Between Advent & Epiphany
Church News | Monday, 16 January 2017 |
The time between Advent and Epiphany is a time to celebrate not only the comming of Jesus to earth, but it is a time when all Christians can reflect on the fact that Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. It’s the time of awakening, a time of realisation.
It was at this time that the wonderful news of Jesus’ birth was given to the shepherds and the star that appeared in the sky shone bright to guide the wise men to the holy child. Also, at this time of the church year we celebrate the baptism of Jesus, when John the Baptist was profoundly humbled to see the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove descend upon this man Jesus, confirming that this was the Messiah, the chosen one, the only begotten son that was given to us, because God so Loved the World.
This is the time when Simeon accepted the baby Jesus into the Temple and upon taking the child in his arms; he experienced a moment of realisation that he was holding the chosen one. It was a moment of revelation, when everything became clear. Like Paul, who experienced such a moment of revelation, on the road to Damascus.
At the 10.30am service Revd Anne reminded us that the church was not a private club, and that it should be opened to all, and just as the disciples were called by Jesus and as the apostles called each other, so we should call to one another to come in to worship the Lord.
In her Evening Prayer address, Revd Carolyn said that she loved the phrase 'Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness'. It was the first line of one of her favourite hymns, a hymn that was taken from one of her favourite psalms. Carolyn had often sung that lovely hymn throughout her life and we even left the church with the hymn ‘O, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness’ ringing in our ears thanks to Jill…