January 24, 2021 – 3nd 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
It might be a bit of a theological cliché at this point, but what the Apostle Paul says in this week’s Epistle lesson is one half of two things that must be held in tension in the Christian life. The other half of that tension is Jesus saying “I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. (Jn. 17:15 ESV)” Or back to Paul, “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people, not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. (1 Cor. 5:9-10 ESV)” Which is it? This world is passing away, so live now as if it wasn’t real, or the equivalent of pray for the peace of the world, because you are going to be here a while? It is both, in tension.
The Christian must come to understand both themselves and this world that they live in. The context of the Epistle reading is to the unmarried and widowed. I don’t think we understand well at all the world of not long ago. Mother’s died in childbirth regularly. The biblical span of 70-80 years was for those blessed with robust good health. If you’ve had your appendix out, not long ago that would have been a death sentence. In 1924 the President’s son died from a blister from playing tennis on the White House lawn. Getting remarried was a common thing, not because of divorce, but because of death. But what Paul is saying is that the Christian should be cognizant of their attachment to this world. The world, marriage, can be a very good thing. God created it after all. The world can also blind us to the greater reality that our time here is like the grass of the field. We start tearing down our barns and building bigger ones, and that very night our soul is required.
The collect assigned for Oct 16-22th (depending upon the date of Easter) sticks in my mind. “O God, the protector of all who trust in you, have mercy on us that with you as our ruler and guide we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not the things eternal.” This world is passing away, including ourselves. Teach us so to number our days that we might apply our hearts unto wisdom. That the temporal joys and sorrows – and they are joys and sorrows even if temporal – do not crowd out the eternal things.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF: Jan 25th – Jan 31st
Mon. – Fri. ……….….… 9:00amPreschool
Wednesday: …………… 9:00amConfirmation
Thursday: ……………… 10:00amBible Study
Sunday: …………………. 10:00am Worship
11:00am Bible Study
- Thurs 10am: Ezekiel Chapter 19-20
- Confirmation: Lord’s Supper 2
- 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?
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.
SPRING DRIVE-THRU BEEF on WECK … save the date … Saturday, April 24th.