With the end of the twelve days of Christmas, Trinity’s worship space is transformed for another season. On January 6th, we commemorate the Epiphany, the celebration of the arrival of the Magi and their visit to the young Jesus. The weeks beyond mark the season of Epiphany. Epiphany is a season of Ordinary Time, which includes four to nine Sundays, depending on the date of Easter. It is called “ordinary” because its Sundays are given ordinal numbers (first, second, third, etc.) after the Feast of Epiphany (January 6). It stands between the two great Christological cycles of Advent-Christmas- Epiphany and Lent-Easter-Pentecost. Its central theme is the calling of disciples and the early ministry of Jesus. The First Sunday focuses on the Baptism of Christ and the Last Sunday on the Transfiguration.
In our 11:00am worship services, we will use white paraments and stoles on the First Sunday (Baptism of the Lord) on January 10th, and the Last Sunday (Transfiguration Sunday) on February 14. On the Sundays in between, we will use green paraments and stoles. During this season, we will celebrate baptism as a way of remembering our call to discipleship and we will consecrate our spiritual leaders who serve on the various church committees for 2021. Our baptismal font will be placed in a prominent space within the sanctuary as we claim the renewing waters of baptism. Hymns, scripture lessons, sermons, anthems, and prayers will have elements and themes that speak of the on-going revelation of God in our lives and our journey as disciples.
May God bless our growth as disciples of Christ in this season of Epiphany.