“Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, on God, for ever and ever. Amen.”
“O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may hae grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.”
Thursday, January 6, is Epiphany. Epiphany marks the conclusion of the Christmas season through celebrating the visit of the Magi. The visit of the Magi, three non-Jewish men of wisdom from the east, symbolizes the revelation of the Messiah to the Gentiles.
The Gospel for this year is Matthew. We will be emphasizing readings in the Gospel of Matthew all year. Our readings for this weekend’s worship service are below. Let me encourage you to read these in preparation for our time of worship.
In our conversation last night about beauty we read Gerard Manley Hopkins poem, “Pied Beauty”. While I love the entire poem I am especially struck by the final phrase. What would your faith look like if beauty was a central tenet of it?
|GLORY be to God for dappled things—|
|For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;|
|For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;|
|Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;|
|Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;||5|
|And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.|
|All things counter, original, spare, strange;|
|Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)|
|With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;|
|He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:||10|
This past Saturday night we began what has become a two week discussion, at least, on the Trinity. Over the centuries the doctrine of the Trinity has been controversial. In recent years some of have questioned both its validity and its importance.
My prayer is that we would all begin to understand why it is important and true but also experience God as Father, Son and Spirit. In the meantime reflect on the benediction from II Corinthians 13:14:
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. – NLT
Psalm • Psalm 1
Old Testament • Jeremiah 17:5-10
Gospel • Luke 6:17-26
New Testament • 1 Corinthians 15:12-20
This icon is an image of the resurrection of Christ. In addition, it also refers to what some call the “harrowing of hell”. If you look closely, below Jesus feet, you’ll see objects that look something like keys and locks. The ground is cracked open, the background to the keys and locks is black and Jesus stands above it on two boards which represent the cross. The resurrection of Christ reminds us that God, in Christ, has defeated death, hades and hell.
Living the resurrection means that we must remind ourselves that not only are our sins forgiven but that the very power of sin, death itself, was destroyed the resurrection of Christ.