Fourth Sunday after Epiphany / Lectionary 4 (Year B) Sunday, February 1
First Reading: Deuteronomy 18:15-20 The prophet speaks with God's authority Psalm: Psalm 111 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. (Ps. 111:10) Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Limits to liberty: the case of food offered to idols Gospel: Mark 1:21-28 The healing of one with an unclean spirit Liturgical Color: Green
First Reading: Malachi 3:1-4 My messenger is a refiner and purifier Psalm: Psalm 84 How dear to me is your dwelling, O LORD. (Ps. 84:1) Psalm (Alternate): Psalm 24:7-10 Lift up your heads, O gates, and the King of glory shall come in. (Ps. 24:7) Second Reading: Hebrews 2:14-18 Jesus shares human flesh and sufferings Gospel: Luke 2:22-40 The child is brought to the temple Liturgical Color: White
Forty days after the birth of Jesus we mark the day Mary and Joseph presented him in the temple in accordance with Jewish law. There they were greeted by Simeon, an aged priest who offered the song "Lord, now you let your servant depart in peace," as well as by the prophet Anna, who spoke of the redemption of Israel.
getting out the WORD - the 3rd sunday after epiphany
Written by Pastor Bob
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 09:29
Almighty God, by grace alone you call us and accept us in your service. Strengthen us by your Spirit, and make us worthy of your call, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near, repent, and believe in the good news." Mark 1:14-20
It was the mid-70s, Arizona State University, and fashion, needless to say, wasn't our main concern! For me, it was, usually, moccasins, a flannel shirt, and blue jeans; the more patches the better! But there was, also, a blue nylon daypack I carried around. A daypack with an embroidered patch. About two inches by three. Black on white, I think it was. A fist on an upraised arm with its index finger pointing to heaven! Just like the football players do when they score! A small cross alongside the finger! Underneath, two words, all capitals. ONE WAY!
Back in the day, that was the direction of faith. Always up! Always one way! We'd lift up prayers! Raise up voices! Offering up lives! God was up there. And, of course, being the literalists we were, so was Jesus... sitting at god's right hand! It was our job to get from here to there! Inviting Jesus! Accepting Jesus! Climbing Jacob's ladder!
But somewhere along the line, words like these began to sink in. "The kingdom has come near!" You see, love doesn't sit back! Compassion doesn't watch and wait! It doesn't, simply, call to us, softly, tenderly! Instead, it gets up! Descends! Comes near! Gathering! Enlightening! Making us love's own! Then, sending us out to do the same!
No. We don't go to Jesus. Jesus comes to us! And we, merely, get pulled along in his wake!
but "It is through Isaac that descendants shall be named for you." This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as descendants."