Grace and peace to you from St. John’s, still living large in Chuckatuck. This morning broke a little overcast and foggy but that wasn’t a deterrent to the worship we experienced. It was a blessing to have some newcomers to share with us as we continue to live a life of faith in the midst of our society and our culture. In all, today was a day to celebrate the blessings we heard at last week’s annual meeting and the blessing we’ve been bestowed through the Night Stay Program being hosted at Oakland Christian UCC.

This morning in worship we continued the enlightening journey we’ve had this Epiphany season (pun intended). In the past weeks we’ve heard about Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist (why would Jesus be baptized – he had nothing to repent of); and last week we explored the question of “what are you looking for” and the invitation to respond to God’s “come and see.” Today, we ponder the statement from Jesus to his disciples – repent for the Kingdom of Heaven has come near. Jesus called his society to realize the presence of God, not only in Jesus but in all people. We are called to do the same, to realize the presence of God and to act on the reality of God’s presence.

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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