Epiphany. Day 36 (The Final Day): The Light of the World

Epiphany. Day 36 (The Final Day): The Light of the World

Opening Prayer. God of all light and life, shine in, on, and through us. May we be your people, each with our own stories and beauty, who in our own way then together reflect your goodness and love to the world. For Christ’s sake, AMEN.

Scripture. John 8:12 (NRSV).

12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”


Epiphany. From Rev. Sara Wilhelm Garbers.

I love pop music.

One of my favorite songs is “Firework” by Katy Perry. It goes: “Baby you’re a firework | Come on show ’em what your worth | Make ’em go ‘Oh, oh, oh!’| As you shoot across the sky.”

Funny enough, this song makes me think of John 8:12 and the call of Christ on Epiphany. This is the call home, to be who we were created to be: ones who follow the God of light and in turn a people who individually and collectively are that light in the world (remember Matthew 5:14-16?).

So I hope that this Advent-Christmas-Epiphany journey has been one in which you have experienced the call of Christ to come home…whether or not you enjoy a home that is safe and welcome with your family on earth (I want to recognize and honor that the holidays can be painful for many)…that you have found home and rest in a new way in the love of God, in the connection with friends and community, and in the remembrance that you are one who is beloved by God.

To Tracy, Janet, and Ali for opening us up to this journey this season; to those from the community who took the time to reflect and lead us through the season in our daily devotionals; to you for engaging on the journey; and to this great God of love who we welcome this season, EMMANUEL….thank you.

It is our prayer as a pastoral staff that this time will prove to be one that has deepened us in love as a church, drawn us toward Christ, and will so further embolden us to be the people, the place, and the church of light and life that we are called to be.

For as the saying reminds us- “there is always more light yet to break forth.”

So here’s to the goodness of the God who is our light—may we be a people who follow this light as our true north and as we live and invite others to know this home.

AMEN.


Invitations for Consideration

  • How might we be a place of light and home space and welcome for others?
  • Let’s join together in prayer that we might become more of who God is calling us to be in this new year.

Closing Prayer. A Blessing from Jan Richardson.

”How the Light Comes”

I cannot tell you
how the light comes.

What I know
is that it is more ancient
than imagining.

That it travels
across an astounding expanse
to reach us.

That it loves
searching out
what is hidden
what is lost
what is forgotten
or in peril
or in pain.

That it has a fondness
for the body
for finding its way
toward flesh
for tracing the edges
of form
for shining forth
through the eye,
the hand,
the heart.

I cannot tell you
how the light comes,
but that it does.
That it will.
That it works its way
into the deepest dark
that enfolds you,
though it may seem
long ages in coming
or arrive in a shape
you did not foresee.

And so
may we this day
turn ourselves toward it.
May we lift our faces
to let it find us.
May we bend our bodies
to follow the arc it makes.
May we open
and open more
and open still

to the blessed light
that comes.

AMEN.