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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Worship Times: 8:30 & 10:45
Christian Education for Children, Youth & Adults: 9:30am

Rev. Mark HarmonScripture: John 2:1-11

This Sunday’s passage is the story of a miraculous event that even many non-church-goers are familiar with. It’s the story of the wedding feast in Cana where Jesus turned water into wine and not just any wine, but great wine. Now, as appealing as that might be, what are we supposed to do with this story and the other miracle stories we find in the New Testament? For some, the answer is clear: “If the Bible says it happened, it happened just the way that it’s written – end of discussion.” Others try to find rational explanations for what only seem to be miraculous events. According to Dr. Mike Graves, both extremes are missing the point of these stories.

Our mission, should we choose to accept it, is not to blindly accept these miracles as fact or to wrestle with rationalizations of them. Our mission is to figure out what the gospel writers wanted us to learn through these stories. Perhaps this is why the writer of John’s gospel chose the word “signs” to describe the miraculous acts of Jesus. Like signs we encounter on a daily basis, could these miraculous acts of Jesus – these signs – point to fuller and richer revelation of Jesus’ character and mission?

In this story, the miraculous transformation of water into wine is commonly understood to be a sign that points to his divinity. Yet, the exchange with his mother points to Jesus’ humanity. Like some of the exchanges I had with my mother growing up, Mary pretended not to hear Jesus’ objections to helping out and Jesus ultimately went along with her plan. Karoline Lewis wonders if this part of the story provides a reminder that, whenever Jesus reveals his divinity, he is also revealing something of his humanity. If this is the case, maybe this story of water being transformed into wine has something that we need to know about ourselves and what it means to be Jesus’ disciple in the world today.

I hope to see you Sunday as we look deeper into this story.

In peace,

Rev. Mark Harmon, Associate Pastor of Caring Ministries

Also this Sunday:
• Education Hour: 9:30 am in Friends Hall info on the ADULT Education page.

Upcoming Events:.
• Blood Drive - Jan. 21: 3:30-6:30 Friends Hall; sign up HERE or in the Hearth Room on Sunday.
• IHN Training- Jan. 24: Information on the MISSION page.
• Intergenerational Book Club - Jan. 27:
Noon in the Youth Room. Open to All! more info on the YOUTH page.
• Wise Women- Jan. 14:
7:00 pm in Friends Hall, more info on the WOMEN's page

On-Going Events:
• Grief Group - meets the first Sunday of the month, led by Jody Gyulay, 11:45am, Room 102
• Mission & Outreach Opportunities:
check the MISSION & OUTREACH page for more information.
• SAGE (Saint Andrew Group for Ecology): Opportunities & events on the SAGE Page.
• Bible Study: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, Friends Hall, 7:00-8:30 pm

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