Dear First Lutheran Family and Friends,
Happy New Year!
As we exit one year and enter a new year, we also enter new church seasons … Christmas and Epiphany! We live in the real presence of Jesus all year long, but in these two church seasons we recognize and celebrate Jesus’ first coming in the flesh as a baby and then His growth into manhood. The light of Christ shining into the darkness of the world is symbolized by the Star of Bethlehem which directs the magi from the East to worship the King of kings. Throughout the weeks of Christmas and Epiphany, we give thanks to God for shining the light of Christ into the entire world through His prophets, apostles, and the church so that it shines on us too.
The Seasons of Christmas and Epiphany are characterized by seeing the word of God grow in the world … from the single point of light in a manger in Bethlehem, to thousands of miles away where the magi lived, and throughout the Holy Land as Jesus’ ministry begins. The color of the Epiphany season, “green” – the color of living and growing plants – symbolizes the extending of the Kingdom of Heaven as the light of Christ penetrates the darkness of the world and sin-hardened hearts when Jesus exits His hometown of Nazareth “to proclaim good news … the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19) to the people of Galilee and Judea.
In these seasons of Christmas and Epiphany, we recognize the most important gift of all gifts … the gift of God’s grace found in His word and sacraments – the forgiveness of our sins and the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ. As we see the color green, we’re reminded of this gift – how Jesus grew into a man who was also the Son of God and how His word of truth and light has spread throughout the world to bring us these same gifts. We rejoice also in the privilege of being Christ’s light in the world today … that through each of us, His light continues to penetrate the darkness of the world and draw others into faith in God’s real presence among us in Jesus Christ who leads all who believe into eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven and the New Creation.
In Christ’s Love,
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