From the Desktop of the Pastor – Week of the 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany

Hi everyone,

So a buddy of mine just came back from abroad, and he came bearing gifts. He did ask if our kids would want any toys, to which I said, “probably not, but I probably would”. And the guy actually got me some.

Anyway, I was showing our kids the gifts that I got, and they were most intrigued with two very realistic model cars that lit up and played sounds (like engine noises and stuff). While I showed one of the kids what the car can do, the others heard the noises, recognised them as electronic, and came to see what the hubbub was about.

They heard something that piqued their interest and they went to see what it was all about. I think they were pretty disappointed when they saw it was just a car and that it was for me. But I guess it is ok, as I’m sure they’re at home right now annoying each other with playing the sounds over and over and over and over and over and I probably should just take out the batteries.

Here are the readings for next week:
Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 40:1-11

1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John 1:29-42

“Come and see.” This is Jesus’ response to John’s followers who wanted to see what the Messiah hubbub was about.
“Come and see.” This was Jesus’ invitation to them and to us to learn about this new way of life.
“Come and see.” This is Jesus’ way of revealing who he is and in turn who we are.

Jesus as Messiah, as Saviour, as our brother, beckons us to come and see the majesty of God’s mercy, the glory of God’s grace, and the lavishness of God’s love. Jesus opens the door for us to come and see all that God is and all that God does. Jesus stretches out his hand and welcomes us to come and see who he is, and thus who we are.

Who we are as God’s beloved children, redeemed and saved, created and reformed to be God’s people with Christ abiding in us. This is news that gives us hope, reminds us of just how much we are loved, and brings us into peace.

So whatever you find yourself in, whatever situation or whatever location, know that you are loved by God and so many others, and that the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus is revealed in and throughout our community and beyond!

Thanks be to God! Have a great week, everyone!

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