On January 6th we begin the season of Epiphany. This is a season when we reflect on God’s incarnation and revelation in the world. It begins with the Feast of Epiphany; a day when we think about the guiding star revealed to the magi (and others) that began to spread that news about Gods incarnation in the infant Jesus. The star revealed that something new was beginning to take place. The journey would be different. Jesus’ journey had begun.
The story of the Magi is found in Matthew 2:1-12
On January 5th at St. James the sanctuary was filled with 300 stars, each with a word on it. Each person was asked to randomly choose a star and consider their it as a guiding word for reflection throughout 2014. The idea came from a Presbyterian Minister I met in Memphis last year. My word is ‘thankfulness’… I am looking forward to reflecting and discerning this word in my life throughout 2014.
After the service people at the church began to share and discuss the star-words that they chose. It was great to see such a wonderful conversation begin to unfold with parishioners of all ages yesterday; many who were very excited about their star-word. Some community members took stars home for friends and family.
On January 19th the stars will travel to Christ Church and St. John’s and all will invited to take a word.
If you do not often come to church or you are one of our E-News readers that lives outside of our community please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will happily pull out a star for you and send it to you via email.
For those that have stars please consider sharing your word and/or your thoughts on it in the comments below.
May the star that guided the magi continue to guide our lives.
what an amazing couple of days. So many people from all over the community have asked for stars. I’m trying to incorporate my ‘thankfulness’ word… as I continue to be cranky about this weather… I’m ‘thankful’ for the beauty of the fresh snow (or I’m trying to convince myself of that!)
My word is “quiet”.
The word has come to me at a time in my life where I really do need to reflect within myself and consider how being quiet can really do more than being verbal. I hope it allows me to appreciate the things that I may miss in my daily life when all is hectic and sometimes feel like I’m in fast-forward.
I look forward to my word guiding me and strengthening me in my 2014 journey.