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Isaiah 60: 1-6, Matthew 2: 1-12
Baptism of the Lord Sunday
“Where to Start”
Psalm 29, Luke 3: 15-17, 21-23
2nd Sunday after Epiphany
“The First Miracle”
Isaiah 62: 1-5, John 2: 1-11
3rd Sunday after Epiphany
Psalm 19, Luke 4: 14-21
4th Sunday after Epiphany
Jeremiah 1: 4-10, Luke 4: 21-39
Sunday Worship—RUMC -11 am
CPUMC – 9:30 am
During the season of Lent our study groups will be reading “A Spirituality of Living” by Henri J. M. Nouwen. In his book he shares a story about a little river. The little river said, “I can become a big river.” and it worked hard. But there was a big rock in the way. The river said, “I am going to get around this rock.” and the little river worked and pushed. The little river had a lot of strength, and it got around the rock.
Soon the little river faced a big wall, and the river kept pushing until eventually the river made a canyon and carved it’s way through. The little river was growing bigger. And soon there was an enormous forest. The river said, “I’ll go ahead and force through these trees.” and the little river did.
The river was now powerful, and stood on the edge of an enormous desert with the sun beating down on it. The river said, “I am going to go through this desert.” But the hot sand soon began to soak up the whole river. The river said, “Oh, no. I’m going to do it. I’m going to get myself through this desert.” But the river soon had drained into the sand until it was only a small mud pool.
Then the river heard a voice from above; “Just surrender. Let me lift you up. Let me take over.” The river said, “Here I am.”
And the sun lifted up the river and made the river into a cloud. And the cloud rained down and made the fields far away become fruitful and rich.
Sometimes we are inspired when we push through and are successful in the tasks we undertake, and sometimes we just need to let God lift us up when, no matter how hard we push, we just do not seem to be able to get through the parched land. We need to know when to push through, and when we need to let go and surrender to God’s guidance.
God will help us be fruitful. And after all, isn’t that the real goal of the Realm of God, to be fruitful rather than successful. God will take us to places we never even dreamed could be possible, and God will help us be fruitful in new ways.
It is my prayer that the congregations of Rockwood and Cherry Park United Methodist Churches will live into this story of the Little River this year. We are learning how to let go and let God, in ways we never thought possible. And as we let go, God will help us produce new fruit.