Epiphany means “manifestation,” a surprising, unexpected moment, a burst of light that illuminates the darkness. It recalls the star of Bethlehem and the visit of the three wise men, the magi, to see the infant Jesus. Epiphany in the Western church begins on January 6, and continues to Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.
Epiphany is a time to “open our eyes and ears” to grasp the meaning of those special moments in life that are unexpected, that catch us off guard, take us by surprise, and sometimes leave us breathless. These moments can be small and personal, like a baby discovered alive beneath the stones of Aleppo. They can be large and globally significant, like the fall of the Berlin Wall. In every case, such moments, or epiphanies, disclose something – about the world, ourselves and the presence of God. The question for us is this: Can we see, hear, and be grasped by their meaning?
Each of the nine Sundays of Epiphany will deal with an event in the global ministry of the church that brought with it such a disclosure, or revelation. Each was filled with surprise, wonder and awe. Each brought much joy! Each was, in its own way, a “manifestation” of the new creation in Jesus Christ.
Jan. 6. Week 1: Epiphany: preparing to discern: “Ears to hear, eyes to see.” Jan. 13 Week 2: Namibia Jan. 20 Week 3: Germany Jan. 27 Week 4: Tanzania Feb. 3 Week 5: South Africa Feb. 10 Week 6: Nigeria Feb. 17 Week 7: North Korea Feb. 24 Week 8: Guatemala Mar. 3 Week 9: Ethiopia
Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Conference Room
Reinhold Niebuhr: An American Conscience
January 9, 16, 23, 30, and February 6 Led by Retired Pastor John Rosenberg
Reinhold Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer remains one of the most quoted writings in American literature. Yet Niebuhr’s impact was far greater, as presidents and civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr., often turned to Niebuhr’s writings for guidance and inspiration on the most volatile political and social issues of the 20th Century. Niebuhr rose from a small Midwest church pulpit to become the nation’s moral voice—an American Conscience—during some of the most defining moments in American history. Can he also help form and inform the 21st Century American conscience? Join retired pastor John Rosenberg on Wednesdays in the Conference Room. Here’s a link with a trailer and description of a DVD we’ll be using as part of our sessions: http://americanconscience.com