Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, 15 Jan: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6; Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:29-34 ~ The Chosen One of God

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

In Ordinary Time the Church moves slowly from winter to spring. During this season, the Sunday readings will follow the life and teachings of Jesus. Ordinary Time will end on March 1st, Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent.

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening Prayer:

Merciful God, you sent your Son, the spotless Lamb, to take upon himself the sin of the world. Make our lives holy, that your Church may bear witness to your purpose of reconciling all things in Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.
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“This Kingdom” – Hillsong featuring Darlene Zcheck


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A Reading from the Old Testament: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6 (NLT)
[God’s Chosen One will bring salvation to all peoples.]

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“You are my servant, Israel, and you will bring me glory.”
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And now the Lord speaks—the one who formed me in my mother’s womb to be his servant, who commissioned me to bring Israel back to him. The Lord has honored me, and my God has given me strength.

He says, “You will do more than restore the people of Israel to me. I will make you a light to the Gentiles, and you will bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”
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A Reading from the Psalms: Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10 (NLT)

He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.
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Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord, who have no confidence in the proud or in those who worship idols.
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Then I said, “Look, I have come. As is written about me in the Scriptures: I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.”

I have told all your people about your justice. I have not been afraid to speak out, as you, O Lord, well know. I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart; I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power. I have told everyone in the great assembly of your unfailing love and faithfulness.
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“Psalm 40 He Set My Feet Upon A Rock” – Janet Morrison


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A Reading from the Letters: 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 (NLT)
[We are called to take our place among the saints.

This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Sosthenes.

I am writing to God’s church in Corinth, to you who have been called by God to be his own holy people. He made you holy by means of Christ Jesus, just as he did for all people everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
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A Reading from the Gospels: John 1:29-34 (NLT)
[Jesus is introduced as the Lamb of God, the Chosen One.]

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The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! He is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘A man is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’ I did not recognize him as the Messiah, but I have been baptizing with water so that he might be revealed to Israel.”

Then John testified, “I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon him. I didn’t know he was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that he is the Chosen One of God.”
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“May we be a shining light to the nations” – Kwasizabantu Combined


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Intercessory Prayer:

Merciful God: Hear the cries of Your people in every tribe and nation around the world.

+ For all believers everywhere; guide us, protect us, and strengthen us…. Lord, hear us.
+ For those preparing for baptism, confirmation or church membership…. Lord, hear us.
+ For all who suffer because of war, violence, dislocation or famine…. Lord, hear us.
+ For Syrian refugees, especially refugee children, in need of protection and sustenance…. Lord, hear us.
+ For Christian charities, especially Samaritan’s Purse, serving refugees in Iraq…. Lord, hear us.
+ For all who are sick, at home or in hospital, in need of your healing presence…. Lord, hear us.
+ For all who have died in Christ that they may take their place among the saints…. Lord, hear us.

Lord our God, we proclaim the good news of your justice, faithfulness, loving-kindness and saving power; hear our prayers offered in faith, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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“Worthy is the Lamb” – Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir


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Benediction:

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing! …To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” – Revelation 5:12, 13
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+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen



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