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Serve & Obey

The Sixth Sunday after the Feast of Epiphany
February 16, 2020

Obedience can be hard.  Yet, it is demanded of us from all over.  The government demands obedience to its laws.  Parents demand obedience of their children.  But, when our God demands obedience ... 

Scripture: Deuteronomy 30:15-20; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Matthew 5:21-37

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Given to the World

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
February 09, 2020

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells those who are listening to Him that they are to be salt and light in decaying and darkened world.  St. Paul tells the people in Corinth about a mystery that the world does not know.  When that mystery was revealed, it shattered the darkness and began the healing of a decaying world.  What was that mystery? know...

Scriptures: Isaiah 58:3-9a, 1 Corinthians 2:1-16, Matthew 5:13-20

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Given and Shed for You

The Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Our Lord
February 02, 2020

Today is a day not often commemorated.  It is the same time every year, but does not often fall on a Sunday.  The Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Our Lord arrives forty days after Christmas and is a fulfillment of Old Testament Law, given through Moses.  But, it was it really their sacrifices on this day that made them pure?  Or, was there another sacrifice that had to be made?

Scriptures: 1 Samuel 1:21-28; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40

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The Land of the Lost

Third Sunday after the Epiphany
January 26, 2020

Our Lord Jesus is known for not doing what we would expect.  Born a peasant, not a king; in a stable, not a palace.  Dies a felon's death.  Is humiliated instead of exalted.  And, here today, at the beginning of His ministry, He moves into the heart of the outcasts.

Scripture: Isaiah 9:1-4; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-25

Sweet Lamb of God

Second Sunday after the Epiphany
January 19, 2020

Today, we hear John the Baptizer single Jesus out as "The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world."  But, what does that mean?  

Scripture: Isaiah 49:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42a

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Family Reunion

The Baptism of Our Lord
 January 12, 2020

By being baptized, Jesus began His work for us, His people.  This event brings to us the 'epiphany' that Jesus, the man, is also God's Son.  And, because of Him, we, too, are washed clean in the waters of baptism.

Scripture:  Isaiah 42:1-9; Romans 6:1-11; Matthew 3:13-17

A Tale of Three Kings

Feast of the Epiphany (observed)
January 05, 2020

The Feast of the Epiphany, a lesser known Christian holiday in America.  It is the beginning of an entire Church season of the same name; Epiphany.  It is a time marked by events that reveal to us that the human, known as Jesus, is more than just a human ... He is Divine.  He is God.  The visit of the magi is the first even in this season, as Gentile wise-men come and worship a humble toddler.  But, these 'three kings' are not the only kings in the story ... 

Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12

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