The Call of Samuel

Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B, Old Testament

Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:1-10

The story of the call of Samuel is both amusing and instructive. It reminds us to open our ears and be ready to hear God’s call. And it also reminds us that sometimes we mistake the voices we hear. Samuel went on to be a great leader. It is fun to see him as a little boy, still in need of guidance. We can learn much from him and his relationship with Eli. We can be challenged to listen more, to those around us who guide and teach us, and to listen for God to speak to us.

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The Lord Delights in You

Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture: Isaiah 62:1-5

The return from Exile back to their homeland was not pretty. God’s people had yearned for ages to return home. But when they got there, the country was in disrepair. They began to lose hope. This passage reminds them (and us) that God is not finished – there is still hope! God promises restoration and abundance and reassures us (again) that we are loved and that it will get better.

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Come and See

Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B
Scripture: John 1:43-51

Jesus has begun to put together his team. In this passage, Philip hears Jesus say, “Come with me.” And he does. As it is dawning on Philip who this Jesus really is, he goes and finds his slightly skeptical friend, Nathanael, to tell him that they have found the one they had heard about. Nathanael remains dubious—how could anything good come out of Nazareth? Philip, confident that Nathanael will see what he has seen, insists, “Come with me.” Jesus sees Nathanael as he really is and calls him forth. Nathanael knows, now, that Jesus is the “Son of God.”

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

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Come and See

Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B
Scripture: John 1:43-51

In the season of Epiphany, we follow Jesus’ early ministry and calling of his disciples.

Note: This is the second in a four-part series on The Episcopal Church’s refugee resettlement program, Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM). Today’s lesson focuses on the ways in which we are called to “Come and See” where Jesus is calling his disciples to serve in the world today.

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Come and See

Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture: John 1:43-51

Jesus has begun to put together his team. In this passage, Philip hears Jesus say, “Come with me.” And he does. As it is dawning on Philip who this Jesus really is, he goes and finds his slightly skeptical friend, Nathanael, to tell him that they have found the one they had heard about. Nathanael remains dubious—how could anything good come out of Nazareth? Philip, confident that Nathanael will see what he has seen, insists, “Come with me.” Jesus sees Nathanael as he really is and calls him forth. Nathanael knows, now, that Jesus is the “Son of God.”

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The Light of Christ

The Second Sunday After the Epiphany, Old Testament Lesson, Year A
Scripture: Isaiah 49:1-7

The theme of going from darkness into light is a common metaphor the prophets used to speak to God’s people. It is about opposites: light vs. dark; insight vs. ignorance; listening to God vs. not listening; following God vs. waywardness. The easiest way to explain to children is compare and contrast. God’s love is always there to direct us into the light of Christ by giving us guidelines on how to treat each other. This unit includes words of the prophets and the commandments.

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Following the Light

Second Sunday After the Epiphany
Scripture: John 1:29-42

The transfer of power: “Behold the Lamb of God!” exclaims John the Baptist. He now knows for sure that this man that he has baptized (his cousin) is the long expected Messiah. John is no longer the lone voice crying in the wilderness. This Jesus is the light to the nations.

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Welcome to the Wedding Banquet

Second Sunday After the Epiphany, Year C
Scripture: John 2:1-11

Jesus begins his ministry not behind a pulpit, but at a party: a wedding banquet, the most extravagant celebration a village could contain. “They feast upon the abundance of your house; you give them drink from the river of your delight.” (Psalm 36:8) And the best wine is saved for the last.

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