Dear Members and Friends at Trinity Lutheran Church,
Don't miss out on the New Year's Eve service this year! Pastor Dautenhahn will be leading worship. We will observe Epiphany on the first Sunday of January.
Epiphany is obviously a church holy day. We recall when the Magi visited Jesus and brought him royal gifts. This was no small matter because it underscored that Jesus was the Savior not only for Jews but also for Gentiles.
New Year's is also a holy day in the time of the church. Most people will only think of the change of calendar. I'll have the challenge to remember to write "2016" instead of "2015" on any checks I write. Maybe you have had the same issue? Certainly people will consume yet another "healthy" portion of food, spirits, and sweets in December. I am so glad Dillard's has pants with expandable waists!
Both New Year's Day and the Epiphany have meaning for the Christian Church. On New Year's the church remembers the circumcision of Jesus on the 8th day. This was when He shed His first blood. This reminds us of what Paul says,
"But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons." (Gal. 4:4)
Jesus shed His first blood when He was circumcised. He was very much "under the law." He was keeping the Old Testament regulations right from the start through His devout parents.
There is no redemption without the shedding of blood. The blood of goats and bulls could not atain the atonment for the sins of the people. These were foreshadowing the work of Jesus to come. Jesus' work get's started fast. While His public ministry begins at His Baptism, His work for us was already going on in the conception, birth and circumcision. You were no after thought when it came to God's work of the past. As we enter into 2016, you still are in God's mind and heart and the blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son cleanses you from all sin.