This Sunday

Welcome Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 

10 a.m. -  Chapel of the Resurrection


Rev. Charlene M. Rachuy Cox, university pastor, preaching and presiding

All are welcome to worship Sunday morning at the Chapel of the Resurrection! This one hour service will include special music by a student-faculty choir and the Chapel praise band, as well as Holy Communion. Come early for pre-service praise music and a light breakfast. 


It is a new academic year at Valparaiso University, but in the calendar of the Church, August 24is the festival of St. Bartholomew. In John’s Gospel, Bartholomew, also known as Nathanael, is told about Jesus by his friend Phillip. When Bartholomew skeptically wonders if Jesus really can be who Phillip says that he is, Phillip responds with a simple invitation: “come and see.”This same invitation is extended by God to each one of us over and over again. Is Jesus really who people claim him to be? Come and see. Is Jesus really present where God’s people are gathered in his name? Come and see. Will I really encounter the risen Christ in water, bread and wine? Come and see. Do I really matter to God? Come and see.


Prayer of the Day:

Calling and Inviting God, You are with us in every transition and change. As your servant Bartholomew was invited to “come and see,” beckon us ever into your gracious presence to receive your mercy and be sent forth in grace. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

GOSPEL John 1:43–51
Only in John's gospel do we hear of the disciple Nathanael. It has generally been assumed that he is the Bartholomew mentioned in the other gospels. Skeptical that anything good can come from a small, insignificant town, this dubious observer is transformed by Jesus' welcome and becomes a faithful follower.

43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth." 46Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." 47When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, "Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!" 48Nathanael asked him, "Where did you get to know me?" Jesus answered, "I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you." 49Nathanael replied, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" 50Jesus answered, "Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these." 51And he said to him, "Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."

Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



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