Today is the Feast of the Epiphany. This is the day that commemorates the revelation of the Messiah of Israel to the Gentiles. Isaiah prophesied "Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn." (Is. 60:3) Abraham was told that "all the peoples of the earth will be blessed through you" (Gen. 12:3b).
These promises, and many others like them, began to be fulfilled when the magi found the Child Christ, gave him gifts, and worshiped him (Matthew 2:11). From that moment on, the light of Christ has been made manifest to all people. We are the inheritors of that light, and so we set aside a day (January 6th) and an entire season of the Church year (Epiphany) in order to celebrate God's grace in revealing himself to all of us.
At Church of the Redeemer, we celebrate the Epiphany by burning our natural Christmas trees on the church property. We do this for two reasons. First, Christmas trees used in our homes are liturgical items. Like all items used in worship (robes, candles, Bibles), when they are not longer needed they should be burned rather than discarded. Second, Epiphany celebrates the coming of the Light into the world (John 1:1-14), and this light begins with the Nativity. So the light of the fire in the cold darkness reminds us of the coming of the Son of God into the world.
All people are invited to join us. It lasts less than an hour, and is worth coming for the spectacle alone. We start at 6 p.m., 920 Caldwell Lane, 37204.
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