The First Sunday in Ordinary Time is usually the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. (In some years, when Epiphany falls after January 7, the Baptism is celebrated on a weekday, and we go directly to the Second Sunday.) Readings for the Second Sunday echo themes from the Baptism of the Lord.

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

Music Suggestions

Isaiah 49:3, 5-6. The "Songs of the Servant" describe a figure who may be a future prophet or the nation itself. The Church has applied all four of the "Servant Songs" to Jesus.

Psalm of the Day:  Ps (39) 40
Today's verses come from the first half of this psalm, an individual's thanksgiving for salvation from difficult circumstances. (The second half is a lament.) Verses 7-10 are quoted in the Letter to the Hebrews to summarize Jesus' mission.

Here Am I, Lord (Alstott)   BB
Here Am I, Lord (Guimont)   GC2 920/LPMG 64
Here Am I, Lord (Hunstiger)   SS
Here Am I, Lord (Kasbohm)   PMB 646/WS/PRM A63
Here Am I, Lord (Kreutz)  PSC 46
Here Am I, Lord (Proulx/Gelineau)  WOR 868/RS 75/LPGG 873
Here Am I, Lord (Schiavone)   JS 951/LP 95
Here Am I, O God (Haugen)  PCY2 18
Here Am I, O Lord (O'Carroll/Knarr)  CBW 115
Here I Am   PSL A96/SS
Here I Am, Lord (Cooney)  GC 49/GC2 35/RS 74/JS 41/GP 204/MI‑BB/SP3 37
Here I Am, O God (Warner)   PMB 149/WC 400/WS
Here I Am, Send Me (Schoenbachler)  JS 735

Suggested Common Psalm:  Ps (97) 98
All the Ends of the Earth Have Seen

1 Corinthians 1:1-3. This is the first selection in an extended (semi-continuous) set of readings from this important letter. Paul introduces himself and describes how he views the community at Corinth.

John 1:29-34. In Year A, most of the gospel readings are taken from Matthew, but the Second Sunday in each cycle reads from John—either John the Baptist’s witness to Jesus or, in Year C, the account of the wedding at Cana. In today’s text, John gives witness to Jesus as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.’ In this version of the baptism account, it is John who sees the Spirit descend on Jesus (compare with Matthew's version, read on the Feast of the Baptism in Year A).

Songs for the Liturgy
All Are Welcome (2)  GC 753/GC2 741/RS 846/WC 870/WS/SS/MI-BB
All the Ends of the Earth – Dufford (1)  GP 683/MI‑BB/GC 520/GC2 526/JS 595
*Arise, Your Light Has Come (1,G)  CBW 302
Baptized in Living Waters (2)  WC 741/PMB 386/WS
Be Light for Our Eyes (1,Ps,G)  GC 509/GC2 511/CBW 305
*Behold the Lamb (G)  GP 524/JS 809/PSL A97/MI‑BB/SS
Christ Is the World's Light (1,G)  WOR 543
Church of God (2)   CBW 581/RS 783/GP 571/PMB 381                                                           
Church of God, Elect and Glorious (2)   SS/MI-BB
*Eucharistic Litany, v 1 (G)  GP 502
Forth in the Peace of God (1)  WOR 627/CBW 514
God Has Chosen Me (1,Ps,G)  JS 831/GC 682/GC2 669/MI‑BB/GP 546
Hail to the Lord's Anointed (1,G)  WC 510/PMB 225/SS
*Here I Am, God (Ps)  WC 783/WS
Here I Am, Lord -- Schutte (1,Ps,G)  GP 542/MI‑BB/WC 790/LMGM 283/GC 686/GC2 671/CBW 520/JS 832/RS 802/PMB 406/WS/SS
Hope of the World (1,G)  WOR 565
I Have Been Anointed (1,2)   PMB 395/WC 780/WS
I Say "Yes," Lord/Digo "Sí," Señor (Ps)  GC 597/GC2 581/RS 722
*Let All the Earth (E)   IH 36/PSL A73
Lord, Make Us Servants of Your Peace (1)  WC 864/CBW 630/SS
Lord of Glory (1)  GP 707/MI‑BB/JS 645
Make Me a Channel of Your Peace (1)  WC 860/GC 726/GC2 721/JS 738/MI‑BB/RS 830/GP 650/PMB 459/WS
O Christ, You Speak the Names of God (G)   JS 668/MI-BB
One Communion of Love (2)  WC 650/PMB 311/WS
Out of Darkness -- Walker (2)  MI‑BB/GC 689/JS 765/GP 574
Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness (1)  CBW 582
Praise to You, O Christ, Our Savior (1,G)  MI‑BB/GC 515/GC2 517/CBW 442/JS 674/RS 652/GP 662
Priestly People, v 9 (2,G) PMB 383/WC 740/WS
Proclaim to All the Nations (1,G)  GC 93/GC2 54
Send Me, Jesus (1,Ps,G)  GC 677/GC2 674/RS 796
Song of the Body of Christ (2)  GC 847/GC2 807/RS 924/MI‑BB/WC 631/WS
Songs of Thankfulness and Praise (G)  WOR 410/CBW 348/BB/GC 376/GC2 383/WC 512/JS 368/RS 529/PMB 224/WS/SS
Take and Eat, vss 3,4,5 (1,2,G)  RS 910/GC 831/GC2 812/CBW 611/WC 648/WS/SS
The King of Glory (1,G)  WOR 501/WC 719/MI‑BB/GC 486/GC2 494/JS 487/RS 628/GP 423/WS
The Light of Christ (1,G)  CBW 394/MI‑BB/JS 690
The Spirit of God (1,2,G)  WC 793/PMB 399/WS
The Voice of God Goes Out (1)  WOR 358/CBW 433
Water and Spirit (1,2) WC 602
We Are One Body (2)  GP 563
*We, the Body of Christ (G)  GP 517
When Jesus Came Preaching the Kingdom of God (1,G)  WOR 614/RS 773
You Have Anointed Me (1,G)  GP 555/GC 676/GC2 662/RS 795


Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #  

Agnus Dei (SATB)

Morley, Thomas

Mercury (MC 53)


Behold the Lamb of God (Messiah) (SATB; SAB)

Handel, G.F.



Behold the Lamb of God (SATB)
Behold the Lamb of God (SA)

Bouman, Paul

Concordia (98-1088)
Concordia (97-6287)


Behold the Lamb of God (Unison or SA)

Rohlig, Harald

Concordia (97-5165) *


Behold the Lamb of God (SATB)

Willan, Healey

Concordia (98-1509)


Cantique de Jean Racine (SATB)

Fauré, Gabriel

Hinshaw (HMC-933)

Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies (SATB)
Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies (SATB)
Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies (SATB)
Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies (SATB)
Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies (SATB)
Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies (SATB)
Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies (SA)
Concordia 98-2006
Gordon V Thompson G556
Concordia 98-3015 *
C Fischer
Alliance Music Publications AMP 0162
Trinitas/OCP 4530
RSCM 214
Come, Let Us Join Our Cheerful Songs (SATB) De Long EC Schirmer 4905 G

God's Spirit As a Wind Doth Move

Leaf, Robert

GIA (G-2312)


Hail, Holy Light! (SATB)


Oxford (Concord Anthems #1, p.1)


Hail to the Lord's Anointed Lovelace EC Schirmer 7318 1, G

Heavenly Light (SATB)

Kopylow, A.

Carl Fischer (CM-=497)


Herald of Good Tidings (SATB)

Titcomb, Everett

C.F. Peters (6653)


I Waited for the Lord (SATB)

Mendelssohn, Felix

Carl Fischer (CM6250)


Jesu Dulcis Memoria (SATB)
Jesu Dulcis Memoria (SATB)
Jesu Dulcis Memoria (SATB)
Jesu Dulcis Memoria (SATB)
Jesu Dulcis Memoria (SATB)
Jesu Dulcis Memoria (SATB)
Villette - Elkan - Vogel
Paraclete PPM00213
EC Schirmer 5161
Aurole/MSM AE47
Jesu, the Very Thought of Thee (SATB)
Jesu, the Very Thought of Thee (SATB)
Jesu, the Very Thought of Thee #4 - 4 Blizzard Anthems 2 pt
GIA G-2056
AMSI 438 *

Lamb of God, Pure and Holy (SSA)

Beck, Theodore

Concordia (97-5163) *


Law Is Within My Heart, The (SATB)

Powell, Robert

Concordia (98-3331)


Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (SATB)
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (SATB)
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (SATB)
CF Peters
C. Fischer

Lift Up Your Voice (SATB & Brass)

Pethel, Stan

Broadman (4663-73)


None Other Lamb (SATB) Stover EC Schirmer 4959 G
No Other Foundation Can Anyone Lay SATB Bouman GIA G-3883 2

Psalm 40 (SATB)

Adler, Sam

Oxford (94-209)


Our Holy Tribute, This (SATB) White Selah 410-627 G

O Zion, That Bringest Good Tidings (SATB)

Stainer, John

Novello (381)


Song to the Lamb, A 2 pt White St James Press G

Vox Dicentis Clama (SATB)

Naylor, E.W.

Curwen (80581)


Word of God Come Down from Heaven (SATB) Ferguson GIA G

* Out of Print