Evangelectionary: Sunday January 16, 2011

Lectionary (Year A): Second Sunday after the Epiphany (Green): Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 40:1-11; I Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42

Theme: “Come and See!”

Message: Here is an opportunity to lift up the way John the Baptist introduced Jesus.  Then, there is the example of Andrew bringing Simon Peter to Jesus, followed by Phillip’s finding Nathanael, “Come and See.” There’s plenty of story and context here for a message on natural evangelism, using our normal relationships to share the good news.

Quote(s): “The first example of sharing Christ occurred among friends and family in a remarkably natural course of events.  That should tell us something about the way we do evangelism today.”  Bruce Laverman

Cast net, GalileeIllustration(s): “Even though Peter was a person of prominence and influence throughout the first century, Peter was not the first disciple of Jesus.  Andrew was.  Peter came to faith in Christ because of the evangelistic efforts and witness of Andrew…He introduced his brother Peter to Jesus (John 1).  Andrew introduces the lad with the lunch to Jesus (John 6).  Andrew introduces the Greeks with questions to Jesus (John 12).  Younger or older people, individuals or groups, Andrew—complementary to his more passive personality—was always introducing someone to Jesus.”  – Got Style? Personality-based Evangelism, Jeffrey A. Johnson, 2009)

Music: “Channels Only,” “I Love to Tell the Story,” “Make Me a Blessing,” “O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing”

Prayers:

Confession:

Leader: If we have failed to rekindle the gift of God that is within us,
People: Pardon and strengthen us, O Lord.
Leader: If we have been ashamed to give a testimony of our Lord,
People: Pardon and strengthen us, O Lord.
Leader: If we have not guarded the treasure to which we have been entrusted,
People: Pardon and strengthen us, O Lord.

Assurance of Pardon:

Jesus saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace.

Intercession:

Believing that all of us have a need and a desire for a connection with our Creator, we pray today for those who are seeking God in some way—perhaps in a way they may not realize.

We pray for those who are young, who are making a transition from their parents’ faith to their own.  Guide them as they question the things they have been taught, as they struggle to make sense of a confusing world, as they sort out their options and move beyond a head knowledge to a heart knowledge.

We pray for those who because of some traumatic disruption of their lives are feeling the need for the comfort and confidence of faith.  Lead them by your Holy Spirit to find the solid rock that will give them stability, and to the answers that will give them the confidence they need.

(Prayers from Leroy Koopman, Liturgical Publications Inc, LPi Resource Center, P.O Box 510817, New Berlin, WI 53151, 1-800-950-9952 x 2469)

avatar About Bruce Laverman

Bruce is a retired pastor and former Director of Evangelism in the Reformed Church in America now living in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the RCA's representative to Evangelism Connections and serves as Managing Editor of this Web site.

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