The Digest, our Parish magazine, comes out monthly. Here is the front page from the January 2020 edition. Paper copies can be obtained from the Church.
Rev Sharon Lord writes :-
Happy New Year!
It’s January and the celebrations and festivities of Christmas are over…… or are they?
Whilst our televisions and supermarkets would have us believe that Christmas ends on 25th December, in the church calendar Christmas season only begins on the 25th December and lasts 12 days!
We start the year with the Feast of Epiphany (6th January), when we remember the Magi (the wise men) visiting Jesus. The season of Epiphany then continues until 2nd February. So, don’t be surprised if you notice that our little knitted nativities are still on display, as the wise men visit Jesus.
In Matthew’s Gospel they are described as wise men from the East. ‘When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts, of Gold frankincense and Myrrh’ (Matthew 2: 10-11)
As we remember these gifts during the Epiphany season, it is a good opportunity for us to think generally about the idea of gifts. What makes a good gift?
We perhaps of gifts as physical things – things we want or need, or things others want or need.
We all have gifts: things which we are good at. Perhaps sport, art or music. We may be a natural encourager of others. Our organisational skills or our ability to empathise. These are gifts that we have to offer to those around us. Gifts which can contribute to our communities and help build and strengthen relationships.
This season of Epiphany, I’d like to challenge us to think about how we can offer our gifts to others, remembering always the greatest gift of love and hope found in the baby whom the Magi visited that very first Epiphany.
Blessings Revd Sharon