Time After Epiphany

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

In Isaiah the one God who sits above the earth and numbers the stars also strengthens the powerless. So in Jesus’ healing work we see the hand of the creator God, lifting up the sick woman to health and service. Like Simon’s mother-in-law, we are lifted up and healed to serve. Following Jesus, we strengthen the powerless; like Jesus, we seek to renew our own strength in quiet times of prayer.

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

In Deuteronomy God promises to raise up a prophet like Moses, who will speak for God; in Psalm 111 God shows the people the power of God’s works. For the church these are ways of pointing to the unique authority people sensed in Jesus’ actions and words. We encounter that authority in God’s word, around which we gather, the word that prevails over any lesser spirit that would claim power over us, freeing us to follow Jesus.

Third Sunday after Epiphany

As we continue through the time after Epiphany, stories of the call to discipleship show us the implications of our baptismal calling to show Christ to the world. Jesus begins proclaiming the good news and calling people to repentance right after John the Baptist is arrested for preaching in a similar way. Knowing that John was later executed, we see at the very outset the cost of discipleship. Still, the two sets of brothers leave everything they have known and worked for all their lives to follow Jesus and fish for people.

Second Sunday after Epiphany

All the baptized have a calling in God’s world. God calls not just pastors and deacons but also the youngest child, like Samuel. The story of the calling of Nathanael plays with the idea of place. Nathanael initially dismisses Jesus because he comes from Nazareth. But where we come from isn’t important; it’s where—or rather whom—we come to. Jesus refers to Jacob, who had a vision in a place he called “the house of God, and ... the gate of heaven” (Gen. 28:17). Jesus says he himself is the place where Nathanael will meet.

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Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Listen Hannah Norem’s sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany. Year A, Matthew 5:21-37 Hannah Norem, Wake Forest Divinity School...

For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:2)

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Listen to Pastor Paul's sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany.

Presentation of Our Lord

Presentation of Our Lord

Listen to Pastor Paul's sermon for the Presentation of Our Lord.

Third Sunday after Epiphany

Listen to Vicar Emily's sermon for the third Sunday after Epiphany.

Second Sunday after Epiphany

Listen to Pastor Paul's sermon for the Second Sunday after Epiphany.

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

Listen to Pastor Paul's sermon for the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany.

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