January is the Season of Epiphany. Epiphany means “manifestation”. On this day, we celebrate the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles – that is, to all nations. Some Christian traditions celebrate three great epiphanies on this day: the magi’s adoration of the Christ child, Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River, and his first miracle, in which he changes water to wine. The word and sacraments are for us the great epiphany of God’s grace and mercy. We go forth to witness to the light that shines brightly in our midst.
Through January, we will celebrate all these. I find it interesting how Scripture weaves these manifestations together from the creation of the world to the manifestation of the church as the Body of Christ. For example, worship for the Jews before the destruction of the Temple was the sacrifice of animals in the Temple. Jesus foretold the second destruction of the Temple that would occur in 70 A.D. At the same time, He promised that He would be the final sacrifice. His blood would be the last blood that would need to be shed. The sacrifice of His body would be for the sake of everyone and whoever believes in Him will receive that salvation.
So, Jesus’ blood was the last blood to be shed and that is good. We remember this every time we drink the wine at communion. Sometimes the invitation to come to communion is, “Come, taste and see that the Lord is good. Jesus saved the best until last, just like the servants witnessed at the Wedding at Cana.
Believe in Jesus and things will only get better.
As I said before, I find it interesting how Scripture weaves things together. The glory of the Lord is revealed in the reading of Scripture. People stand at attention. People weep. People prostrate themselves in prayer. The unity of the church is another reflection of the glory of God. Most gloriously, the promises of God are fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ. Gather round. Listen up. Glimpse the glory of God.
Living Lord Annual Congregation Meeting…The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at 11:45 am in the Worship Space – mark your calendar! At this meeting, reports will be received from Standing Committees, Congregation Council Members will be elected, and the 2019 Budget will be approved. Also at this meeting we will vote on the issue to permit same sex marriages to be performed on church property. Your Annual Report will be on the table in the hall the week prior to the meeting; be sure to stop and pick it up.
Church Information…Please remember that you can obtain church information from the monthly Lamplighter Newsletter, the Constant Contact emails you receive, on the church website (www.lllc.org), on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Living-Lord-Lutheran-Church-493806727349110/), and postings on the church bulletin board. Church Council Meeting minutes are posted on the bulletin board and sent out via Constant
Contact. We would like to see a better “open rate” when we send information to you via Constant Contact so that we know you are being informed of the activities that are occurring at the church. If you have any other suggestions on how best to reach out to our parishioners, please see a Council member.