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4th Sunday after Epiphany (c)


Texts & Discussions:

Jeremiah 1:4-10
Psalm 71:1-6
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Luke 4:21-30



Prayer based on all Lessons:

We praise you, o Lord, for you alone are worthy to be praised. You rescued your people through hesitant prophets like Jeremiah; through your Son Jesus you manifested your willingness and power to save the whole human family. Deliver us from the things that possess our time and attention; free us and empower us so that we might heed your call to serve. Inspire us to love you and one another according to the true meaning of (agape) love.  God of Love and Grace, heal our communities and bring wholeness to our lives.  In Christ's name. Amen.



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Sermon Excerpt:

Open Your Eyes and See What God is Doing!
Luke 4:21-30
Rev. Frank Schaefer

. . . I can imagine that when Jesus was finished reading, everybody hung on his lips. What was he going to say about it? Jesus started off by saying: “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

Hmmm. What on earth did he mean by that? He couldn't possible mean that he was the one fulfilling this passage? Wait! That was what he was suggesting. Seriously? Was he actually saying that he was the Messiah? Wait....what? He was still just Joseph’s son wasn't he?

And that was the problem.

The fact that they know Jesus from when he was “yea high.” They knew him as Joseph and Mary's son. They were right, Jesus was Joseph’s adopted son, but, of course, we know now that he was so much more.

But the people of Nazareth didn't And that’s why they were struggling; they could not see beyond the familiar, the usual; they could not see through the eyes of faith. God’s blessing for them was standing right in front of them, but they could not see it.....

....It’s easy for us to condemn the Nazarenes. However, we are guilty of the same thing. We grow up with a certain picture of God and we hold on to that perception, because it feels comfortable. We like to see God as the comforter rather than one who challenges us and calls us out to take a risk.

The truth is that God, while being our comfort, always seems to push us to grow more, to do better, and to change the world. Neither of these things can be achieved by sitting in the comfort of the spiritual lazy-boy chair...

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