On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. . . . When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” . . . Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” . . . When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
sermons4kids: “Because the servants did what Jesus told them to do, a good thing happened. Jesus wants good things to happen in our life too. If we do what Jesus tells us to do, good things will happen to us too.”
Collect: Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Reflection: The Holy Spirit enlivens each of us with unique gifts that nurture faith and serve the common good. To identify those gifts we can ask ourselves such questions as, When do I feel most alive? What do I love to do? What things, tasks, or actions fill me with a sense of purpose? What am I doing when time seems to stand still? These questions help us discern the Spirit’s movement in our lives. Created in the image of God, each of us is uniquely gifted to reveal divine likeness. When our deep joy is united with meaning and purpose, vocation is birthed. How or where is God calling you?
Sunday School—9 am on Sunday
Ear Worm: “When Christ’s appearing was made known“, from the Red River Hymnal (almost medieval); “Let there be light“, sung by Damon Eliot, from the movie “Let there be light”; “Let there be light“, sung by Lira, from “Lion King”
Of the Marriage at Cana
By Rainer Maria Rilke
Could she do otherwise than be proud
of him who made the simplest beautiful to her?
Was not even the lofty, large-accustomed
night as if beside itself when he appeared? . . .
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~Rainer Maria Rilke
If Jesus could
If Jesus could transform
into wedding wine
spit and dirt
into new sight
into a pathway
into living water
Could Christ transform
the waters of my life
into a shower
Movies/Videos: “Signs” (2002), “two types of people . . . One type sees only luck or coincidence. The other sees a sign or a miracle.”; “Angela’s Ashes” (1999), “I wondered how my brother and I survived”; “Grand Canyon“, (1991), “A universal hunger pervades the world. It is the hunger to get more out of life, to give more back, to be more involved, and to find more meaning.”
image “Marriage Feast”, woodcarving in choir area of Cathedral d’Amiens
So, just how many religions are there? I hope you enjoyed our exploration. Our target for the coming Sunday: Video for “Why do Christians believe Christianity is the best religion?”, Chapter 27. Bring your thoughts! Hope to see you at 9 on Sunday.