From the Bishop: Christmas 2015 & Epiphany 2016
Christmas and Epiphany 2015 & 2016
Almighty God, who hast poured upon us the new light of thine incarnate Word: Grant that the same light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
– The Collect for The First Sunday After Christmas Day
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ –
The seasons of Christmas and Epiphany have now arrived. In the days ahead we will be telling the stories of Jesus’ birth as well as recounting the tales of the earliest revelations of his identity to humankind.
These stories invite us to open wide our hearts, minds and eyes to watch for the light that is Christ in the midst of our here and now. As disciples of Jesus we’re not just about re-telling ancient stories of what God once did on earth, but we are equally about celebrating God’s presence and actions in our Nebraska churches, homes and workplaces in the year of our Lord 2016. As people of faith, we look at all times and in all places for the presence of Christ, from self-giving acts of service and love, to moments of forgiveness and reconciliation, to occasions of deep human suffering and pain, when only the presence of God alongside could possibly make things right.
Walter Russell Bowie writes: “There is a divine gift standing outside our doors, nearer than some of us imagine, ready always to come in and take up its abode with us.”
May we all see and share the gift which is Christ the Lord during this Christmas season and throughout the New Year!
Faithfully Yours in Christ –
+ Bishop Barker