January. The icy cold of last week is gone, at least for now, and we are in what seems more like a normal winter. Christmas decorations may be packed away, or soon to be, and life seems to be returning to normal, whatever normal may be these days. And yet, everything is new. New Year, new date to remember, perhaps new resolutions, or the same resolutions tried in new ways. And each day there is just a bit more sunlight for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.

The readings for this week point us in new directions as well. We read in the first reading of the calling of the young Samuel to be a prophet of the Lord. In the Gospel we hear of Jesus meeting Philip and saying to him “follow me.” So Philip followed him, and invited his friend Nathanael to “come and see” as well. New beginnings. New possibilities. New life.

For Samuel, Philip and Nathanael the decision to say yes, to come and see, to decide to follow, was life changing. The invitations came subtly, but the results were astounding – because each one chose to check it out and make a change.

What may God be inviting us to explore, to come and see, in this new year? How will we respond? New life – new beginnings – endless possibilities in this season of Epiphany…

Let us pray: Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Peace and blessing,

Carol+ 

Personal Note: I will be out on short-term disability through February 14, recuperating from knee replacement surgery. The Rev. Ann Holt, rector emerita of this parish, will be serving as Assisting Priest during the time I am away. Information about what to do in a pastoral