The First Two Disciples - John 1:35-42
First 2 Disciples

AS we gather, as we begin our week, let us pray… (prayer source)

O Lord, your Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Give us grace to receive your truth in faith and love, and strength to follow on the path you set before us; through Jesus Christ, Amen.

This week brings us to the 2nd Sunday After (Of?) Epiphany.  The RCL readings for Epiphany 2A are here.

I remember many years ago when teaching Sunday School using a Lectionary-based curriculum being amazed at the logistic gymnastics the compilers would go to in their attempts to link all the passages together under one thematic statement.  As a preacher I quickly learned that often this was a fool’s errand and that I needed to choose to focus on one or two passages.  In my experience this is most true during the Ordinary Time seasons–a fact I was reminded of when reading through the passages for this week.

We have Isaiah giving what could be called a job description or mission statement for the Servant.  Of course whether Isaiah meant it for the Messiah is a matter of some debate.

Or we have the first in a series of readings from the first 3 chapters of 1 Corinthians.  And given what else he has to say to the community as the letter progresses Paul is being exceptionally effusive in his thanks and praise here.

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John Identifies Jesus

Then we have the Gospel reading.  Last week we had Matthew’s description of Jesus’ baptism.  This week we have John’s non-account of Jesus’ baptism, followed close behind by the beginning of the discipleship group.  John’s proclamation prompts some to go check out Jesus.  And then in turn Andrew goes to his brother and says “you gotta meet this guy”.  The rest, as they say, is history.

Another option for this week is to do something for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  There are a variety of links about that here.

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9 thoughts on “Tuesday Lectionary Leanings — Come and See Edition

  1. I havent preached for several weeks, so having to create some momentum this week and these passages are….not helping me out much. I was thinking of doing a little series on the psalms, then heard some good stuff today on working preacher podcast about John that was sort of intriguing. But there’s so much to UNPACK in that reading that it feels a little daunting. In addition to week of Xian Unity,(which I’d forgotten about, thanks Gord) it is also MLK weekend here, and it feels like some connection with King’s prophetic words would be called for. All this thinking out loud just helps me see how very far I have to go! will check back in when I have something more orderly.

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  2. OHh right I had completely forgotten about MLK Jr. Day (which is not totally surprising since we don’t recognize it in Canada). I guess that might be influencing some of you in your worship planning

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  3. FWIW, I am going with the John passage. But I am not focussing on John’s proclamation. I aqm looking at Andrew going to Simon and bringing him to Jesus. Like may mainline folks we in the UCCan don’t really “do” evangelism. In fact many UCCan folk (including myself much of the time) are afraid of the E word.

    But I suggest we need to get back in the mindset that part of being a person of faith is being willing to share that faith in some way….

    My early thoughts are here:
    http://ministerialmutterings.blogspot.ca/2014/01/looking-forward-to-january-19-2014-2nd.html

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  4. just checking in and pinning down my disparate thoughts… going to stick with just the gospel passage- so much in there it would be too distracting to add in anything else.
    I’m using each week of Epiphany to focus on the different ways God is revealed through the gospels… the question JEsus asks, “What are you looking for?” is the key thing for me… answered with another question, but leads to that invitation “come and see”… and wow!! So many things revealed in these verses…
    Simon’s new name
    Andrew’s assertion
    what happens to us when we “come and see”?

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  5. Oooh, Julie, thank you so much for your comment…it helped me to stumble upon a rumbling that was moving around in my brain of a possible rhythm of “When you think you’re looking for…” Jesus says, “Come and see…” and contrasting what we THINK we want (worldly things, for lack of a more articulate way to describe it at the moment) versus what God knows we really want (and need) — those things of the Spirit, holy, deep things. Still a definite blob in my brain, but it’s better than where I was before I stopped by this page, which was NOWHERE!

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  6. I postponed Baptism of the Lord until this week because new members are joining and being baptized (14 new members! Not that many being baptized….)
    So I am using John and Isaiah and talking about how Jesus baptism and ours lead to our discipleship. Isaiah is all about “you were called to serve” kind of language. So it will, hopefully, morph “come and see” into “come and see how you can serve”.

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  7. I am thinking that following Christ is something you must EXPERIENCE. You can’t become a Christian by reading about being a Christian. You must come and see for yourself. We must not only know Christ with our heads, me must know him with our hearts. Then the epiphany will come.

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  8. E- for Epiphany – showing forth- manifesting- making real- light bulb moments
    E for Experience- it is only after Andrew has experienced, spent time in the company of Jesus – that he is enabled to …..
    Evangelise – share that experience with his brother
    these 3 hold together – and form a dynamic of invitation from God for each of us – to spend time with him- get to know him better- allow the light to dawn- and then in turn to share that experience with others and invite them to share in the experience too.

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