January – February 2019 Newsletter: “The Messenger”

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From the Pastor’s Pen

Epiphany Glory – It’s Good for You

When the light and glory of God are on us, we can rise and shine! What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.  – John 1:4-5, The Message

There is no shortage of anxiety about the future!We can’t see ahead; it’s dark. And, because we donot know the future, we worry about our family, we worry about our finances, we worry about the future of our denomination, and we worry about the cares of the world, the nation, and the neighborhood. If we are not careful, our lives become full of foreboding and fear. So we must remember thereason why we celebrated Jesus’ birth last month – it was God’s glory to bring light to those who live in darkness.

The Season of Epiphany observes the revelationof God’s light through Jesus Christ. It is one of theoldest Christian feasts, kept since the end of the second century, before the Christmas holiday was established. The church calendar fixes the season of Epiphany from January 6 (arrival of the Magi) until the last Sunday before Ash Wednesday which is celebrated as the Transfiguration of our Lord.

As the Life-Light of the world, Jesus Christ —

  • Drives away sin, isolation and despair;
  • Gives us the gift of forgiveness;
  • Gives us the gift of Christian connection;
  • Gives us the promise of eternal life;
  • Changes our attitude to the world around us; and
  • Invites us into the reign of God.

Looking ahead to the New Year, it is essential to keep these verses in our minds and hearts:

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.  – Philippians 4, The Message

          A blessed Epiphany to you and your family – a time to live in the light of God’s glory revealed in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Life-Light.

Pastor Lee Ellenberger