The month of January takes us through a good portion of the season of Epiphany. The season of Epiphany reveals to us that Jesus is indeed true God come in the flesh to save us all from our sins. The Gospel readings for the Sundays in January carry this theme for us as we come to worship Him Who was born for us and then also give our gifts of ourselves to Him Who is our Savior.
On Sunday, January 6th it is Epiphany Sunday. The Gospel reading is Matthew 2:1-12. The wise men come from the East to worship the King who doesn’t look like a King, but that didn’t stop them. Faith looks past appearances to the things of God. We come to worship Him though we can’t see Him. He gives to us the grace He has come to win for us
On Sunday, January 13th, the first Sunday after Epiphany, the Gospel reading is Luke 3:15-22. This is the baptism of Jesus where He is identified as the Messiah, the Anointed One, being anointed by the Holy Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. He is then identified as the very Son of God by the voice of the Heavenly Father, “This is My beloved Son; with You I am well pleased.” With this anointing and encouragement from the Father, Jesus would take on His work of giving Himself completely for our salvation.
Also, on Sunday, January 13th, we will install our newly elected and reelected officers and board members. These members will give of themselves to serve the Lord in special ways in this congregation. If you were elected or reelected to a term, come up at the appointed time in the service to pledge your faithfulness to the duties of your position and then be installed or reinstalled into it.
Also, on Sunday, January 13th, a new Discover Class will begin. This class studies the main teachings of the Christian faith. It is for those who wish to join our congregation coming from a different Christian denomination or background, those with no religious background, and those seeking a good study of these teachings of our faith. The class meets in the Conference Room upstairs, from 2-4pm.
On Sunday, January 20th, the second Sunday after Epiphany, the Gospel reading is John 2;1-11. This passage includes Jesus first miracle – changing water to wine. The key verse of this passage that states the purpose of all of Jesus’ miracles is: “And His disciples believed in Him.” (John 2:11b).
On Sunday, January 27th, the third Sunday after Epiphany, the Gospel reading is Luke 4:16-30. Here Jesus identifies Himself as the Messiah prophesied of in Scripture. But as he always does, the devil worked to produce doubt and distrust from the people, even the people of Jesus’ home town. In Jesus’ response to them He declared that God’s salvation is for all people, including some who may not be liked as well.
It will be a great joy to come and worship the King with you this Epiphany season as He comes to us to restore us to Himself so that we get to offer back to Him the gifts of ourselves.
See y’all in church!