Dear Christ Church,
Today is the 12th day of Christmas (remember the 12 drummers drumming?), after which we enter the season of Epiphany tomorrow. You’ve probably heard someone say, “I had an epiphany,” by which they mean a moment of revelation. The Feast of the Epiphany commemorates the encounter between the three wise men from the east and Jesus, the first revelation of Jesus to the Gentiles. The season of Epiphany, therefore, usually has a focus on mission. Be on the lookout in the weeks to come for opportunities to intercede for the missionaries we support and for opportunities to jump into local or international mission ourselves.
After a fall of preaching through Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, our sermons during Epiphany will be based on the lectionary Gospel readings. While all scripture points to Jesus, it’s always revitalizing to once again encounter Jesus of Nazareth, light to the nations, through his own life and words in the four Gospels.
Temporary Staff Relocation: Just before Christmas we received word that our original phasing plan at 112 Medina St. will not be possible, and that the building will need to be vacated (staff and furnishings) for the next phase. In the goodness of God we have an excellent provision of office space on our same block! I am grateful for an amazing staff, who are taking this wrinkle in stride with cheerful attitudes and servant hearts. After January 15th our staff will be working at 1000 E. Cesar Chavez St., Suite 100. Mail should still be sent to 112 Medina St. Austin, TX 78702.
The Collect for Epiphany: O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.