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Echoes of Epiphany I

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” –Isaiah 60:1

January 11th, and we are fully into 2016. News of singer David Bowie’s death is currently playing on the airwaves, and yet like an ever-rolling stream, time continues on, and life changes along with it whether we want it to or not. To paraphrase one of his better known songs, “Time may change us, but we can’t trace time.”

In the Christian calendar, we have moved from the season of Christmas into Epiphany, that seldom-understood gap between Christmas and the beginning of Lent. Yet a season that celebrates moments of new realizations or new understandings is fantastically important to our growth in faith and life. Sure, marking the New Year can be a way to reflect on the year past and make plans for the year to come, but Epiphany asks us to consider what God is calling us to. At its best, our faith is about looking forward with hope, to discover that God is working in places that we would never expect. An epiphany is a moment of realization, of new insight. Let that sink in for a moment: if an epiphany is a moment of new realization, new insight, and by extension new action, then we have an entire yearly season that is dedicated to embracing God’s vision and new understanding!

So take a moment to consider where and how God has been working in your life. What is the new thing that God is calling you to? Where is Christ’s light shining for you?

During this season of Epiphany and beyond, I will be sending weekly emails and reflections. You may also check out our website at http://www.st-matthews-uc.org for recent sermons, updates, and reflections.

Yours in Christ,

John

Upcoming Events

  • The Taming of the Shrew, Mondays at 10am in the Conference Room.
    • Wayne Valleau leads his latest Shakespeare Study at 10am in the Conference Room.
  • Tuesday, January 19th: Board Meeting – 7:30pm
  • Friday, January 15th: Family Movie Night – 6:30pm
    • We will be showing Disney’s “Inside Out”
  • Monday, February 22: The Dead Sea Scrolls – 7:15pm
    • I will be leading a 5-6 week study on the Dead Sea Scrolls. More details to follow.

 

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