“An Extravagant Epiphany” – The Second Sunday After the Epiphany [1/20/19]

Today’s Passage:  John 2:1-11

Opening Prayer:  Sometimes we may say, “it is not my problem”.  However, if we see a need and have the means to address it but we do not, then whose problem is it really?  We may also have heard it said “we are all in this together” or “it takes a village.”  How does this impact us?  We, as followers of Jesus Christ, are part of God’s plan.  Is our life modeled after Christ or do we model it after things of this world?  Father God, we are who we are because of Your abundant mercy and grace.  May we learn to share our abundance, whatever that may be, with those in need that you would have us reach.  Help us to see, that while we live in this world, our desired motivation, thoughts, words, and actions are to come from you, through the work of the Holy Spirit.  May we be sensitive to His promptings and follow His lead.  May we heed Your call, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Opening Song: Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) LIVE – Hillsong UNITED – of Dirt and Grace –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9GcyHpptMk

Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: Wedding at Cana – “An Extravagant Epiphany” by Rev. Carla Pratt Keyes, Pastor of Ginter Park Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia.
Rev. Carla Pratt Keyes preaches this week’s Gospel lesson from John 2:1-11: the story of Jesus turning water into wine. “It is such a strange sign,” she begins. “It seems almost frivolous given all the need in the world, then and today.” Why does John tell this story here, at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry? How does this story set the stage for everything else that will follow? Click the play button for a sermon full of extravagance, certainty, gladness, and community, as shared by a master preacher.

 or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ccl6mbjBUg

Closing Song: Grateful | Live | Elevation Worship
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh2goMABFPc

 Closing Prayer: Father God, forgive us for continuing to look around for signs that you exist.  Are we oblivious or are we just in some kind of self-centered denial?  There are signs all around us – in Your amazing creation and in the lives of Your people!  They reveal to us Your power, creativity, and love.  Help us to see Your miracles more clearly, rather than dismiss them as coincidence, chance, or something produced at the hand of a person.  May we sense Your awesome presence in our everyday lives.  May we express our gratitude by choosing to more closely follow Your son, Jesus.  Amen.

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The River Run Church is affiliated with the International Church of the Nazarene. We are located in the North Central Mission Area of the Maine District.
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