The daily emails are an invitation to join the StGs community in daily prayer during the seasons of Advent, Christmas and concluding on the Epiphany. Each day has a brief excerpt from scripture, a reflection by someone in the StGs worshipping community, an offering of art, and an offering of music - it is designed to be able to be done in 5-7 minutes. There is always the option to read more scripture and spend more time in prayer!
The 12 Days of Christmas follow Christmas Day, and we spend these days rejoicing at our Savior’s birth - God incarnate as the Word made flesh. We celebrate with Christmas carols and find new ways to pay attention to God among us as we aren’t among each other! John’s gospel (always our gospel reading for the 1st Sunday after Christmas as well as Christmas Day) starts with a statement so grand, so mind-bending, so extraordinary that we cannot help but rejoice that God is so much more than we could ever ask or imagine. This is the God that we trust in this season like no other.
The Feast of the Epiphany is January 6th. Epiphany marks the world acknowledging Jesus’ birth, and reminds us thatGod’s guidance always leads us to Jesus’ presence. When we contemplate the magnitude of what God has done for us in choosing to be incarnate here on earth, we can’t help but fall on our knees alongside the foreign visitors who come bearing gifts. This year we will celebrate this feast with a virtual pageant sharing this story in a new way with all of us!