1st Sunday after Epiphany
Delivered By
Br. Randy Greve
Delivered On
January 10, 2021
Subject
Weekly Reflections
Description
Greetings in Christ,
 
Attached please find the liturgy for Morning Prayer for January 10, the First Sunday after the Epiphany/The Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The video reflection will be posted on Facebook, YouTube and the website later today each can be reached from the main website in the top right hand corner of the home page.
 
A letter from the bishops of New York in response to the attack on the Capitol building on January 6:
 
In light of the events in our country this week, it is fortuitous that we remember the baptism of Christ tomorrow.  His incarnation was a full entry into human life and the human experience to save us and give us new life, model for us the coming of the kingdom, and fulfill God's purpose for a justice that would last and a peace that would never end.  He enters the waters of the Jordan not so that they will wash him of his sin, but so that his presence will sanctify the waters of Holy Baptism for every one who receives that cleansing wash.  Jesus understood the truth that we are not to fight one another, but the principalities and powers that harm and violate God's creation and people.  As heaven descends to earth, we see ourselves and each other as the precious creations we really are and treat one another accordingly.  As baptized persons, our common enemy is sin and evil within and around us that seeks to manipulate, divide, and demonize.  Within our political disagreements, we are always and forever brothers and sisters in Christ and our identity is eternal - long after parties, countries, and governments have returned to the dust, Christ will rule and reign over a unified and peaceful creation.  So we strive for justice and peace with humility and courage, advocating for what upholds human flourishing whatever its source and denouncing abuse and injustice whatever its form.  In the cross Christ has conquered sin and death, so we live as joyful participants in his victory, even as we suffer divisions at times while we await the consummation of the kingdom.
 
From the Book of Common Prayer: In Times of Conflict, p. 824
"O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
 
Stay safe,

Br. Randy