Star Words to start the new year

On the first Sunday (and first day) of the year, we will celebrate Epiphany Sunday, which commemorates the visitation of Christ by the Magi from the East. The Magi, guided by a star, brought gifts to the newborn King, and thwarted King Herod’s plan for violence.

The Star Words will be given out to those in worship on Epiphany Sunday. Star Words is a contemporary tradition of passing out intention words on Epiphany—a tradition growing in popularity amongst many Protestant churches. Inspired by the Magi following the star to Jesus, selecting a star word to meditate on throughout the new year can deepen your self-reflection and prayer practices.

The use of star words is a prayer practice connected to Epiphany and the new year that has been growing in popularity in Protestant churches for nearly a decade now. The idea is that a list of intention words, or guiding words, are written or printed on paper stars. These paper stars are then arranged, most commonly face down, on the Communion Table or in a large basket. Individuals are often encouraged to place their star word somewhere they
will see it regularly throughout the year to allow consistent reflection on how God has moved through, around, or in connection to that word.

Baby shower for Mary

Baby Shower

The Confirmation Class is inviting you to a special party on January 3, at 10:45. This is Epiphany Sunday, the day that the wise ones brought presents for the baby Jesus. As the class service project, we are throwing a Baby Shower for Mary in Epworth Hall. All are invited to come and enjoy cake, and punch and play some baby shower games. Guests should bring gifts for a newborn baby or mother. Consider basics needs like plain onesies, one-piece sleepers, formula, socks, pacifiers, blankets, hooded towels, or wash cloths. Please do not wrap any of the gifts. They will be brought to Winnie’s Place, a shelter for women and families.