The month of January this year takes us through most of the season of Epiphany. The season of Epiphany shines the light on Jesus to show Him to be true God that has come in the flesh to save all people. The Gospel readings for the Sundays in January carry this theme for us as we come to worship Him Who was born to be our King.
On Sunday, January 7th, we will observe the Epiphany of our Lord. 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 14th, the second Sunday after Epiphany, the Gospel reading is John 1:43-51. Here Jesus demonstrates His divine ability to know all things, telling Nathaniel where He was and what He was doing though Jesus wasn’t anywhere near. Nathaniel responds in faithful worship, like the Wise Men, and Jesus tells Nathaniel that He will see even greater showings of Jesus’ divine nature in the future. We get to “see” His divine nature every time He makes us clean from our sins with His forgiveness. Only God can do that.
Also on Sunday, January 14th, we will install our newly elected and reelected officers and board members. 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 14th, Discover Class both resumes and begins. The Fall Class will resume and the Winter Class will begin at the very same time! Class meets in the Conference Room upstairs, from 2-4pm.
On Sunday, January 21st, the third Sunday after Epiphany, the Gospel reading is Mark 1:14-20. In this passage Jesus begins His ministry on earth proclaiming, “The Kingdom of God is at hand.” The Kingdom of God was at hand because He was at hand. He comes to be at hand with us through the Word He proclaims and the Sacraments He gives us, to bring His Kingdom to us and to bring and keep us in His Kingdom.
On Sunday, January 28th, the fourth Sunday after Epiphany, the Gospel reading is Mark 1:21-28. In this passage Jesus shows Himself to be true God in the flesh with authority over the demons. They even know Who He is, “The Holy One of God.” Jesus ordered the demon’s silence and ordered him out of the man. The demon had no choice. Jesus is the King. Jesus casts out our sins and rules over us from a throne in our hearts by the faith He gives us.
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 “live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness.”
See ya in church!