Enews: Sunday, January 3, 2021

Dear Friend,

 

Epiphany can be thought of as embodying two journeys. The first is the new vision that the Gospels present of God’s grace and love being extended to all people, and not just those descended from Abraham. This inclusivity is radical, scandalous, and exciting, and offers a wonderful opportunity for celebration and welcome in our communities.
The second journey is that of going deeper into our understanding of Christ – an opening to the epiphany (the insight, the revelation) of who this Christ child is that we have welcomed to our world in the Christmas season. Of course, both journeys are really one, and both offer us an awesome reason for worship and devotion to Jesus.
May our Epiphany worship be both revelatory and welcoming.

READINGS :

The light of God’s glory and God’s goodness shines on God’s people.
Wise men from the East arrive, worship the Christ-Child, and present him with fine gifts

Prayer

God of the Ages, we have faced difficult times in this past year. Remind us of how You cared for Your people when they were oppressed in Egypt, when they were lost in the wilderness. Remind us of how Your love was made known to the exiles in Babylon, and how You made their joy complete as they returned home. As we prepare to return from an exile, remind us that it took years for our ancestors in the faith, and it may take longer than we expect to return from this exile.
Prepare our hearts, O God, to love one another more deeply than we did before. Prepare our minds, O God, to pursue justice more heartily than we did before. Prepare our bodies, O God, to embrace and care for each other in ways that honor boundaries and protect each other, but also offer the nurturing touch that many of us need. Prepare us, O God, to love and care for each other as You have loved and cared for us in this time of exile. We look to our future with hope in this coming year, knowing You are with us, every moment, as we wait. Amen.
Friends, on Sunday (January 3 rd )  we will have Virtual Communion.
Please make sure you have bread/crackers, grape juice, or water… so you can be ready to join our communion service.

 
Help us staying connected through our prayer….
Please email Jennifer with any of your Prayer Requests, including joys & concerns. Thank you!

Friends, next Sunday, Jan. 10 we will celebrate the “Baptism of the Lord Sunday”  and part our worship celebration will be our Renewal of Baptismal Covenant. Please have ready a bowl or something similar that you can poured water in. So, that mean you need pitcher too or something similar to pour out the water in the basin, or bowl or ….  Hope you will follow me in the liturgy and together will be pouring the water…
Office will reopen on Tuesday, January 5 th !  
Sunday January 3, 2021
The Epiphany of The Lord
Christian Formation Hour on ZOOM at 8:45am
Children’s Hour on ZOOM at 9:15am
Worship Online at 10:00am/Service of Holy Communion
Office Closed from December 21,2020 to January4, 2021.

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