Third Sunday of Epiphany

Introduction and Call to Worship

During this Epiphany season of celebration, we rejoice that Jesus unites heaven and earth as the promised Emmanuel – God with us! May our worship sparkle with the Spirit of celebration as we give thanks for all that God has done for us through his son, our Lord.

Today’s Readings

First Reading Genesis 14:17-20

Having proved his military effectiveness in a region controlled by powerful tribal warriors Abram is met by Melchizedek, king and priest of peace. Recognising the moment of powerful mystery, Abram offers worship.

Second Reading Revelation 19:6-10

Through the medium of dream-like vision the Spirit reveals ultimate truth with breath-taking clarity. It is here that God has made peace with us through Jesus and seeks complete union.

Gospel John 2:1-11

Set in historical reality, the wedding at Cana is bursting with strange details. A seemingly “innocent” miracle reveals Jesus as the ultimate joy-bringer, through words laden with a mystery far heavier than those who speak them can imagine.

HOMILY “…you have kept the good wine until now.” (John 2:10)

In Christmases past, Marks and Spencer cleverly re-branded for the festive season with the words, Magic and Sparkle. It was quite effective – and memorable! Some have described our Crib Scene up under the High Altar as having a bit of sparkle, not least with its colour changing star, reminding us of the diversity of creation and God’s creative power, as the Emmanuel child unites earth and heaven, heralding a new relationship. Today’s readings also contain some sparkle. Being a successful military leader, Abram has a certain sparkle about him. In our first reading we find him meeting the inspiring Old Testament priest Melchizedek. Returning from war Abram is offered a meal of peace – no doubt served with wine in celebration. This represented the chance of a new beginning and a new start. Abram accepts this opportunity with gratitude and humility and in thanksgiving to God.