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4th Epiphany C 2013

4th Epiphany C 2013

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Prophet Perils

Prophet Perils

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February 3, 20134
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Sunday after the EpiphanyPastor Dena WilliamsDenver, CO Jeremiah 1:4-10Psalm 71:1-6I Corinthians 13:1-3Luke 4:14-30 The Holy Gospel according to the Community of St. Luke inthe 4
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ChapterGlory to you, O LordFirst, from last Sunday’s Gospel: Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned toGalilee,and a report about him spread through all the surroundingcountry.He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised byeveryone.When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up,he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was hiscustom.He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah wasgiven to him.He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it waswritten:‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.He has sent me to proclaim release to the captivesand recovery of sight to the blind,to let the oppressed go free,
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to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant,and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. This Sunday’s Gospel, the 4
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chapter continues: Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture hasbeen fulfilled in your hearing.’All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious wordsthat came from his mouth. They said, ‘Is not this Joseph’s son?’He said to them, ‘Doubtless you will quote to me thisproverb, “Doctor, cure yourself!”And you will say, “Do here also in your home town the thingsthat we have heard you did at Capernaum.” ’And he said, ‘Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in theprophet’s home town.But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the timeof Elijah,when the heaven was shut up for three years and sixmonths, and there was a severe famine over all the land;yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow atZarephath in Sidon. There were also many lepers
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in Israel in the time of theprophet Elisha,and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.’When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled withrage. They got up, drove him out of the town,and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town wasbuilt,so that they might hurl him off the cliff.But he passed through the midst of them and went on hisway. The Gospel of the LordPraise to you, O Christ
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Prophet PerilsWelcome to the Year of Luke!All across this coming year we will hear the stories of Jesusaccording to the writer of the Gospel of Luke.With each of the Gospels come special gifts—Matthew reminds us of God’s call to us to live righteously.His first picture of Jesus’ ministry on this earthis Jesus, the teacher on the mountain top.Mark begins his story of Jesus with healing and exorcism.Luke, the writer of the Gospel of Luke, begins his story inworship.Luke, the storyteller, takes us to worship—to synagogue, to temple, to church.We come together to offer our praise and thanks to God inworship.It is the most important thing we do in our community of faith—we worship.So, Luke, the story teller takes us to worship: Jesus returns to his home town.He goes back to the synagogue where he grew up,the place where he played at his father’s feet during prayers,where he went to Hebrew school,where he and the other boys probably teased the girls in thecourtyard.Why, there are the doors and window frames that he and hisfather, Joseph, made a few years ago.Looks like they’re holding up well. Jesus has been gone from his hometown for awhile. There’s talk that he’s been hanging out with some prettystrange characters, particularly, his cousin John,that wild man who left the village,went crazy and lived in the wilderness like an animal. Then John came back andbegan telling people he had heard a message from God! Jesus has been keeping strange company.He has come back to town,
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