Isaiah 58:1-12; Colossians 3:12-17, 4:2-6 – Jesus began with building relationships. He called disciples as new friends and followers. Family, he called them. His first act of ministry was forming community. Beyond ourselves alone, faith in God gets fulfilled in relation with others. Amid our different personalities and activities, we all need connections in our way.
Baptism of the Lord Sunday; Isaiah 42:1-9; Matthew 3:13-16 – Living faith begins with knowing God in Christ and knowing who we are. The foundation for faithfulness is identity formation. It’s the oldest and most often repeated story we tell.