Weekly Contact- January 5, 2017

Hello there,

I hope you and yours had a most blessed holiday.  We are back to our normal routines, and I suppose Valentine merchandise is being sold in the stores, but tomorrow, January 6, is the day of Epiphany, and officially the end of the Christmas season.  So if you still have your tree up, you’re good!  Epiphany is supposedly the day when the Magi arrived in Bethlehem to worship the Christ child and in some cultures this is the day to give gifts, rather than December 25th.  It is traditionally, the 12th day of Christmas, so may your drummers drum well.  The word “epiphany” means “over shining” or revealing.  God has revealed God’s self in that baby of Bethlehem who would grow up to be the Savior of all.

This Sunday, the Chancel Choir will be singing at the first service.  I will be using two texts for my sermon, Matthew 3:15-17 and Acts 10:34-44.  The first refers to John the Baptist baptizing Jesus in the Jordan river.  The second is a little speech made by the Apostle Peter when he realizes the work of God through Jesus is not limited to just the Jews.  My sermon is entitled “Back to the Basics.”  We will also be celebrating with Communion, a perfect way to start the year.

Following the first service we will be taking down the tree and decorations in the church sanctuary.  If you could stay for a few minutes and help us out, we would greatly appreciate it.  With enough helping out it won’t take very long to get it all done.

Stay in One Peace,

Howard

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