Dear Christ Church Friends,
When filling out a form that you have to sign and date have you ever struggled to remember the date? What if instead of following the conventional mm/dd/yyyy format you wrote “the 11th Day of Christmas” or “The Feast of the Epiphany?” Today is the former. This Sunday is the latter.
We keep time in the church according to a calendar that takes us through the life of Jesus and draws us into the story of redemption. Just as we acknowledge the concept of sacred space, so do we set apart time, with weekly Sabbaths and liturgical seasons. The church calendar is packed with profound resources to shape us spiritually.
What is Epiphany? It means “the appearing” or “the revelation”, and marks the visit of the Magi, gentiles who came from a far country, led by a star to visit Jesus. Because these were the first gentiles to meet Jesus, this was the first moment of the revelation of Jesus Christ to all nations, the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy that “Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.”
How did the Magi respond when seeing Jesus? Matthew tells us that they were so overjoyed that they bowed down and they worshipped Him. Then they gave him their treasured gifts. May you and I respond with such tender and surrendered hearts to our Lord! May we be a community of great joy because of the gospel, bowed down in worship and offering the very best of our time and treasure.
P.S. Our sanctuary looks so stunning with the greening of Christmastide that we are leaving it up for one more Sunday of enjoyment. Take home a poinsettia if you’d like!