(Scripture notes from Season of the Spirit and Pulpit Resource)
January 5 Epiphany/Stars/Chancel Communion
On this day our church will celebrate Epiphany, a name that comes from a Greek word meaning “to make manifest” or “to display.” During the season of Epiphany, Christians rejoice in the gift of saving love and the unfolding vision of wholeness that God has made manifest for all people in Jesus the Christ. Our call is to participate in proclaiming this good news.
We will read from Isaiah 60:1–6 as the prophet declares that “nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” The Gospel lesson describes the story of the arrival of the magi to pay homage to Jesus, Matthew 2: 1-12.
Communion will be served at stations by the method of intinction. The Senior Choir will be singing.
January 12 Baptism of Christ
In this season after the Epiphany, the scriptures invite us to wonder about the unfolding possibilities that are opened to us through the revealing of God’s ways in Jesus the Christ. On this Baptism of Jesus Sunday, we hear God’s Spirit-filled voice speaking new things into action, reminding us that we are God’s beloved children.
The Gospel lesson from Matthew 3: 13-17 is the account of Jesus’ baptism. The voice from heaven that speaks at Jesus’ baptism echoes the voice spoken in Isaiah 42:1–9. These words proclaim the mission of God’s beloved servant to restore justice. Spirit and Young Spirit will be singing.
Sunday, January 19 Second Sunday after Epiphany
Today we explore God’s call to us. Isaiah is called by God to proclaim the restoration of Israel in Isaiah 49: 1-7. Jesus calls disciples in John 1: 29-42. Through these accounts, we are invited to consider the ways that God’s call comes to us and discover the ways that God equips and strengthens us to live into this call.
The Senior Choir will be singing this morning. The Rev. Richard Leslie and Jo Ann Fritz will be leading worship.
Sunday, January 26 Third Sunday after Epiphany
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The prophet Isaiah proclaims in Isaiah 9: 1-4, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” The exile is ending: joyful deliverance is coming. Jesus begins his ministry in Galilee in Matthew 4: 12-23. calling disciples to join him in his work, promising his disciples who were fishermen that he will now teach them to “fish for people.”
We will be receiving new members this morning. The Senior Choir will be singing this morning.