Monthly Archives: January 2017

Third Sunday After Epiphany — The Rev. Karen C. Barefield

Isaiah 9:1-4                                                  
Matthew 4:12-23

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, our Strength and our Redeemer. Amen.

“When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee.
He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea,
in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali….” (Mt 14:12-13)

Of the four Gospel writers only Matthew includes these geographical details.

Jesus moves his residence from Nazareth to Capernaum to fulfill the prophecy in Isaiah:
“There will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.” (Isaiah 9:1)

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The Holy Name — The Rev. Karen C. Barefield

Numbers 6:22-27                                                        
Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 2:15-21

In the name of the one, holy and living God:
who was, and is, and is to come. Amen.

“The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
the LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.” (Num 6:24-26)

What a delightful way to bring in a new year…with blessing and peace.

While today is New Year’s Day, it is also the day we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Name.

Holy Name…that means Jesus, of course. Continue reading