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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Friday is a major celebration day in the liturgical calendar, the Day of Epiphany. The word in Greek (according to the scholars who know much, much more about the language than I) means something like "having been made known" and reflects the identification with Jesus of Nazareth as the Christ, and of the inclusion of the gentiles (non-Jewish folks) in the kingdom of God. The day of Epiphany is always on January 6 in our worship calendar, allowing for the celebration of the "12 days of Christmas" (December 25-January 5); the season of Epiphany begins on January 6 and flows through Ash Wednesday which, this year, falls on February 14th. (The day of Ash Wednesday floats, begin determined by Easter which is determined generally as the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox, or something along those lines!)

On Sunday we will celebrate the beginning of the season of Epiphany by reading some of the lessons appointed for January 6 and others from the "First Sunday after Epiphany" which is technically Sunday's liturgical designation.

So much for this week's lesson in liturgical time-keeping!

Epiphany is often considered the "season of light", recognizing the light of Christ coming into the world of darkness, and conveniently, in our northern hemisphere location, the lengthening minutes of light each day. It is also the day that commemorates the visit of the wandering astrologers—gentiles, to be sure—to the home of the growing child Jesus and their pronouncement—again, representing the gentile world—of Jesus as King. Not much is known of these figures in the story of Jesus birth and youth; it is not clear where they came from (somewhere east of Judah, it seems), how many there were (three gift categories are named, but not how many givers), whether they were male or female or how they traveled. They were not kings, as the song suggests; more likely they were star-tracking prophets of some other faith tradition. All of this makes their witness even more significant!

Jesus Christ is the light of the word; the light no darkness can overcome.

Along the way, PD

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THIS
WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK preschool
                     7:00 pm   SOV choir rehearsal

Thursday   9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK preschool

Sunday      8:30 & 11:00 am worship service
                   10:00 am Sunday School for ages preschool - 8th grade
                   1:30 pm OEC

Sunday School resumes this Sunday at 10:00 am: preschool - 8th grade. No class on January 14 in observance of MLK

Scrip Order Sundays in January 7th and 21st

The See's Valentine Candy Sale will start the beginning of January.

January 11th
4:30 - 9:00 pm
Spaghetti Factory's "Let's Eat Out" night
bring the flyer or show it on your phone.
SOV youth group will receive 15% of your order.
*Flyer is attached.

Mark Your Calendar
SOV's Silent Auction and Dinner (youth group fundraiser)
February 10, 2018  5:00 pm
~Exciting auction items are accumulating if you have items to donate or connection with contacts who can donate items. Please contact Wendy at wendyroeder at gmail (dot) com