The Gospel of Luke, building on the visions and dreams which the prophet Joel promised, invites us to return to wonder and amazement at what God has done, and is doing in our world.

Sunday, January 1
10:00 a.m.
Simeon and Anna                  
Luke 2:21-38                

Simeon and Anna react in wonder and amazement to seeing the boy Jesus, his Messiah. 

Sunday, January 8
8:15 and 10:30 a.m.
Jesus’ Baptism
Luke 3:1-22

God speaks from heaven, announcing Jesus as the beloved Son, calling us to know our Messiah.
The crowds, the tax collectors, and the soldiers react to John’s preaching in wonder, all asking, “What should we do?”

Sunday, January 15
8:15 and 10:30 a.m.
Sermon at Nazareth
Luke 4:14-30

The crowds at Nazareth react to Jesus not with wonder, but with rage. Jesus claims the promises of Isaiah 61:1, and declares these promises fulfilled, and kept.

Sunday, January 22
8:15 and 10:30 a.m.
Fish for People
Luke 5:1-11 

What do Peter’s wondering eyes see, in the miraculous catch of fish? Peter reacts by declaring himself unworthy to see Jesus. If we are like Peter, unable to see the wonderful creature that God has made in us, will be we ever be able to view others that way? and to see them as “fish” worthy of Christ’ catching?

Sunday, January 29
8:15 and 10:30 a.m.
Healing on the Sabbath
Luke 6:1-16

Jesus shows that the Sabbath is a day of healing, and newness of life as he heals and calls the disciples. Do we wonder at what we will see on the Sabbath, in worship? When we worship our God, our Messiah, what do we expect to happen to/for us?

Sunday, February 5
8:15 and 10:30 a.m.
Raising the Widow’s Son
Luke 7:1-17  

The raising of the widow of Nain’s son causes the crowd to praise God, literally to “glorify” God. They say, “God has looked favorably on his people!” This language hearkens back to the Magnificat; here the people are taking up Mary’s song as their own.
How do we do this today? How has God, how does God look favorably upon us?

Sunday, February 12    
8:15 and 10:30 a.m.    
Are You the One?                  
Luke 7:18-35

In answer to the question of whether or not Jesus is the promised Messiah, Jesus turns again to the prophetic promises that define the Messiah:
The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, and the dead are raised (cf. Isa 35:5-6).
We, too, are called to “tell what we have seen and heard.”   What do we have to tell, of the Christ’s work in our lives?

Sunday, February 19
8:15 and 10:30 a.m.
Forgiven at Jesus’ Feet
Luke 7:36-50   

Of all that Jesus does—healing, preaching, teaching, miracles—the most “offensive,” and perhaps the hardest to accept, is that Jesus forgives, pronounces us forgiven.
The Pharisee and his guests ask, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”
This is both our question, and our proclamation: “Who is this, who forgives even our sins?”

Sunday, February 26
8:15 and 10:30 a.m.
Transfiguration
Luke 9:28-45  

In this story Jesus is shown for who he is—the Son of God, God’s Chosen—and he then shows what that means—that we will betray him because of it.
While the people are amazed by what the Christ was doing, they could not truly perceive him for who he was. Do we?