5th Sunday after the Epiphany Sermon
February 4, 2024, 12:00 AM

In worship we are began with the reminder that we are not bound to separation from God (through sin) but have received liberty to do amazing things for God. A theme today is the reminder that God brings, or gives, hope which lasts through all time. The Psalmist reminds us that we are compelled to sing God’s praises and tell the world, in word and deed, what God has done for us. Paul’s letter shares that we have a responsibility to share the message of hope and relationship with others. He reminds us that this is not optional by way of our confession of faith. The gospel lesson reminds us that we can do amazing things in God’s name, but we must always be sharing with others the message of hope and salvation. God’s message is not something we can hold only for ourselves. We must share it. The sermon was based on the Hebrew Scripture reading from Isaiah. The writer paints a picture of bleak life and oppression. But they also tell the world that our experience is human things don’t last but God’s promises do. In the promises made and fulfilled by God we have real life and hope that will sustain us.


Readings: Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11, 21c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39
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