Archive for January, 2010

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany – 1 Corinthians 13:11-13

1 Corinthians 13:11-13 – When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

Where I see my faith as having grown through the years is in being comfortable with not knowing all the answers, being comfortable living with questions. That leaves me walking in a journey of faith that gives me hope and that directs me to try hard each day to love my neighbor as I love myself.

Prayer: Loving God, thank you for accompanying us on this journey of faith. May our journey draw us closer to you. AMEN.

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany – 1 Corinthians 13:4a, 6b-8a

1 Corinthians 13:4a, 6b-8a – Love is patient; love is kind…[love] rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

Our daily work at the Church Health Center helps people through challenging journeys toward health and wellness by instilling hope in an environment that is patient, kind and respectful of each individual’s worth as a child of God. We deliver good medicine and good science with love.

Prayer: Steadfast God, be with each of us as we serve your children today. AMEN.

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany – 1 Corinthians 13:1-2

1 Corinthians 13:1-2 – If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

When I was twelve, a youth leader in my church had set this entire chapter to a song, “At the Movies” by a synthesizer-based group known as Hot Butter. He taught me the timing, and I was able to present it during a youth service on Sunday. The chapter holds memories for many, and it is a favorite for even more. It reminds us to, as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:1: Make love your aim.

Prayer: Gracious God, help us offer love to others so that we might better receive love. AMEN.

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany – Jeremiah 1 6-8

Jeremiah 1 6-8 – Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you, do not be afraid of them for I am with you says the LORD.”

We may not be prophets like Jeremiah, but I am reminded by this passage of the importance of listening carefully to God’s conversation in our lives.

Prayer: Gracious God, help my ears better hear and my soul better understand the conversation you are having with me. AMEN.

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany – Jeremiah 1:4-5

Can you believe January is almost over! Scriptures from the lectionary for this week include: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 and Luke 4:21-30.

Jeremiah 1:1-2 – Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Even in my adulthood, I often struggle to be understood. I take great comfort knowing that God understands me perfectly. Created by God. Fully known by God.

Prayer: Loving God, you know us better than we know ourselves. You love us more than we love ourselves. Thank you. AMEN.

Picture for Fourth Sunday after Epiphany – Psalm 71:3

Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.

Third Sunday after Epiphany – Luke 4:18-19

Luke 4:18-19 – [And Jesus read from Isaiah saying], “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Imprisonment and blindness can be both literal and metaphorical. Regardless, if one is relieved of their imprisonment or blindness healing has taken place. Once again, scripture supports the centrality of healing as a part of Christ’s ministry.

Prayer: Gracious God, help us be healing presences for all who might come before today and every day. AMEN.

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