Thursday, January 6, 2011

Some Epiphany "Stars"....

Today is Epiphany... The term epiphany means "to show", "to make known" or "to reveal." In Western churches, it remembers the coming of the wise men (aka the three kings), who followed the star, bringing gifts to visit the Christ child.

Epiphany has theological significance as a teaching tool in the church. The Wise Men or Magi who brought gifts to the infant Jesus were the first Gentiles to acknowledge Jesus as "King" and so were the first to "show" or "reveal" Jesus to a wider world as the incarnate Christ. This act of worship by the Magi, which corresponded to Simeon's blessing that this child Jesus would be "a light for revelation to the Gentiles" (Luke 2:32), was one of the first indications that Jesus came for all people, of all nations, of all races, and that the work of God in the world would not be limited to only a few.

So, tonight, we had an Epiphany Feast of Lights service with the Sunday School kids singing and signing several songs, followed by a party for all.

The kids did a GREAT job and had fun too!!

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