The Rev. Peter M. Carey
Sermon 2 Epiphany
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Philadelphia
17 January 2021
The light shone in the darkness and the dark did not overcome it
All are welcomed at the Inn
Visitors coming from far far away, and they were welcome
Not only were they welcome, they were brought in as family
The family of God is beyond tribal notions
The family of God is beyond the place of your birth.
God loves us all
God call us to love our neighbor, to love one another
“Seeking and serving Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves.”
God knows us
God loves us
God calls us
God empowers us
God empowers the saints for ministry
Remember - the body of Christ - all parts of the body are needed
Remember - who was welcomed to the manger
Remember - all sorts of people
Remember - even animals
Remember - the doors thrown open
The family of God is beyond all temporal divisions.
The family of God is wide and broad enough to welcome us all.
God has built a table large enough so that we each have a seat at it.
God has granted us the gift of ownership
God has given us the kingdom
God has given us the power to do ministry
We are called to Discipleship
And are to walk in Gratitude
Sometimes, God calls us in ways that are almost imperceptible
Like Samuel, hearing that small voice
Have we taken the time to listen?
Is our prayer a prayer of speaking along?
Or, have we laid in bed and prayed, listened to the words of God.
God’s vocation to us all.
Like the Magi being pulled out of their comfort zones, we are called into action.
God is still speaking
The Lord calls Samuel
Small voice - nearly unrecognizable
Even Samuel does not recognize it
God calls us all
Still small voice
Spend time in the Church
Pray without ceasing
The present moment, a difficult moment
Do we take the time
Do we open a space
And Jesus also called his disciples
And is calling us!
You will see greater things
Come and see
Come and BELIEVE!