Second Sunday after the Epiphany
with resources for Martin Luther
Sermon and Worship Resources
Third Sunday after Epiphany
Martin Luther King Jr Remembrance:
See our tribute page for a time line and resources
Preaching/Teaching Web Resources:
"Love Your Enemy"--One of Martin Luther King's most
Have a Dream" Address--His most famous speech; read it for the first time
or once again.
Word that Moves: The Preaching of Martin Luther King, Jr.,"
article by Richard Lischer in Theology Today, 1989
Prayer of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Everlasting God, you gave us the faith of Christ for a light to our
feet amid the darkness of this world. Grant us grace to fulfill and
mercy when we fail these words of our brother in Christ, Martin Luther
King, which we lift to you in prayer:
"If I can help somebody as I pass along; If I can cheer somebody with a word or song; If I can show somebody heís traveling wrong; then my living will not be in vain. If I can do my duty as a Christian ought; If I can bring salvation to a world once wrought; If I can spread the message as the Master taught; then my living will not be in vain.
Yes, Jesus, I want to be on your right or your left side, not for
any selfish reason. I want to be on your right or your left side, not
in terms of some political kingdom or ambition. But I just want to be
there in love and in justice and in truth and in commitment to others,
so that we can make of this old world a new world." Amen.
video for free:
A Tribute to Dr. King
in pictures and quotes
What Does Jesus See in You?
Come and See,
John 1:43-51. by Rev. Thomas Hall
by Rev. Randy L Quinn
Martin Luther King Day (by DPS):
Giving a Fig
1Sam 3:1-10, Jn 1:43-51
by Rev. Karen Goltz
I think a lot of times we miss out on what
the Bibleís trying to tell us because our context is so different. It
was written so long ago, the Word of God, yes, but also a product of its
culture and environment, neither of which we share. We miss a lot of the
references that would have been so obvious to the first readers and
hearers of the stories. For example, whatís that business about the fig
tree in todayís Gospel lesson, anyway? It seems to play an important
role: itís where Nathanael was sitting before Philip called him, and the
fact that Jesus had seen him there seems to be a huge deal, causing
Nathanael to recognize Jesus as the Son of God and King of Israel.
Huh? I donít get it. So I looked it up. I read one scholar who claims
that fig trees were places of contemplation, where deep thinkers went to
think deep thoughts, and Jesus recognized Nathanael as being a serious
scholar and learned man. Iíve heard another account that mothers in
ancient times sent their children to play under fig trees, and that
Jesusí having seen Nathanael under one was an indication that Nathanael
had been called since his youth. Iíve also read that the fig tree was
representative of Israel as a whole, and that Jesus was being sarcastic
when he called Nathanael an Israelite in whom there is no deceit. Israel
himself, the patriarch Jacob, became patriarch through deceit and
extortion, so an Israelite without deceit is a contradiction in terms.
According to this understanding, Nathanael appreciated Jesusí quick
comeback to his own insult about nothing good coming out of Jesusí
hometown of Nazareth, and that caused their relationship to grow.
Any one of these interpretations can be correct, or none of them, and
whatever we choose to believe about the fig tree will color how we
interpret the call of Nathanael. The original context of that exchange
has been lost to us, and we may never know what was really meant by it.
The reading from first Samuel, while also a product of its culture and
environment, at least begins on a note we can relate to: The word of the
Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.
I think itís safe to say that the word of the Lord is rare in these
days, too, . . .
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