Greetings in Christ,
Christ’s Church celebrates Epiphany on January 6th. This year that happens to fall on a Sunday. With Epiphany, the 12 days of Christmas come to a close.
We hear about the wise men coming to toddler Jesus to praise Him for whom God made a light in the sky to announcement His birth.
These men from the east come to praise this little child as the king. He is our king. Not only is he our king, but he comes in order to make us partakers of His promise of eternal life. Without this little child…without the light of the world announced by the light of the heavens, we would be in darkness with no hope.
But He has come! He is born for you so that you are a partaker of His eternal promises.
As you prepare for the Divine Service this weekend, you can take a look at the Service Folder to find the readings, prayers, and other parts of the service that will help to guide your reflection and prayer.
Here’s the Lectionary Summary for the upcoming weekend that ties the themes of the weekend together:
The Lord God Is Manifested in the Incarnate Son
The Feast of the Epiphany centers in the visit of the Magi from the East. In that respect, it is a “Thirteenth Day” of Christmas; yet, it also marks the beginning of a new liturgical season. While Christmas has focused on the incarnation of our Lord — that is, on God becoming flesh — the season of Epiphany emphasizes the manifestation or self-revelation of God in that same flesh of Christ. The Lord Himself has entered our darkness and rises upon us with the brightness of His true light (Is. 60:1–2). He does so chiefly by His Word of the Gospel, which He causes to be preached within His Church on earth — not only to the Jews but also to Gentiles (Eph. 3:8–10). As the Magi were guided by the promises of Holy Scripture to find and worship the Christ Child with His mother in the house (Matt. 2:5–11), so does He call disciples from all nations by the preaching of His Word to find and worship Him within His Church (Is. 60:3–6). With gold, they confess His royalty; with incense, His deity; and with myrrh, His priestly sacrifice (Matt. 2:11).
If you weren’t able to join us for services recently, you can catch up now.
I look forward to seeing you this weekend!
Blessings on your day!