January Sermon Notes


Epiphany Series: The Gifts That Keep on Giving

After Christmas we use, put away or store gifts (maybe for re-gifting later). Gift-giving can be complicated by culture, ethnicity, family and society. It can lead to confusion or even conflict. With the commercial “gift-giving season” behind us we focus on God’s unexpected gifts that we enjoy look after Christmas is put away, gifts that reveal themselves in new ways over time. What are these gifts that are extended to humanity and are ours to receive if we are bold and loving enough to accept them?


Jan 5           Twelfth Day of Christmas; New Year’s Sunday; Epiphany Sunday

                  Celebration of Holy Communion

As we begin the New Year we focus on the revealing of Jesus as the Christ Child

                  Matthew 2: 1-12; John 1: 1-18

                  “Who is Jesus? The Gift of Unexpected Gifts”


Jan 12         Baptism of Our Lord Sunday

                  Isaiah 42: 1-9; Matthew 3: 13-17

                  “The Gift of Committed Community”


Jan 19         Human Relations Day

                  We remember our call to justice for all people

                  Isaiah 49: 1-7; John 1: 29-42

                  “The Gift of Curiosity”


Jan 26         Psalm 27: 1, 4-9; Matthew 4: 12-23

                  “The Gift of Bold Action”


Feb 2          Ground Hog’s Day; Super Bowl Sunday

                  I Corinthians 1: 18-31; Matthew 5: 1-12

                  “The Gift of Poetic Challenge”


Feb 9          Scouting Sunday

                  We lift up the ministry of Cub Scouts and Scouts of America

Isaiah 58: 1-9a; Matthew 5: 13-16

                  “The Gift of Public Witness”


Feb 16         Psalm 119: 1-18; Matthew 5: 21-37

                  “The Gift of Outrageous Grace”


Feb 23        Transfiguration Sunday

We recall the Transfiguration of Christ on the mountain before we begin the journey of Lent toward the Cross

Exodus 24: 12-18; Matthew 17: 1-9

“The Gift of Unpredictable Jesus”


Feb 26        Ash Wednesday

                  We are marked with the sign of the ashes and recall our mortality &                      sinfulness


Mar 1          First Sunday in Lent