Jesus performed this first miracle in Cana in Galilee. There he revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him. John 2.10 (GNT)
Dear All Saints and St Mary’s
As we progress through the season of Epiphany, we follow the gradual unfolding of the stories that reveal who Jesus is. This Sunday we will be thinking about the wedding in Cana, where Jesus turned water into wine. This is the first miracle that is recorded in the gospel according to John. We are told that this revealed his glory and his disciples believed in him.
But John’s gospel is not a tale of some wonder working hero stepping in to fix everyone’s problems with a wave of his hand. It is only Jesus’ disciples and some of the servants who know where the wine had come from. Jesus’ glory is the glory of a servant, that shines out in his service of others. It is a glory that is most fully revealed in Jesus’ death on the cross.
We will be looking a little more at this in our communion services on Sunday morning at All Saints and St Mary’s. On Sunday evening we will be taking a broader look at the whole season at the Epiphany carol service. This gives the following services for Sunday across the benefice:
We have our usual pattern of midweek services this week, with Celtic Morning Prayer at All Saints on Wednesday and Holy Communion at St Mary’s on Thursday. Next Sunday, we have our usual fourth Sunday pattern with Holy Communion at 8.00 am at All Saints and 10.00 am at St Mary’s. At 10.30 am at All Saints we have Café Church, where we will start looking at some of the colourful characters in the books of Samuel in the Old Testament. This gives the following services for the coming week:
Celtic morning prayer
Holy Communion (said)
As we continue our journey through this season of revelation, may we also reflect that glory, the glory of the servant, who gave up his life for us.
Licensed Lay Minister
Benefice of All Saints and St Mary, Fishponds