We seek in our worship to exalt the Lord and affirm together that we have given our lives to Him. We plan our worship to recognize the gifts and talents of all ages. We incorporate both the planned and the spontaneous, the traditional and the contemporary. We want our response to God to be genuine. Worship is the offering of our whole life in service to God.
Epiphany—meaning appearing, coming, or to give light—is the season when we reflect on God’s “self-disclosure” to us. In the stories of Epiphany (the visit of the Magi, Jesus’ baptism, his call to follow as his disciples, his transfiguration) we remember Jesus’ mission to the world. We see Jesus for who he is and what he is up to. Jesus is shown to risk it all for the sake of humanity and all creation.
Epiphany is also the season that reminds us of Jesus’ call to his disciples—to us—to risk it all for the sake of God’s beloved world and God’s abundant future. We are invited to give up good things to say yes to better things: getting in on what God is up to in and for the world—restoring the world to wholeness.
The colour of epiphany is light green, signifying newness of life and the promise of fresh growth in discipleship to Jesus.
1. What repeated words, images, and themes emerge in the four texts?
2. What does the story of Israel, sketched out in these four texts, tell us about God? Our world? Who you are as a person?
3. A priestly king, a nation that blesses…how might you live into (or out of) those postures in the week to come?" ~ Pastor J. Janzen
The liturgical colours of Christmas are, like Easter, white and gold. White is used at Christmas as a symbol of purity, holiness, and virtue. Gold symbolizes what is precious and valuable—in this case the divinity of Jesus.
The Twelve Days of Christmas are a time for us to remember and embrace the upside-down kingdom inaugurated by a human baby in a cradle.