Worship Notes Second Sunday after Epiphany
In both the gospel lesson (John 1:43-51) and the Hebrew lesson (1 Samuel 3:1-10) we hear stories about God calling disciples. Samuel recounts the classic story of God calling him in the night. Samuel responds in the way most of us would want to respond: “Hear I am, Lord… “Speak, for your servant is listening.” In John’s gospel, the only gospel to mention Nathaniel as a character in Jesus’ gathering up his disciples (note that Nathaniel was not counted as one of the 12 disciples), we hear the question put to Jesus about worth and value. We hear Nathaniel wondering: “Can this guy from Nazareth be worth it?” We might ask the same question: Can anything of worth come out of our lives of faith, lived individually or lived together in the church in 2021?