The Second Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday, January 17, 2021

All the baptized have a calling in God’s world. God calls not just pastors and deacons but also the youngest child, like Samuel. The story of the calling of Nathanael plays with the idea of place. Nathanael initially dismisses Jesus because he comes from Nazareth. But where we come from isn’t important; it’s where—or rather whom—we come to. Jesus refers to Jacob, who had a vision in a place he called “the house of God, and . . . the gate of heaven” (Gen. 28:17). Jesus says he himself is the place where Nathanael will meet God.

Readings for this week:

1 Samuel 3:1-10 [11-20]
At a time when visitors are rare and unexpected, the Lord comes to Samuel and calls him to speak the divine word. Though just a boy, Samuel responds to God obediently, as Eli the priest has taught him to respond. This marks the beginning of Samuel's prophetic ministry.

1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Paul helps the Corinthians understand that God has claimed the entirety of their lives through the death of Christ. Hence Christian relationships and conduct, including areas of human sexuality, are to reflect the reality that we belong to Christ and that the Holy Spirit lives within us.

John 1:43-51

In John's gospel, Jesus' ministry begins with the call of disciples, who then bring others to Jesus. Philip's friend Nathanael moves from skepticism to faith when he accepts the invitation to "Come and see."

The service will premiere 10:00am on Facebook Sunday morning (watch on facebook.com/ctkbozeman), and available via Facebook, the YouTube channel and here on this website.

If you missed last week's service it can be found on Facebook.com/ctkbozeman or the CtK YouTube channel.

In our prayers this week:

  • This nation, for justice, peace, and wisdom;
  • Individuals who are ill, injured, or in special need, and those who have requested prayers: Bob, Lori, Maxine, Pam, Jasper, Myrna, Fred, Sherrie, Rich, Sam, Priscilla, Grace, Bruce, Tom, Mae, John, Rosanne, Brooke, Butch, Bill, Duncan, Luke;
  • All those affected by the corona virus around the world - those who are ill and healthcare workers caring for the infected;
  • Students, faculty and staff beginning the spring semester at Montana State University and other places of learning;
  • Pastors, pastoral leaders, LPAs and congregation and ministry leaders across the synod as they find ways to serve their communities and congregations;
  • Victims of violence, racism, and oppression;
  • Families and individuals seeking asylum, all refugees, and children separated from their parents;
  • Our bishops, the Rev. Dr. Laurie Jungling and the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton;
  • These ministries of the Montana Synod and the ELCA: American Lutheran, Harlowton; First American Lutheran, Hardin.

Financial Stewardship

You can give online to CtK, or send a check to the church (4383 Durston Road, Bozeman, MT 59718). You can also give by TEXT. Enter the amount you wish to give and text it to 406-510-0929. Follow the registration instructions. You will receive a verification text as well as a receipt via email.

You can also give by clicking on the green GIVE button on the Home page of this website.

Questions? Contact the church office (406-577-2382) for more information about giving electronically.

Thank you for your generosity!

Pastor's Letter

January 6, 2021

Dear Friends,

Blessed Epiphany. 

I couldn't send the email I'd planned to today, having been made aware of the events unfolding in Washington, DC, without adding something. A friend shared this prayer. Please join me in praying.

God, have mercy.
Right now.
Show your presence in the places of fear and distress.
Show your presence in the seats of power and the halls of the people.
Reveal your love in the hearts of those who are waiting for news.

The forces that oppose your will are real and strong,

But we reject them.
We renounce their lies.
We damn their hateful claims.
We will not rest in undoing their legacies of death and destruction.

Healing this is not impossible for you.
Peace is not impossible for you.
Justice and righteousness in our world is not impossible for you.

On this Epiphany day, show yourself to us in clear ways.
Bring the healing we need.
Grant wisdom and strength to those who work for peace.
Inspire us to listen for and embrace truth.
Illuminate our dim understandings and enlighten us with your revelation.

God, we need help.
We need it now.
You are in control.
Pour out your love, let it reign
And grant us the courage and the will to live in accordance with it.

Receive our prayer, O God, and in your mercy- answer us. Amen

Yours in Christ,

+ Pastor Lindean

worship (during normal times)

We gather for worship Sunday mornings at 10:00am. Child care is offered at all worship services. Please come as you are and join us! We use a variety of liturgical and blended forms for worship, and we are a congregation who loves to sing old hymns, contemporary praise songs and music from our Christian brothers and sisters around the world. We celebrate the Lord's Supper (Holy Communion) at each Sunday morning service, and all are welcome to the table. The pastors offer a children's message at each service. Their sermons connect the Bible with life today.

During Advent (the four weeks before Christmas) and Lent (the 6 weeks before Easter) we gather for worship on Wednesday evenings (6:30pm), usually preceded by a simple supper of soup and bread (6:00pm). 

Contact the church office for more information.