Collect for the 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.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Happy New Year! As a community that is grounded in Anglican spirituality, we observe the days and seasons of the Church Year. Last Sunday was the Feast of the Epiphany.Long before the date of Christmas was set in the Christian Church calendar, the feast of Epiphany was celebrated. Epiphany means the "showing forth" of the Messiah to the nations, which the prophets of the Hebrew Bible predicted. It is associated with the visitation of the Magi to the infant Jesus, who were seen to symbolically represent the "nations," but the larger context is that the good news about Jesus would be proclaimed throughout the nations (Matthew 28:18-20).
Fr. Travis gave an excellent sermon last Sunday on what it means for the Church to show forth God's glory, and challenged us to allow the Light of Jesus to shine through each of us. If you missed it, you may watch it here.
As we begin the New Year, there are a number of ministries that are starting up again after taking a hiatus for the holidays.
·The Wednesday morning women's Bible Study resumes on January 9th, from 9-11.
·The Monday evening women's Bible Study resumes on January 14th, at 5:30 p.m. The study is
No Other Gods,
by Kelly Minter.
·The Missionary Lunch resumes January 14th, at noon.
Please save the dates for our:
·Annual Meeting on February 3rd, at 10 a.m. The late service will begin at 11 that day. We are still receiving nominations for the Vestry.
·The Women's Retreat will be February 8-10. The theme is
, and you may register online or in the Welcome Center.
May the Glory of the Lord shine upon and through us!