ANNOUNCEMENTS: All church events, all in-person gatherings are suspended until further notice. The church office will remain open during this time. Our hours are from 9:00 to noon, Monday through Friday. We will hold meetings and classes online using Zoom meeting software. We will probably do this for worship, as well. Please remember that we need you to continue to make your offerings! We still have to make our mortgage payments. So, if you are not suffering a financial hardship in these times, please remember to send your checks to the church office or make your offering online. Information for online donations can be found on our website.
Prayer of Invocation
Dear God, silence all voices within our minds but your own.
Help us to seek and be able to follow your will.
May our prayers be joined
with those of our sisters and brothers in the faith,
that together we may glorify your name
and enjoy your fellowship forever.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer for Illumination
O Christ, by remaining faithful till death,
you show us the road to greater love.
O Christ, by taking the burden of sin upon yourself,
you reveal to us the way of generosity.
O Christ, by praying for those who crucified you,
you lead us to forgive without counting the cost.
O Christ, by opening paradise to the repentant thief,
you awaken hope in us.
O Christ, come and help our weak faith.
O Christ, create a pure heart in us;
renew and strengthen our spirit.
O Christ, your Word is near;
may it live within us and protect us always. Amen.
Good morning. Did you notice that the word “miracle” doesn’t appear in this story? Not at all. In the Gospel of John, this healing is called a sign. The signs all point to God; the signs demonstrate that Jesus is the Messiah, the embodiment of God’s love for the world. The signs demonstrate the abundance of God’s grace.
These stories from John’s Gospel all have a similar pattern. First, we hear about a problem. For instance, Jesus is at a wedding reception and the hosts have just run out of wine. Then Jesus performs one of the signs, like turning water into wine. And finally, there’s an explanation of the sign—a very long explanation in some cases.
This is one of those cases. It doesn’t take long to describe the healing; the story is mostly about how other people respond to the healing. They don’t respond very well, particularly the Pharisees. They don’t understand what has happened.