Lectionary (Year A): Third Sunday after the Epiphany (Green)
Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 4-9; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23
Theme: “Following Jesus””
Message: “Follow the Leader”
Quote(s): “Everyone, at some time and in some areas, is a follower, and it is just as important to be discriminating in choosing who to follow as it is to prepare to lead.” – Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant Leadership
Illustration(s): Remember as children when we played “Follow the Leader,” and we all did exactly what the leader did? Or when a fresh snowfall covered the ground and we followed in the very footsteps of our parents?
Music: “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee,” “Jesus Calls Us,” “He Leadeth Me,” “Where He Leads Me,”
Invocation: O Jesus, you go before us and bid us follow you…and we wonder…and we wander. Help us this morning in our worship to seek you with singleness of heart and mind, and make your will and way perfectly clear so that we may follow you sincerely with all our hearts. Amen
Confession: Jesus, we confess that at times and sometimes for seasons we get distracted, glance in the wrong direction, and wander off the way you have chosen for yourself, and for us. Forgive us when we think about where we’re going rather than where you are going and leading us to go. Forgive us when we have “other ideas” about how to occupy our time, spend our lives and do it all “our way.” We pray that you will give our hearts and lives the singleness of purpose that marked the life of your apostle Paul who said “One thing I do…” Amen
Assurance of Pardon: In this is the love of God seen, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Believe this gospel and go forth to live in peace.
Offertory: This morning, O Christ, we are reminded that among the disciples who followed you faithfully were a group of women, who, out of their resources gave freely to provide for you and the other disciples. In their spirit and commitment we bring these offerings that your work and your mission may be fulfilled in our time. Amen