January 19, 2014 – Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Epiphany 2  1/19/14 (Isa 49:1-7, John 1:29-42)1 Corinthians 1:1-9  Don’t hang up **** The servant of God is called to be a light to the nations, Isaiah tells us. The first followers of Jesus are called to be apostles, St John tells us. The church in Corinth is called to be saints. Called into the fellowship of Jesus Christ, the apostle tells us. The action word in all our readings today is God calling. We can even summarize – God is calling. It’s for you. Don’t hang up. Though I doubt any of you are old enough to remember – there was a song, back in antiquity, Don’t hang up – (The Orlons singing an up-tempo kinda-sorta-love-song in which someone’s been seen in a compromising situation – now she’s singing to her lover – Don’t hang up…  oh don’t you do it now… Don’t hang up…) It’s a rough draft parable I know, but hey… God’s call to humans is a major theme all through scripture. And God knows we humans are often seen by God in spiritually-compromising situations, all the way from the gates of Eden to the present… Yet our gracious God is still always calling us, saying, Don’t hang up. In our reading from Isaiah today, God calls his servant from the womb… In John’s gospel, Jesus calls a pair of seekers, come and see… (And, they come and see, and begin to recognize the Messiah, the Son of God, and go on to become apostles.) But it’s only when we get to saint Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth that we hear – all of us believers are called to be saints – or depending on translation, called to be holy. Saint, sanctified, and holy all come from the same root word.) All who claim the name of Jesus are already sanctified (it’s a process, we Methodists believe) and called to be saints – called to be holy, called to have Jesus as the center of our lives. Called by God, together to be in fellowship with Jesus and one another. Called to be the church, the temple of God, the body of Christ. New names for ourselves we’ll hear, as we read on in First Corinthians, where all manner of messy church stuff is flying in all directions… yet through it all God is always calling us into abundance of grace and peace and love… Don’t hang up. Paul begins his letter, like all letters of that time, by naming himself as sender, naming the recipients (so they know it’s for them) then comes a greeting, a prayerful kind of blessing and, typical of Paul’s letters, also a hint about the subject of the letter. In this case we hear Paul naming his own calling first. Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God. Letting us know being an apostle wasn’t Paul’s idea, if we have an issue with it, blame God. Paul then lets us know our brother Sosthenes is a supporting deputy-letter-writer. (Most of Paul’s letters have co-authors – he’s not a lone ranger.) And this letter is addressed: To the church of God that is in Corinth – to the whole church, not just a few members – to those who are sanctified in...

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Announcements – Week of January 19, 2014 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Tues. Jan. 21 6:30 pm Finance  Meeting Tues.  Jan 21 7:00 pm Church Council Wed. Jan 15 7:00 pm Bible study – CUMC Thurs. Jan 16 1:00 pm Bible study – BUMC Finance will host coffee hour Sunday, January 26. EVENTS EVERY WEEK Sunday8:00 am Choir practice Sunday 9:00 am Worship Sunday 7:00 pm AA Meeting Monday 7:30 pm N/A Meeting Tuesday 9:00 am VNA Exercise Tuesday 7:00 pm AA Meeting Thursday 9:00 am VNA Exercise Friday 7:30 pm Adult Children of Alcoholics Meeting Saturday 9:00 am Osteo...

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