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For that is what I came out to do

By The Rev. David Lui

Lectionary Readings

Jesus said, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.”

Jesus did a wonderful thing in the house of Simon’s mother-in-law. And the news must have spread like wildfire throughout the town. For by evening, all the neighboring folks were coming to him for healing, especially those who were possessed by demons. Eventually, the whole city was gathered around the door. And they all got cured.

The next morning, Jesus disappeared, and the disciples searched for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you!” Jesus told them, “Let’s get out of here and go to the neighboring towns and continue preaching the Gospel. That’s why I started all this. That’s why we’re here.”

And this is the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus the Christ: that the Son Of God came to us and died for us, so that we could return to God’s realm, to his protection and his peace. We were all lost and condemned. But having accepted the Gospel, we are saved from Hell and welcomed into Heaven. And that is Good News indeed!

Every Christian is commissioned by Jesus to proclaim his Good News. We are asked to follow his example by spreading the message wherever we go, for the rest of our lives. And it’s not just the clergy who are asked to do this; lay people are called to share the Good News as well. After all, salvation is not limited to the clergy, or to monks and nuns, but is available to regular folk just like you!

20150208_104734Today, we will sit down together after the service to conduct our annual meeting. Not too long ago, our senior warden said that he hoped to introduce better business management procedures to the church, so that the parish might eventually be more financially successful. And indeed, we will be more successful!

St. Paul seems to have known that we were going to have our annual meeting today, for in today’s reading from his First Letter to the Corinthians, he reminds us that we, like him, are obliged to continue proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ to everyone without exception. And he shares with us a something about his tactics and his attitude.


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Feb 2: Annual Meeting and Presentation of Jesus at the Temple

Come join us at our single, combined service at 9 a.m.; the annual meeting will follow the service. We will also be celebrating the feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple.

The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, which falls on 2 February, celebrates an early episode in the life of Jesus. In the Eastern Orthodox Church and some Eastern Catholic Churches, it is one of the twelve Great Feasts, and is sometimes called Hypapante (Ὑπαπαντή, lit., ‘Meeting’ in Greek). Other traditional names include Candlemas, the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin, and the Meeting of the Lord. In the Church of England, the Presentation of Christ in the Temple is a Principal Feast celebrated either on 2 February or on the Sunday between 28 January and 3 February.  — Wikipedia

The choir will be singing an anthem based on the Nunc Dimittis. Please come and join us.

Almighty and everliving God, we humbly pray that, as your only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple, so we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts by Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. — http://satucket.com/lectionary/Purification.htm

From Wikipedia

Artist Holbein d. Ä., Hans
Deutsch: Dominikaneraltar, linker Innenflügel, untere Tafel: Darbietung des Christusknaben im Tempel
Presentation of Jesus at the temple

Presentation of Jesus at the temple

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