Somewhere between 1601-1602 Shakespeare wrote Twelfth Night to celebrate the end of the Christmas Season. This Sunday, January 6th is Epiphany. Epiphany is a very old Christian holiday which commemorates the visit of the Magi to the Christ child (Matthew 2:1-12). It also celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ to the Gentiles and its themes are light, revelation, insight and understanding.
And so, this Sunday, we will sing Epiphany hymns and hear again the wondrous story of the Magi who travelled a great distance and found who they were seeking. However, in order to keep the child safe, they had to find another way home. There are many times we too have to resort to plan B.
We will also be celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism (another Epiphany theme) and there will be full Church School for all ages. We look forward to marking the end of Advent and Christmas as we enter into the new season of Epiphany.
“When the song of angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with their flock, the work of Christmas begins: to find the lost, to heal the broken, to feed the hungry, to release the prisoners, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among brothers and sisters, to make music in the heart.” – Howard Thurman
Happy New Year to one and all,
Linda Ashfield, minister at Knox Waterloo