Grace: It's Our Way of Life

As Episcopal Christians we
Worship at home daily and together weekly;
Study the Scriptures, our tradition, and what it means to be a disciple today;
Serve our families, our parish, and our world in the name of Christ.

Everything we do is done with an ethic of Welcome
because we are only here by Grace.

20 January 2013

Sermon, II Epiphany, Year C, 20 January 2013 -- Being Disciples who make Disciples part 2 Holding onto Eternal Things among Things Temporal

Sermon on the Beatitude: Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Also looking at the story of the Wedding of Cana, where Jesus changes water into wine. This explores a tension for disciples that we are not to get lost in things that are temporal, passing away, but to be aware that this moment is the one in which the Spirit of God is at work. We have to learn to see through the ups and downs of this moment to what God is doing in us and in history.

There is also a statement here about a Christian response to the shootings at Newtown, Connecticut. It is a call to be clear about our response as a people who follow Jesus Christ. Not every response is available for us who claim him as Lord.

This audio clip picks up mid-joke about a minister getting pulled over for drinking. He says that its just a bottle of water, but the officer tastes it and . . .

The Pilgrim, statue of Aedh, son of the chief Orel, died on pilgrimage 606 AD

Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm 36:5-10
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
John 2:1-11

The Collect from Proper 20

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.