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Epiphany Proclamation of Easter 2018

The ancient Church had a practice of announcing the dates of Easter as well as other feasts and fasts that do not have a fixed date. Since the Epiphany is a fixed date feast (January 6) and also the last major fixed date feast before we enter the Easter cycle which is characterized by moveable dates, it was a convenient time to proclaim the date of Easter and other moveable feasts and fasts. The Proclamation, however, announces more than dates. Ultimately, It proclaims the reality that our lives are to be lived in rhythm with and according to Jesus’ life. Continue reading Epiphany Proclamation of Easter 2018

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Epiphany House Blessing with Chalk

The Church has a custom of blessing homes (as well as proclaiming the date of Easter) on the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6) and the weeks following. Family and friends gather to ask God’s blessing on their homes and those who live in or visit the home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, our comings and … Continue reading Epiphany House Blessing with Chalk

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Epiphany Proclamation of Easter 2017

The Church has a couple of significant and meaningful traditions related to The Feast of the Epiphany. First, it is a common practice to bless homes on the Feast of the Epiphany and during the following week. One way of doing this is with chalk that has been blessed during the Epiphany Eucharist. Second, the ancient Church had a practice of announcing the dates of Easter … Continue reading Epiphany Proclamation of Easter 2017

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Epiphany House Blessing with Chalk

The Church has a custom of blessing homes (as well as proclaiming the date of Easter) on the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6) and the week following. Family and friends gather to ask God’s blessing on their homes and those who live in or visit the home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, our comings and … Continue reading Epiphany House Blessing with Chalk

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Epiphany Proclamation of Easter 2016

The Church has a couple of important and meaningful traditions related to The Feast of the Epiphany. First, it is a common practice to bless homes on the Feast of Epiphany and during the following week. One way of doing this is with chalk that has been blessed during the Epiphany Eucharist. Second, the ancient Church had a practice of announcing the dates of Easter … Continue reading Epiphany Proclamation of Easter 2016

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Epiphany House Blessing with Chalk

The Church has a custom of blessing homes (as well as proclaiming the date of Easter) on the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6) and the week following. Family and friends gather to ask God’s blessing on their homes and those who live in or visit the home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, our comings and … Continue reading Epiphany House Blessing with Chalk

He is Always Coming to Us – A Sermon on Matthew 3:13-17

“And do you come to me?” (From Matthew 3:13-17, Feast of the Baptism of our Lord, the First Sunday after the Epiphany) That’s the greeting Jesus receives from John. John almost seems surprised, taken aback, that Jesus has come to him. John has been in the wilderness preaching and baptizing. “Repent,” he says, “for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” The people of Jerusalem, … Continue reading He is Always Coming to Us – A Sermon on Matthew 3:13-17

Where is the Child? – An Epiphany Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12

“Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews?” (From Matthew 2:1-12, Feast of the Epiphany) I received an anonymous letter in this afternoon’s mail. There was nothing to indicate who or where it was from. Everything was handwritten. It was a single piece of notebook paper. It said, “God please forgive me!” Someone is looking for the child who has been … Continue reading Where is the Child? – An Epiphany Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12

Epiphany Proclamation 2014

The Church has a couple of traditions related to The Feast of the Epiphany. One of those is The Epiphany Proclamation (another being the blessing of homes). During the liturgy on the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, the Church proclaims the date of Easter as well as other feast and fast dates. The Proclamation announces more than dates. It proclaims the reality that our lives … Continue reading Epiphany Proclamation 2014