Epiphany, Friday, January 6, 2023

Friday, January 6, 2023 Epiphany

Reader:  “Jesus Christ  . . . ”

Response: “the Light of the world.”

Scripture: John 2:1-12

The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”

“Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions.

When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”

This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

After the wedding he went to Capernaum for a few days with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples.

Some thoughts:

We began the advent season with the theme of the Second Coming and Jesus’ Return to institute a New Creation making all things new. Epiphany is the shedding of new light or revealing of something previously unseen or unknown. There are three themes that emerge in Epiphany, the visit of the magi, the baptism of Jesus, and Jesus’ changing of water to wine. This first of seven miracles in John’s gospel, inaugurates his public ministry and begins to reveal his identity as the Son of God. 

A little geographical background may be helpful. Cana, the site of the wedding, was three to four miles northeast of Nazareth and about ten miles southwest of Capernum, the home of Simon Peter, on the edge of the Sea of Galilee. There are all kinds of specific things we could say about this passage, but one phrase stands out, a phrase that Jesus often repeats in this gospel. The phrase? “My time has not yet come.” Jesus was always tuned to the timing of his Father in heaven. Not even his mother could coerce him to change his Father’s schedule.

The result of this miracle? His recently called disciples believed him, but apparently not his brothers at this point. It was only after the resurrection that they recognized him as the Messiah. But nothing ever deterred Jesus. He never got pushed off the course of his mission. What other people perceived as urgent matters, did not cause Jesus to change his priorities. (E.g. Lazarus) Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus showed us how to live. In the coming year, may there be an abundance of epiphanies as you walk with the Lord.

I wish you Godspeed.

Music: “Songs of Thankfulness and Praise”  St.Paul Lutheran Church, Austin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOwiBa4EVdI  (This hymn touches on all three themes of Epiphany.)

Songs of thankfulness and praise,

Jesus, Lord, to Thee we raise,

Manifested by the star

To the sages from afar,

Branch of royal David’s stem,

In Thy birth at Bethlehem.

Anthems be to Thee addressed

God in man made manifest.

Manifest at Jordan’s stream,

Prophet, Priest, and King supreme,

And at Cana, Wedding-guest,

In Thy Godhead manifest;

Manifest in power divine,

Changing water into wine.

Anthems be to Thee addressed

God in man made manifest.

Grant us grace to see Thee, Lord,

Present in Thy holy Word;

Grace to imitate Thee now

And be pure as pure art Thou

That we might become like Thee

At Thy great Epiphany

And may praise Thee, ever blest,

God in man made manifest.

                     by Christopher Wordsworth, 1807-1885


Go forth into the world in peace;

Be of good courage, hold fast that which is good,

Render to no one evil for evil.

Strengthen the fainthearted,

Support the weak,

Help the afflicted,

Honor all persons.

Love and serve the Lord,

Rejoicing in the power of the Spirit,

And the blessing of God the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit

Be upon you and remain with you always. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer, 1928


Thank you all for joining us these past forty-one days as we’ve journeyed throughout the Scriptures seeking to know our Savior better and better. It’s our prayer that we develop a daily life practice of encountering the Lord in his Word each day as we learn to draw close to him and hear his voice. Paul gives us a beautiful model in his letter to the 

Philippians. (2:5-11) The Lord be with you.

You must have the same attitude

that Christ Jesus had.

Though he was God,

      he did not think of equality with God

      as something to cling to.

 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;

      he took the humble position of a slave

      and was born as a human being.

 When he appeared in human form,

      he humbled himself in obedience to God

      and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor

      and gave him the name above all other names,

 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

      in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

         and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,

      to the glory of God the Father.

© Daniel Sharp 2022             Dan’s email at:    dansharp9@gmail.com

Advent Music 2022 

Nov. 27 “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”   Voces8

Nov. 28 “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” Joshua Aaron

Nov.29 “Rejoice Greatly” from Messiah   Jeanine De Bique BBC Proms glorious!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHQpeGzio4k

Nov. 30 “The King Shall Come” Cathedral of the Good Shepherd

Dec. 1 “Is Not His Word Like A Fire?” Will Liverman from Elijah

Dec.2 “Long Ago, Prophets Knew” Chet Valley Churches

Dec.3 “Change My Heart O God” African Music Experience An oldie from 40 years ago

Dec.4 “Once in Royal David’s City” Libera   DO NOT MISS THIS

Dec.5 “Come Thou Long-expected Jesus” Meredith Andrews

Dec.6 “Wake, Awake for Night is Flying” Luther College Nordic Choir

Dec.7  “Song of Zechariah: Benedictus Dominus Deus  Choirs of All Saints Church, Beverly Hills, CA.   (7:25) The text of Lk. 1:68-79 plus Glory Be to the Father

Bonus:“Benedictus Dominus Deus” Christmas Carol Service at St Matthew’s, Bethnal Green, London     (3:07)   setting with English text.

Dec.8 “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” Caitelen

Dec.9 “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry” Chet Valley Churches

Dec.10 “O Come, All Ye Faithful”   Voctave     Go see and hear them whenever you can!

Dec.11 from “Messiah”, #2,3,4,9,20 and Brahms Requiem #2.

#2 “Comfort Ye” v.1-3     #2 & #3 together    (6:30) 

#3 “Every Valley Shall Be Exalted” v.4  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Pz9BCMFoP8 

#4 “And the Glory of the Lord”  v.5  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRq9EkDTdxs  Voces 8    (2:54)  Glorious!

#9 “O Thou that Tellest Good Tidings of Zion”  v.9  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIqDNTnOCks   (5:46)   Sasha & Mormon Tabernacle Choir

#20 “He Shall Feed His Flock” v. 20  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-bAXm-A3Ls&list=RDl-bAXm-A3Ls&start_radio=1  (6:16)   Barbara Bonney

Brahms #2 “Behold All Flesh is As the Grass” v.6-8   Herbert Von Karajan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2jc13Q1wX4   (15:18) English Subtitles


Dec.12 “Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light” Westminster Choir

Dec. 13 “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” The ChurchFolk

Dec.14  “What Child Is This”   Sissel

Dec. 15 “Joy to the World” The Spirituals Choir

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGyYAzrctzk   traditional  Soundiva Classical Choir

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDmIddF7DfQ Celtic Women  (A production!)

Dec. 16  “Lo, How A Rose” Pacific Chorale

Dec. 17 “O Little Town of Bethlehem” arr. Dan Forrest   Jamaica Youth Chorale

Dec. 18 “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” Wheaton College Choir and Symphony Orchestra

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmtKlOB-0-I   Spirituals Choir

Dec. 19 “For Ages Women Hoped and Prayed” Wheaton Bible Church   

     “Angels We Have Heard on High” Home Free    (Could not leave this out!)

Dec. 20 “The Hands that First Held Mary’s Child” Arman Ferrer with Kilyawan Consortium of Voices  

Dec. 21 “Magnificat” J S Bach    Nikolaus Harnoncourt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YML7uc9sdl8    3:15 for the first movement, you can listen to more!

Dec. 22 “Behold the Lamb of God” from Messiah.  Gramophone Chorus of Ghana    

Dec.23  “O Magnum Mysterium”   Morton Lauridsen  Los Angeles Master Chorale

Dec. 24 “And the Glory” from Messiah       Voces8    (The best version I’ve heard!)

       “O Holy Night”

Fabulous Bonus: “O Holy Night”    Voctave! (Two of the best a cappella groups, classical & pop)

Dec. 25 Messiah” Handel   Voces8    

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFjQ77ol2DI&t=2035s     1:35:19 

Bonus: “The Shepherd”  from “The Chosen”  Short film.


Dec.26 “Good King Wenceslas” A story of a paige and the king’s generosity on the Feast of St. Stephen

Dec. 27 “Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning” Keith, Kristyn Getty & Ricky Scaggs

Dec. 28 “Coventry Carol” Ashley Serena         Choices today!

             “Coventry Carol” Vox One Jazz

              “Coventry Carol” Gjeilo      CORO Vocal Artists

Dec. 29 “Kings of the Orient”  Robert Shaw Chorale

Dec. 30 “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”  Slavic Chorale

           “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7670CXvPX0    Casting Crowns (original version)

Dec.31 “Joy to the World” Voctave   Don’t miss this!!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nziWgvOPj4

Jan. 1  “At the Name of Jesus”  First Plymouth Church Lincoln, NE

Jan. 2 “I Wonder as I Wander” Simon Khorolskiy    Terrific!

Jan. 3 “Nunc Dimittis” Gretchaninoff   National Lutheran Choir (English translation)

             “Nunc Dimittis” Paul Smith    Voces8   The text in Latin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEHufcT3jmw  Robert Shaw Festival Singers

        “Nyne Otpushchayeshi” The text in Russian from Rachmaninoff’s “Vespers”

Jan. 4  “Go Tell It on the Mountain”   Home Free and Texas Hill

             “Go Tell It on the Mountain”     Josh Turner

    “Go Tell It on the Mountain” Melvin Crispell III & Chandler Moore,  Maverick City Music      

Jan. 5  “Good Christian Men Rejoice”   Robert Shaw Chamber Singers

Jan.6  “Songs of Thankfulness and Praise”  St.Paul Lutheran Church, Austin

Advent Scriptures 2022

2 Samuel 7:25-26   12/4/22

Psalm 27:1-6       12/5/22

Psalm 27:7-14     12/6/22

Isaiah 9:2-7              12/24/22

Isaiah 35:5-6        12/13/22

Isaiah 40:1-11     12/11/22

Jeremiah 1:4-10      12/2/22

Ezekiel 36:24-28      12/3/22

Hosea 6:1-6     12/1/22

Micah 4:1-5     11/28/22

Micah 4: 6-13   11/29/22

Habakkuk 2:1-5 12/8/22

Habakkuk 3:2-6   12/9/22

Habakkuk 3:13-19   12/10/22

Malachi 3:16-4:6    12/14/22

Matthew 1:18-25    12/23/22

Matthew 2:1-2, 7-12   12/27/22

Matthew 2:16-18     12/28/22

Luke 1:5-17       12/7/22

Luke 1:26-38          12/19/22

Luke 1:46-55           12/21/22

Luke 2:1-5               12/24/22

Luke 2:1-20             12/25/22

Luke 2:21                 1/1/23

Luke 2: 22-28a         (1/2/23)

Luke 2:28-32             1/3/23

Luke 2:33-35              1/4/23

Luke 2:36-38              1/5/23

Luke 7:18-23           12/13/22

Luke 21:25-36 11/27/22

John 1:1-14            12/23/22

John 2:1-12              1/6/23

John 1:6-8, 19-28   12/12/22

Acts 6:8-15              12/26/22

Acts 7:59-60             12/26/22

Philippians 2:6-8       12/31/22

Hebrews 1:1-3        12/15/22

2 Peter 3:1-18   11/30/22Revelation 22:12-16   12/4/22