Overcoming Differences…

This Sunday, we as a Church celebrate Epiphany. In the English language, the word “epiphany” literally means “an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure.” In the Christian life, we attribute Epiphany Sunday to the illuminating revelation of Christ to the magi (the wise men).

In Matthew 2:1-12, we read the story of these men from far away coming to pay homage to this baby born in Bethlehem. It is a time when these men come from vastly different parts of the world to claim Christ as King in their hearts and lives. Some scholars say that these three men come from Europe, Asia, and Africa, representing the people of the world coming together recognizing Christ’s kingship despite their many differences.

On Epiphany Sunday, we will be holding a joint worship service with Greater Bethel AME Church along with Grace Hall (the Brazilian congregation). I find it a beautiful manifestation of God’s love that these three communities will come together, despite our various backgrounds and experiences, to worship Christ our King. Regardless of the differences we hold, we know that God calls us to come from all over the world to recognize that Christ’s love is what unites us all.

As we begin this new year of 2019, I pray that this season is a time for us uniting as the family of God. I pray that we may all follow the stars leading us to Christ’s manifestation in our world. I believe that when we do follow that star, we will find the beautiful diversity of God’s family united in love to worship Christ our King.

We do want to remind you that we will only have one worship service with Greater Bethel at 10 am and there will be no Sunday school this Sunday. We hope to see you Sunday and look forward to worshiping with you on this special occasion!

Happy New Year and praying blessings upon this season of Epiphany in our lives!

Pastor Kipp