Healings just feel like a weird thing to explore right now.
Many of us are refreshing our browsers wondering when we can get in line to get the vaccine. Or we are eagerly seeking out that first dose for a loved one. We are not amazed, but we are asking each other, “What is this?” We just want to be clear on what this is. I don’t know that we can answer that — at least not yet. I’m not even sure I want to go there.
Epiphany is about the revelation. It’s about what you learn about God and so I wonder at this moment what we think we know about God. That’s what inspired these prayers.
Call to Worship Inspired by Psalm 111 It begins here. It begins with love. Love is in the beginning of all wisdom. It is the work of God's hands. It is what gathers us here across wires and signals to praise and give thanks. It is love that delights us It is love that changes us. It is love that we practice in our worship today. It begins here in the wisdom we seek. Let us worship.
I really want an alleluia but I can’t find one on YouTube that actually leads me to worship. And yes, I have heard your laments about a song by that name that is not a hymn. The secular canon of hymns is small, friends, but we need music and it is why we offer these refrains to each other. They remind us of something. Art speaks when our words do not. So, here’s a song that might draw upon the blessing that we are not God but we need God’s goodness. That is the epiphany.
Prayer of Confession Inspired by 1 Corinthians 8:1-3 O God, we have puffed ourselves up. We confess that we have thought more than once that we had all of the necessary knowledge, but we are still learning the ways of your love, O God. We see in the mirror dimly. We know only in part what wonder your love can offer to this world and to our lives. O God, forgive us for believing in ourselves more than you. Amen.
That’s all I’ve got for you this week, dear pastors. I am praying for you. I am praying for you, as always.