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CENTRAL LUTHERAN CHURCH
512 S. Bernard St Spokane WA
Education Hour at 9:15am
Worship at 10:30am
with Children's Church
Fellowship at 11:45am
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for this Sunday
Sunday, January 22
3rd Sunday after the Epiphany
Jesus begins his public ministry by calling fishers to leave their nets and follow him. In Jesus the kingdom of God has come near. We who have walked in darkness have seen a great light. We see this light most profoundly in the cross—as God suffers with us and all who are oppressed by sickness, sin, or evil. Light dawns for us as we gather around the word, the font, and the holy table. We are then sent to share the good news that others may be “caught” in the net of God’s grace and mercy.
Readings and Psalm
- Isaiah 9:1-4
Light shines for those in darkness
- Psalm 27:1, 4-9
The Lord is my light and my salvation. (Ps. 27:1)
- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Appeal for unity in the gospel
- Matthew 4:12-23
Revelation of Christ as a prophet
A New Way to Follow
Nations wage war, gangs battle each other, families quarrel, communities of faith divide. We hear others say and even hear ourselves saying, “There is no other way.”
In Jesus, the light of Gods kingdom draws near and a new way shines for us to follow.
In today’s gospel, Jesus first withdraws (Matt. 4:12). The word anachoreo (to withdraw) is used ten times in Matthew’s gospel—each time as Jesus’ response to violence or conflict. John the Baptist has been arrested, and tension is beginning to build. The way of God and the way of the world’s rulers are beginning to collide.
In Jesus, a new kingdom has drawn near, a kingdom of nonviolence and non-retaliation. Jesus’ withdrawal is not simply passivity but points to a vision of an alternate way of reigning as king. Jesus rules not with violence, abusive power, or through division but through voluntarily emptying himself of power, identifying with the oppressed and burdened, and healing that which is broken. Into this new reign, Jesus calls the disciples to follow him, a way that appears foolish and weak to those who cannot discern it. To those God calls, it is the wisdom and strength, the light and power of God.
To follow in the way of Jesus places one’s life at risk, for it eventually leads to the cross. To follow, though, implies someone is leading. The way God calls us to follow has already been filled with the loving kindness and mercy of Jesus who has gone before us and who leads us to the foot of the cross. There, in the shadow of the cross, God makes a way for unity in the midst of division, for healing in the midst of brokenness, for peace in the midst of violence, for forgiveness in the midst of betrayal. Around the table, the kingdom of God draws near; Jesus’ broken body announces forgiveness, healing, peace, and unity. Many bodies are nourished and formed into the one body of Christ, called and sent to follow in the way of Jesus, to be broken and shed for the sake of the world.
Childrens’ Church (Sundays during worship as schedules) CC is for kids up to 5th grade and is held in the Sunday School room upstairs. Lessons are based on the lectionary so families can talk about what they learned together each Sunday.Adult Forum (Sundays at 9:15am) As part of our Stewardship Team's emphasis of "Know how much God loves you," we will be starting a study on one of the great parables of Jesus from Luke 15:11-32. Come find out how much God loves YOU! (Study begins Jan. 8th.)
Exploring Faith (Tuesdays at Noon) This study will resume on January 10th will a conversation about what we'd like to tackle next. Give it some thought and come join us!
Men's Group (Second Saturday of the month) Men's Group meets on Saturday, January 14th with breakfast at Frankie Doodles at 8am.
Opportunities at Central -- To view the pamphlet click here Opportunities at Central - January 2017.pdf
Music -- Click on Music Presentations to hear the latest of musical presentations by our music staff. Just scroll down the podcasts to hear the latest musical presentations. Enjoy!!!
Stewards of God’s Gifts
Your Stewardship Committee continues to learn and grow in their understanding of what it means to be a steward of all the God has given us. Stewardship is much, much more than the annual fall commitment financial response. It is about what we choose to do with all that God has given to us each and every day.
We need for all members of Central to join us in this journey.
To try and achieve this we have planned a four quarter stewardship emphasis for 2017.
- The theme for the first quarter will be: Know how much God loves you.
- The theme for the second quarter will be: Grow as God works in your life.
- The theme for the third quarter will be: Rejoice in God’s Presence;
- The fourth quarter theme will be: Understand God’s Purpose.
We and other groups in the congregation will be planning action activities to help us understand and live out these themes in our everyday lives. This is a lifestyle not a once a year activity!
Some ideas percolating for the first quarter are:
1. Educational Opportunities around the Luke 15: 11-32 message of the Prodigal Son;
2. Member Biographies Booklet;
3. Temple Talks and Bible Study from groups which we support such as Mid-City Concerns; 4. Lenten Service Project.
This is a work in progress and we would welcome your ideas and thoughts.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Any articles and/or announcement to be included in the
February newsletter should be submittedto the office by
Monday, January 23rd.