “Jesus Calls Us,” Daniel Kallman, MSM, SATB, pno, cl (E)
    • “Lord God, You Have Called Your Servants,” J. Aaron McDermid, MSM, SATB, acap (A)
    • “Walking with God,” Joshua Hummel, HIN, SATB, pno (M)
    • “Will You Come and Follow Me,” arr. Tom Trenney, MSM, SATB, pno, cong (E)

    Handbell Music

    • “How Firm a Foundation,” Karen Buckwalter, 3‑5 oct, opt vln, BP, HB703, Level 2+
    • “How Firm a Foundation,” Ron Mallory, 3‑5 oct, ALF, 47800, Level 3
    • “Meditation on THAXTED,” Sondra Tucker, 3‑6 oct, CON, 977849, Level 3


    • Prophet Jonah before the Walls of Ninevah, Rembrandt van Rijn (VDL)
    • Jonah’s Blessing, Jan Richardson (JR)
    • Christ Calling the Apostles Peter and Andrew, Duccio, di Buoninsegna (VDL)
    • Christ Calling the Disciples, Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria (VDL)
    • Diminish and Ascend, David McCracken (VDL)