Showing posts from January, 2018

Epiphanies Galore

Listen to this sermon here Gate Pa – Year B  4 th Sunday of Epiphany 2018 Readings: Psalm                         Psalm 24 First Reading:              Malachi 3:1-5 Second Reading:         Luke 2:22-40 Gospel:                         Mark 1:21-28                          What I want to say: Explore what Mark and Candlemass offer as we begin a new year What I want to happen: Why did you come to church today? What do we hope for was we gather each Sunday? What assumptions might we let go of and what new ways of seeing our life of faith are we being revealed? The Sermon       1.      Reflection: The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God it begins with Isaiah and John the Baptiser proclaiming a baptism of repentance and the forgiveness of sins it begins with John the Baptiser baptising Jesus and the Spirit immediately driving Jesus into the wilderness to face his demons to face the Satan and all the temptat

An Epiphany

This Sunday is the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple – another place he is “revealed”, also called Candlemas. This is the traditional day candles to be used in the church for the next year were blessed. These candles were thought by some to have healing powers and lit the way of the dying beyond this life. By them we are helped to see beyond things as they are. Today is also the 4 th Sunday of the Epiphany - the season we remember the magi going to greet Jesus and he is “revealed” to the Gentiles. Originally Epiphany had the broader meaning of a moment of great revelation or realization – and another moment was included - the baptism of Jesus. In the gospel reading for this Sunday in Epiphany we hear the first action of Jesus after choosing his disciples. Jesus is revealed as having authority to liberate people from all that binds them/us. Mark gives permission for those listening to stop assuming that things must stay as they are. New possibilities emerge – and