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January 20, 2019


Isaiah 62:1-5
The prophet Isaiah is writing to the people who are faced with rebuilding their lives after the Babylonian exile. Isaiah reminds the people of God’s saving activity in the past and assures them that God will once again provide for the people. Isaiah uses the images of a wedding and of a name change to symbolize God’s renewed covenant with Israel.

1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Paul’s words to the Corinthians are an impassioned plea for unity. Paul reminds the people that all Christians receive gifts from the Holy Spirit, including but not limited to the gifts of wisdom and knowledge, healing and prophesy. Each is to use his or her gift for the common good of the whole community.

John 2:1-11
In the Gospel passage for this week, Jesus performs his first miracle, or “sign,” in the book of John. Jesus is at a wedding in Cana, along with his mother and the disciples. During the celebration, the wine runs out and Jesus’ mother points this out to Jesus. Jesus’ response to his mother is a bit startling as he says to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” Jesus does, however, go on to direct the stewards to fill six stone water jars with water, which miraculously turns into wine. The final verse of the passage says that in doing this, Jesus “revealed his glory” and “his disciples believed in him.”

Sermon Notes
In both the passage from Isaiah and in the Gospel passage from John there are images of weddings and celebrations and new beginnings. How are we to interpret and understand these ideas of celebration and abundance, however, in a world where many struggle just to get by? These are among the big questions we face, and there are no simple answers.

Shalom, Rev. Lisa Bowersock