As a liturgical season, Epiphany marks the time when the church wrestles with the implications of an earthshaking revelation. Jesus is not simply the good King that God promised to Israel; He is the God of Israel become King. He is not simply a man who planted new creation in the heart of history; He is the God of history who came to offer his own life as new creation’s seed, and then to rise again as its first bloom. What then does this mean? How now shall we bloom too?
For our community, 2017 will be a Year of Following Jesus. This will be the theme that guides us in our liturgy and worship. Fittingly, then, our journey begins with Epiphany, as we fix our hearts on the Son of God, the distant star of our wildest longings, suddenly sprung up among us in humblest radiance.