Epiphany and the season before Lent

Epiphany is the day when we celebrate that Jesus Christ has come as the light of the world!

It can be hard to think about light in this way when it is the darkest part of winter here in the upper Midwest. Yet, the lectionary texts (texts the church assigned for its readings all over the world) tell us a story in this cold and dark season that seems to reaffirm its truth. Jesus is the light of the world. We know it because he’s healing people, casting out demons, or being transfigured on a mountain with Elijah and Moses at his side. We know it because the New Testament texts speak of the results of the light coming into the world; we are to live as a holy people where the actions of our pocketbooks and our bodies matter! The psalms move us forward as a church, praying all the way.

So, please join us for the next six weeks as we use these stories of light to move us through the dark midwinter. Vanderbilt has Year B of the lectionary online.  You can find the weekly Bible passages plus related artwork and prayers for your personal meditations. (the feature image and prayer here are both from the week of Epiphany, January 6)

Grace and Peace to you!
Your Pastors

Radiant Morning Star,
you are both guidance and mystery,
Visit our rest with disturbing dreams,
and our journeys with strange companions.
Grace us with the hospitality
to open our hearts and homes
to visitors filled with unfamiliar wisdom
bearing profound and unusual gifts. Amen.

Prayer: Revised Common Lectionary Prayers copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress
Feature Image Artwork: Moyers, Mike. Awake My Soul, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=57138 [retrieved December 29, 2020]. Original source: Mike Moyers, https://www.mikemoyersfineart.com/