When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his moth-er, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Matthew 2: 10-11
Greetings and peace to you all!
The waiting, the watching, the wondering of Advent 2018 was replaced with the great joy and exhilaration of another wonderful Christmas! A time when on Christmas Eve nearly 500 people heard the Word of God proclaimed for their lives anew across the UPG! Truly a wonderful celebration and witness to the power and glory of God come among us!
Now, our eyes turn towards the night sky as we prepare to celebrate the season of Epiphany! Epiphany literally means “manifestation.” During this season our Christian hearts look to celebrate the revelation of Christ in the world. First in the magi’s adoration of the Christ Child, next Jesus’ own baptism in the river Jordan, then on to Christ’s first miracle in which he turns water into wine. In all these places, in all these times God comes to us in human flesh made visible for our human eyes and hearts to have Christ revealed in our world!
As a community of faith, we continue our visioning process for the UPG — an intentional time when people within our community are looking for the light of Christ being revealed within our midst and how we might best proclaim that light in the world in which you and I live!
The hopes and prayers of the leadership of the UPG are that each person who gathers among us would be able to see and experience the joy of Christ dwelling among us.
May we all be able to move forward witnessing to the light of Christ which shines ever so brightly within our midst.