Pastor's Message for January 2019
A 2019 CALENDAR TO COME AND SEE
It's easy to get so caught up in the start of the New Year 2019 and all that comes with starting up a
new calendar of events at church and home, we may lose sight of the flow of the upcoming Time
after Epiphany worship schedule.
First is the surprise to many that Epiphany of Our Lord on January 6 is still under the heading of the
Christmas Season! It's only when we remember that the song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas"
marches us from December 26 to January 6 = 12 days. It is the telling of the story of the Wisemen
who bring gifts to the Child Jesus, of Mary and Joseph. 2019 provides a real treat in that the
Epiphany of our Lord actually falls on a Sunday!
So, on Sunday, February 13 we immediately celebrate the Baptism of our Lord, when Jesus is
baptized by John the Baptizer in the River Jordan. From February 13 to March 3 (not quite two
months), it will be the "Time after Epiphany." Transfiguration Sunday marks the end of this
Epiphany Observance. Ash Wednesday begins the observance of Lent on March 6. The First
Sunday in Lent is March 13.
You may want to add these dates to your calendar. The key point I wish to make here is that we
have a fairly good time to observe the Season of Epiphany, in which God manifests the
God-ness/Divinity/Kingdom Transformation through Jesus' life and ministry. We will clearly witness
how absolutely present God is in Jesus, the God Incarnate we celebrated on Christmas Eve/Day.
Here's the listing of revealing/manifestations/epiphanies we will witness for almost two months,
January 13....Jesus' Baptism where God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit are heard/seen;
January 20....Jesus at Wedding Banquet...water into wine;
January 27 and February 3....Hometown Visit of Jesus in Nazareth that seems to begin well and goes badly;
February 10....Jesus calls three disciples, Peter, James and John;
February 17....After the Twelve are chosen, the demands and nature of discipleship;
February 24....Jesus continues his Sermon on the Plains call for radical love and living in harmony with God's intent/
March 3...…….Transfiguration of our Lord/Last Sunday after Epiphany - here we see the ultimate epiphany/
manifestation of Jesus as God Incarnate in the presence of Moses and Elijah on either side of
Jesus with three disciples;
So, when you thought all there might be about this "Christian faith/Christmas celebration/Gift Giving" is all there might be
required in following Jesus, we learn God is just beginning to show all of humanity so much more. By grace through faith,
God will show us just who God is, who we are, and what God has planned for us when it comes to forgiveness, new life,
victory over evil and death, and the power of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead defeating death's power.
As Philip said to Nathanael after Philip's epiphany encounter with Jesus, "COME AND SEE," Philip invites all of us in
this Epiphany Season to "COME AND SEE" as our way of encountering this Jesus, crucified and risen: Let's
accept Philip's invitation to let God's grace open our Epiphany eyes when we "COME AND SEE."
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Dan Ward