Second Sunday after the Epiphany

January 20, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
311 Blue Grass Trail
Newport, VA
Morris Fleischer
(540) 544-7183

It seems odd that, instead of a healing or some work of compassion, John begins Jesus’ ministry at, of all places, a wedding party.  Against our attempts to reduce Jesus to more manageable proportions, to scale down his good news to our size, John’s Jesus breaks into the scene in majesty and glory.   Join us for a closer look at John 2:1-11 in our message, An Alarming Alchemy.

We will also receive the Human Relations Day offering.  Human Relations Day is one of six church-wide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church.  Human Relations Day calls United Methodists to recognize the right of all God’s children in realizing their potential as human beings in relationship with one another.  The special offering benefits neighborhood ministries through Community Developers, community advocacy through United Methodist Voluntary Services and work with at-risk teens through the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program.

John 2:1-11 (NRSV)

2On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.  2Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.  3When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”  4And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.”  5His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”  6Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.  7Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.  8He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.”  So they took it.  9When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk.  But you have kept the good wine until now.”  11Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

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