Third Sunday after Epiphany
     Jesus begins his public ministry by calling fishers to leave their nets and follow him. In Jesus the kingdom of God has come near. We who have walked in darkness have seen a great light. We see this light most profoundly in the cross—as God suffers with us and all who are oppressed by sickness, sin, or evil. Light dawns for us as we gather around the Word, the font, and the Holy table. We are then sent to share the good news that others may be “caught” in the net of God’s grace and mercy.

FIRST READING: Isaiah 9: 1-4
     The northern tribes of Zebulon and Naphtali experienced the gloom of defeat by Assyrian military forces, but they are assured that their condition will be reversed when God makes a light-filled appearance. The joy they will experience will resemble celebrations of great harvests, because God will deliver them from everything that diminishes or oppresses them.

PSALM 27: 1, 5-13

SECOND READING: 1st Corinthians 1: 10-18
     Paul calls on the Corinthians to end their dissensions and share the unified outlook of the Gospel. Discord arises when we forget that we belong not to human leaders or institutions but to Christ. Indeed, the unifying Word of the cross of Christ is the center of the Gospel and the power of God’s salvation.

GOSPEL: Matthew 4: 12-23
     Jesus begins his public ministry shortly after John the Baptist is imprisoned by Herod. He proclaims the nearness of God’s reign and calls four fishermen to be his first disciples.

     The Super Bowl will be played on February 2 this year, which is when we will have our annual SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY. We will collect a free-will offering after the service to send to the Lutheran World Hunger campaign. This year, (because we cannot collect cans conveniently) instead of collecting cans of soup, we are asking that monetary donations be made and ear-marked for Tim so that we can let the Food Pantry get the soup through their resources. We will still have our soup kettle out for offerings to go to Lutheran World Hunger.
     We would also ask that you pray for the ministry of the Hunger Network in Ohio and Deacon Nick Bates ( so that in the near future we can see the end of hunger especially for children.
     Also, on the 2nd, we are planning a fun little gathering after worship. Please dress casual and wear your team colors and plan to stay after worship for some snacks (soups and snacks are welcome) and fellowship. Please plan to stay after church for a few minutes even if you don’t like football or don’t care who wins.

     As I write you this, many of our neighbors in the United States and around the world are facing disasters:
     I’m writing to you with a special request: Donations to Lutheran Disaster Response’s general fund enable us to react quickly whenever and wherever disaster strikes, including at times such as these, when the need is great.
With gratitude for your partnership in ministry,
The Rev. Daniel Rift
Director, ELCA World Hunger and Lutheran Disaster Response Funding Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
“I lift up my eyes to the hills — from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2).

     Please keep these people in your prayers: Esther Mae Baker, Pastor Larry Baker, Al Bausch, Dortha Feddern, Wesley and JoAnn Porter, and the family of Ellen Evans, Susie Taylor's mother. Please remember all of our shut-ins and sick. (Also, pray for the families and caretakers of those on the prayer list.)

     “The Breakfast Bunch” meets the first Saturday of every month at Der Dutchman in Plain City, at 8:30 a.m. “Come one, Come all” for a great breakfast, fellowship and more! 

     Please check the bulletin board behind the office door for all of the sign-up sheets for this year. Communion, birthday Sundays, and Worship Assistants/helpers. Thank you so much!
     You can also remember special occasions or special people by contributing money that would normally be used for altar flowers. Instead the donation goes to our local food pantry.
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     Zion Lutheran Church is a small, family-oriented part of the Body of Christ, dedicated to sharing the Grace of God through worship, community outreach, music, education and having fun and fellowship together. This is a place where questions and struggles with our faith are welcomed and where all people are celebrated.
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Zion Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Southern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

We worship every Sunday at 10:30 am in the West Jefferson Community Center.  Holy Communion is celebrated each Sunday. 
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