Free Republic 2nd Qtr 2024 Fundraising Target: $81,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $30,959
38%  
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 38%!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: theepiphanyofourlord

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • "Epiphany, Baptism, and a Tale of Two Herods" (Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 3:15-22)

    01/07/2022 8:05:10 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 9, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Epiphany, Baptism, and a Tale of Two Herods” (Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 3:15-22) Every year, the Epiphany of Our Lord always falls on January 6, which was this past Thursday. The Gospel reading for Epiphany is the visit of the wise men, from Matthew 2. On the first Sunday after the Epiphany, which is today, we always observe the Baptism of Our Lord. And this year the Gospel reading is the account from Luke. This past Thursday, we had to cancel our Epiphany service. So now today, I decided to combine the readings for the two services, the Epiphany of Our...
  • "The January 6 Epiphany Insurrection" (Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord, on Matthew 2:1-12)

    01/05/2022 9:06:21 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 6, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The January 6 Epiphany Insurrection” (Matthew 2:1-12) It’s January 6. A group of visitors travel to the nation’s capital. They are there to raise questions about who the nation’s real leader is. This does not sit well with some in positions of power. They consider people raising such questions in a bad light. They think of those who challenge their authority as “insurrectionists” who need to be put down. No, I’m not talking about what happened on January 6 one year ago today. That was when a group of protestors went to Washington, D.C., to raise questions about who really...
  • "Why Have a Special Epiphany Service?" (Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord, on Matthew 2:1-12)

    01/06/2021 2:54:38 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 6, 2021 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Why Have a Special Epiphany Service?” (Matthew 2:1-12) So here it is on a Wednesday. And we’re having the Divine Service. How come? It’s not Sunday. “Pastor, why are you dragging us out here in the middle of the week, in January, to have church? What’s the big deal about Epiphany that we should come out on a non-Sunday?” In other words, “Why Have a Special Epiphany Service?” Well, that’s what I’m going to tell you now. There are a number of reasons, which I will explain. But first, what are not the reasons for having a special Epiphany service?...
  • "The Worship of the Wise Men" (Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord, on Matthew 2:1-12)

    01/05/2020 10:31:12 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 6, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Worship of the Wise Men” (Matthew 2:1-12) Today is the Epiphany of Our Lord. It is a major festival of the church year, and it always falls on January 6--much like Christmas always falls on December 25, regardless of the day of the week. Epiphany likewise is a fixed-date festival, and that’s why we’re here today. Actually, we’re here today not merely out of strict adherence to an ancient tradition--although there’s something to be said for sticking to ancient traditions unless and until you have a good reason not to. No, we are here today because God wants to...
  • "Finding Jesus: A Joyous Epiphany" (Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord, on Matthew 2:1-12)

    01/05/2019 8:49:15 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 6, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Finding Jesus: A Joyous Epiphany” (Matthew 2:1-12) Today is January 6, and that means today is Epiphany. The Epiphany of Our Lord is a major festival in the church year, a big one, almost on a par with Christmas. And, like Christmas, Epiphany is a fixed-date festival, meaning it always falls on the same date, regardless of the day of the week. So most years we celebrate Epiphany with a special service on a day other than Sunday, and we have to make a special effort to get here. But this year January 6 happens to fall on a Sunday,...
  • "Arise, Shine, for Your Light Has Come" (Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord, on Isaiah 60:1-6)

    01/05/2017 5:49:18 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 6, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Arise, Shine, for Your Light Has Come” (Isaiah 60:1-6) “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.” “Arise and shine”? Are you kidding me? On a Friday night? In January? On a dark and cold night, with snow on the ground? “Arise and shine”? Heck, it was hard enough to arrive on time, much less “arise and shine”! “Arise and shine.” After the week I’ve had? Yeah, Pastor, why are you dragging us out here on a Friday night in January anyway? I don’t know of many other churches that are...
  • "The Gentile Christmas" (Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord, on Matthew 2:1-12 and Isaiah 60:1-6)

    01/05/2013 4:45:52 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 6, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Gentile Christmas” (Matthew 2:1-12; Isaiah 60:1-6)It is often called “the Gentile Christmas.” I’m talking about Epiphany, of course, the festival we are celebrating today. The Epiphany of Our Lord is one of the major festivals in the church year, one of the biggies. It’s a fixed-date festival, meaning it always falls on a certain date, regardless of the day of the week--like Christmas is always on December 25. Epiphany is always January 6, right after the twelve days of Christmas. So if January 6 happened to be on a Friday or a Tuesday, for example, we’d be having service....