Sermon by The Rev. Brett P. Backus
“See God. Respond to God.”
Sunday, January 14, 2018
“Do you feel like you know how to pray? Do you feel like you know how to enter into a conversation with God, not just bringing your requests and anxieties and worries, but how to actually listen as well? Do you know how to sense and discern God’s presence and will in your lives? If your honest answer to this question is no, (which I have had many tell me over the years) then I do not want you to worry. Because to feel as though you do not know how now is certainly not to say that you are somehow stuck in the days of Samuel. That God’s lamp has somehow gone out, that visions are not widespread and that the word of God is rare these days. It is certainly not to say that, in a way, like Samuel, the voice of God hasn’t found you yet, for indeed it Lives within you. In a way, if your answer is no, this simply means that the greater Church and leadership, all of us, have not been doing our job very well.” From The Rev. Brett P. Backus’ sermon on Sunday, January 14, 2018.
The Gospel: John 1:43-51
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 Son of Man.”