Jesus had to break through the icy calm which followed after John’s voice and messages went mute. The Holy Spirit had to navigate through Jesus to bring his knowledge and wisdom forth. Then the Holy One of God broke Jesus’ silence and He sides with humanity against every force that would bring death and disease.
In Capernaum Jesus entered the synagogue and taught the people with authority, unlike the scribes. His teachings are interrupted by a man with an unclean spirit who asks if Jesus has come to destroy them. Jesus rebukes the man and implores the spirit to come from the man. The people in the synagogue are amazed that Jesus even has command over the unclean spirits who obey him. When news of the happening spreads throughout the surrounding region of Galilee, all forces recognize Jesus and what his power means for them. However, this is only the first battle and this war with the evil in the world continues, even today.
The Holy Scriptures, read by Rita Jordan, were taken from Deuteronomy, Psalm 111, 1 Corinthians, and the Gospel of Mark 1: 21-28.
Prayers were given for abundant rain for drought areas, care for the weak in strength, for vulnerable youth, the frail elderly, the homeless and all the sick, whether in nursing facilities or shut-ins, and for all who serve in the military to protect the innocent of this world.
The Synod Consultation Committee spoke through interviews with the congregation on January 30 and 31. The Synod Consultation Committee report of their finding will be announced to the congregation by Bishop Ray Tiemann on Monday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. The pastor explained the event simply as his annual check up of his ministry for Karnes City St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
The quilters will meet Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. to tack coverings for Lutheran World Relief.