Welcome to your online worship from St. Mark’s for Sunday, January 14, 2024.
In today’s message, I am inviting us to open our hearts to the invitation to “come and see”, recognizing that God’s awareness of us and care for us remains unwavering, even in moments of doubt.
Today’s Opening Sentence
We have found the Messiah: Jesus Christ, who brings us truth and grace. – See John 1
Today’s Reading – John 1:43-51
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”1
Your Online Message and Prayers
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Reflection questions for the week:
- In moments of doubt or uncertainty, how can you remind yourself of God’s unwavering knowledge and awareness of your thoughts, struggles, and paths?
- Consider a recent situation where doubt or skepticism crept into your thoughts. How can the assurance of being known and seen by God shape your responses and attitudes in the face of doubt?
- Think about your interactions with others today. How can you embody the transformative message of the Good News in your thoughts, words, or actions to bring about positive change?
- As you go about your daily activities, be attentive to subtle moments that may reveal God’s knowing and seeing. How might recognizing these whispers influence your perspective and actions throughout the day?
This week music is again provided by Ryan Van Dijk, our Music Director. Thank you to Ryan for his ministry of music!
A continued reminder that if you are at all uncomfortable being in-person for worship, or if you are not feeling well, please join us here online.
Thank you again for joining with your parish family in our online worship today.
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God Bless you and have a blessed week. Be well!
The Rev’d Canon Rob Park
- Scripture quotation is from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.