After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the territory of Judea during the rule of King Herod, magi came from the east to Jerusalem. They asked, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We’ve seen his star in the east, and we’ve come to honor him.”

Matthew 2:1-2

                                                                                                            

Dear Friends,

 

It always feels to me like a little bit of a letdown after Christmas. We pack up the festive decorations and twinkle lights and are left with the ho-hum winter days of January. It is easy to forget that when we pack away the trappings of Christmas, we aren’t packing away hope. Hope stays with us through the coming year. The incredible gift of God’s grace in Christ Jesus, Emmanuel, remains with us long after we’ve transitioned to the next season of the year.

 

Ponder this as you pack away your nativity scene this year: we include the magi as part of the nativity, but they weren’t there yet. It makes a nice complete story to have them finally arrive, and they look great in our nativity display, but they weren’t there on the night of Christ’s birth. Some scholars estimate that they arrived to visit Jesus as much as a year after his birth. So, while Christmas may be over in our minds, and we may be looking ahead to the next major holiday celebration, the magi are still following a star.

 

I wonder if that image, the image of the magi still following a star, can inspire us as we venture into the new year. Christ’s birth is behind us, but the wonder of his promise to us is yet to be realized. Christmas is behind us, but a new year awaits.

 

January 6th is the Sunday when we celebrate Epiphany – the arrival of the Magi. This year we will be celebrating this day in worship with Star Gifts. A Star Gift is simply a star-shaped piece of brightly colored paper with a word printed on it. Every person who comes to church on Epiphany Sunday will receive a star gift and be asked to reflect on that word for the coming year. You will be invited to ponder what significance this word might have in your life, and how God might be speaking to you through that simple message.

 

The premise is this: the magi followed the star to find baby Jesus, bringing their gifts; we are also seeking Jesus, trusting that God can, and does, use many signs (or stars) to guide us closer to the Divine presence as we learn to use our gifts in Christ’s service. So, join us to celebrate the season after Epiphany with your own star led journey into the new year. If you aren’t able to be in worship on January 6th, you can still receive a Star Gift. The basket of Star Gifts will be available in the sanctuary all of January. Or, you can contact Shara in the office and she will randomly select one for you.

 

May God bless your star-led journey into the coming year. May keeping your eyes lifted to the glimmering light of heaven lift your spirits as you journey on.

In Peace,
Pastor Leanne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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THIS WEEK AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH


Sunday, January 20th
8:45am        Adult Ed
9:00am        Sunday School
9:00am        New Members Class
10:00am      Worship
11:00am      Fellowship/Youth Movie Event

Monday, January 21st
Office Closed

Tuesday, January 22nd
7:00am        Men's Bible Study
9:30am-3:00pm Hopeful Conversations at Presbytery Office

Wedneday, January 23rd
7:00am    Women's Bible Study
6:00pm   Gospel Rock/Confirmation
6:00pm    Explorers 
7:30pm    Youth Group

Thursday, January 24th
6:30pm      Session

Sunday, January 27th
8:45am           Adult Ed
9:00am           Sunday School
9:00am           New Members Class
10:00am        Worship/Annual Meeting
11:00am        Fellowship

 

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