Follow the Star, Journey to Joy

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Something’s different this holiday season at Grace: there is no usual Christmas pageant! Instead, we are slowing down, exploring the entire Christmas story and re-telling it, in a new way, at our Epiphany Pageant to be presented on January 4, 2015 at the 10:45 AM service. Why would we change this tradition of sharing the nativity story with all our children dressed as animals and angels, shepherds and kings? Well, there is something beautiful about really delving into a story…reading it in a new light, finding a new angle… We should never forget that Christmas is a season of twelve days, ending on the Feast of the Epiphany.

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This year, we explore the story after Jesus is back at home, as a toddler. Magi have seen a bright star and have begun their journey to discovering joy. The Magi understand that Jesus has been born as a king for all nations and that the miracle of His birth has illuminated a condition of their hearts and sparked them forward on a journey to pay him homage. Their story is the Epiphany story, an angle of the nativity story often overlooked.

christmas137We will find Gaspar in Egypt, surrounded by finery and wealth when he is distracted by a glimmer of light even brighter than gold! We find Melchior in the Orient, surrounded by fragrant perfumes and ancient practices of worship when he is distracted by a fire that dances among the skies. Then, there is Balthasar, surrounded by sorrow and disease when he sees a light coming to him strong and steady. The men are united, first by the star, and later by the joy of Christ.

Join us for the journey…

on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 10:45 AM

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