Showing posts from January, 2021

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God - a poetic response for Candlemas, written ages ago

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 temptations to see the world as all others see it to assume that what is hoped for is to be hoped for to weaken and accept the shouts calling for a Messiah the one who would end exile the one announcing forgiveness of sins of the people of Israel sins that led to exile sins the meant the exile continued even as they returned to their land The one who declares the return of the shekinah – the glory of God to the midst of the people to the heart of the temple God returning the pagan idolaters expelled and even destroyed the temple rebuilt and the line of David the true king restored the golden aged returned Joh

God on the Loose

This sermon can be listened to here   Gate Pa – Year B   4 th Sunday of Epiphany 2021 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 Epiphany, Candlemas, and Mark offer as we begin a new year What I want to happen: Wonder what blows our mind as we listen to these stories? ð    In light of that o    what are the possibilities as we start this new year? o    what boundaries might we cross? o    how might we join the work of liberation?   The Sermon       1.      Introduction: Since Sunday nearest Epiphany – January 6 th -          January 3 -          Remembered coming of Magi to visit Mary, Joseph and Jesus been in the season of Epiphany second half Christmas (two combined make 40 days) finishes on February 2nd, remember presentation of Jesus