A Blessed Epiphany to you All!

The season of Epiphany begins with the Baptism of Jesus Sunday. As Jesus is baptized we hear the words, “This is my Son, the beloved, with whom I am well please.” Jesus is identified as the one who has come to bring light and life to all the world.

We also remember our baptism when we, too, are named beloved sons and daughters of God. We remember the gifts of God’s forgiveness, God’s grace, and God’s Holy Spirit. We remember the call that we receive to “let our lights shine before others that they may see our good works and give glory to our Father in heaven.” We are called to live so that all whom we meet encounter God through us.

During this season of Epiphany, let us be mindful of the ways that reflect God’s glory in our lives. How do we let our lights shine before others? What do others come to know about God through us? This is a great responsibility, but also a great privilege.

God does not leave us on our own to live out this calling. God has given us his very Spirit that we might be empowered to serve the world. God gives us the ability to love and even when we feel wholly inadequate, God takes what we offer through our words and deeds and prosper them so that he is known in and through us.

During this season, I plan to put a star on the bulletin board in the narthex. The star represents Christ who shines in our world. There will be many stars there as well — stars for you to write on to note how you let your light shine. Let’s have some fun with this as we will visibly see all the ways we have an affect on our world — both great and small. We will be encouraged in our baptismal callings to be light.

Thanks for all you do to serve God!

Pastor Siri Sorenson