Third Sunday After Epiphany
January 23, 2022
Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11am
Prayer of the Day
Blessed Lord God, you have caused the holy scriptures to be written for the nourishment of your people. Grant that we may hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that, comforted by your promises, we may embrace and forever hold fast to the hope of eternal life, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
“A Word for Today”
His inaugural tour of Galilee is going perfectly well. News of this new teacher is spreading throughout the region, and everyone is praising him. Things take a turn when Jesus returns to his hometown, however. Worship in the synagogue is proceeding according to a pattern not so different from our own, with the reading of scripture followed by interpretation. Jesus reads ancient words of hope from Isaiah, but then does the most amazing thing. He says that these words are about him! And that they are fulfilled today! This is Luke’s way of getting around to the place where John began: Jesus is the Word of God, the One from whom all other divine words flow, the one to whom our words of praise return. This Word, Jesus, has come to bring release and liberation, work that he continues through us, his body, today.
Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness ELW 843
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed LBW 87
Hark, the Glad Sound! LBW 35
Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing LBW 559
LBW, Lutheran Book of Worship
ELW, Evangelical Lutheran Worship
In our prayers we remember Chicago Cornerstone Academy.