As we continue living His Story through the liturgical calendar, today (January 6) we step from contemplating Christmas into the brightness of Epiphany.
(Created by Mark Sprinkle and Andrew More from Third Church. Used with permission.)
“Epiphany” comes from the Greek word epiphaneia, which means “manifestation” or “revelation.” Within Christian time-telling, Epiphany refers to the revelation of Jesus as the savior of all nations, which is why we’ll focus on Matthew’s telling of the Magi’s visit this Sunday – non-Jewish practitioners of a forbidden art (astrology) traveling from their countries to kneel before Jesus. “Nations shall come to your light,” prophesies Isaiah, “and kings to the brightness of your dawn” (Isaiah 60:3). Here we see it in action.
And we’re invited to participate in the action through worship and mission. A portion from Mary Oliver’s poem “Sometimes” gives direction for how to live His Story during Epiphany:
Instructions for living a life:
Tell about it.
I look forward to being with you this Sunday, paying attention together as Jesus is revealed to be God’s bright, final Word spoken into every dark corner of our world.
Your Pastor in Christ,
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