Today is the second Sunday in Epiphany snuggly in between Christmas and Easter, the birth of Jesus and the death of Jesus, the Incarnation and the Exaltation, Christology and Discipleship. Christology is the words and titles that we give Jesus to say who he is, to say that he is divine and human, and to describe the role he plays. Discipleship is the conversation between Jesus and the people who are learning how to follow Jesus AND the conversation between Jesus’ followers and the people who they share the Good News with.
This morning’s Gospel reading is from John chapter one and within those few verses we learn that Jesus is the son of Joseph of Nazareth, an ordinary, flesh and blood man; the Son of God and King of Israel; a teacher; the fulfillment of the hope of Israel, of both the Law and the Prophets and by implication of the entire Old Testament; the Son of Man as in Daniel; the intercessor between Heaven and Earth reminiscent of the ladder of Jacob upon which the angels descended and ascended and going beyond today’s text, the Lamb of God; the Word of God through whom all was created.
So what words do we use for Jesus? Who is Jesus? What is his nature? What is his role?
How do we learn about Jesus here in this building?
· Words of our worship
· Our stain glass windows
· The crosses: crucifix, stations of the cross
· Baptismal font
· The altar – all are welcome
· The Elements
How do we share the Good News with others?
· Community suppers
· Albion Community Gardens
· Albion Reading Camp
· AIM, Weight Watchers, Lion’s Club
· Keeping beautiful buildings and grounds to the glory of God and to show hospitality
· Advent & Lenten Lunches
· Fund Raisers
· Christmas Bazaar & Cookie Walk
· Reading of Scripture
· Our presence in the community – parades, GED, CBA…
Mother Darlene Kuhn
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