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Jan

25

Third Sunday After The Epiphany – Christina Smerick

Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62: 5-12; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20
I think the book of Jonah is my favorite book of the Bible, which I admit is kind of weird. I know it pretty well, because the entire book is read during the afternoon service of Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is a High Holy Day for Judaism, the Day of Atonement [...]

Jan

18

Second Sunday After The Epiphany – Elizabeth de la Garza-Ahern

1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20); Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51
Last September, after a long day at a conference in Dallas, TX, 3 of my friends and I took a shuttle to the Grapevine Art Walk. It was a very pleasant evening and the site of the art walk was a quaint street with its boutiques, galleries and restaurants. On the street, numerous vendors showcased [...]

Jan

11

Baptism of the Lord – John Brittingham

Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11
“So this is the new year/And I don’t feel any different.” So sings Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie in the opening lines of their 2004 album Transatlanticism. This is one of my favorite songs, from either my favorite or second favorite album of all time. (All time, of course, being [...]

Jan

04

The Mystery of Faith – Teresa Holden

Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12
What wonderful Scriptures we have today, as we celebrate Epiphany. The word “epiphany” means “sudden realization.” In the story of the Magi who came to visit Jesus, these people had an epiphany in Jesus’ infancy; they had a “sudden realization” [...]