St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church had Reverend Virginia Frnka as pastor this Sunday. Neil Nichols served as the Lay Minister. The Readers were Arthur Clark and John Greve.
The First Reading was Isaiah 62:1-5. Isaiah continues telling the Israelites how God plans to vindicate them. They will no longer be forsaken or desolate and will be called, “My Delight Is in Her.” The Lord will delight in them and rejoice over them.
The Second Reading was 1 Corinthians 12:1-11. Paul explains to the people that there are a variety of gifts and talents that are given to them, each person as the spirit sees its need. Though the gifts may vary, they are all important and needed to do the work of God.
Reverend Frnka read the Gospel of John 2:1-11. This relates the story of Jesus’ first time to perform a miracle. He was present at a wedding in Cana of Galilee when the host ran out of wine. Mary, Jesus’ mother, was present and asked him to do something about it. Jesus remarked that it was not yet his time to perform, but he granted her request by turning water into wine. Not all the guests were aware of the miracle. “Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.”
Reverend Frnka told how we are experiencing the Season of Epiphany. This is a time where Jesus shows forth who he really is. His Baptism was first, where God declared Jesus as his Beloved Son. Now we see how he begins to show the power God gives to him by transforming water into wine. This is his first miracle and was done at the encouragement of his mother, Mary. Mary was aware that Jesus would be able to perform miracles and healing. Jesus’ miracles were done with the initiative of God’s will. They were always done to glorify God. He was not trying to prove anything, but instead presented a window through which God is revealed. This miracle told us how the wine was finer than that served at the beginning of the event. This new wine could represent the new kingdom of God, which will be better than our kingdom on earth. Some may believe when they witness a miracle, but may not always see the purpose of it. The steward recognized the excellence of the wine, but did not recognize the source of it.
Signs from God are moments when heaven and earth intersect with each other. The light of heaven comes down to earth. One must allow Jesus in his life and have faith in him. That is making one available and ready for Jesus to use him. Just as Mary brought the need to Jesus and he responded, we must make our needs known to him through our prayers. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.” We must open our hearts to Jesus and let him come in to give us a life of great abundance. We are the instruments of Christ and must be ready to participate when he needs us. Sometimes we want to take credit for a work we have done well, but it is really God working through us. He gives us the ability and talent to perform good works. Our job is to be tuned in to him and be aware when he wants us to do something. Then we must have the faith that he will give us the ability to do it.
The delegates who will attend the Annual Diocesan Council next month in Corpus Christi will have a pre-council meeting this week in Victoria to prepare for the activities. We will also have a Bible Study Wednesday, January 23, at 6:00 p.m. at the parish hall. Reverend Gooch will be the leader as we continue our study of the book of Genesis. Please join us.
Our next Sunday service will be at 9 a.m. with Reverend Robert Johnston as pastor. We continue our prayers for Herb Baker’s healing and for Jeanne Shepherd in her mission in Guatemala. Scan and visit our PIM web site.