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Epiphany at FPC

Join us as we begin the Festival of Epiphany in the sanctuary on January 7th. “Epiphany” is commonly known as “Twelfth Night.” For some countries it is the time of gift giving, caroling and the conclusion of the Christmas season.

In the season of Epiphany, in the Western church, the Magi are predominate. But in the Eastern churches, Jesus' baptism tends to be the primary theme.

“In the Bucharest subway, children leading lambs walk through the trains in commemoration of the Lamb of God to whom John pointed. Orthodox Christians traditionally have their homes blessed with holy water on or around this day. Nowhere is Epiphany celebrated more joyously than in Ethiopia. Pilgrims from all over the country converge on the ancient city of Aksum, where they bathe in a great reservoir whose waters have been blessed by a priest.’’ Edwin and Jennifer Woodruff Tait, in Christian History. It is a festival, commemorating the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles, remembering all the  events in the early life of Jesus that reveal his identity as the Son of God. The colors of the season are white and gold. The Liturgical Arts Team has made white holly the focal point of the season. Thanks to Joe Alexander and Neal Keenum for making our holly stand.

As the true end-point of the Christmas season, Epiphany sends us into the world to live out the Incarnation and to witness the light of Christ even in the darkness.

The End and a Beginning

As we begin Epiphany, we can use many hands for a short period of time to change our setting from ‘Birth’ to ‘Revelation.’ Sunday, December 31, help will be needed to move poinsettias, take down the tree, put away Christmas on ornaments, remove nativity scenes and put away candles and holders. If you donated a Poinsettia, please feel free to take yours home this Sunday.

Sanctuary Communion

Beginning on Epiphany Sunday, we will be serving communion in the sanctuary on the first Sunday of each month. In addition, a gluten free option will be available for all who have health issues that are worsened with the use of gluten. This is being offered on a trial basis to see if there is need for this option. It was appreciated at our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.