Next Sunday January 21, 2018 at 10:30 am – Rev. Doug Norris Preaching
1 Samuel 3:1-20, January 14, 2018, 2nd after Epiphany
When was the last time you felt your ears tingle? When was the last time you heard someone say something that made you stop what you were doing in order to pay attention, turning the volume up on the radio, shushing the kids because what you were hearing was undeniably captivating? What was it that made what you heard so powerful? read more…
January 7, 2018, Matthew 2:1-12
Karen J. Bowles, Epiphany and Communion Sunday
The Epiphany with a capital ‘E’ in church time as Karin told us – is the date on which we celebrate the visit of the magi to the stable to witness the babe as ‘God with us’. An epiphany lower case ‘e’ is an insight, a revelation an ‘aha’ moment.
Maya Angelou defined such a moment as follows: “[An epiphany] is the occurrence when the mind the body the heart and the soul focus together and see an old thing in a new way.”…an intuitive grasp of reality through something usually simple and striking. This story of the wise men – the magi – the astronomers or philosophers – they have had many names, this morning, let us hear this story with new ears,. The message this morning is an invitation to see an old story in a new way – an invitation to experience an epiphany about the Epiphany We will hear some from me and then from a poem entitled ‘Epiphany’ by Godfrey Rust that is printed in your bulletin – delivered by Jennifer, Bob and Peggy – and then from me again. Listen, the story is being told once more.
“People, Look East” A Story For Christmas Sunday 2017, by Doug Norris (click to hear audio recording )**
Light, appearing on the horizon, where there had only been darkness, was always the first sign of hope. And it was always greeted by the people with a murmur of satisfaction.
A stab of light, punctuating the night, growing larger, moving, now left, now right, up, down. Curves and valleys and hills, the light bobbing and weaving like an uncertain traveller, coming home drunk – now appearing, now disappearing, but most certainly drawing closer. read more…
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