Given us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and all the whole world may perceive the gory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Isaiah 9:1-4 . . . a hymn of thanksgiving and hope offered at the birth of a new king in Jerusalem
Psalm 27: 1, 4-9. . . a search for the face of God
1 Corinthians 1:10-18 . . . Paul is disturbed by news of factions in the young Corinthian church
Matthew 4:12-23 . . . a summary of the early ministry of Jesus: his preaching, the calling of disciples, and his acts of healing.
Amy Starr Redwine is the brilliant new pastor of Richmond’s First Presbyterian Church. Her sermon for this Sunday is based on the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. It’s called “Unlikely People, Unlikely Places.”