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The Great Invitation: Follow Me

At the end of the story of the calling of the first disciples in Matthew’s gospel, we follow Jesus with his disciples into the places of greatest need and opportunity and offering teaching, good news, and healing love. View the After-Epiphany Series Planning overview »

    References:

  • Isaiah 9:1-4
  • Psalm 27:1, 4-9
  • 1 Corinthians 1:10-18
  • Matthew 4:12-23

The Great Invitation: #Blessed

We’ve seen Jesus in action. Now we settle in for the first of four weeks to hear him teach his first disciples with a large crowd in the background. Today he sets us straight about who and what God’s kingdom is blessing in the world. View the After-Epiphany Series Planning overview »

    References:

  • Micah 6:1-8
  • Psalm 15
  • 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
  • Matthew 5:1-12

The Great Invitation: Salt and Light and Righteousness Abounding

In light of who and what God is blessing and how different that is from what the world and sometimes even the church seems to bless, how do we then live? As salty, light-shining people whose righteousness abounds! View the After-Epiphany Series Planning overview »

    References:

  • Isaiah 58:1-12
  • Psalm 112: 1-10 (UMH 833)
  • 1 Corinthians 2:1-12
  • Matthew 5:13-20

The Great Invitation: This, Not That

Jesus continues to offer concrete examples of what life in God’s kingdom does, and doesn’t, look like. View the After-Epiphany Series Planning overview »

    References:

  • Deuteronomy 30:15-20
  • Psalm 119:1-8 (UMH 840-841)
  • 1 Corinthians 3:1-9
  • Matthew 5:21-37

The Great Invitation: And Now Your Reward

Blessings are a gift of God in God’s kingdom. Rewards are the result of living more fully into the ways of God’s kingdom, or as we might say, “growing in holiness of heart and life.” Jesus reminds us of ways we can stay on or stray from the trail God’s kingdom blazes for us in this life. View the After-Epiphany Series Planning overview »

    References:

  • Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
  • Psalm 119:33:40 (UMH 841-842)
  • 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23
  • Matthew 5:38-48

The Great Invitation: Shine!

Today we exult in the vision of God’s exaltation of Jesus and in anticipation of our own transfiguration now and in the age to come. That hope, that vision, drives us not to stay where we are on the mountaintop, but to get into the valley of sin and suffering and be a healing and formative presence for all who seek God’s salvation with us in the weeks of Lent that lie ahead. View the After-Epiphany Series Planning overview »

    References:

  • Exodus 24:12-18
  • Psalm 99 (UMH 819)
  • 2 Peter 1:16-21
  • Matthew 17:1-9