The Time after Epiphany / Ordinary Time – 57.1

These liturgical texts are appropriate for use throughout the Time after Epiphany and may be repeated from week to week.

Confession and Lament Sequence

We believe in Jesus,
fully human and fully divine.
We celebrate the divinity of Christ,
but we may often forget that Jesus was human, too.
We share humanity with Jesus,
and yet we are slow to participate in the story.
We witness his baptism
but forget the power of baptism in our life as a community.
We witness him calling disciples
but fail to hear him calling us to action.
We witness him healing those in need
but forsake those who need us.
And so we pray for transformation, saying together:

God among us,
forgive us when we assume you are far from us
and when we fail to recognize our part in your ongoing ministry.
We lament that so many feel forsaken.
We grieve for all the wounds not healed,
actions not taken,
and calls not answered.
Teach us to participate in your mission in the world,
to remember our baptism,
hear the call on our lives, and help those who are sent our way.
Transform us,
so that we may be more like Christ.

God is among us!
We have been baptized into Christ,
who is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
In Christ, we are forgiven. Amen!

Invitation to Discipleship

Discipleship involves growing and going.
God, through Jesus, invites us to grow—
to grow faith, declaring what we believe;
to grow hope, anticipating what God promises;
to grow love, giving what we have received.
God, through Jesus, invites us to respond to this growth and go—
go into the world baptizing;
go into the world teaching.

Congregational Song for the Time after Epiphany

A change in liturgical seasons creates opportunities for congregational responses unique to the season as well as experiences of ongoing liturgical moments and responses set to new and different music. Following are suggestions for use during the Time after Epiphany.


  • Be Still and Know That I Am God GTG 414
  • Healer of Our Every Ill (refrain; stanzas could be used in different ways) GTG 795
  • Kyrie eleison, Señor, ten piedad/Kyrie eleison, Show Mercy, O Lord SSS 521
  • Make Your Face to Shine/Haz resplandecer tu rostro GTG 811; SSS 514
  • The Lord Is My Light GTG 842


    • Amen, We Praise Your Name/Amen siakudumisa GTG 598
    • I Depend upon Your Faithfulness/Tu fidelidad GTG 831; SSS 40
    • I Will Do a New Thing AAHH 568
    • Know That God Is Good GTG 659
    • Praise to God the Father/Da n’ase GTG 605

    Prayer for Illumination

    • Listen, God Is Calling GTG 456
    • Open the Eyes of My Heart GTG 452
    • Over My Head AAHH 169
    • Thy Word Is a Lamp unto My Feet GTG 458


    Anthems for Children’s Choirs for the Time after Epiphany

    • “All Thy Gifts of Love,” David L. Brunner, BH, 2 pt, pno (ME)
    • “Always in Your Presence,” Randy Cox and Kris Crunk, CGA, uni/2 pt, pno (ME)
    • “Amazing Day,” Rebecca Thompson, CGA, uni/ 2 pt, pno, opt hb or hc (E)
    • “How Can I Keep from Singing?” Ginger Littleton, BRI, uni/ 2 pt, pno (E)
    • “How Lovely Is Your Dwelling,” Ronald A. Nelson, CGI, uni/ 2 pt, pno (E)
    • “I Sing the Mighty Power of God,” Michael Bedford, CGI, uni/ 2 pt, org, opt fl, ob, hb (E)
    • “The Mustard Seed,” Anna Laura Page, CGA, uni, pno, opt fl (E)
    • “Ubi Caritas,” Victor C. Johnson, CGA, 2 pt, pno (MA)

    Anthems for Youth Choirs for the Time after Epiphany

    • “Breathe on Me, Breath of God,” Wilhelm Schmidt, W.F. Schmidt Music, SAB, pno (ME)
    • “Amazing Grace,” Linda Spevacek, HOPE, 3 pt, pno (M)
    • “Jesus, Lover of My Soul,” David Huntsinger, Huntsinger Music, SATB, keybd (M)
    • “Let There Be Light,” Mary McDonald, LOR, SAB, pno (ME)
    • “Be Still, My Soul,” Roy Hopp, AF, 2 pt (E)
    • “Baptized in Water,” Jane Holstein, HOPE, 2 pt, pno (ME)
    • “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light,” Benjamin Harlan, JM, SAB, pno (ME)
    • “Noble Magi,” Nancy Gifford, CGA, 2 pt, pno, fc (ME)
    • “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” Alice Parker and Robert Shaw, Lawson-Gould, SATB, acap (ME)

    Piano Music for the Time after Epiphany

    • “Blessed,” Devotion and Reflection, Heather Sorenson, LOR (MA)
    • “Down to the River / Shall We Gather at the River,” DOWN TO THE RIVER/ HANSON PLACE, Spirituals We Love, Pepper Choplin, LOR (M)
    • “The Gift to Be Simple,” SIMPLE GIFTS, A Time for Giving, Dale Wood, LOR (M)
    • “Jesus Loves Me,” JESUS LOVES ME, Sunday Morning Companion, Victor Labenske, ALF (M)
    • “On Eagle’s Wings / Be Thou My Vision,” ON EAGLE’S WINGS/ SLANE, Medleys for Blended Worship: Complete Collection, Carol Tornquist, ALF (MA)
    • “Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples,” KINGSFOLD, Morning Has Broken, Penny Rodriguez, LOR (M)
    • “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” CONVERSE, Hymns for a Jazzy Sunday Morning, Larry Shackley, ALF (A)

    Vocal Solos for the Time after Epiphany

    • “The Call,” Sing a Song of Joy, K. Lee Scott, AF (ME)
    • “The Call,” New Songs of Gladness: Vocal Solos for Worship, Ralph Vaughn Williams (M)
    • “Beautiful City,” Godspell, Stephen Schwartz, HAL (E)
    • “Hallelujah,” The Green Pastures, Hall Johnson, CF (M)
    • “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee,” The Church Soloist, Eric H. Thiman, NOV (MA)
    • “O Thou in Whose Presence,” Three Mountain Hymns, Alice Parker, GMC (M)