My dear Brothers and Sisters,
On this Eve of the Epiphany there is so much to say but most will remain merely things pondered in my heart. As Christmastide comes to an end I trust that these Twelve Days of Christmas have been a blessed time of celebration for us. I do not know if any of you will engage in Twelfth Night gaieties but this year Sandy and I will be homeward bound arriving in Dayton about midnight and will be unable to join you. Next year will be different – Twelfth Night will be on Saturday and the Feast of the Epiphany on a Sunday.
Remember our gathering tomorrow night for the Celebration of Holy Communion. My homily is almost finished. You should be greeted on this blog as you wake tomorrow morning by a brief devotional for the day.
Remember tomorrow the Chalking of the Doors as we seek the Lord’s blessing of our homes for another year.
I thought the reading from Isaiah 66 in the ’28 lectionary this morning might help set a tone for tomorrow:
18 “For I know their works and their thoughts, and the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and shall see my glory, 19 and I will set a sign among them. And from them I will send survivors to the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands far away, that have not heard my fame or seen my glory. And they shall declare my glory among the nations. 20 And they shall bring all your brothers from all the nations as an offering to the LORD, on horses and in chariots and in litters and on mules and on dromedaries, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the LORD, just as the Israelites bring their grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the LORD. 21 And some of them also I will take for priests and for Levites, says the LORD.
22 “For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make
shall remain before me, says the LORD,
so shall your offspring and your name remain.
23 From new moon to new moon,
and from Sabbath to Sabbath,
all flesh shall come to worship before me,
declares the LORD.
24 “And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against me. For their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”
Maybe some of us can get together after services to informally close the day with a snack or two and a few beverages?
Blessings on this Eve of the Epiphany,