Notable Feast Days this Week:

January 13 - Hilary of Poitiers, 367 
January 14 - Nina of Georgia, 325 (Eastern)
January 15 - The Prophet Habakkuk (Roman Catholic)
January 16 - Fursey, East Anglia, 648
January 17 - Anthony the Great, Egypt, 356 
January 18 - The Confession of Peter (Anglican/Lutheran)
January 18 - Athanasius and Cyril (Eastern)
January 19 - Wulfstan, Worchester, 1095 (Anglican/Catholic)

Revised Common Lectionary

Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 40:1-11
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John 1:29-42

Daily Readings (RCL)
Abbreviated Daily Readings
2020 Liturgical Calendar

Liturgical Color - White/Green

The Second Sunday after Epiphany January 19, 2020
Light to the Nations
"God promises us that his salvation will reach to the end of the earth (Is 49:1-7); he sent his only son Jesus, to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29-42). Because of God's grace and mercy toward us, we put our trust in him (Psalm 40:1-11) and look to the second coming of Christ (1 Corinthians 1:1-9). "
- Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional
The Epiphany of our Lord was celebrated on January 6 but is extended by some churches into a season that includes the weeks preceding Lent. Epiphanytide celebrates the revelation of light and knowledge finally revealed through Christ for the sake of the whole world (Ephesians 3).

The Worship Sourcebook states that "The word 'epiphany' comes from a Greek word meaning 'manifestation or appearance.' In the context of liturgical history, this word has become closely associated with the revelation of Christ in connection with the visit of the Magi." The light of Christ shines on the whole world, even Gentiles from the farthest reaches of the known world. 
"If we Christians would join the Wise Men, we must close our eyes to all that glitters before the world and look rather on the despised and foolish things, help the poor, comfort the despised, and aid the neighbor in his need." -Martin Luther
Light Masonry
Beautiful footage from a light installation in York Minster Cathedral. It was accompanied by a live performance of Arvo Pärt’s Pari intervallo on the organ. More images and videos at the artist's website. HT Art and Theology blog.
Scripture Readings
Psalm 40:1-11

"I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand..."

Commentary on Psalm 40
John Wesley

Psalm 40Isaiah 49,
1 Corinthians 1John 1

Spotify Playlist
Psalm 40

Isaiah 49:1-7
God's servant brings light to the nations

1 Corinthians 1:1-9
Paul tells Corinth that God is faithful

John 1:29-42
Christ is revealed as the Lamb of God
Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

Bible in a Year
Lectionary Resources
"No one who came to the Jordan was as laden and as afflicted as He. No one was as needy. No one so utterly human, because so fellow-human. No one confessed his sins so sincerely, so truly as his own, without side-glances at others. He stands alone in this, He who was elected and ordained from all eternity to partake of the sin of all in His own person, to bear its shame and curse in the place of all, to be the man responsible for all, and as such, wholly theirs, to live and act and suffer. This is what Jesus began to do when He had Himself baptized by John with all the others. This was the opening of His history as the salvation history of all the others." -Karl Barth, CD IV.2.2
Collect for the Second Sunday after Epiphany
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and forever. Amen.
-from The Book of Common Prayer
Singing Psalms and Hymns
Hymn Suggestions for the Second Sunday after Epiphany from 

Hymns related to Psalm 40 from

CCLI Contemporary Liturgy Song Select (Ordinary Time 2)

Epiphany Resource Guide for Planning Worship from CICW

Forty | by U2 | Leadsheet

Jesus, the Light of the World | Words: Charles Wesley and George D. Elderkin /
Music: George D. Elderkin, 1890 | Leadsheet 

The Lord is King | Words by Josiah Conder, 1824. Music by Nathan Partain, 2003, arr. Bruce Benedict, 2008| Leadsheet | Chord Chart | Capo

Arise, Shine, for Your Light Has Come | by Jered McKenna | Leadsheet 

Brightest and Best (Star of the East) | Sacred Harp | Leadsheet | Capo

Songs for Epiphany | A list of songs to shape Epiphany from CICW

Psalm 40 | by Sarah Majorins | Leadsheet | Score with Piano + Recorder 

Psalm 40 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Psalm 40 | Metrical Options
Music for Listening
Thematic Art 
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