This is the second week of our Epiphany sermon series where, despite all the changes we have had to absorb around us, we ground ourselves in our belief that God’s promises never change. God promises us new life, faithfulness, ministry, blessing, guidance, freedom and wonder! If we believe that God promises us these things, maybe we struggle because we don’t see them as readily apparent in our real day to day lives. That is the point of Epiphany Season—to shine a light on what is true and what is real; to help us turn our attention to God in a new way; to build capacity to see God’s presence and God’s work. This week, we focus on God’s promise of faithfulness–notice that the focus is not on OUR faithfulness, but on God’s! Thank God that this journey of being a Christian does not depend on our ability to do it right all the time; it is utterly dependent on God’s love for us, which we emphasized last week in baptism. This is also PCUSA Race Relations Sunday in honor of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. What does his struggle for justice have to do with God’s faithfulness? Let’s think it through together!
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