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January 7, 2018: A New Year Call to Go Deeper

by Father Jadon

This weekend we mark the end of the twelve days of Christmas with the celebrations of the Epiphany and the Baptism of our Lord. But the season that comes after these celebrations is itself something special. In Advent of the year 2000, the Church of England formally recognized an option to extend the celebration of Christmas through “Epiphanytide,” from the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6) to the Feast of the Presentation (February 2), essentially making the Christmas season a full forty days. It’s an interesting idea. Here at All Souls we’ll clothe the altar in a dark green and festive pink as we make our way through this winter season of common time that feels different than the long green season of summer. Whether it’s the cold outside, the afterglow of Christmas, or the readings from scripture about Jesus’ early ministry among his disciples, each year during these weeks I find myself wanting to more fully embrace the warmth of the Incarnation in my own life of faith and discipleship. I find myself yearning for an epiphany, a striking appearance, a manifestation of God’s presence in my life. Each year during this time I hear a call to go deeper.

As I was learning about All Souls, as we discerned a call to one another, I was struck and encouraged by an expressed desire for this parish family to grow in new ways, spiritually. I heard it in conversations with the search committee and vestry; I read it in the parish profile and the results of the RenewalWorks assessment; and I imagined it as I thought and prayed about joining you. It’s time for us to start taking that desire more and more seriously. As we begin this new calendar year, I intend to devote more of my own attention to the cultivation of new opportunities for us all to go deeper with God and one another.  I hope you’ll take part, even if it requires a new or different kind of effort than you’ve known to date.  For we celebrate the Epiphany in the story of three wise ones, who themselves journeyed into new territory, not knowing exactly where they were going, to find God anew. In this new year, let us follow their example and risk something we think we know about God in order to find something new.  Let us live into the call and promise of Baptism and step into a new and deeper way of being in and with Christ, our Emmanuel, God with us.  Happy New Year!

Jadon Signature with Cross

Last Published: January 4, 2018 1:16 PM
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