January 6th Newsletter
Happy new year! I begin my new year with two weeks of course work for my Doctor of Ministry program at Oblate Theological Seminary. Because of Covid restrictions, the course is on Zoom. The good news is I get to stay in Waco and sleep in my own bed. The bad news is I have to spend many hours/day on Zoom for two weeks. I’m three days in and already so tired of that.
With that said, here’s an invitation to Zoom! (What a world we live in) On Sunday morning, a few minutes after the conclusion of our worship service, you’re invited to meet on Zoom for a shared virtual Epiphany House blessing. Epiphany (actually January 6) is the celebration of the visit of the Magi to the Christ child and marks the official end of the Christmas season. As foreigners from distant lands, the Magi’s visit to Christ and return to their home countries represents the Light of Christ going into all the world.
There’s an old tradition that began in Eastern Europe that on Epiphany the village priest accompanied by a gaggle of children would go from house to house blessing each home in the new year. For the last several years, I’ve been invited to many of your homes to light a candle with you and say a blessing of your homes. I’ve enjoyed this very much and hope to renew this next year. This year, however, we’ll adapt and share the blessing together on Zoom. You don’t need to do anything for the blessing, but if you want to be all-in, have your Christ candle from Christmas Eve, and a piece of chalk. We’ll light the candles, and you can chalk the lintel of your door with the sign of Epiphany blessing.
Grace and peace be with you in this new year. I look forward to worshipping with you Sunday on Youtube and on Zoom.
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