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Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Refocus -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2017
The only way to defeat pride is to make it irrelevant.
Called to be faithful witnesses -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2013
Isaiah 49:1-7
The Servant's Mission (NRSV)
Becoming what we were meant to be -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42, Psalm 40:1-11 -- Wayne Brouwer, Schuyler Rhodes -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2010
Mine is a family of book lovers.
Keeping up appearances -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42, Psalm 40:1-11 -- R. Craig Maccreary -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2007
One of my favorite British situation comedies is Keeping Up Appearances. It
Religious jabberwocky -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42, Psalm 40:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2002
'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
Of servants and lambs -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1999
While some pericopes assigned for the season of Epiphany throughout the three-year cycle show the So
A light to the nations -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1996
The second "Servant Song" continues the theme of the universal intent of the God of Israel and thus
Called before born -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42, Psalm 40:1-11 -- William H. Shepherd -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A
"Who's your family?" Southerners know this greeting well, but it is not unheard of above, beside, an

Children's sermon

The Immediate Word

Thinking Globally, Acting Locally -- Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 40:1-11, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- Christopher Keating, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2017
The prophet Isaiah begins this week’s Old Testament lection with a clarion call to the Israelites: “
The Cost Of Cold Hearts -- Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 40:1-11, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2014

The brutally cold temperatures that held much of America in its icy grip last week put a major fr

Suffering And Serving, One And All -- John 1:29-42, Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Psalm 40:1-11 -- Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2011
We have all been stunned and horrified by the shooting rampage this past weekend in Arizona, which l
What Are You Looking For? -- John 1:29-42, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 40:1-11 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2008
The political process is heating up as America works to choose its next president.
What Kind Of Light? -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- George L. Murphy -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A


What Kind Of Light?
Isaiah 49:1-7
By George Murphy

Devotional

SermonStudio

Epiphany 2 / OT 2 -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2007
... The Lord called me before I was born, while I was in my mother's womb he named me.

Drama

SermonStudio

An Epiphany For Simon Bar-Jona -- John 1:29-41, Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Psalm 40:1-10 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2001
Thespian Theological Thoughts

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations For Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 (2017) -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2017
Isaiah 49:1-7
Sermon Illustrations for Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 (2014) -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Derl G. Keefer, Ron Love -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2013
Isaiah 49:1-7
Does God go back... -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- Bob Ove -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2013
Does God go back before we are born to make us his servant?
NULL -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2010
Isaiah 49:1-7
NULL -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- Craig Kelly -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2010
So many of us fail to live up to our potential.
Distance runners talk about a... -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2007
Distance runners talk about a "second wind." The experience is of being out of breath and
Who is the servant that... -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2007
Who is the "servant" that Isaiah mentioned throughout the book? Was it the nation of
God has become my strength... -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2007
"God has become my strength." As I write this, the news is being dominated by the
The world isn't any bigger... -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A
The world isn't any bigger today than it was in the days of Isaiah.
A pastor in Warsaw, Ohio... -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A
A pastor in Warsaw, Ohio, tells this story:
A pastor in Warsaw, Ohio... -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A
A pastor in Warsaw, Ohio, tells this story:
We need now the capacity... -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A
We need now the capacity for quiet, the eloquence of solitude. Let us pray:
One way God makes us... -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A
One way God makes us light for the nations is to instill within us the virtues of faithfulness and t

The Immediate Word

Thinking Globally, Acting Locally -- Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 40:1-11, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- Christopher Keating, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2017
The prophet Isaiah begins this week’s Old Testament lection with a clarion call to the Israelites: “
The Cost Of Cold Hearts -- Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 40:1-11, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2014

The brutally cold temperatures that held much of America in its icy grip last week put a major fr

Suffering And Serving, One And All -- John 1:29-42, Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Psalm 40:1-11 -- Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2011
We have all been stunned and horrified by the shooting rampage this past weekend in Arizona, which l
What Are You Looking For? -- John 1:29-42, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 40:1-11 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2008
The political process is heating up as America works to choose its next president.
What Kind Of Light? -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- George L. Murphy -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A


What Kind Of Light?
Isaiah 49:1-7
By George Murphy

Preaching

The Immediate Word

Thinking Globally, Acting Locally -- Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 40:1-11, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- Christopher Keating, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2017
The prophet Isaiah begins this week’s Old Testament lection with a clarion call to the Israelites: “
The Cost Of Cold Hearts -- Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 40:1-11, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2014

The brutally cold temperatures that held much of America in its icy grip last week put a major fr

Suffering And Serving, One And All -- John 1:29-42, Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Psalm 40:1-11 -- Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2011
We have all been stunned and horrified by the shooting rampage this past weekend in Arizona, which l
What Are You Looking For? -- John 1:29-42, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 40:1-11 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2008
The political process is heating up as America works to choose its next president.
What Kind Of Light? -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- George L. Murphy -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A


What Kind Of Light?
Isaiah 49:1-7
By George Murphy

SermonStudio

Second Sunday After The Epiphany / Second Sunday In Ordinary Time -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- Carlos Wilton -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
What Shall Become Of The Dreamer's Dream? -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- Mariann Edgar Budde -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2009
And he said to me, "You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified." But I said, "I have
Second Sunday After The Epiphany -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Isaiah 49:1--7 (C, E); Isaiah 49:3, 5--6 (RC)
Second Sunday after Epiphany -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2004
This is the second of the Servant Songs found in the prophecies of Second Isaiah, from the sixth cen
Second Sunday After The Epiphany -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme
Second Sunday After The Epiphany -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Isaiah 49:1-7 (C, E); Isaiah 49:3, 5-6 (RC)
The Holy Spirit -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Second Sunday After The Epiphany -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Isaiah 49:1-7 (C, E); Isaiah 49:1-6 (L); Isaiah 49:3, 5-6 (RC)
Second Sunday after the Epiphany -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-41 -- George M. Bass -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1989
The church year theological clue

Sermon

The Immediate Word

Thinking Globally, Acting Locally -- Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 40:1-11, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- Christopher Keating, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2017
The prophet Isaiah begins this week’s Old Testament lection with a clarion call to the Israelites: “
The Cost Of Cold Hearts -- Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 40:1-11, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2014

The brutally cold temperatures that held much of America in its icy grip last week put a major fr

Suffering And Serving, One And All -- John 1:29-42, Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Psalm 40:1-11 -- Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2011
We have all been stunned and horrified by the shooting rampage this past weekend in Arizona, which l
What Are You Looking For? -- John 1:29-42, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 40:1-11 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2008
The political process is heating up as America works to choose its next president.
What Kind Of Light? -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- George L. Murphy -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A


What Kind Of Light?
Isaiah 49:1-7
By George Murphy

SermonStudio

Backseat Drivers: Named, Claimed, Commissioned -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- Tony S. Everett -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2007
When his oldest daughter, Nancy, was approaching her sixteenth birthday, Harold decided to teach her
Theology Two Sizes Too Small -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- John T. Ball -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2004
One of the legacies of children's writer Dr.
Christopher Columbus Speaks! -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2001
Five hundred years ago a man dreamed of reaching the east by sailing west.
The Church Of The Servant -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- R. Glen Miles -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1998
Have you ever sighed at the end of a work day and wondered, "Did I accomplish anything today?" Mayb
Too Light A Thing -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1995
A man by the name of Kevin Trudeau has marketed a memory course called "Mega-Memory." In the beginni
Improving Your Serve -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- Robert A. Beringer -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1992
Charles Swindoll in his popular book, Improving Your Serve, tells of how he was at first haunted and
A Renewed Call -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- Thomas E. Ridenhour, Sr. -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1986
Have you ever been blue, worried, discouraged, disappointed about a task or job that you agreed to d

The Village Shepherd

Weakness Or Strength? -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A
The latest film version of "Tom Brown's Schooldays" was shown on television recently.

Stories

StoryShare

Show Me Jesus -- John 1:29-42, Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Psalm 40:1-11 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2017
Contents
"Show Me Jesus" by Peter Andrew Smith

Show Me Jesus
Called To Serve -- John 1:29-42, Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Psalm 40:1-11 -- Keith Wagner -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2014
Contents
"Called to Serve" by Keith Wagner
"Using Our Gifts" by Keith Wagner
The End And The Beginning -- John 1:29-42, Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Psalm 40:1-11 -- Keith Hewitt, Larry Winebrenner -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2010
Contents
"The End and the Beginning" by Keith Hewitt
Reading Past The Semicolon -- John 1:29-42, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 40:1-11 -- C. David Mckirachan, John T. Ball -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2008
Contents
What's Up This Week
"Reading Past the Semicolon" by John Ball
A Mother Forced To Choose -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42, Psalm 40:1-11 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A
Contents
What's Up This Week

Worship

The Immediate Word

Thinking Globally, Acting Locally -- Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 40:1-11, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- Christopher Keating, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2017
The prophet Isaiah begins this week’s Old Testament lection with a clarion call to the Israelites: “
The Cost Of Cold Hearts -- Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 40:1-11, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2014

The brutally cold temperatures that held much of America in its icy grip last week put a major fr

Suffering And Serving, One And All -- John 1:29-42, Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Psalm 40:1-11 -- Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2011
We have all been stunned and horrified by the shooting rampage this past weekend in Arizona, which l
What Are You Looking For? -- John 1:29-42, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 40:1-11 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2008
The political process is heating up as America works to choose its next president.
What Kind Of Light? -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- George L. Murphy -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A


What Kind Of Light?
Isaiah 49:1-7
By George Murphy

SermonStudio

Epiphany 2/Ordinary Time 2 -- John 1:29-42, Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Psalm 40:1-11 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2007
Gathering Chant
Epiphany 2 -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2007
Call To Worship
One: Gathered in winter's grayness,
we wait,
Before I Was Born -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- Frank Ramirez -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2004
Second Sunday After Epiphany

First Lesson: Isaiah 49:1-7
Second Sunday After Epiphany -- Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 40:1-11, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2004
Hymns
Jesus, Priceless Treasure (LBW457, 458, PH365, NCH480, UM532, CBH595)
Second Sunday After Epiphany -- Isaiah 49:1-7 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2001
Theme: A Light To The Nations

Call To Worship
Second Sunday After Epiphany -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Isaiah 49:1-7
Theme: From Your Beginning

Call To Worship
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY -- Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 40:1-11, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 -- B. David Hostetter -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
Called from the womb for the world -- Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 40, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-34 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: In this second Servant Song of Isaiah II, the Servant makes a public announcement o
The Christ's all-encompassing mission -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, John 12:20-36 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- 1989
Exegetical note: The first six verses of this selection comprise what is called the Second Servant S
God's love is like that of a husband for his bride -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 -- Heth H. Corl -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1986
Call To Worship
Pastor:
EPIPHANY 2 -- Psalm 40:1-1, Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-34 -- Norman A. Beck -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 1986
There is an interesting tension in these four texts between whether the salvation that God provides
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“I have seen the Lord.” (v. 18)

Happy Easter morning boys and girls,

Today I have the best news ever to share with you. Are you ready to hear it? (children respond) First, notice I have a container (box or can) with a lid on it. Inside we will find ____________.  (for example: oreo cookies, legos etc.)

So let's see what is inside. (open lid) What do we see? Nothing. What? Aren't there supposed to be ___________ inside?? (children respond)
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Today I am feeling very quiet. You know why? It is a holy day, a somber day.

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