The theme for the messages and worship services during the season of Epiphany will be “Eyes to See.” The stories that are usually associated with the season are the discovery of the Christ-child by the Magi and the baptism of Jesus. The wise men followed the light of the star and saw Jesus for the first time. The gift of the Spirit to Jesus during his baptism helped people see him in a new way. Generally speaking, an epiphany is a moment of sudden revelation or insight—“aha” moments. In the church, we talk about “God moments”—times when we catch a glimpse of the glory and greatness of God—and times when we “get it” and gain a clearer sense of what God is calling us to do.
The “Eyes to See” series will be part of a year-long emphasis called “2020 Vision.” When we hear the number “2020,” we can’t help but think of eyesight. (And it would be an oversight for us to ignore the opportunity to embrace it thematically!) So as the year unfolds we will focus on variations of the theme: “The Lens of Lent,” “Recognizing Resurrection,” “Pentecost Perspectives,” and “Visions of Advent.” I hope to see you ‘round the Table often this year. And I pray that we will all see God and ways to serve God’s people more clearly.