The Epiphany of our Lord - Christ on Earth
Rev. Kathy Fisher Letter January 2021
On this first Sunday in January, we will celebrate the Epiphany of our Lord, which is the manifestation of Christ on earth. This is an even more ancient celebration among Christians than Christmas, and is actually designated as January 6th around the world. It was originally focused on the nativity, incarnation, and baptism of Christ; later, the visit of the Magi was added to the celebration. Today we celebrate the coming of the three wise men or magi who brought gifts to the Christ Child. This first Sunday will end the first of the two great christological cycles of the Christian year, the first being the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany season and the second being the Lent-Easter-Pentecost season.
On the second Sunday of this month we will we move into what is called Ordinary Time, as we focus more on Jesus’ early ministry. This is the season after the Epiphany and continuing up to Lent. The first Sunday in Ordinary Time focuses on the Baptism of Christ and the last Sunday of Ordinary Time ends with Christ’s Transfiguration. May we be able to join together in worship to celebrate our Savior and seek to follow his call to ministry in our world.
It is my prayer that we will also be moving into a time where we may enjoy one another ’s company more and begin to plan additional times to share our lives together, as the corona virus vaccines become more available and the spread of this terrible virus begins to subside. We will keep the faith that God has a plan to continue to bless each of us in this new year.
I’d like to close by sharing a blessing written by Gail Brook Burket.
Let faith be in your heart like angels singing
Their song of joy, which echoes through the years
From skies above dim Judean hillsides,
To set at peace man’s turbulence and fear.
Let hope be in your heart like starlight shining
To guide men to the Sa
viour long foretold,
As three wise kings once hastened on their journey
With gifts of frankincense and myrrh and gold.
Let love be in your hearts like love made perfect
In Christ, the greatest gift that God could give.
And may that love be like a benediction
Forever blessing you each day you live.
May this New Year bring God’s love and light into your homes with abundance!