Spring Chickens Take Notice!

This Sunday will be the closing Sunday for our celebration of Epiphany. We will be taking on a scripture passage that is often skipped over, and seldom gets the attention that it should—Jesus being presented at the temple. At first glance, much of what is contained in the passage is easy to skim over and just keep reading, but there is actually some incredibly rich territory to mine here.   Perhaps one of the more interesting pieces of this passage is the Prophetess Anna. There is only one person in the New Testament that is expressly given the title prophet, and it is Anna. Others seem to display prophetic utterances (like Simeon in this passage), but she is the only one that is given that title. Even John the Baptist, who very clearly seems to play the role of the prophet, denies the title prophet in John 1:21. The office of the prophet is maintained, (1 Corinthians 12:28 or Ephesians

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Visions of God Danced Through their Heads

I know that many of you were looking forward to the series on Darwin, Science, Faith and God, and don’t worry, we will start that sermon series in two weeks. However, this Sunday and next I decided I wanted to tackle the Epiphany texts. We haven’t often made a big deal about Epiphany in this church, and many Presbyterian (and protestant for that matter) churches don’t. I would surmise that this is because many protestants have associated the holiday with the Roman Catholic tradition. It is a pity, because there are some wonderfully powerful messages that come out of the celebration of Epiphany.   Epiphany is connected to the calendar day of January 6—which is 12 days after Christmas (thus the song the Twelve Days of Christmas).  The English word “Epiphany” comes from two Greek roots “epi” meaning “near or in the presence” and “phaino,” meaning “shine, light, reveal, or vision.” Essentially, what we are saying is that the presence

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