A very Happy New Year to you. If you are anything like me, New Year always seems to come as a bit of a surprise, hard on the heels of Christmas. After all the preparations in church, at home, in our schools and at work, then the celebrations of the great day itself, everything that follows can feel a little flat – we have probably eaten too much, spent too much, done too much and are now thinking about making some New Year’s resolutions relating to all the above!
In the churches, we are entering the season of Epiphany, during which we celebrate the astounding recognition of the baby Jesus, born to Mary & Joseph, the Son of God. The wise men, who had waited for so long, then journeyed to Bethlehem, fell down in wonder to worship as they recognised Jesus as the Christ, the one foretold in scripture. In seeing Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the wise men then, later on, Simeon and Anna in the Temple, and later still, John the Baptist, the disciples, and all who came to recognise Jesus for who he is, found their lives changed forever in the light of his life.
This can include us today too: it is never too late to decide to follow Jesus, or to follow him more closely. It doesn’t matter how young or old we are, whether we are male or female, what beliefs we have held in the past, how good or bad we think we have been, whether we see ourselves as ‘churchy’ people or not – we are all offered the love of God through his Son, Jesus Christ. Everyone is offered this in a particular way as part of our church community – you only have to look through our website to see how many services and events are available for you to join in with. Or perhaps you already come to church but would like to become involved in different ways – you would be warmly welcomed to try something new.
This Epiphany could be an epiphany in your own life. Epiphany is a time of growing recognition, and maybe in recognising a spiritual thirst in yourself, you would like to add to your New Year’s resolutions and give yourself the very special gift of nurturing an exploration of your faith in our churches. We are here to help you do just that, in whatever way we can, as we journey together.
Rev Chrissy Wilson
‘On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother;
and they knelt down and paid him homage.’