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Epiphany 3B RCL January 22, 2012 Annual Meeting

 Jonah 3: 1-5, 10
Psalm 62: 6-14
1 Corinthians 7: 29-31
Mark 1: 14-20

Today we have Annual Meeting, so this sermon will be short in order to allow time for our deliberations.

Jonah is one of my favorite characters in the Bible. God calls him to preach repentance to the people of Ninevah. Jonah tries to run away from this call and ends up in the belly of a huge fish.  God saves Jonah, and he finally arrives in Ninevah, and, today, we see him walking across the city and calling the people to repent. Sure enough, the people respond.  A fast is declared, the people put on sackcloth and turn from their evil ways. Jonah’s ministry is a huge success. God has mercy on the great city of Ninevah.

Paul calls the Corinthians to live as though Christ were coming very soon. That’s a good thought for all of us.

In our gospel from Mark, four great apostles are called—Peter, Andrew, James and John.  Jesus says, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” And they do follow. And they touch many hearts and change many lives.

That call of Jesus is just as real today as it was two thousand years ago, He has called us, and we have said, “Yes, Lord, I will follow you.” Each day, we ask him what he wants us to do, and each day, with his grace to help us, we try to do his will and spread his love. Just as Peter and Andrew, James and John fished for people, so do we. It may not be as dramatic as helping to feed thousands at one sitting or healing people left and right. But we are carrying out his ministry.

Each and every one of you listens to folks who are hurting and extends God’s compassion and help. Each of you helps neighbors who need a hand. Each of you reaches out to folks who just need some time to talk and be heard and figure out what is the next good step to take. Each of you does things that gladden the hearts of those around you.  If I were to take the time to describe in detail the ministries that you carry out on a daily basis, this would turn into a long sermon.

Even getting together once a year and having our Annual Meeting is an important part of our ministry together. We look at where we have been and what we have accomplished with God’s help, and think about and pray about what God is calling us to do next.

 I am thankful to be able to be here with you as we gather to ask God to lead us and guide us and nourish us so that we can go out into the world and spread God’s love. Thank you for being such faithful ministers and followers of Christ.

Give us grace,  O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the good news of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 

                                                                                    Amen

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