Today the church celebrates the Feast of Epiphany.
But since we’re Presbyterian flavored Christians, we actually celebrated it yesterday in worship. (Mid-week worship for most Presbyterians I know is limited to Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, and maybe Maundy Thursday.) Anyhow, we received our new STARwords in worship yesterday and I’ve been drawing stars for blog and Facebook readers.
I didn’t invent this idea, but a friend shared it with me a number of years ago, and the congregation I serve has found it to be a meaningful experience.
In our church, people pick a star when they come forward for communion. Some people just take the one on the top of the pile. Others dig down to grab one from the middle. Some look at the word immediately. Others stick it in a pocket without glancing at it. Occasionally, people will trade out their star for a different word. But most people trust the word they receive will have something to offer, even when they don’t like the word (or maybe especially when they don’t like the word!).
If you’d like a STARword for the year, to guide your prayers and start a new conversation with the Divine, let me know in the comments and I will draw a word for you.
But what I really hope for is that you will share with us how your word works on your life this year. The stories people have shared about their words in the past few years have really inspired me.
So, if you have your own blog, and want to write about it there, please put a link in the comments here. Or if you’d like to “guest blog” on my blog, we can publish your reflections that way. Or you can just leave a comment on this post throughout the year, as you have further epiphanies.
If you’d like to read what others have written in the past year, the top of my blog page has a tab called “STARward”, and all reflections are tagged to post there.
I look forward to reflecting on my new word and trust that God has something for me in the journey as has happened the last two years with my other words. Can’t wait to hear how your words speak to you this year!
And here’s a prayer my friend Michelle Thomas-Bush wrote that she uses when she passes out Epiphany gifts:
God, we acknowledge that we are not always ready to receive your best gifts for us. You have given us an epiphany word in order that we might be MORE.
It is often our habit to turn aside, stumble over, or even reject experiences and encounters that we later understand to have been precious gifts.
Help us to be open to the gift that you offer us now through our star words. We acknowledge that we do not fully understand what this word might mean for our faith, but we receive it from you with gratitude and pray that your Spirit will enable us to live into our word with intentionality and faithfulness.