Light and Dark

First Sunday After the Epiphany, Year B, Old Testament

Scripture: Genesis 1:1-5

The story of the first day of creation is powerful and creative. We consider what the world was like before God called forth the light. We explore the difference that light makes in our world. We give thanks to God for the gift of light.

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I Have Called You by Name

First Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

This is the second in a four-part series focusing on The Episcopal Church work with refugees. Today’s lesson focuses on the ways in which we are called to the ministry of refugee resettlement through our Baptism, through the work of the Holy Spirit and through passion for justice for all of God’s people.

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I Have Called You by Name, You are Mine

First Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture: Isaiah 43:1-7

This passage from “Second Isaiah” was written during the Babylonian Exile, just as the possibility for return to their homeland was first appearing. The words are meant to be comforting and to provide reassurance that God is still with them and things will get better. Through Isaiah, God reminds the people of God’s constant presence and care, even when the people have strayed and disobeyed. Since this might be a day for Baptisms, one may also make the connection to our own living in covenant with God and God’s continued presence in our lives and those of the baptismal candidates.

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Receiving the Gift and Offering the Gift

First Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B
Scripture: Mark 1:4-11

The baby Jesus is now a man; a man beginning his ministry. Perhaps he is still trying to sort out in his mind what he is being called to do. He looks for validation and turns to his cousin, John. John, meanwhile, has been faithfully calling people to prepare, turn around, start over. He is pretty sure he will recognize Jesus, but he has not yet met him. When Jesus shows up, John goes into the water with him to baptize him, and both of them hear a voice from heaven. Jesus now knows he will be able to figure out what it is that he is being called to do.

Note: Episcopal Migration Ministries wrote special lesson plans for the first four weeks of the Season after the Epiphany. They can be found here.

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Recommitting Ourselves to Our Baptismal Promises

First Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B
Scripture: Mark 1:4-11

This Sunday is also known as Baptism of our Lord as it is the day on which we remember Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptizer.

Note: This is the first of a four-part series on The Episcopal Church’s refugee resettlement program through Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM). We begin this 4-week conversation about refugees and immigration with the promises we make as Christians and Episcopalians through our Baptismal Covenant.

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Receiving the Gift and Offering the Gift

First Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture: Mark 1:4-11

The baby Jesus is now a man; a man beginning his ministry. Perhaps he is still trying to sort out in his mind what he is being called to do. He looks for validation and turns to his cousin, John. John, meanwhile, has been faithfully calling people to prepare, turn around, start over. He is pretty sure he will recognize Jesus, but he has not yet met him. When Jesus shows up, John goes into the water with him to baptize him, and both of them hear a voice from heaven. Jesus now knows he will be able to figure out what it is that he is being called to do.

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The Light of God’s Promise

The First Sunday after the Epiphany, Old Testament Lesson, Year A
Scripture: Isaiah 42:1-9

“I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon from the prison those who sit in gloom.” [Isaiah 42:6-7] 

The first “Servant Song” from the prophet Isaiah tells us of the mission of God’s servant.  God has chosen Isaiah to bring justice and salvation to the community.  God promises to stay with Isaiah while his does the ministry he has been chosen to do.

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Anointed with The Holy Spirit and With Power

First Sunday After the Epiphany
Scripture: Matthew 3:13-17

Power. What power do we call upon to do the work we have been given to do?  And where do we defer to a person with greater power? Jesus honors the sphere of John the Baptist’s authority and then accepts the power now clearly his after baptism. He is the beloved.

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I Have Called You By Name

First Sunday After the Epiphany, Year C
Scripture: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

“I have called you by name, you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1) Jesus had probably heard these words before seeking baptism from John the Baptist. As Jesus comes up out of the water, we have a hint of the working of the Trinity – a true ministry of collaboration. Jesus prays, the Holy Spirit descends as a dove, and the Voice calls him by name.

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