January 6 is the twelfth day of Christmas and the day of Epiphany, celebrating the appearance of the Lord in the midst of humanity. In particular, we celebrate the revelation of God’s promise and purpose to the nations of the world, as the magi came from the East to worship the Christ child, and God’s covenant of grace is extended to all who believe the good news of Christ Jesus. In our celebrations of Christmas and Epiphany, we rejoice in the dawning and the arising of Light in darkness. Epiphany not only discloses the Savior to the world but also calls the world to show forth Christ, to be witnesses to God’s true Light. The timeless mystery of the incarnation, God in flesh, leads us forward to show and tell of Christ as God’s gift of grace and salvation for all persons. (Excerpts from the Companion to the Book of Common Worship at 94-95 (Geneva Press 2003)).
Pastor Karen Witt’s sermon on Epiphany Sunday touches on and further develops these themes: manifestation, disclosure, rejoicing, light, witness, “for all persons.” Karen’s sermon will give you a rich appreciation for Epiphany, and its call to us who believe “to show forth Christ.”