Pr. Kari Lipke gives the message on this 3rd Sunday after Epiphany, with readings from Isaiah 9: 1-4 and Matthew 4: 12-13, 17-23.
"Perhaps the main thing I have learned about baptismal vocation in all that time, is the same wisdom that Matthew imparts to us this morning in the gospel text: that there is more than a linguistic connection between the words vocation and provocation. That our vocation as Christians, in fact, is to be provocative. We are called as Christians to call out - to challenge injustice, brutality, systems of oppression wherever we find them, in whatever age we live, in whatever disguise we have donned."