Grace Lutheran Church and School


Sunday Is Coming

Third Sunday After Epiphany, January 24, 2021

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Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, by grace alone you call us and accept us in your service. Strengthen us by your Spirit, and make us worthy of your call, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Scripture readings
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 62:5-12
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1:14-20

"The Full-Time Kingdom"
Mark 1:14-20
If Jesus ever gave any introductory remarks, Mark wasn’t interested in recording them. Today we hear the first words out of Jesus’ mouth. He has no interest in building up to his point, no time for slow-burning oratory. He doesn’t even begin at the beginning, but at the end: “The time is fulfilled.” Now is the fullness. Now is the Kingdom. Now is the time to repent and believe. This announcement is both universal and particular, as we see in the next verses. This now comes to Simon and Andrew, to James and John. Will they follow as part of Jesus’ fishing expedition? Or will they cling to the old nets that bind them? This calls comes to us anew today, now. Caught up in Christ, we follow.


Entrance Hymn LBW 455 "Come, Follow Me," the Savior Spake
Hymn of the Day LBW 494 Jesus Calls Us; O'er the Tumult
Sending hymn LBW 552 In Thee Is Gladness, LBW 552
  LBW     Lutheran Book of Worship

 In our prayers we remember the ELCA Metropolitan Chicago Synod.


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