This Sunday we hear the story of Jesus’ calling of Philip and Nathaniel, from the first chapter of John’s gospel. We are reminded that the God of the bible is a God who calls: the Old Testament is full of calling stories, such as the call of Abraham, the call of Moses, and the call of Samuel, which we hear as our Old Testament reading. We ourselves are challenged to accept God’s call on our lives. But this gospel passage also reveals to us – and this is the thing that really strikes Nathaniel – that Jesus in some way shares in the divine omniscience. Jesus knows that Nathaniel was sitting under a fig tree before Philip called him; here we catch a glimpse of Jesus’ divinity, and are reminded of the searching knowledge of God. As the psalmist puts it: O Lord, you have searched me out and known me; you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
8am Holy Communion (BCP) (St Mary’s)
9.30am Sung Eucharist and Junior Church (St Mary’s)
11.15am Sung Holy Communion (BCP) with hymns (St Nicholas, Remenham)
2.30pm What’s the point of being a Christian? (Chantry House)
4pm Evening Prayer (BCP, said)