Third Sunday After Epiphany
January 23, 2000
|Jonah 3:1-5, 10||Belief at Nineveh||355: Depth of Mercy
357: Just as I Am, Without One Plea
365: Grace Greater than Our Sin
372: How Can We Sinners Know
378: Amazing Grace
|Psalm 62:5-12||Assurance in God's strength and love||191: Jesus Loves Me
475: Come Down, O Love Divine
580: Lead On, O King Eternal
|Mark 1:14-20||Response of the Fishermen||436: The Voice of God Is Calling
438: Forth in Thy Name, O Lord
|1 Corinthians 7:29-31||Living for the world to come||732: Come, We That Love the Lord
733: (We're) Marching to Zion
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Some Bible stories reach out and grab your attention. Jonah's episode with the "great fish" is one of them. If you ask people how Jonah had come to be in the fish, though, there aren't as many who can answer. If you ask them where he was going, even fewer know. Then ask them what happened when he arrived. A few people will know. The answer can be summed up in a single word--grace. Grace happened. It happened at Nineveh. It happened on the far end of the world from where Jonah wanted to go. It happened in a city where Jonah didn't want to be. A people who were destined for destruction heard God's message and repented.
The writer of this week's featured hymn was a Presbyterian woman named Julia H. Johnston.
|1. Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary's mount outpoured,
there where the blood of the Lamb was spilt.
|2. Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
threaten the soul with infinite loss;
grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
points to the refuge, the mighty cross.
|3. Dark is the stain that we cannot hide.
What can avail to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
brighter than snow you may be today.
|4. Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see his face,
will you this moment his grace receive?
God bless you--
Lection at HymnSite.com
|Passages suggested are from The Revised Common Lectionary: Consultation on Common Texts (Abingdon Press, 1992) copyright © by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT), P.O. Box 340003, Room 381, Nashville TN 37203-0003. Reprinted with permission of CCT.|