Happy 2020! Today was our first gathering of the new year and we enjoyed one last day of Christmas greens before Epiphany begins. We had our Parish annual meeting today (if you weren’t there a question asked was: “what’s the difference between a Parish and a congregation?” – I invite your responses to that question). Of course, we also had a potluck between worship and meeting – lots of good food and fellowship to go around. Tomorrow we will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany – the journey begins.

We began our journey this Sunday with the reminder that God’s desire is that we share the divine life with Jesus, God Incarnate. Matthew avoids the long discussion of the magi by reminding us that Jesus’ family traveled in response to God’s warnings and the threat of destruction. The writer to the Ephesians encourages us to remember we were chosen to be in a relationship with God before the world began. Our Psalm served the reminder that it was better to spend one day with God than a thousand lifetimes separated from God. But our sermon focused on Jeremiah’s lesson; probably written to a community of people who at their lowest point, some “just” deported, some enslaved in exile, and some who fled in fear for their life. Jeremiah’s message to them, and to us, is God cares less about how they found themselves where they are, rather that they wanted to be related to God in God’s kingdom. That truth still applies today. Are you able to remember God’s truth in your struggle?

I invite your comments,

Readings: Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 84; Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19a; Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

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