As we enter into the season of Epiphany, Sara looks at the story of the Magi visiting Jesus and explains how the revelation of God in Jesus has been celebrated by the Church throughout the world. Epiphany is an opportunity to alter our rhythm to the rhythm of the Gospel story -- repenting and re-orienting our hearts. The worship journey for this week: "Recognizing the revelation of God in our lives." Sara shared several quotes during her message: (1) Ruth Haley Barton - "The stirring of spiritual desire indicates that God's Spirit is already at work within us, drawing us to Himself. We love God because He first loved us. We long for God because He first longed for us. We reach God because He first reached for us. Nothing in the spiritual life originates with us. It all originates with God." (2) Kenneth L. Sehested - "Those for whom this 'world' is 'home' -- all who profit from current arrangements, from orthodoxies of every sort -- will take offense at this swaddling-wrapped revolt. Something new is being built; a new cornerstone (Eph. 2:20) is being laid. That is the good part. The bad part is that existing structures may be razed to make room." and (3) T.S. Eliot (from "Journey of the Magi") - "We returned to our places, these Kingdoms, but no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation." Matthew 2:1-12.
January 6, 2019