Journeys are a part of our broader scriptural story. Abram becoming Abraham. One who leaves one land and journeys to another. The story of the Exodus is the story of a journey out of slavery into freedom. And the exile, the story of the people of Israel going into exile is a story of a deep spiritual journey. And then there are the wise men, the story of the journey.
I think at a deep, deep level, these very wise men journeying to find the king, Jesus, is really a metaphor for what it is like to be the church of Jesus. It brings into focus elements of what we say we believe. They say when two or three are gathered, Jesus will be found. And they are literally three, so they are two or three. They say that is in giving that we receive. They are the quintessential gift bearers. And what a holy sight they receive for the gifts that they bring. And we say at the core of our being that it is in dying that we find life. And their journey is not giving up, dying to one world and leaving that world and coming to a new world where Christ is found.
The season of Epiphany is one of coming to a greater and greater awareness of who Jesus is, the revelation of Jesus as Lord. It surely is a journey and those three elements coming together as two or three gathered with Jesus are a part of that becoming. In giving to receive. In dying to one life so that we can find another life. So pack up! Let’s let the journey begin. It’s Epiphany. Come, let us adore him.
I have always known myself to be an encourager, helping people recognize the hope and love of God in their lives, as He had shown me. During seminary and later in a hospital residency Clinical Pastoral Education clarified that call for me. I discovered I was at ease talking to new people, offering prayer and […]
On Sunday, September 18, 2022, 52 young people from 7 congregations gathered for an afternoon of fun and games celebrating the kick-off of the youth ministry program year. The article below was written by Nicholas Alcorn, a member of the EDSD Youth Leadership Council and of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church.The Youth Group Games was a […]
As the autumn season begins, many church—and personal—schedules begin to fill up. Days grow shorter and the list of to-do’s only increase as we inch towards forthcoming holidays. Costumes to be made, goodies to bake, presents to be purchased and so on. Considering the busy-ness of the next few months as we approach Advent, here […]