Tuesday, January 28, 2014

January 26, 2014 - Epiphany 3A

In the name of God- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
            What does it mean to follow Jesus? In today’s gospel reading, Jesus walks along the Sea of Galilee and calls out to Simon, Andrew, James, and John, inviting them to “follow me.” And the invitation is extended to us as well- follow Jesus. But when the rubber hits the road, how do we do this?

Sunday, January 19, 2014

January 19, 2014 - Epiphany 2A

Almighty God, by the hand of Moses your servant you led your people out of slavery, and made them free at last: Grant that your Church, following the example of your prophet Martin Luther King, may resist oppression in the name of your love, and may secure for all your children the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
            I know the 1 Corinthians passage today isn’t the most fascinating Scripture reading that we have, but we can learn a lot by reading the beginning of a letter. And you can tell a lot from a letter by its mechanics. For example, how do you sign the letter? Is it a formal “sincerely” or a warm “with love?” And how do you address the letter- “my dearest so and so” or do you use all the proper titles? Just looking at the signature and address line, you’ll learn something. So as we consider the beginning of 1 Corinthians, let’s pay attention to the mechanics of the letter.