Epiphany mean “reveal”! The season of the church year that we call Epiphany has its bookends the Star of Bethlehem and the glory of God on the Mount of Transfiguration. We begin the season taking on the baby in the manger from Christmas. We leave the season seeing God in all his glory. The reason this “shot in the arm” is essential to our faith is because the forty-day journey to the cross that is the season of Lent is long and difficult. The annual recollection of Jesus’ Passion is painful to watch. Lest we forget that Jesus is God we see him once more in all his glory revealed.
When you are attacked verbally or physically what is your first reaction? God has not set us up to be physical or emotional punching bags, but how can we “turn the other cheek” and keep the peace? We’ll look at a Christians response to persecution this Sunday.
Thorns are maybe what pricked you a couple days ago when trying to prep your roses for your girl. Thorns in life hurt. One of the questions that people often as is why? What is God thinking? We’ll consider the thorn in the Apostle Paul’s life this Sunday.
There are some things that sound like a bad idea. Take fishing in the middle of a lake during the middle of the day with a net. That probably won’t work. When Jesus tells you to try something, the chances are very good that he has a reason. This Sunday we’ll look at Jesus’ fishing advice and what it means for our lives. This Sunday come fishing with Jesus.
When Church Goers Attack – might be a good title for a B movie. Most of the time people in a congregation are happy to be there. Violence is never on the agenda in our Sunday Morning bulletin, yet on that fateful Saturday in Nazareth, someone was almost thrown off a cliff. What we talked about as an emotional moment last Sunday goes terribly wrong in just a few moments. What happened?! Join us for worship this Sunday as we sort out the violent reaction to Jesus’ sermon.