The Vicar’s Sermon “Teasers”

Pastoral Care Provider:  Vicar Jeremiah T. Heydt

Each week a compilation of the upcoming weeks’ readings is completed as a reference and review.  I hope that you find this information helpful in deepening your spiritual understanding and growth.

This Sunday, January 14, 2018, is the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany.  In John’s gospel (John 1:43-51), Jesus’ ministry begins with the call of disciples, who then bring others to Jesus.  Philip’s friend, Nathanael, moves from skepticism to faith when he accepts the invitation to “Come and see”.  Here is part of the message:  The story opens with Jesus coming up to Philip and saying, “Follow me.”  It seems rather abrupt until we read between the lines.

John records that Philip was from Bethsaida, the same hometown as Andrew and Peter.  Since Bethsaida wasn’t a booming metropolis with millions of people, we can assume that Philip knew Andrew and Peter.  It also doesn’t take an imagination to envision Andrew and Peter sharing with Philip what they had seen and heard about Jesus.  When Jesus issued the invitation to Philip to follow him, Philip was primed and ready to go.

One of the first things that Philip does is find his friend, Nathanael and tell him that they have found Jesus, the one who was prophesied in the Old Testament.  Neither the witness of Andrew and Peter or Philip were forced.  They didn’t share because they were told that was what good disciples did.  Their witness was an extension of their lives.  They were excited at what they had discovered and they couldn’t contain their excitement.

Sunday January 14, 2017   –  2nd Sunday after Epiphany

A synopsis of the readings for the coming Sunday, what happened in church last week, any other notable events and a Commemoration of the Church

1 Samuel 3:1-10: At a time when visions are rare and unexpected, the Lord comes to Samuel and calls him to speak the divine word. Though just a boy, Samuel responds to God obediently, as Eli the priest has taught him to respond. This marks the beginning of Samuel’s prophetic ministry.

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18: You have searched me out and known me. (Ps. 139:1)

1 Corinthians 6:12-20: Paul is helping the Corinthians understand that God has claimed the entirety of their lives through the death of Christ. Hence Christian relationships and conduct, including areas of human sexuality, are to reflect the reality that we belong to Christ and that the Holy Spirit lives within us.

John 1:43-51: In John’s gospel, Jesus’ ministry begins with the call of disciples, who then bring others to Jesus. Philip’s friend Nathanael moves from skepticism to faith when he accepts the invitation to “Come and see.”


“Follow Me”

We live in a culture of invitation. Television invites us to join complicated story arcs so that we feel connected to the characters. Commercials invite us to see their product as a new movement and invite us to join it. We are invited to join groups on Facebook and invited into chat rooms and blog responses. The number of social networks is exploding as we are invited into ever expanding ways to connect.

Invitation is an essential part of our walk of faith, but here we frequently see ourselves not as the invited but rather the one who is supposed to be doing the inviting. We can misuse invitation, maybe using the phrase “invite Jesus into your heart,” which often results in the misunderstanding that we are carrying a little bit of Jesus wherever we go. But today’s gospel (John 1:43-51) emphasizes not invitation as our call to others to join the walk of faith but rather Jesus’ invitation to us to follow him. Jesus’ invitation is not that we carry him with us but rather that we follow where he would lead. When Christ invites Philip to “follow me,” may we hear that invitation in our own ears.

 Prayer of the Day

Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, most merciful redeemer, for the countless blessings and benefits you give. May we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day praising you, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


What Happened In Church Last Week

  • Found evidence of the Holy Trinity in the Mark reading
  • God declares Jesus to be the Beloved. His Son.
  • THANKS to the Confirmation Classes being ushers & Greeters !!!!! Good JOB !!!!!!

Coming Up

First communion make up class this Sunday January 14th

Scout Sunday, February 4th

The Church Commemorates

Confession of Peter: Thursday, January 18, 2018

Today the church remembers the apostle Peter’s great acknowledgement of Jesus as “the Christ, the Son of the living God.” This festival serves as a fitting beginning to the week in which we particularly pray that all Christians might be united in faith and witness.

See You In Church This Sunday !!!!!! The Lord Be With You !!!!


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