January 6th—The Feast of the Epiphany/Dia de los Tres Reyes
The day of Epiphany, when the church remembers the leading of the Three Kings by a star to the infant Jesus, doesn’t always fall on a Sunday. We are blessed to have this 12th day of Christmas to celebrate this year. We will have a Procession of Stars and Kings and say farewell to our lovely Christmas Tree and decorations!
January 13th—The Baptism of Our Lord
The Second Sunday after Epiphany traditionally remembers Jesus’ baptism by John in the Jordan River. On this Youth-Led Sunday, as our children remain with us in worship in their Pray Ground, we will take some time to remember our baptisms as well, celebrate our anointing as kings and priests bearing the gospel, and renew our promises to let our lights shine in the world.
January 20th—Trinity “House Blessing”
In another tradition related to the visit of the Three Kings to the home where Mary and Joseph were raising Jesus, Epiphany is a season for house blessings. The symbol on the lintel 20+C+M+B+19 welcomes God’s blessings on visitors and households alike. CMB can stand for Christus Mansionem Benedictus (Christ Bless this Home) or Caspar, Melchior and Balthazor—the traditional names of the three kings. Our children will help us to renew and bless our sacred places of entry, font, the Word, and altar. House blessing rites will be available for you to take home!
January 27th—Annual Meeting Sunday
We were blessed to receive new members this past fall. This Sunday when we meet to give thanks for the organization of our life together that made our mission possible in 2018, and as we look forward to 2019, it would be an excellent Sunday to receive voting members! Let Barb Van Keuren or Pastor Beckmann know if you are interested, or would like to know more about voting membership.
THANKS, to all those known and unknown, who shared the joy of Christmas in worship, through thoughtful cards and gifts, both tangible and felt. I cherish this season among you!
Interim Pastor Kim Beckmann