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Richmond Congregational Church
United Church of Christ

Rev. Katelyn Macrae, Pastor • 20 Church St. • P.O. Box 302 • Richmond VT, 05477

(802) 434-2053 • Email: church@rccucc.org • Facebook: www.facebook.com/rccucc

Sunday Worship: 10:00 AM with Sunday School and Nursery care
Church office hours: Tuesday-Friday 9:00am - 1:00pm

 

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December 2015 Reflections

Reflections From the Pastor

Dear Friends in Christ,

"Oh, oh, star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright. Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect light."

I find that the best way to sing "We Three Kings" is to sway back and forth when you sing the chorus! Epiphany, which technically falls on January 6, but which we will celebrate on Sunday, January 3, is the last of the twelve days of Christmas. It commemorates when the Kings/Wise Men brought Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. In Latin America "Dia de Reyes" (Day of the Three Kings), is a bigger celebration than Christmas. Gifts are exchanged on this day (instead of December 25) and people eat a special King’s Cake which is round, symbolizing the shape of a crown. Often a small plastic baby is baked into the cake. Whoever finds the baby in their cake has to host next year’s party.

 

While Epiphany marks the end of Christmas, it also begins a new liturgical season where we celebrate and affirm that God’s light (Jesus Christ) has come into the world. The prologue of the Gospel of John tells us that the Light of God was coming into the world and it could not be overcome. During the five Sundays of Epiphany we will celebrate Jesus’ baptism and end the season with Transfiguration Sunday (February 7, 2016) where Jesus seems to glisten and dazzle on the mountaintop.

In our northern climate, January can seem a bleak month without much sunlight. I love that our liturgical calendar reminds us of God’s light during this time of year. On the bulletin board above my desk I have a saying: "The more we open ourselves to receive God’s light, the more light we will have to share with the world." I pray that it may be so for each of us in this Epiphany season.

With Shine, Shimmer, and Dazzle,

Katelyn