A Note from Pastor

“And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.  And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary, his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.” (Matt. 2:9-11)
    Christians around the world have celebrated the appearing of Christ, the “Light of the World,” on January 6. Epiphany marks our Lord’s, “manifestation or appearance.”  As early as 200 AD, Christians began connecting this celebration not only with the arrival of the wise men, but also with our Lord’s Baptism in the Jordan and His first miracle at the wedding feast of Cana.  Early Christians saw these events pointing to God’s continuing gifts to the church and as Jesus still making Himself known to us poor sinners. Epiphany reminds us that Our Lord’s appearing in this world isn’t ultimately about what we give to Him, but rather His gifts to us of faith, forgiveness, eternal life and salvation by grace alone.      
    Revealing Himself to us in the Bible and in the Sacraments, God has made His salvation known to all mankind.  Now God leads us to Himself not by a star but by His Word which is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.  As we pray, “O God by the leading of a star you made known your only-begotten Son to the gentiles. Lead us who know you by faith to enjoy in heaven the fullness of your divine presence. Through Jesus Christ, your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever amen.”  (The Collect for Epiphany)

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