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Children's Activity

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Follow Me -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Leah Thompson -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2010
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME
AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME

Following directions -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME

Materials:
Fishing for people -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Today's gospel lesson is a fun one to share with children.
Follow me -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Teachers and Parents: No parent or teacher will minimize the
Using the right bait -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Teachers or Parents: Teach the children the hymn "I Love To
Jesus Welcome Mat -- Matthew 4:12-33 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Teachers: Today's story tells how Jesus began his ministry.
Answering the call immediately -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Materials:
Store-bought placemat (one per child)
Sandpaper

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Bulletin (ages 8-10) -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2008

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Bulletin (ages 5-7) -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2008

Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Darkness To Light -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Frank Ramirez -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2017
In the season of Epiphany, Jesus is revealed. It’s more than just a question of seeing Jesus.
Light enters into darkness -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- David Coffin -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2013
An older woman is homebound because of a bad hip.
Group picture -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- David Kalas, Schuyler Rhodes -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2010
I was in the home of a church member the other day where I saw a marvelous family portrait.
Political religion -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
"Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous!" said Winston Churchill.
Full-contact life -- Isaiah 9:1-4, Matthew 4:12-23, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2002
Rachel Matthews, 48, a community manager for an Internet start-up company, started doing it because
The joy of the kingdom community -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1999
The front page of any newspaper in the land can bring despair to its readers.
Leaps of understanding -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1996
The day boy and the night girl -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23, Psalm 27 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
In 1882 George MacDonald wrote a fascinating story that powerfully illumines the thought behind toda

Children's bulletin

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Bulletin (ages 8-10) -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2008

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Bulletin (ages 5-7) -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2008

Children's Liturgy and Story

The Village Shepherd

Wind, Clouds And Sun -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Call to Worship:

Children's sermon

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Got A Flashlight? -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Mary Kay Eichelman -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2017
I want to tell you a story today about two guys that went hiking.  They were two teenage cousins tha
Gone Fishing -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Anna Shirey -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2013
Who do you belong to? -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Leah Thompson -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2010
What I mean is that each of you says, "I belong to Paul," or "I belong to Apollos," or "I belong
Follow me -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Leah Thompson -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2010
Immediately they left their nets and followed him. (v. 20)

You are a Christian -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
What I mean is that each of you says, "I belong to Paul," or "I belong to
Following directions -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory
Not everyone understands -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
(Hold up the paper) Can anyone tell me what this says?
Fishing for people -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Today I am going fishing. Our lesson today is about fishing, so I'm going to do it.
Working together -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Good morning! I have a job for us to do this morning. I want
Follow me -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Good morning! How many of you have ever ridden on a big
Horse power -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Good morning! How many of you like horses? (Let them answer.)
Using the right bait -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
How many of you like to fish? (Let them answer.) What do you
Dead batteries -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought some things with me
Magnetic attraction -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. You probably know what this is,
Building a complete puzzle -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you like to do puzzles?
Answering the call immediately -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Good morning, boys and girls.

The Immediate Word

United In Mind And Purpose -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2014

In this week’s lectionary text from First Corinthians, Paul highlights the divisions and quarrels

The Jesus Gang -- Matthew 4:12-23, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2011
In the wake of the recent Arizona shootings, a great deal of attention has been focused on the tone
Who Will You Follow? -- Matthew 4:12-23, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Paul Bresnahan, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2008
Every four years, the people of the United States are called upon to make their voices heard and cho
The Art And Sacrifice Of Unity -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Chris Ewing -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A

"Why can't we all just get along?" This is one of the oldest pleas in the human -- and Christi

Children's Story

The Village Shepherd

Jenni's Patrol -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Jenni was very excited. It was Guides tonight, and she was Patrol Leader.

Devotional

SermonStudio

Epiphany 3 / OT 3 -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish....
-- Isaiah 9:1

Epiphany 3 / OT 3 -- Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
-- Psalm 27:1

Epiphany 3 / OT 3 -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
Now I appeal to you ...
Epiphany 3 / OT 3 -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
From that time Jesus began to proclaim, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."

Drama

SermonStudio

Cliqueland -- Matthew 4:12-23, Psalm 139:1-17 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2001
Thespian Theological Thoughts
To Climb A Mountain -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1998
Theme

As the disciples learned, following Jesus is not easy, but it is rewarding.

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations For Epiphany 3 (2017) -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Ron Love, Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2017
Isaiah 9:1-4
Sermon Illustrations for Epiphany 3 (2014) -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Derl G. Keefer, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bob Ove -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2013
Isaiah 9:1-4
We are still... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2013
We are still a nation plagued by slavery.
My old Renault... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2013
My old Renault sputtered and died on my third attempt to get to college for my sophomore year.
The Crimean War... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Ron Love -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2013
The Crimean War (1845-1856) was the first war that was brought into the living rooms of individuals
That passage can't... -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Bob Ove -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2013
That passage can't help but make me think: I follow Luther! I follow Peter! I follow Calvin!
When the typewriter... -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Ron Love -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2013
When the typewriter was first developed and used in business, its use was restricted to men.
Christ came calling... -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2013
Christ came calling people of his day to repentance for their sins.
Many Americans think... -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2013
Many Americans think that responding to the call of God is what makes the Christian a Christian, tha
NULL -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2010
Isaiah 9:1-4
I heard a warning on the radio recently... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Leah Thompson -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2010
I heard a warning on the radio recently.
Apollo 8 was the first manned spacecraft... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Ron Love -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2010
Apollo 8 was the first manned spacecraft to enter the moon's orbit.
NULL -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Craig Kelly -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2010
Leonardo da Vinci will always be known as one of the greatest artists in history.
NULL -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Leah Thompson -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2010
In the 1985 film Clue, based on the board game of the same name, the guests of a mysterious d
NULL -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Ron Love -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2010
In 1946, a California lawyer needed a change in his life.
The prehistoric passage tomb of... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
The prehistoric passage tomb of Newgrange, in Ireland, is a mysterious and fascinating
As I stood in the... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
As I stood in the underground tunnel connecting the terminals at the Detroit airport, a
Lauren recalls her freshman English... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
Lauren recalls her freshman English literature class. It was the first time she heard the
Julie grew up in a... -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
Julie grew up in a large city; she didn't really know about darkness. David grew up on the
Johannes Kepler lived in a... -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
Johannes Kepler lived in a tumultuous time in Germany (1571-1630). Wars lasted as long
Every time I examine this... -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
Every time I examine this passage I wonder how we can read it without feeling ashamed

The Immediate Word

United In Mind And Purpose -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2014

In this week’s lectionary text from First Corinthians, Paul highlights the divisions and quarrels

The Jesus Gang -- Matthew 4:12-23, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2011
In the wake of the recent Arizona shootings, a great deal of attention has been focused on the tone
Who Will You Follow? -- Matthew 4:12-23, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Paul Bresnahan, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2008
Every four years, the people of the United States are called upon to make their voices heard and cho

StoryShare

Found In Darkness -- Matthew 4:12-23, Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- John E. Sumwalt, Craig Kelly -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2011
Contents
"Found in Darkness" by John Sumwalt
"Sold Out" by Craig Kelly

Intercession

The Village Shepherd

God Of Humility... -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

Preaching

The Immediate Word

United In Mind And Purpose -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2014

In this week’s lectionary text from First Corinthians, Paul highlights the divisions and quarrels

The Jesus Gang -- Matthew 4:12-23, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2011
In the wake of the recent Arizona shootings, a great deal of attention has been focused on the tone
Who Will You Follow? -- Matthew 4:12-23, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Paul Bresnahan, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2008
Every four years, the people of the United States are called upon to make their voices heard and cho
The Art And Sacrifice Of Unity -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Chris Ewing -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A

"Why can't we all just get along?" This is one of the oldest pleas in the human -- and Christi

SermonStudio

Third Sunday After The Epiphany / Third Sunday In Ordinary Time -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Carlos Wilton -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
Epiphany 3/Ordinary Time 3 -- Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2006
(See Lent 2, Cycle C for an alternative approach.)

Third Sunday After The Epiphany -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Isaiah 9:1--4 (C); Isaiah 8:23-9:3 (RC)
Third Sunday after Epiphany -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2004
Isaiah 9:1-4 is the first part of the lesson that is the stated Old Testament text for a Sunday on C
Epiphany 3 -- Derl G. Keefer, C. Neil Strait -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2002
WORSHIP HELPS

CALL TO WORSHIP
Third Sunday After The Epiphany -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme
Third Sunday After The Epiphany -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Isaiah 9:1-4 (C); Isaiah 8:23--9:3 (RC)
The Holy Spirit i -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Third Sunday Of The Epiphany -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Amos 3:1-8 (E)
Israel's sin is so terrible because God's love is so great.
Third Sunday of the Epiphany -- Isaiah 9:1-4, Matthew 4:12-23 -- George M. Bass -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1989
The church year theological clue

Sermon

The Immediate Word

United In Mind And Purpose -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2014

In this week’s lectionary text from First Corinthians, Paul highlights the divisions and quarrels

The Jesus Gang -- Matthew 4:12-23, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2011
In the wake of the recent Arizona shootings, a great deal of attention has been focused on the tone
Who Will You Follow? -- Matthew 4:12-23, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Paul Bresnahan, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2008
Every four years, the people of the United States are called upon to make their voices heard and cho
The Art And Sacrifice Of Unity -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Chris Ewing -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A

"Why can't we all just get along?" This is one of the oldest pleas in the human -- and Christi

SermonStudio

Divided We Fall -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Timothy J. Smith -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2010
The power of a vision can transform people. We just celebrated Martin Luther King Day. Dr.
Letting Go Of Our Nets -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Charles L. Aaron, Jr. -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
Did they have any idea what they were getting themselves into?
No Room For Gloom -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Tony S. Everett -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, Lawrence "Yogi" Berra, once remarked, "The future ain't what it used
Small-Minded Christians In A Big World -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- John N. Brittain -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
How familiar Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 1 sound!
Removing Obstacles -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2004
Our church has an important mission.
Kairos Commitments -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Susan R. Andrews -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2004
One snowy day a few years ago, after I had declared the church a "nonessential" business and closed
Salvation - Worldly, Corporate, And Dynamic -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- John T. Ball -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2004
All religions offer salvation.
Try This On For Size! -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2001
I have a friend who is a millionaire.
What On Earth Will Bring Us Together, God? -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2001
E-mail
From: KDM
To: God
Subject: In Christ's Name
Answering The Call -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Linda Schiphorst Mccoy -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2001
A few years ago, I was on a retreat in northern Michigan, and I knew that some of our friends from h
Between Gloom And Glory -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- R. Glen Miles -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1998
"There will be no more gloom." That is how our text begins today.
Essential Personnel! -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- William B. Kincaid, III -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1998
In some parts of the country it doesn't matter, but in many areas the snow which falls during this t
Moving At The Speed Of Light: Nazareth: Family Ties -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1998
When I was a child and my mother started thinking out loud about "going home," she meant driving to
Adjusting To The Light -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1995
Everyone knows the experience of dragging out of bed on a dark morning in January, stepping around t
Followership -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1995
In today's Gospel text, Jesus calls for repentance, expects Peter and Andrew to drop their nets and
Questions -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1992
Have you ever had news to tell someone that you were afraid to tell them because you really didn't k
Rejoice In The Lord -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Robert A. Beringer -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1992
After a service of ordination to the Christian ministry, a sad-faced woman came up to the newly-orda
The Called Ones -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Joe E. Pennel, Jr -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1989
The Gospel lesson for today makes me want to fuss at Jesus.

The Village Shepherd

The Difficulties Of Letting Go -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
I remember years ago watching an old film, which I think was "The Nun's Story." The young nun wh
From Darkness To Light -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
The British weather is renowned for its diversity and therefore is always a good conversation starte
Follow My Leader? -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
There are always difficulties in Christian ministry, at whichever level you're involved in it, f

Stories

StoryShare

Light For The Darkness -- Matthew 4:12-23, Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Keith Wagner, C. David Mckirachan -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2017
Contents
"Light for the Darkness" by Keith Wagner
Ordinary Time -- Matthew 4:12-23, Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- C. David Mckirachan, Sandra Herrmann -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2014
Contents
"Ordinary Time" by C. David McKirachan
Found In Darkness -- Matthew 4:12-23, Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- John E. Sumwalt, Craig Kelly -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2011
Contents
"Found in Darkness" by John Sumwalt
"Sold Out" by Craig Kelly
God Time -- Matthew 4:12-23, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Keith Hewitt, Frank Ramirez -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2008
Contents
What's Up This Week
"God Time" by Keith Hewitt
Angel Of Mercy -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Contents
What's Up This Week
A Story to Live By: "Angel of Mercy"

SermonStudio

Fish Bait -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- David E. Leininger -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
A man was stopped by a game warden in a state park leaving a lake well known for its fishing, with t
A Dog's Life -- Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2004
David Michael Smith
Don't Hang Up When The Call Comes -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2004
As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew h
A Time To Rest, A Time For Renewal -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Constance Berg -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2001
Stan needed rest, but there was no letting up.
The Memorable Meeting -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Timothy J. Smith -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1998
The church meeting erupted in contention over, of all things, a new piano.

Worship

The Immediate Word

United In Mind And Purpose -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2014

In this week’s lectionary text from First Corinthians, Paul highlights the divisions and quarrels

The Jesus Gang -- Matthew 4:12-23, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2011
In the wake of the recent Arizona shootings, a great deal of attention has been focused on the tone
Who Will You Follow? -- Matthew 4:12-23, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Paul Bresnahan, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2008
Every four years, the people of the United States are called upon to make their voices heard and cho
The Art And Sacrifice Of Unity -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Chris Ewing -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A

"Why can't we all just get along?" This is one of the oldest pleas in the human -- and Christi

SermonStudio

Epiphany 3/Ordinary Time 3 -- Matthew 4:12-23, Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
Litany Of Confession
P: Discord, dissention, strife,
Epiphany 3 -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
Call To Worship
One: You call us, O God,
to have the same mind
On The Day Of Midian -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Frank Ramirez -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2004
Third Sunday After Epiphany

First Lesson: Isaiah 9:1-4
Third Sunday After Epiphany -- Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2004
Hymns
Canticle Of Light And Darkness (UM205)
Third Sunday After Epiphany -- Isaiah 9:1-4 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2001
Theme: The Light Has Come

Call To Worship
Third Sunday After Epiphany -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2001
Theme: Christian Unity

Call To Worship
Third Sunday After Epiphany -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2001
Theme: Jesus Begins His Ministry

Call To Worship
Third Sunday After Epiphany -- Psalm 27 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2001
Words Of Assurance
Jesus Begins His Ministry and Calls Some Disciples -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1998
Adoration And Praise

Invitation to the Celebration
Third Sunday After Epiphany -- Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Isaiah 9:1-4
Theme: Out Of Darkness

Call To Worship
The Lord Is My Light And My Salvation -- Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1992
Suggestions:
Use before the pastoral prayer.
2 readers - a mature couple
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY -- Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4:12-23 -- B. David Hostetter -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
Called to be in mission -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Heth H. Corl -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 1986
Call to Worship
Pastor:

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I love Christmas don't you? There's the tree, the lights, the carols, the nativity scene, families getting together --- and the presents! Were there any presents at your house?

(children respond)
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“...blessed are you among women...” (V. 42b)

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