Thursday Thoughts  

This week no session--I write these notes from Rapid City, where I avoided the storm (mostly) and have a meeting tomorrow, with a different meeting in Aberdeen tomorrow.  My learning so far?  The Dakotas are BIG!

Question:
What is your calling?  What has God equipped you for and challenged you with?  (It's okay to have more than one calling!)

Isaiah 49:1-7
     "The LORD called me before I was born"
     The Second "Servant Song"
     The Servant completes God's work and saves the people. 
     Epiphany is a season of God revealing God's work to us.  In this passage, we are reminded that our work is to be a witness to a world that would rather not see the witness of those who follow God.  Isaiah reminds us to be faithful, for God is with us.

I Corinthians 1:1-9
     "I give thanks to my God always for you..."
     Also one of the sources of my opening sentence each week:  "Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."
     Paul is writing to a church that is arguing over gifts--which are the most important?
     Paul trusts that they will remember their calling to be a holy church.
     He begins the letter with reassurance and love.  Not a bad place to start.

John 1:29-42
     John tells the baptism of Jesus as a memory--it happened yesterday.  We can be a witness to our faith after the fact as well as in the moment.
     "Come and see."  Walk by my side and see lives changed.
     This is probably the method of evangelism we are most comfortable with, but it has a challenge to us:  Are our lives changed? Or are they the same as those of people with no connection to Jesus?
     We are all called to be disciples.  What would others see if they followed us?

Next week's Readings: (no meeting again)
Isaiah 9:1-4
I Corinthians 1:10-18
Matthew 4:12-23

Have a great week!

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