The world that the Gospel writers knew was a world dominated by the Roman Empire. Jesus had come to them, preaching the Good News, and had been killed on a Roman cross. The movement hadn’t died, it had spread, moving from within the Jewish community to the Gentiles as well.
All of our Gospel accounts were written after the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple during the Jewish uprising of 66-70 C.E. The light had shined in the darkest of times, and the darkness had not overcome it. A movement, a leader that had been killed had not died, but lived, and now, the world knew the Good News.
Epiphany, the revealing of Christ to the World, reminds us that our light shines always.
Wise men from the East arrive, worship the Christ-Child and present him with fine gifts.
God of New Beginnings, You are bringing forth something new in our world and in our lives. In this new year, may we commit to being open: open-minded to new ideas; open-hearted to loving one another; open-handed to serving wherever we are needed. Plant in us the seeds that will bloom into new ideas, new insights, and new hope, for the world needs what You are growing in us. Bless us, encourage us, and help us to shine Your light into this world in 2020. Amen
Music: Chancel Choir & Fusion
Ushers: Jody Baldyga, Robert Friend, Tom Hayes,
Liz Reyes Rodriguez, Gustavo Rodriguez, Jeff Kaiser
Sunday, January 5
8:00am Worship in the Chapel
8:45 Christian Formation
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary
Sunday School for Children
for Harold Stetson
Saturday, January 11
10:30am in the Church Sanctuary
NEW YEAR!! NEW START!!
Come and find out what is happening at First UMC!
When: January 26th
Time: immediately following 10 a.m. worship service