One body. One Mission.

First Reading: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Psalm: Psalm 19 Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a Gospel: Luke 4:14-21 “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, our strength and our redeemer.” Amen. In the epistle today, Paul introduces the metaphor of the Church as Christ’s One Body. It is a good metaphor, because we understand the different parts of our body performing different functions, yet together all the parts make up our whole body. Every member of the body is important, and makes the body complete and whole. The body does not function perfectly when one part is infected, laying down on the job, or missing. Modern s

Being Beloved

First Reading Isaiah 43:1-7 Psalm Psalm 29 Second Reading Acts 8:14-17 Gospel Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior. In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. We are continuing our journey through Epiphany, paying attention to and recognizing the manifestations of God’s divinity among us. Today we hear and remember the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are also called to consider our own baptism. Though from one source, different denominations practice many baptism traditions. As Anglicans we typically pour

Take a Different Road

First Reading Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 Second Reading Ephesians 3:1-12 Gospel Matthew 2:1-12 "All kings shall bow down before him, and all the nations do him service. For he shall deliver the poor who cries out in distress, and the oppressed who has no helper. He shall have pity on the lowly and poor; he shall preserve the lives of the needy. He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, and dear shall their blood be in his sight." In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. When we say someone has an epiphany, it usually means a sudden revelation or insight. Epiphany can describe an ‘AHA!’

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