Mark  Broadus
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"Epiphany" by Fernando Gallego, c. 1480

 

On coming to the house, the Magi saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. (Matthew 2:11).

Today is Epiphany [əˈpifənē]:

  • a moment of sudden revelation or insight
  • a manifestation of a divine or supernatural being.
  • the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi (Matthew 2:1–12).
  • the festival commemorating the Epiphany on January 6.

As a church we look forward to  formally observing Epiphany on Sunday, January 10.  Individually, today presents wonderful opportunities.

Do you remember when you first had that all-important realization that you wanted to follow Jesus all your life?  Were there other, follow-up epiphanies along the way that confirmed your initial choice?

Epiphany is a call to search for, and follow, Jesus anew. Epiphany is a call to look for Jesus, not in the obvious or open, in newspapers or on TV, but in unusual, uncommon or out-of-the-way places. Epiphany is a call to ask new questions and expect new answers. Epiphany a call to worship, specifically, to follow the example of a group of Persian astrologers of 2000 years ago and give yourself in sacrificial worship and wonder to the possibilities bound up in a baby born to be king.  

This year the pandemic has created so many unique worship opportunities!  All online and accessible from our homes!  God is at work!  Just one example, the Calvin Worship Symposium, which many of us have benefitted from over the years, is now online, free and open to all of us. And it includes unique and wonderful worship experiences. Here are the Symposium worship opportunities this week:

  • Opening Worship from Around the World, Jan 6, 3pm
  • Worship with Calvin University, Jan 7, 11am
  • Worship with Proskuneo (Clarkston, GA), Jan 7, 8pm

Perhaps you have other ideas and opportunities for online worship. What will you do with today?  Please share your ideas for the benefit of others!


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