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February 6, 2022 - When we let God work - Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
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February 6, 2022 – When we let God work – Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

John 4:46-54 [5:1-18]            These two passages speak to each other. They are perhaps more powerful together than apart because of the contrast in the two stories. The first story has an official of the empire who comes to Jesus to heal his son. This time, I saw that it was the next day when the servants came to tell the official…

January 23, 2022 – Sneaking Out – Third Sunday after Epiphany

John 3:1-21            Our connotation of sneaking isn’t positive. That’s something dishonest people do, people who are trying to hide something, people who are ashamed of what they are doing. That’s a lot of baggage that we bring to the first part of this passage.            Nicodemus comes under cover of darkness, to check Jesus out. Perhaps it makes him more anonymous,…

January 9, 2022 – Sacred or Normal? – Baptism of Our Lord

           In John’s gospel, Jesus performs his first miracle at a wedding. We talk about Cana, we use the passage to reflect the snark of Jesus addressing his mother, the oddity of having Christians make teetotalling a doctrine of faithfulness, and the amazed wonder of the steward about the quality of the wine.            What happens in Jesus’ first miracle is the…

January 2, 2022 – Chains of Proclamation – Second Sunday of Christmas

John 1:35-51            John is gathered with his own disciples. He’s sort of successful. He’s well known, sometimes too well known, and has people who follow him. When Jesus walks by, John points him out, “Here is the Lamb of God!” which his disciples hear, and then go follow Jesus. Jesus invites them to come and see what he is all about.…

December 19, 2021 – Dwells – Third Sunday of Advent

John 1:1-18       The first three weeks of Advent had us moving from exile to the valley of dry bones, and then to Isaiah’s language of seeking God. The people are the ones moving in all these passages. God moves the people around, trying to get them to be more faithful, to be better followers, to be more closely the people of…

December 5, 2021 – Transported – Second Sunday of Advent

Ezekiel 37:1-14            Many times, we want God to bring us out of the place where we are to a better place, often a much better place. We don’t ask to be moved from the frying pan into the fire. We ask to be taken from the bad into the good. With that in mind, let’s look at this passage from Ezekiel.…