This Sunday, January 6, we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord with Holy Communion and begin a four-week Adult Christian Education Series in the Spotlight.
Epiphany is the celebration of God’s manifestation or self-revelation to the world in Jesus Christ. In particular, we celebrate the revelation of God’s promise and purpose to the nations of the world, as the magi came from the East to worship to the Christ child, and God’s covenant of grace is extended to all who believe the good news of Christ Jesus. The symbolism of light is important: not only because of the star that guided the magi, but as it relates to the bright dawning of God’s self-revelation in Christ.
At 11:00 a.m. we will join together in worship with prayer, song, a children’s talk, readings from Isaiah 60-1-6 and Matthew 2:1-12, and the sermon “Look Up.”
“Wise men” arrive in Jerusalem and are sent on a nefarious mission by Herod who is now terrified of this baby Messiah. However, like all who encounter Christ, the path of these wise men will change as they become a part of the community of faith destined to preserve and proclaim the newborn King. They are led to this place by an astronomical event, a star, that becomes a symbol for the call of Christ to look refocus our gaze toward the hope and the promises of God despite the tribulations of a world that constantly seeks to pull our gazes downward.
Student Pastor Ben Fitzgerald-Fye will be preaching and Rev. David J. Hanna will preside for the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
Adult Education Series in the Spotlight
This week begins a four-week Series in the Spotlight at 9:30 a.m. in the Dining Room. Using the book, Being Christian by Rowan Williams, this class will explore elements of the Christian faith: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist and Prayer. Please sign up in the Chalice Room if you would like to order a book for the class.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!