I am glad to say that I am on the mend from my recent flu sickness. I hate that I missed worship with you all this past Sunday (one of my favorite Sundays of the year!). I know that you were in capable hands, and I plan to be back with you this weekend as we continue in this season after the Epiphany. In just a few short weeks, we will receive ashes and begin the holy season on Lent... more to come later.

There are many traditions around Epiphany, in fact, there are multiple names for this day: Epiphany of our Lord and Three Kings Day. One tradition is that children (and even the entire family) leave their shoes outside the front door, a sign for the Magi to leave a gift for them. Another is that a box of grass and salt is left outside the door for the camels to eat while the Magi stop and visit each home. We each have our own traditions, as do churches, but we have a unified theme: Our Lord is come. Here is a portion of a favorite Epiphany text:
What star is this, with beams so bright, more lovely than the noonday light? ‘Tis sent to announce a newborn king, glad tidings of our God to bring.
May you have a blessed Epiphany season, and as we join together for worship, may you encounter the Almighty God. 

Grace and Peace, Dakota