Lesson John 1:29-42
Message “Where is the Spirit remaining?”
This week we move further into the season of Epiphany and our texts continue to look at revelations of who this Jesus person is in reflection on Jesus’ ministry. The lectionary text comes from the Gospel of John, right after Jesus’ baptism, and highlights Jesus speaking with the early disciples. Historians theorize that John was the last of the gospels to be written and that its audience would have been a group of people who were in the generations to follow. So they were wrestling what it meant for themselves to choose to be disciples. In the text, Jesus asks the disciples what they are looking for, and they respond by asking Jesus where he is staying – the word used in Greek also means “to remain”. Those who heard it must have wondered where Jesus’ spirit remained?
Coming up on Sunday we’re also in the middle of Martin Luther King weekend. It feels like as we get farther away from the civil rights movement, we also wonder whether or not that spirit remains with us, particularly in our current political climate. So we’ll look at this spirit as well, how might we find the spirit of God who was present in Jesus and in the early church, and was present in MLK and in the Civil Rights movement?
Blessings and peace,
Prelude Come Sunday Ellington Camille Hathaway – mezzo
Anthem Precious Lord Dorsey
Meditation Divinum mysterium 13th c. plainsong
Postlude Light of Mine African-Am. spiritual
Students will be learning about Martin Luther King Jr., and that God accepts all people.
Bible verses: John 13:34-35 and 1 Samuel 16:7
Are invited to remain in worship this Sunday.
9 o’Clock Choir
Rehearsal are offered on Sunday mornings from 9:00am to 9:45am. Child care will be provided from 8:45am through the end of worship service. It will be a “drop-in” choir; anyone is welcome to join us on any Sunday. Please join us! – Allen LeVines, Director of Music