Epiphany 4c | OT4 – January 31, 2016


Scripture for the Day:

 Jeremiah 1:4-10
 Psalm 71:1-6
 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
 Luke 4:21-30

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 1st Reading

Jeremiah 1:4-10 (NRSV)

Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” But the Lord said to me,

“Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’;
for you shall go to all to whom I send you,
and you shall speak whatever I command you.
Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you,
says the Lord.”

Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me,

“Now I have put my words in your mouth.
10 See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms,
to pluck up and to pull down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.”

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Psalm 71:1-6 (NRSV)

In you, O Lord, I take refuge;
    let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
    incline your ear to me and save me.
Be to me a rock of refuge,
    a strong fortress, to save me,
    for you are my rock and my fortress.

Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,
    from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.
For you, O Lord, are my hope,
    my trust, O Lord, from my youth.
Upon you I have leaned from my birth;
    it was you who took me from my mother’s womb.
My praise is continually of you.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

2nd Reading

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (NRSV)

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; 10 but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end.11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Luke 4:21-30 (NRSV)

Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” 23 He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’” 24 And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown. 25 But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; 26 yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. 27 There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” 28 When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. 29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. 30 But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Song Suggestions for the Day:

 GIVE ME WORDS TO SPEAK  Aaron Schust | 2007 | CCLI Song #4992082

 GLORY TO GOD FOREVER  Steve Fee \ Vicky Beeching | CCLI Song #5384338

 CALLED ME HIGHER  Leslie Jordan | 2011 | CCLI Song #5887880

 DWELL  Aaron Keyes \ Jess Cates | 2011 | CCLI Song #5880997

 GOD KNOWS MY NAME  Beth Redman \ Matt Redman | 2010 | CCLI Song #5833889

 WITH US Dylan Thomas \ Reuben Morgan | 2010 | CCLI Song #5894189

 RESCUE  Jared Anderson | 2003 | CCLI Song #4084763

 YOU CAME TO MY RESCUE  Brett Younker \ Chris Tomlin \ Christy Nockels \ Daniel Carson \ Jonny Pike \ Jorge Mhondera \ Willie Weeks | 2014 | CCLI Song #7017789

 CAME TO MY RESCUE  Dylan Thomas \ Joel Davies \ Marty Sampson | 2005 | CCLI Song #4705190

 THIS IS AMAZING GRACE  Jeremy Riddle \ Josh Farro \ Phil Wickham | 2012 | CCLI Song #6333821

 SING SING SING  Chris Tomlin \ Daniel Carson \ Jesse Reeves \ Matt Gilder \ Travis Nunn | 2008 | CCLI Song #5114065

 FAITHFUL  Rend Collective Experiment | 2009 | CCLI Song #5769355

 SAFE  Phil Wickham \Timothy Palmer | 2009 | CCLI Song #5653241

 TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH  Joel Houston / Marty Sampson | 2002 | CCLI Song #3744578

 REFUGE  Vicky Beeching | 2010 | CCLI Song #5677777

 THE HOPE OF ALL HEARTS  Brian Pridham | 2010 | CCLI Song #5604829

 ONE THING REMAINS (YOUR LOVE NEVER FAILS)  Brian Johnson \ Christa Black Gifford \ Jeremy Riddle | 2010 | CCLI Song #5508444

 JESUS MESSIAH  Chris Tomlin \ Daniel Carson \ Ed Cash \ Jesse Reeves | 2008 | CCLI Song #5183443

 GOD I LOOK TO YOU  Ian McIntosh \ Jenn Johnson | 2010 | CCLI Song #5858163

 GRACE UPON GRACE  Jeff Pardo \ Josh Wilson | 2015 | CCLI Song #7046334

 I AM  David Crowder \ Ed Cash | 2013 | CCLI Song #7011538

 HEALER  Mike Guglielmucci | 2007 | CCLI Song #4873981

 COUNTING ON GOD  Jared Anderson | 2007 | CCLI Song #5064366

 DEFENDER (CALL UPON THE NAME)  Travis Doucette | 2010 | CCLI Song #5702336

GREAT ARE YOU LORD  David Leonard \ Jason Ingram \ Leslie Jordan | 2012 | CCLI Song #6460220

 LOVE  Cary Pierce \ Chris Tomlin \ Ed Cash \ Jesse Reeves \ Mike Finley | 2008 | CCLI Song #5203347

 WHERE YOU ARE  Alexander Pappas \ Aodhan King \ Benjamin Hastings \ Michael Fatkin | 2015 | CCLI Song #7053173

 LOVE COME TO LIFE  Jeremy Redmon \ Jim Scherer \ Michael Weaver | 2011 | CCLI Song #6221050

 THE SAME LOVE Michael Rossback | Paul Baloche | 2011 | CCLI Song #6180933

 FATHER OF LIGHTS  Chris Quilala \ Jeffrey Kunde \ Jeremy Edwardson \ Kim Walker-Smith | 2011 | CCLI Song #6169497

 KING OF LOVE  Steven Curtis Chapman | 2015 | CCLI Song #7052881

 BUILD YOUR KINGDOM HERE  Rend Collective Experiment | 2011 | CCLI Song #6186078

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Hymn Suggestions for the Day:

 MY ROCK  W. Zachary Taylor | 2011 | Greater Plan Publishing, LLC | A worshipcurrent Exclusive!

 ON EAGLE’S WINGS (YOU WHO DWELL IN THE SHELTER OF THE LORD)  Michael Joncas | 1979 OCP Publications | Hymnary

 I THE LORD OF SEA AND SKY (HERE I AM, LORD)  Daniel L. Shutte | 1981 OCP Publications | Hymnary

 THOUGH I MAY SPEAK WITH BRAVEST FIRE (THE GIFT OF LOVE)  Hal Hopson | 1972 Hope Publishing | CCLI Song #67327 | Hymnary

 O PERFECT LOVE  Dorothy F. Gurney | CCLI Song #86999 | Hymnary

 LOVE DIVINE, ALL LOVES EXCELLING Charles Wesley | Public Domain | CCLI Song #742329 | Hymnary

 O LOVE THAT WILL NOT LET ME GO  George Matheson | Public Domain | CCLI Song #40502 | Hymnary

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