Pastor’s Pen – Jan. 2024

Pastor’s Pen – Jan. 2024

Welcome to Epiphany! This Sunday, January 7th, we will celebrate the witness of gentile Magi to the identity of Jesus. Along with the Sacrament of Holy Communion, we will be 0ffering everyone a chance to draw a Star Word for their prayer journey.

Star Words are inspirational words connected to Epiphany that a person takes with them on a year-long prayer journey. They are written on paper stars. You place the star in a place you will encounter it often such as your car, a mirror in your home, or my favorite, the refrigerator door! Each time you encounter it, you say a prayer for God to reveal something to you connected with the Word, your life, and your faith.

This Sunday, when you come forward for communion, you will be able to take bread (regular or gluten-free), juice, and then choose a Star Word out of a basket. I encourage you to not try to control your word but to allow a bit of randomness and Holy Spirit to guide your journey. If after walking with your word for a bit you feel it doesn’t really apply to you, come and see me, and we will get you a new word. There are enough stars for you to take words to family or friends that you think will enjoy the prayer practice. If you are at home or traveling, I will have star words available for a couple of weeks. I can even mail you one! Begin 2024 with a Star Journey!