Epiphany 2 Sunday Preview

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“ The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. ”   — (John 1:35-37, NRSV)

Today’s gospel opens with further reflection on Jesus’ baptism. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and the one anointed by the Spirit. In the liturgy we come and see Christ revealed among us in word and meal. We go forth to invite others to come and worship the Holy One and to receive the gifts of grace and peace made known among us.

Sunday’s Worship Music

Traditional Worship Hymn of the Day: #737 He Comes to Us as One Unknown — Jesus comes to his people at all times in their lives. Particularly in today’s hymn of the day we think about Jesus, the one unknown to us, coming to us in the sound of the seas, in love, in truth, and when souls lie in silence. Such evocative words remind us that Jesus’s call and walk with us on earth may be made known in so many ways. How does Jesus call you?

New Day Worship Hymn — I Will Follow — In New Day we will sing these powerful words as our Worship Hymn … Where you go I’ll go, where you stay I’ll stay, When you move I’ll move, I will follow you.  While we no longer have a flesh and blood Jesus to follow, we have his words and his invitation to be a disciple … it is enough.

For Further Reflection

Think for a moment about these questions ….

What does the word “discipleship” bring to mind?

Do you see yourself as a “follower” … or a “leader”?

Does your ego get in the way of your following?

Craig D. Lounsbrough is quoted as saying … “My heart says, ‘This way.’ The world says, ‘That way.’ God says, ‘I am the Way.’ And if perchance I choose to listen to the first two, I’m going to find myself so far off the ‘way’ that being lost becomes the ‘way’.”

Rev. Craig Ross

Senior Pastor

The vibrancy of life here at St. Peter’s makes my service on our staff a joy and privilege. Visitation, teaching and preaching are the ministries that feed my pastoral identity, as together our staff and lay members share in our missional calling … Building a community of faith by God’s grace.

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