Epiphany 06 01 2019

Sunday 6th January 2019.

The Feast of Epiphany and, for us in the Methodist Church, Covenant Sunday (for more details see bottom of page).

To lead our Morning Service we welcomed
a former minister from the Colchester Circuit, Rev John Allison.

Our hymns were:-

Brightest and best of the sons of the morning.
Wise men seeking Jesus.
As with gladness men of old.
Come let us use the grace divine.
I will offer up my life.
Lord, for the years.

Our readings were from:-

Isaiah chapter 60 verses 1-6.
Matthew chapter 2 verses 1-12.
Jeremiah chapter 31 verses 31-34.

The sermon was about Epiphany, and also thinking about our Covenant, and can be heard here.

Our united evening Service took the form of a Cafe church and was led by our Worship Leaders, again thinking about the theme of Epiphany.

Our hymns were:-

O for a heart to praise my God.
Cradled in a manger meanly.
O Jesus Christ.
Birth brings a promise.
Wise men seeking Jesus.

Our readings were from:-

Luke chapter 2 verses 8-20.
Luke chapter 2 verses 41-52.
Matthew chapter 2 verses 1-12.

Throughout the service we listened to modern meditations around the characters in the Epiphany story, rather than having a sermon. We also enjoyed tea and homemade cake.

So, what is Epiphany?

A quick peek at Epiphany in Wikipedia tells us a lot, but briefly it is a Christian feast day which celebrates the visit of the Magi or Wise Men to the Christ child. In Eastern Christian traditions it also commemorates the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan, and there are various activities including blessing of water which remember this. Even in Colchester our Orthodox Christian friends went to the river Colne to bless it on Sunday.

 

What is Covenant Sunday?

Methodists have an annual Covenant Service usually held on the first Sunday of the year. It is a time to remember God’s promise – “I will be their God and they shall be my people”, and to renew our promise to God to remain in a relationship with him.
For more details, visit the Methodist Church Website which has a page about the Covenant Service.

Image or Rainbow as a sign of God's promise

 

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