This Week

Pastor Jim's Weekly Message

Our Gospel this week shows us how Christ called his first disciples. He simply called out to them and told them to follow him. He never really told them what that meant, what they would be doing, what dangers they would face. He simply told them, "Follow me" and he promised them they would see amazing things. And they followed him.

Jesus continues to do this today. He calls out our names and tells us to follow him. When he does this, he doesn't tell us what to expect, he doesn't tell us what he is going to have us do, he doesn't tell us how following him will change our lives. But, he promises us that we will see amazing things. Later on in the Gospel, he tells us that following him would not be easy, that our relationships with friends, colleagues and family members may become strained because of our faith.

It's certainly not easy to stand up against injustice, to stand up against racism, to stand up against oppression, to stand up against evil. We have never been trained on how to heal hurt, how to bring hope, how to provide light in the darkness. But somehow, we are doing all of these things through Christ. The job may seem to be overwhelming, but again, Christ never told us it would be easy. But, he called our name and we decided to follow him.

Let us focus on healing the hurt in our communities, in binding up the division in our society and bringing the light and love of Christ to our neighbors. Bringing peace to our nation starts with us.

God Bless you and keep you in his loving care. Stay safe! Stay healthy! If we can do anything for you, please call the office.

Pastor Jim

This Week’s Gospel: John 1:43-51

In John’s gospel, Jesus’ ministry begins with the call of disciples, who then bring others to Jesus. Philip’s friend Nathanael moves from skepticism to faith when he accepts the invitation to “Come and see.”

43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” 46Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” 48Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” 51And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

This Week at St. Mark's

Sunday, Jan 17 - Virtual & Parking lot service 10:45 AM with Dave Kline, Cub Scouts 5:45 PM, NA 7 PM

Monday, Jan 18 - Martin Luther King Day - BB&B Klub @ Uncle Jack’s 7 PM

Wednesday, Jan 20 - Bible Study Zoom Meeting 11 AM, AA & Al-Anon 7:30 PM

Thursday, Jan 21 - BB&B Meal for Safe Berks 3 PM

Friday, Jan 22 - Girl Scouts 5:30 PM

Sunday, Jan 24 - Virtual & Parking lot service 10:45 AM with Threefold Blessing, Cub Scouts 5:45 PM, NA 7 PM

OFFICE IS CLOSED ON FRIDAY’S