In the aftermath of Christmas and the dawning of a New Year, the church embraces the season of Epiphany. In this season, we celebrate God’s manifestation or self-revelation (epiphany) to the world in Jesus Christ.  We remember those ancient travelers who came from the East to worship the Christ child. We remember they were Gentiles… not of the house and lineage of David.  And we begin to see how the light of Christ began to encircle others … all the nations of the world.

Similarly, our January and February worship services will focus on some of the amazing ways the light of Christ is being reflected through the life and witness of our church. We will hear from friends who have been touched by the light of Christ.  And we will have an opportunity to find new ways for the light of Christ to unfold and encircle our world. So, don’t let the cold or chilly weather keep you away!

At the dawning of 2017, I lift up, once again, a memorable poem composed by Howard Thurman, an African American theologian, educator and civil rights leader.

The Work of Christmas

When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with their flocks,
the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry,
to release the prisoner,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among the people,
to make music in the heart.

In 2017, I look forward to continuing the work of Christmas in partnership with you!

                                                                                               Frederick Lewis, Senior Minister



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