O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Psalm 96:1
The lights may be down, the notes of the Carols drifting away; the presents that were ripped open are now on shelves, the expectation of Christmas now replaced by the anxiety of catching up… However, the Christian calendar reminds us we are still in the days of Epiphany. The church season of Epiphany takes us through the month of January.
Webster’s defines Epiphany, “…as the church festival in commemoration of the coming of the Magi as the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles or in the Eastern Church in commemoration of the baptism of Christ.” Another definition states,”…an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure.” Rabbi Abraham Kook shared, “…an epiphany enables you to sense creation not as something completed, but as constantly becoming, evolving, ascending. This transports you from a place where there is nothing new to a place where there is nothing old, where everything renews itself, where heaven and earth rejoice as at the moment of creation.”
All of these definitions and thoughts remind us that even though the lights and decorations may be put away, we still have cause to celebrate. I invite you to join me in these early days of 2018 and celebrate the renewed assurance of God’s presence, which we shared through Advent, Christmastide and now into Epiphany. Let us celebrate that we do not face a new year or new day alone; through the miracle of the Incarnation, we rejoice that God has been with us, is with us and will continue to be with us.
Let us also manifest God’s presence in our community and the world. God calls us to act with love and compassion toward others, making God’s love known to all around us through Epiphany and each day we step into through this year.
I look forward to sharing a new series with you through the season of Epiphany, Sing a New Song, as we reflect and study the Psalms that Jesus would read, pray and sing. Let us come together this Sunday and sing a new song at 8 AM, 9 AM or 10:30 AM!
Grace, Peace and Epiphany Blessings, John