The season of Epiphany extends through the months of January and February in the church, where we celebrate Christ being revealed to us in our homes, in our daily lives, and in the world around us. We have various ways to celebrate this revelation of Christ to us throughout the season, and we invite you to join us in this exciting time.
Epiphany House Blessings
Our celebration of Epiphany at St. Luke’s begins on Sunday, January 3rd, with the story of the Magi, who follow a star to find and worship the Christ Child. As we remember this great and mysterious story, we have a custom of gathering to ask God’s blessing on our homes and on those who live in or visit our homes. On this Sunday, worshipers may take home a piece of blessed chalk and a blessing for them and their families to use to bless their homes for the new year. If you are unable to attend worship in person, you may find the Epiphany Blessing for 2021 here:
On Sunday, January 10th, we celebrate The Baptism of Our Lord, when our services will be full of splashing water that is carried out into the congregation as we remember the amazing story of Christ’s baptism. On this week, we also rejoice that alongside Jesus, we too have been called God’s children in the waters of baptism. Together in worship, we will hold a remembrance of our baptism, and throughout the week, we may all take time to reflect on what it means to be baptized, to have the presence of the Holy Spirit upon us, and to be called Children of God.
Jesus Calls The Disciples
On Sunday, January 17th, we celebrate The Calling of The First Disciples, who are invited to “come and see” Jesus. What does it look like to be followers of Jesus? How do we invite others to come and see? This Sunday, all will receive an item to take out into the community as we help others to see Christ.
Christ, Our Light
On Sunday, January 24th, we celebrate The Conversion of St. Paul, and the way in which we are all part of one mystical body in Christ. On this day, we will remember Jesus, the Light of the World, who illuminates our paths and whose light not only changes us, but brightens the whole world.
Water into Wine
On Sunday, January 31st, we will hear the story of Jesus’ first miracle, where he turned water into wine at the Wedding at Cana. On this day, we will celebrate the transformation that Jesus brings into our own lives. All will receive a special table blessing for the week as we continue to celebrate the joy of Christ who joins us at the feast. Those who are interested may also receive a special marriage blessing/prayer for the new year.
Jesus, The Healer
On Sunday, February 7th, we will hear the story of Christ healing Simon’s mother-in-law. In honor of this day, we will say special prayers of healing for all of us who are sick and suffering with Covid-19 and other diseases and ailments during this sad time in our world.
Sunday, February 14th, is the final Sunday of Epiphany, when we hear the story of Jesus going up onto a mountaintop with his friends, where he meets with Moses and Elijah and is transfigured before them, his face shining like the sun. All will receive a tiny mirror to think of how God’s light has illumined our own lives and changed our own faces for the world to see.