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Epiphany & Blessing

Today is the Epiphany, also known as Three Kings’ Day.

This is a weird time.

Christmas ended yesterday. Who still has Christmas decorations up?

(Rising my own hand). Although I may be a slicker, I am not a complete Grinch.

Tomorrow is the “Time after Epiphany”.

Epiphany is a special day in the church year celebrating the Wise Men, or Magi, or Kings, who visited the Christ-Child… but tends to be included in our Christmas story… so it seems strange.

These men, however, provide an Epiphany (or Revelation) about who this Christ-Child is, what the mission will be, and the ministry for that mission (we are called to continue).

We have a season to sort through the epiphanies and revelations, which will offer a new one each week until Ash Wednesday.

This first epiphany tends to focus on the gifts that these Wise Me brought, but I want to take a different focus.

We think of Advent as a time to prepare our homes, hearts, and lives for the Christ-Child, right?
Then, Christmas comes and we celebrate the arrival of our guest.

But Epiphany is a time to welcome others into our homes, hearts, and lives. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2019 in Sermons

 

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