How Is Jesus Birth “Joy To The World”?
Today is our first worship gathering of the New Year. New Year’s always feels like a new beginning. Many of us are making New Year’s resolutions, using the calendar to mark the day when changes will be made. The new calendar gives us a feeling of new beginnings.
Unlike the calendar we follow, which begins on January 1st, the church calendar starts on the 1st week of Advent, when we await the coming of Jesus. Today on the church calendar is The Feast of the Epiphany. This is when we commemorate Jesus first showing Himself to the Gentiles, represented by the Magi. Epiphany is also a season in the church calendar where, in general, we celebrate the arrival of Jesus.
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