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    2nd Sunday after Epiphany
with resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Remembrance

Texts & Discussions:

Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm 36:5-10
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
John 2:1-11


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 he’s 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.



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Sermon Excerpt:

Risky Symbols and Small Miracles
based on John 2:1-11; Isaiah 62:1-5
Rev. Karen A. Goltz

            Today’s gospel lesson is commonly recognized as the first of Jesus’ public miracles.  It was by this miracle that people sat up and took notice, and it was with this miracle that Jesus really began his ministry.  Personally, my initial reaction to this is, what a waste of a miracle.

            I mean, really!  So the guests drank all the available wine at a wedding.  Big deal.  Would it have killed them to switch to water?  If they were going through the wine so quickly maybe they should have switched to a non-alcoholic beverage!  Was it so important that the guests be able to keep imbibing?  If Jesus is going to perform his first public miracle, shouldn’t it be to provide food for starving people, or healing for someone terminally ill?  Why waste such a momentous event on something so mundane and unimportant?

            But that’s the thing about symbols.  They’re risky.  Any symbol you want to use, you can find someone for whom that symbol is offensive, and the message is lost.  This text also has a wedding, which is often understood as a symbol of celebration, commitment, devotion, and love.  Tell that to anyone who’s been through a messy divorce, and see how much joy they get out of the wedding imagery.  The kingdom of heaven is like a wedding banquet?  I remember doing the seating chart at my wedding banquet, and I remember having to make sure that this person was seated nowhere near this person, or else world war three would break out.  And I had to do that with multiple people, and I only had a few tables to work with.  I hope the kingdom of heaven’s not going to be like that! . . .

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