January 17, 2021 – 2nd Sunday after Epiphany
WORSHIP & Bible Study
Worship is at 10AM, Lord’s Supper for those present.
This week’s service Bulletin/Worship Link Here
Zoom Info: Meeting ID: 645 848 5288 Passcode: miracles
Bible Study after service or 11:15ish. I’ll keep the zoom line on.
Devotion & Prayer Thought
The Apostle Paul is probably quoting a common saying “All things are lawful for me” in 1 Corinthians 6:12. He quotes it again in 10:23 to start another segment. And it is a tempting reaction. If you have been in a ditch on the legalist side of the road and someone lifts you out of it by proclaiming the grace of Jesus that forgives all sins, you might head immediately to the ditch on the other side of the road. I can do whatever I want. State of grace, oh happy, condition, “sin” as I please and still have remission. The really deep parts of that ditch don’t even call it sin but justify every act as a living out of my gospel freedom. “All things are lawful for me.” And notice that Paul walks gingerly here. He definitely sees the legalist ditch as the more troublesome one. But he is addressing adults, not children.
With young children you simply tell them “no, don’t do that” or say “here, do this”. The law is how we learn. But as we get older those childish legalisms don’t cut it. And they don’t cut it because the parent loves their child. They want them to be able to make good decisions without parental training wheels. In the gospel of Jesus you have been set free from your tutelage under the law. What the Apostle wants his new adults to understand is that things were made for a purpose. You have been released from your sins by the gospel for a purpose. And that purpose is not to fall into the ditch of every distraction that alights on your eyes. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food.” Eating is necessary. Hunger lets us know that we need something. But giving free reign to the body’s hungers is giving oneself into a new slavery. “God will destroy both one and the other.” The body’s hungers are temporal things. And the adult – the spiritual person in Christ – seeks to align temporal things underneath eternal things. “Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you.”
The way, the road, goes between the two ditches. We cannot walk the path by checking off laws. Neither can we follow Christ by confusing temporal desires for eternal ones. We can only walk as we discern where the Spirit wishes to lead us. “We are not our own.” Both those ditches would shout back, “I’m going to do what I want to do. Everything I do is lawful.” The narrow way is realizing that God’s map is better, and he leads us beside still waters. What a child might do because the parents say so, the adult should choose because it is good and right. May we choose to “glorify God in our body” and not return to a slavery to temporal hungers that impoverish the spirit.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF: Jan 18th – Jan 24th
Tues. – Fri. ……….….… 9:00amPreschool
Monday: ……………… 6:30pm Women’s Group Meeting on Zoom
Tuesday………………… 9:00am Rochester Pastor’s Circuit meeting
Wednesday: …………… 9:00amConfirmation
7:30pm Church Council Meeting
Thursday: ……………… 10:00amBible Study
Sunday: …………………. 10:00am Worship
11:00am Bible Study
- Thurs 10am: Ezekiel Chapter 19-20
- Confirmation: Start The Lord’s Supper
- Life Application Fellowship (LAF): January 27th. See you on the Zoom line.
- Sunday Morning: Study will be at 11:15ish, after worship, in the sanctuary and on the zoom line.
- Catechism Moment: How do the daily prayers and table of duties fit into the catechism? Next week.
RHAFT: Collections for RHAFT are ongoing. If you would like to contribute to the Rush-Henrietta Food Pantry, a box is located under the round table in the Narthex for non-perishable items. These could include cereals, canned goods (protein items are always in need), flour, and sugar, cooking oil, hygiene products (i.e. soaps, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste & toothbrushes, feminine products) pet and cleaning products. RHAFT can only accept food items that have not passed the expiration date.
CHRISTMAS ELVES: Thank you to Jerry Gardner, Mindy, Nancy and Dave Goetz for filling in for Santa’s Elves. They made quick work of packing up the decorations and storing them in the steeple room.
WOMEN’S GROUP: Will be meeting on ZOOM on Monday, January 18th at 6:30pm. Please contact Mindy if you are planning to join us and she will e-mail the Zoom invitation to you.
2021 Offering Envelopes have now been tucked in your Narthex mailbox. If you would like them, but are not venturing out, contact the office (585-334-4795).