This week we begin our celebration of Epiphany—the season of light. Some of us come to this week Christmas-ed out, New Year’s resolutions perhaps already broken, headed into the coldest days of the winter. But we also come into this season ready to journey with the magi, the three kings, as they followed the star, to see as they saw, the revelation of God through Jesus. The light of Christ greeted them, and it greets us too. We are reminded of God’s words from Genesis, “Let there be light,” and we know its truth today as much as when the words were first spoken.
The seasons of Christmas are all about light. During Advent, we wait for the light. At Christmas, we rejoice because Jesus, the Light of the world, has come. Now in Epiphany we see and follow Christ’s light into the world. Even when we see darkness around us, and even in ourselves, we have hope.
Christmas, the birth of Christ, changes everything.
God sent his only son to live among us and help us find our way in the darkness. Epiphany continues this revelation. It means the light of Christ belongs to us and is a part of us, and we are called to share and shine the light of Christ into the world!
Join us in worship this week as we explore the meaning of Epiphany in our lives and in the life of our congregation. We are delighted to be celebrating the beginning of this season with a Growing in Faith Together sermon and by welcoming our Sunday school children to worship at 10:15 a.m.
In the meantime, know the light of Christ has been given to you and is in you. Let us pray:
Gracious and all loving God, you call to us across deep waters and dark places.Your light guides us, and your voice is the one we follow. We pray that you would reveal yourself to us as we travel through this season of Epiphany. May those without hope be encouraged, those who are sad, comforted, and those who are seeking, find you. Let your light shine in our hearts, homes, and world. In the name of your beloved son, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
Originally published in What's Happening (Christ the King's weekly e-newsletter) on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Sign up for weekly e-news.