The called and the calling.

Old Testament Isaiah 9:1-4 Psalm Psalm 27:1, 5-13 Epistle 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Gospel Matthew 4:12-23 “That we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works.” In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. Last week, in the gospel according to John, we heard how John the Baptist saw Jesus after his Baptism and could not help but blurt out, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” Two of John’s disciples, one of whom was Andrew, immediately followed Jesus. Andrew was so moved, he went to tell his brother Simon Peter, “We have found the Messiah!” And Peter also followed. Today, in the gospel accor

Be disciples. Make disciples.

Old Testament Isaiah 49:1-7 Psalm Psalm 40:1-12 Epistle 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 Gospel John 1:29-42 "I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth." - Isaiah 49:6b. In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. Last week the evangelist Matthew offered a detailed description of Jesus' baptism, complete with the heavens opening, the Spirit descending and resting on Jesus, and a voice proclaiming, "This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased." This week, in the Gospel according to John, we feel the aftershock. John's gospel does not describe Jesus' ba

The heavens are opened.

Old Testament Isaiah 42:1-9 Psalm Psalm 29 Epistle Acts 10:34-43 Gospel Matthew 3:13-17 Thus says God: “I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you.” In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. Aha! Eureka! By George, I think I’ve got it! These phrases would seem appropriate as we begin the season of Epiphany. At least, that is the common definition, being struck with some great realization. The cartoon light bulb appears over one’s head. We utter these phrases when we have figured something out. But the liturgical season of Epiphany and our celebration of it h

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