St. Timothy Lutheran Church-NALC Goose Creek, SC
Living in the Light
January 3 through February 14
 
An ‘epiphany’ is an appearance or a manifestation, when something is revealed to us and shapes our worldview. During the season of Epiphany, we celebrate the revelation of God through His Son, Jesus Christ. We hear God proclaim clearly, in multiple instances, who Jesus is: His dearly loved Son. And we also learn the truth about who we are: children of the same Heavenly Father!
 
However, along with the voice of God, there are other voices of the world trying to tell us that our identity is something entirely different and that we should keep our identity as children of God hidden from our public life. This raises some important questions for us, namely: will we act in ways externally that are inconsistent with what we say we believe internally? Will we be true to who God has called us to be? Because He calls you to live a life that reflects His light and love to the world.
 
Join us on Sundays as we dig deeper into the revelation of who Jesus is and what it means for us to live in His light and love. 


















 

January 3
Jesus Is Still at Work!     
Ephesians 3:1-12; 
Matthew 2:1-12

SUMMARY
The Feast of the Epiphany is far from being a stand-alone and separate celebration from the Nativity of our Lord. It’s really an expansion of the same celebration and, in some ways, a completion of what we celebrate at Christmas. On the Feast of Epiphany, we pause, reflect, and recognize the temptations given to us by the secular world to let our joy fade on December 26th. We are reminded that God’s work of being manifest in the world, in your life and in my life and in the lives of all people, is never over. And we rejoice in knowing that, just as He led the wise men by the light of a star, He now leads you and me by the light of His Holy Word. These men came following a star to see Jesus, bringing with them precious gifts, gold, frankincense and myrrh to offer the infant Jesus. And yet, in these last days, we come to receive the precious gifts that Jesus has come among us to give all people – the forgiveness of our sins, life everlasting, and deep, abiding, unending joy.

January 10
Set Free, How Will You Live?
Romans 6:1-11; 
Mark 1:4-11

SUMMARY
A lot of people see Baptism as a rite of passage, but we know that it’s the beginning of a whole new life. Baptism is not an event, but rather a summons into life-long service in Jesus’ name. When we hear the voices of the world telling us to chill out or go with the flow, we are called to recognize that these are all just ways of telling us to keep our identity as children of God apart from our public life. We can decide to go with the flow, to let things slide this one time, even to hide our faith under a bushel basket – OR we can live into the truth of who God created us to be. And this is the truth: YOU are children of God, and He loves you. You are beloved in His eyes, and He calls you to live a life that reflects His light and love to the world.

January 17
Only God is Able
1 Samuel 3:1-20; 
John 2:1-11

SUMMARY
The wedding in Cana – it’s quite a familiar story to many of us. There, Jesus turns water into wine. It’s also quite an unusual story, so much so that people often question why it’s included in John’s Gospel. What’s it really all about? In short, it’s about Jesus’ message to the people around Him: they needed to rediscover a new way to get into a right relationship with God, to find out where the power to save resided, and to find the One who could make them clean. The text ends this way: “This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed His glory. And His disciples believed in Him.” So, what does this mean for us? Well, if you want to know how to get right with God, read the signs and believe in Jesus. Because He is the only way to make us clean and right with our Heavenly Father!

January 24
How's the Fishing?
Psalm 62; 
Mark 1:14-20

 

SUMMARY
It’s really hard to be a fisherman if you don’t actually get the hook wet. In the same vein, if you consider yourself a Christian but never actually shine your light before others, are you truly living out what Jesus has called you to do? In today’s Gospel text, Jesus promises His disciples that He will teach them to fish for people – NOT give them a theology degree, make them well-spoken, or even make it easy to win people over. They were ordinary people, but they were open to the opportunity before them to follow Jesus and share Him with the world. We, too, have these opportunities to share Christ in our homes, in our workplaces, and in our community. And I believe that when we begin to invest in these opportunities, we find that we are blessed in blessing and taught in teaching. It’s the great irony of fishing with Jesus: it’s more than a calling; it’s also a tremendous blessing!

January 31
What Do You See?
1 Corinthians 8:1-13; 
Mark 1:21-28
SUMMARY
During Christmas, we celebrate that our great God has come to us as one of us. And that is a moment in time that changes our lives and our world forever. It is both miraculous and mysterious: miraculous in that Jesus is fully God and fully human; mysterious in that we have a hard time understanding how that’s possible or even why God would choose to come as one of us. But He does so – knowing our hunger and thirst, pain and tears, joy and sadness – without sin. He comes to save us from sin, death, and the devil because we cannot do so alone. And He comes to be with us always, no matter what we face or how dark the time has been. This is the message of Christmas – Immanuel: God has chosen to dwell with us.

 
February 7
Into the Deep
Isaiah 6:1-13;
Luke 5:1-11


 
SUMMARY
This morning in Luke’s Gospel, we find Jesus preaching to a crowd of people alongside the lake of Gennesaret. We aren’t told what He preached on, but we are informed of what Jesus said to Peter just after the sermon was over: “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” This was probably not at all what Peter was hoping to hear. He was tired; all the fishermen had been out fishing and hadn’t caught a thing. But they do as Jesus says and let down the nets. As soon as the nets hit the water, all the fish in the sea jump into them. But Peter realizes that this whole exchange with Jesus hasn’t been a lesson in how to catch fish at all. Instead, it’s been a lesson that, if Jesus can see into the deep blue sea and summon the fish to the surface, then He may also be able to look into the deep black sea of our lives and see some of those things that are swimming around down under the surface, too - things we thought were too deep for anyone to see, let alone summon to the surface. The lesson for us is that, sometimes, Jesus has to take us into the deep waters, so that we may confess our hidden sins – just like Isaiah and Peter did – and receive His word of forgiveness.

 
February 14
Listen!
Exodus 34:29-35; 
Mark 9:2-9
SUMMARY
Listening is key to our Gospel lesson from Mark, chapter 9. Jesus has taken Peter, James, and John with Him up a high mountain, off by themselves. And we are told that Jesus is transformed before the disciples and “and his clothes became dazzling white, far whiter than any earthly bleach could ever make them”. Then, alongside Jesus, there appears Elijah and Moses, and before long, a great cloud overshadows the disciples. From the cloud comes a voice that says, “This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to Him.” In other words, don’t just let what He says flow in one ear and out the other, but really take to heart what He says! He speaks a message of unconditional love; a message of forgiveness and the lengths God will go to just to be with His creation. He speaks a message of Passion – Passion, of course, referring to the suffering He will endure on behalf of the world. So…will we listen? And will we live out what He calls us to do?


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