The 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: 14 Jan – John 1:35-42 ~ “Look! There is the Lamb of God!”

The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Now that the Christmas season is behind us and we are moving into the New Year, the liturgy challenges us to reflect on what following Christ means. We gather as God’s people, called to follow the Lamb of God and we praise God, with thanksgiving.

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

Opening Prayer

From our earliest days, O God, you call us by name. Make our ears attentive to your voice, our spirits eager to respond, that, having heard you in Jesus your anointed one, we may draw others to be his disciples. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.
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“He Knows My Name” – Tommy Walker


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Gospel Reading: John 1:35-42 (NLT)

The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples. As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!” When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus.

Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them.

They replied, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

“Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day.

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus. Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ”).

Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter”).

Prayers of Intercession:

Gracious God: Attend to the cries of your people. Have mercy on us and hear our prayers –

+ For church leaders around the world, that their lives might reflect the loving-kindness of Christ….
+ For believers around the world, that we may answer the call to follow Christ every day….
+ For believing minorities in Asia, that they may be able to practice their faith in freedom….
+ For persecuted believers, that people of good will may stand up for them and protect them….
+ For the displaced and dispossessed, that they may receive compassion and support….
+ For our friends and neighbors who are sick or suffering, that they may receive healing….
+ For those who have died in Christ, that they may be raised to eternal life in Christ….

Sovereign God: Attend to the cries of your people, and answer our prayers, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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“Follow Me” – Casting Crowns


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Blessing

We have found the Messiah, and he is full of unfailing love and faithfulness. We have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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