Sermons for January 2021

January 2021 Messages and Scriptures

We have five Sundays in January 2021, and we are going to stick with the lectionary and not preach a January/Epiphany series this year. Then we only have two Sundays in February before we begin Lent (Candlemas on February 7 and Transfiguration Sunday on February 14). Lent will be a preaching series, Rending the Heart and Claiming the Promise. The series is anchored in Joel 2:1-2; 12-17. More on that later.

 January 3, 2021

Communion Sunday

January 6 is Epiphany, so we will celebrate Epiphany today

Wesley Covenant Prayer

2nd Sunday after Christmas

Message: “Where is the Child?”

Scriptures: Matthew 2:1-12 and John 1: 14-18

Preview: The Wise Men asked, “Where is the Child born king of the Jews? Christmas is over. All the gifts are unwrapped. A few have been returned. And we might look around, and wonder, “Where is the Child”. The child is where we find grace and truth. Grace upon grace. Worthy of our life and praise.

January 10, 2021

Baptism of the Lord Sunday

Remember our Baptism Sunday

Scripture: Mark 1:4-11; Acts 19:1-7

Message: “An Important Question”

Preview: Paul asked the believers in small church in Ephesus, “Into what then were you baptized?” That is still an important question for the church today. We are called by our Baptism time and again to be the church, in small and large ways.

January 17, 2021

Second Sunday after Epiphany

Communion Sunday

Message: “Stairway to Heaven”

Scriptures: John 1:43-51 and Genesis 28:10-16

Preview: That old Led Zeppelin song, “Stairway to Heaven” is a bit of a jumble, with the lyrics about a lady futilely trying to buy a stairway to heaven. Our scriptures today connect the Old Testament covenant and visual of Jacob’s stairway with the New Testament Good News that Jesus is the connection between heaven and earth. There is no jumble. The true “stairway to heaven” is Jesus.

January 24, 2021

Third Sunday after Epiphany

Message: “The Sign of Jonah”

Scriptures: Jonah 3:1-5,10; Mark 1:14-20 and Luke 11:29-30

Preview: In Melville’s “Moby Dick”, Father Mapple preached the book of Jonah. We will play with this, but the text is quite serious as we consider repentance and obedience. Some say that “Jonah” is not much more than a yarn for children, but we will find that Jesus sure did not think so.

 January 31, 2021

4th Sunday after the Epiphany

Message: “Authority”

Scripture: Mark 1:21-28

Preview: We acknowledge that Jesus has authority, but what does that mean? Authority to forgive sins. Authority over the elements. Authority to heal. Authority to teach and tell us what is right. His is the legitimate authority.