The following brief song services were prepared for the Sundays after Epiphany in 1993; the topics were chosen to correspond with the Revised Common Lectionary (Year A) for that season. These song services could be used in the morning service during this portion of the church year, as part or all of a second-service hymnsing, or at any other time in Christian worship (independent from the use of the Lectionary). Selections not in your hymnal could be sung by a small group taught by rote and sung from memory, or printed in the bulletin (with proper copyright permission).
Be A Servant
The prophecies of Isaiah contain several "servant songs" that prefigure Jesus' messianic ministry, which was publicly initiated at his baptism. Christ's teaching and ministry is a model for our servanthood.
"Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service"
[PH 427, PsH 603]
Reading: John 13:12-16
"Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love"
[PH 367, PsH 601]
"Lord, You Give the Great Commission"
[PH 429, PsH 523]
Be Disciples of the Lord
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
In both Old and New Testaments, God calls people to service, sometimes by dramatic and sometimes by ordinary means. Jesus called his disciples "to follow me," and Paul reminds us that we are both called and equipped to be saints.
"Jesus Calls Us O'er the Tumult"
[PsH 553, RL 258-259, TH 591 ]
Reading: Mark 8:34-38
"I Have Decided to Follow Jesus"
"Send Me, Lord"
"Forth in the Peace of Christ"
[PsH 323, RL 413]
Reflect Christ's Light
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
One of the most powerful images in Scripture is Christ as the light of the world. It is Christ who brings light to a darkened world, who provides salvation by the power of his cross, and who calls us to walk in the light of the Word.
"Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies"
[PH 462-463, PsH 481, RL 463, TH 398]
Reading: John 1:1-4
"Christ Is the World's True Light"
[PsH 600, RL 181]
"I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light"
[UMH 206,WC 539]
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Scripture calls us to be holy, to live lives of righteousness toward God and our neighbor. The biblical wisdom theme of "God's blessing on the way of the righteous" is summarized by Christ in the Beatitudes.
"Lord, I Want to Be a Christian"
[PH 372, PsH 264, TH 530]
Reading: 1 Peter 1:13-16
"Create in Me a Clean Heart"
[Maranatha! Music chorus books, or sing same segment from Psalm 51 in your hymnal]
"Love Divine, All Loves Excelling"
[PH 376, PsH 568, RL 464, TH 529]
To Serve Is To Be Wise
Isaiah 58: l-9a
1 Corinthians 2:1-12
Biblical wisdom and righteousness require compassion for "the poor, the widow, and the orphan" (including our modern refugees). That compassion needs to be expressed in words and deeds that function as powerfully as salt and light.
"What Does the Lord Require"
[PH 405, PsH 293, RL 176]
"Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing"
[PH 108, PsH 413]
Reading: Matthew 25:34-40
[Scripture in Song, Book 2]
Obey God's Word
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
God's Word is the light by which Christians are to live, by which we are to experience life as a blessing. That is true for the physical laws that govern this universe as well as for God's moral law to which our obedience is crucial.
"Let All Things Now Living"
[PH 554,PsH 453,TH 125]
Reading: 1 John 2:7-11
"How Blest Are They" (Psalm 1)
[PH 158, PsH 1, RL 81-82, TH 558-564]
"O God, My Faithful God"
[PH 277, PsH 574, RL 69, TH 602]
Glorify the Lord Jesus
Psalm 2 or 99
2 Peter 1:16-21
The Bible is filled with episodes in which divine acts and human deeds exalt our God; the Transfiguration of Christ is one striking example of such glory. But the Scriptures also call us and the whole creation to bring glory to Jesus with our everyday life.
"To God Be the Glory"
[PH 485, PsH 473, RL 355, TH 55]
Reading: Revelation 5:11-14
"In My Life, Lord, Be Glorified"
"Father, We Love You"
"All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name"
[PH 142-143, PsH 470-471, RL 593-594, TH 296-297]
The hymns in this service were selected from the most recent editions of the following hymnals: The Presbyterian Hymnal (PH), Psalter Hymnal (PsH), Rejoice in the Lord (RL) the Trinity Hymnal (TH), The Worshiping Church (WC), and the United Methodist Hymnal (UMH).