Saturday, January 28, 2012

Introduction - Epiphany 4 - 20120129

Deut 18:15-20; – PS 1111 Cor 8:1-13Mark 1:21-28
Intro to the Readings
From Deuteronomy we hear that the Lord your God will raise up a prophet – one who will speak the true Word of the Lord.
Psalm 111 probably sounds familiar as it is often sung at Passover. For puzzle lovers it is an acrostic like Psalm 119, in Hebrew of course.
To the Corinthians we listen as the Apostle writes about food, idols, ethics, and affirming that there is one true God.
The Gospel acclaims the authority and power of Jesus of Nazareth – the Lord’s Prophet.

Let us listen that we may be transformed by the Word’s of the Lord’s Prophet – and our Saviour.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Introduction - Epiphany 3 - 20120122

Jonah 3:1-5, 10 – PS 62:6-141 Cor 7:29-31 – Mark 1:14-20
Intro to the Readings
Our readings today are something you might read in a newspaper.
Our first heading reads:
Jonah preaches “Hell, fire, and damnation” and to his surprise Nineveh repents.
Psalmist puts his trust in God.
A cynical paper would add “foolish psalmist.”
About the reading to First Corinthians the heading might read:
Paul, also know as Saul, writes a long letter of bah bah bah to the Corinthians. We don’t understand it and neither do they.
Our fourth heading, referencing the Gospel might read:
John the Baptist Arrested. What took so long?
Jesus Calls Four Fishermen. Why?

Let us listen to God’s news reporters for us today.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Introduction - Epiphany 2 - 20120115

1 Sam 3:1-20PS 139:1-5, 12-171 Cor 6:12-20John 1:43-51
Intro to the Readings

Our first reading is from Samuel – from a time when the Word of the Lord was rare – Samuel a boy hears the Word of the Lord.
Psalm 139 is God’s search engine. God searches for all, and knows all.
The Apostle writes to the Corinthians encouraging them to keep things in balance in their lives. He reminds them that their bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit.
In the Gospel, as in Samuel, one is called. Philip is called first, and then Nathanael.

Listen to God’s call for you today. Listen to the rare word – listen to the Word of God.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Introduction - Epiphany 1 - B - 20120108

Gen 1:1-5 – PS 29 – Acts 19:1-7 – Mark 1:4-11
Intro to the Readings
Today we remember and celebrate the Baptism of the Lord.
Our first reading is from Genesis – the first day of Creation
God said, “Let there be light.”
Psalm 29 reminds us of the glory that is due to the Lord, who is God Almighty, and that God’s voice is a powerful voice.
From Acts we listen as some who were baptized by John the Baptism are baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit.
Today is the Baptism of the Lord, the First Sunday after the Epiphany, the Gospel reading is the story of the Lord’s Baptism by John.

Let us listen to the powerful voice of the God of glory, and let us receive afresh the Holy Spirit.