COCU10C.20January2019

Isaiah 62:1-5: Isaiah’s prayer for Jerusalem, and prophecy that God will restore her to be a place that people celebrate – even as bride and groom celebrate each other.

Psalm 36:5-10: A song of celebration for God’s unfailing love and care which includes all humanity and all of creation.

1 Corinthians 12:1-11: No one can acknowledge Jesus as Lord except by the Holy Spirit, who gives gifts to God’s people. These gifts are diverse, though God is one, but all are given for the common good.

John 2:1-11: At a wedding in Cana, they run out of wine, and Jesus’ mother tells the servants to do whatever he tells them, in spite of Jesus saying his time had not yet come. Then Jesus tells them to fill the water jars with water and take some to the host. When he tastes the water, it has become wine.

(Bible summaries by John van de Laar, Sacredise)

RCL readings handout RCL readings.Epiphany2

This is also the Sunday set aside by the Uniting Church in Australia for the Day of Mourning, to reflect on the effect of invasion and colonisation on Australia’s First Peoples and our identity as a nation. This is scheduled for the Sunday just prior to Australia Day, January 26th. Click on the link for more information, and worship resources.

Components of worship
(Scroll down for resources for this particular Sunday)
Acknowledgement of Land
Gathering
Prayer of thanksgiving
Prayer of confession/prayers of who we are
Words of Assurance
Prayer for Illumination
Readings
Prayers for others
Lord’s Prayer
Prayer of Dedication
Benediction and sending out
(Communion)
(Communion Hymns)
(Music)

Beloved,
you make the water of my life into wine,
my ordinary into your holy.

You request miracles of me
the moment before I know I’m ready.

What was for purification of uncleanness
you make into celebration of beauty.

You change my despair to gratitude
in secret, my dark certainty to wonder.

You make this life into a wedding feast,
my faithful marriage to the Holy One.

Always you turn piety into a party.
And always the best is yet to come.

This wine is not for discussion.
It’s to drink. It’s good. It’s really good. Let’s dance.
(Source: Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Unfolding Light)

Collect for Epiphany 2C
God of abundant life, God of aged best wine,
when our lives seem to us dreary, you change it,
you change us into the best, the best we can be, the best wine.
May we drink life to the fullest with Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.  Amen (Bob Eldan)

Prayers for others
God of righteousness – spread your wings
Over the earth, enfold the suffering in clouds of mercy.
Reach into the tragedies of this earth,
Especially the chaos and despair in places of natural disasters and conflicts.
May our hands be yours, bringing relief
Precious is your love, O God.
May we take refuge  in the shadow of your wings.

Guide the leaders of nations – in grace
Teach us, your people, to be Your heart,  your love abundant.
Like a mountain of love reaching to the heavens
A gift of the Holy Spirit given, that we may be
A place of refuge in the dust, hope in darkness
In your light may we see, may we be light
Precious is your love, O God.
May we take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

Merciful God, be with us all, – this day
The sick and the dying, the worn, and fearful and all who suffer.
Call us by name, the name you give, love.
A fountain of mercy pouring forth light
You who lift us up, known before birth
Naming, calling, holding, caring.
Precious is your love, O God
May we take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

Gracious and Holy One, we give thanks for all the blessings of this life
Miracles of grace – of being found, of air and water, of food, song and prayer
Tenderly hold us, gently lift the cup, the wine of your delight.
Precious is your love, O God
May we take refuge in the shadow of your wings. Amen.
(Source: RevGal Prayer Pal)

Components of worship

Acknowledgement of Land
Gathering
Prayer of thanksgiving
Prayer of confession/prayers of who we are
Words of Assurance
Prayer for Illumination
Readings
Prayers for others
Lord’s Prayer
Prayer of Dedication
Benediction and sending out
(Communion)
(Communion Hymns)
(Music)

Ideas for children’s talk (John 2:1-11) using ‘dollar store’ knick knacks.

Sermon by Bill Peddie for Epiphany 2C

Reflection by April Fiet, Water into Wine – a story of re-creation. 

About admin

Rev Sandy Boyce is a Uniting Church in Australia Minister (Deacon) in placement at Pilgrim Uniting Church, in Adelaide CBD (12 Flinders St). This blog is mainly to resource worship planners for our services, but of course may be useful for others. We have some great writers of music, words for hymns and liturgy at Pilgrim, so this blog also includes their words.
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