Epiphany Lectionary 2016

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Epiphany Lectionary 2016

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY LECTIONARY

JEREMIAH 1:4-10
The story of the making and call of one of God’s early prophets.
Question: Have you recognized God’s call in your life or anyone else’s. Did you trust Him?

1 CORINTHIANS 13: 1-13
Paul teaches us the need for living a life guided by God’s type of all-encompassing love.
Question: Are you able to die to yourself enough to live into God’s love for all people? Do you pass it on?

LUKE 4: 21- 30
Luke tells of Jesus’ return home to visit the local synagogue where His words to those gathered troubled many hearts of the local Jews, even though He brought them God’s Good News.
Question: Has God ever revealed something to you which was misunderstood by others when you shared it? How did you deal with that?

 

THIRD SUNDAY OF THE EPIPHANY LECTIONARY

NEHEMIAH 8:1-3; 5-6; 8-10
The prophet gives us insight into early Jewish worship customs, as well as to the impact that God’s word has upon His people.
Question: Do you feel God’s presence during the Bible readings? If not why not?

1 CORINTHIANS 12: 12-31
Paul stresses the unquestionable thought that we need each other to fully live as God calls us to.
Question: Are you able to see that we cannot be a Christian alone? What are you doing to help others understand that need?

LUKE 4: 14- 21
Jesus’ hour has come to begin His ministry and Luke tells us by which method Jesus chooses to accomplish His ministry.
Question: Do you see that Jesus used the most familiar Jewish place and manner of teaching to begin His work? What does that teach us?

 

SECOND SUNDAY OF THE EPIPHANY LECTIONARY

ISAIAH 62: 1-5
The prophet tells us of God’s promise of salvation for His people, which will shine as a jewel for all to witness.
Question: Have you ever had a moment when God touched you assuring you of His personal care? How did that feel?

1 CORINTHIANS 12: 1-11
Paul assures God’s people then and now of the spiritual gifts given for our benefit.
Question: Do you understand that all you do in ministry is enabled by God’s spiritual gifts to you?

JOHN 2: 1-11
A gospel story of the miraculous abundance Jesus provides for those who know and believe in Him.
Question: Have you had a personal experience of God’s abundant love?

 

FIRST SUNDAY OF THE EPIPHANY LECTIONARY
Baptism of the Lord (January 10, 2016)

Isaiah 43:1-7
You are more than your name, you are first and foremost a baptized and beloved child of God.
Reading Isaiah emboldens us as we pass through our next water of redemption to find a glory not fully dreamed. Can you imagine living already redeemed, already glorious?

Acts 8:14-17
“The reading catches us up in the midst of a veritable whirlwind of events in the early post-resurrection church. ”
How is the Spirit released in our lives and what does that entail?

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
The beginning of Jesus’ ministry is marked by his baptism. “When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too.
How are you living in response to your baptism?

 

EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD – January 6, 2016

Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12

Frederick Buechner writes, “And now, brothers, I will ask you a terrible question, and God knows I ask it also of myself. Is the truth beyond all truths, beyond the stars, just this: that to live without him is the real death, that to die with him is the only life?”

The mystical magi are knocking on the door. They speak of stars and destiny, and shepherd kings who can lead us to God. Will we allow them to disturb us enough that we might join their caravan of change? Have you ever known yourself called on such a pilgrimage? What was its outcome? How were you changed?

Radiant Morning Star,
you are both guidance and mystery,
Visit our rest with disturbing dreams,
and our journeys with strange companions.
Grace us with the hospitality
to open our hearts and homes
to visitors filled with unfamiliar wisdom
bearing profound and unusual gifts. Amen.

THE TRANSFIGURATION

2 KINGS 2: 1-12

God allows Elijah to show the people and those in authority that in the end, He alone has the last word over His chosen leaders.

Question: List the time in your life when those in authority had control over your life. How did that make you feel?

2 CORINTHIANS 4: 3-6

Paul’s summation is: “If you see and understand the life of Jesus, then you have seen God” interacting with His people.

Question: Do you comprehend that Jesus is God “with skin on”?

MARK 9: 2-9

Peter, James and John became the first witnesses to the glory of Jesus.

Question: Have you been a witness to the glory of Jesus either in your life or someone else’s?

FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

Isaiah 40:21-31

The prophet calls God’s people to put their faith in God and to trust him and to persevere for the life that leads to the promised land.

Question:  Are you able to trust God with your daily life? Have you experienced God’s blessing?

1 Corinthians 9:16-23

Paul gives us a perfect outline for doing ministry in the name of Jesus.

Question: Are you able to meet the needs of the people Jesus brings to you each day? What have you learned about ministry?

Mark 1:29-39

Mark shows us the endurance Jesus had to have to meet the people’s need, stemmed from a time spent with God in prayer.

Question:  Does your prayer life sustain the ministry God has given you to do?  How can you improve upon it?

 

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

Deuteronomy 18:15-20

God’s warning is given to beware of false prophets, prophets who are not chosen by Him to deliver His message to His people.

Question:  Have you ever experienced receiving information from or about God that was false? How did you feel?

1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Paul explains the acceptable difference about consuming meat which has been sacrificed to heathen Gods.

Question: What things today cause you to be tempted to turn from what you believe is right for you?

Mark 1:21-28

Jesus begins His public ministry in the local synagogue with a message unlike that of any scribe the people have ever heard.

Question:  Have you ever heard anyone’s personal witness about God? Did it inspire you?

THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY LECTIONAR

JONAH 3: 1-5; 10

Jonah is called by God to serve in the ministry of a Prophet, and he wishes he could walk away from this call. He decides to do some work and God sees and honors his success, as the people turn away from their wickedness.

Question; Have you ever received a call from God and turned the other way? What happened and how did you feel?

1 CORINTHIANS 7: 29-31

Marriage and the vows taken are to be for life and looked upon as sacred. They are to be like the relationship Jesus has with His Church, and like we are to have in our life in service to Jesus.

Question; Do you see the power that comes from a vowed relationship with Jesus? How does this make you feel?

MARK 1: 14-20

Jesus fully accepts that his time has time has come to begin his ministry and building his church. He chooses ordinary men, calling them from their work to join him on this faith journey,

Question; Can you hear him call your name? Will you drop anything to join him in his work?

 

SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY LECTIONAR

1 SAMUEL 3: 1-10; (11-20)

Samuel transcends from boyhood to manhood and accepts the ministry of a Prophet for God.

Question: Have you accepted your call for the ministry God has called you to? If not, why not?

1 CORINTHIANS 6: 12-20

The Greeks find the idea of the Holy Spirit living in our bodies, which makes them a living temple for God, difficult to comprehend.

Question: How do you feel about how pure you are in keeping your body so it is fit to be a Temple for the indwelling of God’s Spirit? Are you able to live honorably?

JOHN 1: 43-51

Jesus travels north and encounters Nathanael, a man so pure of heart that Jesus recognize his giftedness and shares his concerns for God’s people with him.

Question: Do you recognize Jesus as easily as Nathanael did? How do you feel about that?

 

FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY LECTIONARY

 

GENESIS 1: 1-5

God created the world and brought order out of chaos, filling His world with beauty and light.

Question: Do you trust God to take the chaotic times in your life and make them beautiful? Explain how that happens for you.

 

ACTS 19: 1-7

Paul finds some Ephesian Christians who had not received the infilling of the Holy Spirit at their baptism, so that they were empowered for ministry.

Question: Do you realize that without the Holy Spirit you lack the power you need to be successful in your ministry? How do you feel about that?

 

MARK 1: 4-11

John, the sign bearer for Jesus, helps show the people what they must do to prepare themselves to work in God’s kingdom.

Question: Have you totally accepted the call to live for Jesus? What does that mean to you?

 

 

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