Rev. Chelsea Simon & Dana Black
Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 9:30am
Even though I am sure they looked different this year, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years.
This Sunday, as we move into the new year, we will also move into a new season. The season of Epiphany. Epiphany starts with the Christian feast day in which we celebrate the revelation of God in Jesus. Specifically, we remember the Magi’s visit to see the Christ Child. As Gentiles, God’s revelation made known to the Magi symbolize God’s love for all people. There is no in-group and out-group. All are in. All are included in God’s Kingdom.
I have read the story of the Magi many times but something new struck me when I read it this year. While this is one of the great, majestic, and awe-filled stories, God’s invitation came in an everyday entity...in a star.
We see this throughout Jesus’s ministry. He takes common items and uses them to teach big lessons (think sheep, coins, wine and bread). The ordinary becomes extraordinary. The secular becomes sacred.
This led me to wonder, how might I meet God in my everyday experiences? How might the mundane become holy for me? Those moments of washing the dishes, or putting my children to bed, or cutting the grass. Because really it is all holy.
As Brother Lawrence said, “The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer, and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen...I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament.”
This Sunday will look a bit different. I will be joined by Dana Black and together we hope to provide a taste of The Collective Table (previously known as The Table). The sermon will be conversational, the setting comfortable and we will have special music from Talip Peshkepia.
Also we will ask you to participate in a Love Feast. A Love Feast invites us to commemorate our unity through Christ, and feast on the spirit of love who is Christ. So make sure to have a doughnut, fruit, or some pancakes nearby!
See you during our Livestream at 9:30am or whenever you might be watching!
Peace in Christ,