January 21, 2018: Come and See; Come and Be

Posted on : Jan 18th, 2018 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

This week’s message is from Rev Dave Sigmund, a friend of our congregation and the newly-appointed Ambassador for the UCC’s 3 Great Loves initiative.  Prior to that appointment, he was the Pastor of the Seaside Community UCC in Long Beach.

Early on in each of Gospels we find the stories of Jesus calling his first disciples with the simple words “Follow me.” That is certainly the case in our scripture passage this week in the Gospel of John chapter 1 verses 48-52. In this story we hear how Jesus calls a person named Phillip with those same simple words. Immediately after responding to Jesus’s call to follow, Phillip turns and finds a friend telling them all about this Jesus and invites them to, “come and see” what he is all about.

What does it mean to take seriously the call to follow? What exactly are we inviting people to come and see anyhow? In our day and age, what does it mean to follow Jesus in the here and now? Come and hear the Good News of God’s love and how we are called to live out that love in our lives today.

Blessings,

Dave

~ This Sunday’s Scripture ~

John 1: 43-51

(from the New Revised Standard Version of the bible)

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”  Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Child of God.

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