Third Sunday after Epiphany

Theme of the Day: Reception Uncovered — Rejection Is Not the Exception But the Rule
When one proclaims God’s Word, typically the intentions are good. We want others to know the joy of salvation and the love of Christ. Therefore, it can be surprising to us when God’s Word is met with apathy or rejection by those who hear it. It’s easy to conclude that when the Word of God offends human minds and hearts (including our own), something has gone wrong. The truth that is uncovered this week is that rejection of Jesus’ words is not the exception but the rule. Jesus’ words will always offend. However, we will see that God can use even the rejection of his Word for good.

Luke 4:16-30
Isaiah 61:1-6
Acts 4:23-31
Psalm 146

12 — Hark the Glad Sound! The Savior Comes
93 — Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
311 — Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness
340 — Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Prayer of the Day: Almighty God, you sent your Son to proclaim your kingdom and teach with authority. Anoint us with the power of your Spirit that we too may bring good news to the afflicted, bind up the brokenhearted, and proclaim liberty to the captive; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia. The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. Alleluia.