As January comes to a close, greetings from Chuckatuck. What blessings we had today as we gathered for worship – some who have been under the weather returned to worship, a recurring theme these past few weeks. We enjoyed fellowship after service – good coffee, good confections (breads and cupcakes), and wonderful conversation. May you all be blessed as January comes to a close.

On the third Sunday after the Epiphany we considered how we are invited to answer God’s call without hesitation and to tell God’s story in our lives to others. While we tell the story, our scripture tells us that relationship is as important as words. The prophet Isaiah sang the first part of our story in scripture, “the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” Paul reminded the folks from Corinth (and us) that human-made divisions have no meaning in God – we are all children of God. Matthew related the call of the first four disciples who “dropped everything and followed Jesus.” Today’s sermon focused on our Psalm and the themes of: (1)with God as my light, whom shall I fear; and (2) our hope is founded on the desire to dwell with God in community. With the community of believers, nothing that lies in the past nor nothing that lurks around the corner separates us from God.

I invite your comments,

Readings: Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 5-13; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23

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