Jonah Brings the Word of God

Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B, Old Testament

Scripture: Jonah 3:1-5

Whether you tell the entire story of Jonah (whale and all) or just the verses assigned for today, the message of repentance and forgiveness are clear. God has sent his prophet, Jonah, to preach a message of warning to the people of Ninevah. Surprisingly, they listen to his message and repent. God changes his mind and chooses to spare the people from destruction. If only we were as quick to repent!

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The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me

Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture: Luke 4:14-21

This is the third in a four-part series focusing on refugee resettlement through Episcopal Migration Ministries. Today’s lesson focuses on our baptismal ministry to proclaim the Good News of God in Christ, to seek and serve Christ in all persons, and to respect the dignity of every human being. 

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The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength

Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture: Nehemiah 8:1-10

Ezra and Nehemiah are really one story told in many forms. We hear history, biography, lament, praise, instruction, poetry and celebration. In today’s passage, the people are back in Jerusalem and trying to figure out how to live faithfully as God’s people again. Ezra proclaims and interprets the Law for the people. It takes many hours but they stay and listen. Nehemiah encourages them to feast and give thanks.

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Follow Me

Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B
Scripture: Mark 1:14-20

Jesus is putting together his team. He seems to understand that people learn best when they can see – in action – what is being taught. So Jesus takes these men with him when he teaches and when he heals. And most importantly, they are there with Jesus, day by day, as he gently reveals who he is. In today’s passage, Simon and Andrew leap out of their fishing boats to follow this man who has told them he will make them fishers of men. James and John are next. Jesus is demonstrating the fellowship he invites us to accept.

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

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Fishers of People

Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B
Scripture: Mark 1:14-20

In the season of Epiphany, we follow Jesus’ early ministry and calling of his disciples. Today’s Gospel reading includes the well-known, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Note: This is the third in a four-part series on The Episcopal Church’s refugee resettlement program, Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM). Today’s lesson asks us to reflect on the many ways we are called go out into the world to be “fishers of people.”

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Follow Me

Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture: Mark 1:14-20

Jesus is putting together his team. He seems to understand that people learn best when they can see – in action – what is being taught. So Jesus takes these men with him when he teaches and when he heals. And most importantly, they are there with Jesus, day by day, as he gently reveals who he is. In today’s passage, Simon and Andrew leap out of their fishing boats to follow this man who has told them he will make them fishers of men. James and John are next. Jesus is demonstrating the fellowship he invites us to accept.

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Changing Darkness into Light

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Old Testament Lesson, Year A
Scripture: Isaiah 9:1-4

God spoke these words to the people of Israel through the prophet Isaiah: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light, those who live in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined.” (Isaiah 2)

The prophet was called by God to bring justice and mercy, and the promise God made was kept.  The word Church comes from the Greek word to be called. In today’s scripture, we hear that God’s signs point to the fact that there is radical reversal and a change for the people of God. Today we continue that ministry of the prophet to respond to God’s call to us to make the world a brighter place for all God’s people. God invites us to have a relationship that is deeply embedded in the acts of mercy, justice and love.

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A Light has Dawned

Third Sunday After the Epiphany
Scripture: Matthew 4:12-23

The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And what does Jesus say? The kingdom of heaven has come near. What is this kingdom of heaven and how do we get ready to receive it?

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The Spirit of the Lord Is Upon Me

Third Sunday After the Epiphany, Year C
Scripture: Luke 4:14-21

Jesus, energized by the retreat he has just completed and filled with the Holy Spirit, comes to the synagogue in his own hometown on the Sabbath. Taking the scroll of the Prophet Isaiah, he reads: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me.” When he finishes reading the passage, he rolls up the scroll and sits down. What did those in attendance hear? What do we hear?

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