Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13>He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:……Matthew 4: 12-23
This Sunday we focus on the Promise that God is faithful to us from I Corinthians 1: 1-9. Monday, January 20 is the anniversary of First Reformed UCC, which is also the same day as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. We will remember God’s faithfulness during 119 years of ministry in uptown Lexington and in the continued call for us to work toward reconciliation and peace for all humanity.
This Sunday we begin a new series entitled “New Year, Same Promises.” We will explore the promises God makes to us. The first is the Promise of New Life. Our scripture is Matthew 3: 13-17. Jesus is baptized by John in the Jordan. He rises from the waters and emerges with a calling to serve and carry out God’s justice, radical love, and hospitality in this world.
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” 3When King Herod heard this, he was frightened,………Matthew 2: 1-12.
Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14Then Joseph got up,……..Matthew 2: 13-23.
Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public………Matthew 1: 18-25.
But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, 39and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be…
As we prepare for Thanksgiving, this Sunday we read John 6: 24-35. Our sermon is titled “Food for the Journey.”
We finish up our series on “What Disciples Do” with our last sermon, “Dream of What Could Be” from Isaiah 65: 17-25. Also, we will celebrate the sacrament of Baptism with Lucas Cruz.
Ever heard the phrase, “Don’t Question God?” Well, this week we will hear the opposite. We continue in Luke’s Gospel discovering What Disciples Do. The week’s focus is that disciples “Ask Hard Questions.” We may not always receive the answers we expect, but we worship a God who pays attention to the questions we ask. Luke 20: 27-38.
Sunday, we will celebrate Homecoming as well as Memorial Sunday. We’ll hear the story of Zacchaeus in Luke: 19: 1-10 and share in Holy Communion as we gather around the table with the Saints who have gone before us.
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 10“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ……… Luke 18: 9-14.