January 22, 2023 – Third Sunday after Epiphany

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

Lectionary Readings

Isaiah 9:1–4
Light shines on those who walk in darkness; the people rejoice.

Psalm 27:1, 4–9
The Lord is my light and salvation; therefore I am not afraid.

1 Corinthians 1:10–18
Paul calls for unity and proclaims the message of the cross.

Matthew 4:12–23
Jesus calls four disciples: Follow me, and you will fish for people.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
As we behold the beauty of God’s temple,
we see God’s face.
God is our shelter and our shade.
We will sing to the God of our salvation!

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:
Christ calls us to follow, knowing that we are human.
Jesus knows we are not perfect.
He knows we will not always get it right.
All he asks is that we try, learn, and try again.
Let us go to God, telling how we have tried and failed,
that God may teach us what we must learn.

Christ, our Messiah,
you call us to fish for people,
but we are hesitant to leave our boats.
We are afraid to let go of the things we hoard,
believing they make us secure.
We are afraid to put our trust in you,
afraid to follow, afraid we will fail.
Forgive us.
Transform our fear into faithfulness,
and enable us to walk with you,
that we may be part of your work in the world.

Lifting water from the font:
Just as Jesus called the disciples,
so Christ calls us.
Forgiven of our sin
and freed to serve,
let us answer Christ’s call.
Christ calls us, forgives us, heals us, and teaches us.
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, 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

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

We approach God in prayer not as strangers,
but as beloved children, baptized in Christ Jesus.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

As children of God, we pray for the church . . .
Make us followers of Jesus and fishers of people,
proclaiming the nearness of your reign
and demonstrating the good news of the gospel.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

As children of God, we pray for the earth . . .
Teach us not to plunder the gifts of your creation,
but to share the bounty of the land with all
and preserve your blessings for coming generations.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

As children of God, we pray for all nations . . .
Be the stronghold of the weak
and break the power of the oppressor.
Let those who cry for you see your face.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

As children of God, we pray for this community . . .
Put an end to the divisions among us.
Make us one as you are one,
united in a common vision and purpose.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

As children of God, we pray for loved ones . . .
Be their light and salvation;
shelter those who are in trouble
and protect them from all harm.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy One, as you are well pleased with Christ,
help us to live in a way that will be pleasing to you.
As you have called us to listen to Christ,
help us to always heed his word and seek his will.
These things we pray in the name of Jesus,
your beloved Child, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Matthew 3:17, 17:5

— 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:
God of glory,
as people brought gifts to the infant Jesus,
we bring our gifts to you.
May these gifts be used
to lift up those who are oppressed,
to bring deliverance to those who are in need,
to support those who are poor,
and to help those who are in trouble. Amen.

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:
In our days of trouble, you smiled upon us with your favor,
shining the light of your glory into our darkness and distress.
Now we rejoice, as when the time of harvest has come.

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 walked among us, proclaiming: Repent, the realm of heaven is near!
He called disciples by the sea—Peter, Andrew, James, and John.
They left their boats and nets and learned to fish for people.
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.

By your Spirit, make us one in Christ; put an end to our divisions,
so that we might proclaim the gospel, not with eloquent words,
but through your saving power made manifest in our lives.

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

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

“Hands, All Together”

Georgia, 2007

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain (OE) ST. KEVIN, AVE VIRGO VIRGINUM GTG 234; PH 115, 114
  • Here in This Place (OEG) GATHER US IN GTG 401
  • Morning Has Broken (OG) BUNESSAN GTG 664, PH 469
  • Here in Christ We Gather, Love of Christ Our Calling (OE) MANDATUM EH 576


  • You Walk along Our Shoreline (EG) WIE LIEBLICH IST DER MAIEN GTG 170
  • By All Your Saints Still Striving (G) KING’S LYNN GTG 325
  • Lift High the Cross (E) CRUCIFER GTG 826, PH 371
  • Above the Voices of the World around Me (G) VESTAVIA HILLS Rejoice in God, K. Lee Scott, MSM


  • Beneath the Cross of Jesus (OE) ST. CHRISTOPHER GTG 216, PH 92
  • One Bread, One Body (E) ONE BREAD, ONE BODY GTG 530
  • Will You Come and Follow Me (G) KELVINGROVE GTG 726
  • Come Away with Me (G) RECREATION STF 2202


  • From the Nets of Our Labor (E) HAMILTON GTG 751
  • May the God of Hope Go with Us (OE) ARGENTINA GTG 765
  • Lo, Now Ascends the Morning Sun / Asahi wa noborite (O) CHRISTMAS DAY STB 194

Psalms and Canticles


  • God Is My Strong Salvation [WEDLOCK, CHRISTUS DER IST MEIN LEBEN, NOËL NOUVELET]; GTG 841, PAS 27D, PH 179, PP 50
  • The Lord Is My Light [Bouknight]; PAS 27B
  • O Lord, You Are My Light [RHOSYMEDRE]; PAS 27C, LUYH 773
  • Jehová es mi luz / My Light, My Savior Is the Lord; SSS 325


  • El Señor es mi luz / The Lord Is My Light; PAS 27G, LUYH 774
  • The Lord Is My Light, My Light and Salvation (Taizé); GTG 842, PSA 25, PAS 27A
  • The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation; PAS 27H (pointed vv.), G3 (through-composed vv.)
  • The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation; PFTS1 38

Organ Music

  • “I Love to Tell the Story,” Augsburg Organ Library: Epiphany, Emma Lou Diemer, AF (ME)
  • “In Thee Is Gladness,” IN DIR FREUDE, Orgelbüchlein, J. S. Bach, public domain (M)
  • “The People Respond—Amen!,” Rubrics, Dan Locklair, HAL (MA)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “True Light,” Keith Hampton, Earthsong, SATB, solo, pno (M)
  • “Keep God’s Light,” Mark Patterson, MSM, SATB, opt perc (ME)
  • “The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation,” John Leavitt, CON, SATB, solo, pno (M)
  • “Unity,” Glorraine Moone, CV, SATB, pno (E)
  • “Common Threads,” Andrea Ramsey, MusicSpoke, SATB, pno, opt str qrt (M)
  • “The Lord Is My Light,” Kevin Memley, Pavane Music Publishing, SATB, pno (ME)
  • “Jesus Calls Us,” Phillip Young, AF, SATB, org (M)

Handbell Music

  • “Morning Has Broken,” Anna Laura Page, 3–5 oct, JHS, JHS9190, Level 3
  • “Reflections on Kelvingrove,” Jason W. Krug, 3–6 oct, opt 3 oct hc, RRM, RRBL5079, Level 2+
  • “Canto de Esperanza,” Sondra Tucker, 3–5 oct, opt perc, AGEHR, 35190, Level 3-


  • For Those in Darkness (Light Is Dawning), Lauren Wright Pittman (VDL)
  • Calling of Saint James and Saint John, James Tissot (VDL)
  • Hands, All Together, Decatur, Georgia, 2007 (VDL)
  • Christ Calling the Apostles Peter and Andrew, Duccio di Buoninsegna (VDL)
  • I Will Make You Fishers of Men, Lucinda Naylor (EYE)