Sunday Worship Service

10:30 A. M.


Scripture Readings and Sermon Titles

January 25--Third Sunday after Epiphany

Lesson from the Hebrew Scriptures:  Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
A day of celebration is declared as Ezra, the Scribe, reads from 
the book of the Law and explains its meaning to Israel.

Lesson from the Gospels:  Luke 4:14-21
Following his temptation in the desert, Jesus returns to Galilee and to 
his home town of Nazareth.  In the synagogue he reads Isaiah's 
prophecy concerning Messiah, and then proclaims it fulfilled.

Sermon:  "A Recipe for Whole-iness"

Text:  Corinthians 12:12-31a
Paul defends the various gifts of the Spirit as being of equal stature.  His metaphor 
of the body and its various senses portrays the Church as the Body of Christ.


February 1--Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Lesson from the Hebrew Scriptures:  Jeremiah 1:4-10
In anticipation of Nebuchadnezzar's invasion from the North 
to destroy Jerusalem, God calls upon Judah to repent.

Lesson from the Gospels:  Luke 4:21-30
Jesus' revelation that the grace of God was not the exclusive property of Israel, but 
that it would be offered to all, brings about his rejection by the townspeople.

Sermon:  "The Greatest of These"

Text:  1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Paul, in his teaching about the gifts of the Spirit, lays out the nature 
of love.  Its attributes and behaviors show its supremacy.


February 8--Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Lesson from the Hebrew Scriptures:  Isaiah 6:1-13
Isaiah's vision of God enthroned.  The vision overwhelms him and he confesses 
his unworthiness.  God forgives him and commissions him to be a prophet.

Lesson from the Epistles: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Paul restates "the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you received and in which you stand."  He then recites the evidence of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

Sermon:  "An Unexpected Catch"

Text:  Luke 5:1-11
While walking beside the Sea of Galilee, Jesus begins to gather his disciples.  First, 
there is Simon, then James and John.  He promises that they will catch people.


February 15--Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Lesson from the Hebrew Scriptures:  Jeremiah 17:5-10
The prophet warns Judah to turn away from its sin of idolatry.  Those who trust 
in the flesh will be cursed; those who trust in the Lord will be blessed.

Lesson from the Epistles:  1 Corinthians 15:12-20
Paul teaches that the resurrection of Jesus from the dead 
is the foundation for all the Corinthians believe.

Sermon:  "A Plain Message"

Text:  Luke 6:17-26
The teaching ministry of Jesus begins with his "Sermon on the Mount."  He 
proclaims blessing on those who suffer; their suffering will be redeemed.

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