After Christmas

2nd Sunday after Christmas

January 5, 2003
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Jeremiah 31:7-14
Reading 2: 
Psalm 147:12-20
Reading 3: 
Ephesians 1:3-14
Reading 4: 
John 1:10-18
By Bruce G. Epperly

In the days that lie ahead, we invite you to share in an adventure of vision. Epiphany is about experiencing God’s Holy Adventure in all things from the daily tasks of parenting, working, and service to remarkable experiences of insight and mysticism. In Epiphany, we open ourselves to Divine omnipresence and Divine omni-activity–to the Holy One who is present in each breath and who guides in every encounter. The God of scripture is dynamic and relational.

2nd Sunday after Christmas

January 3, 2010
See Also: 

A New Year Blessing
John Cobb on Incarnation
Daniel Day Williams on incarnation

Reading 1: 
Jeremiah 31:7-14
Reading 2: 
Psalm 147:12-20
Reading 3: 
Ephesians 1:3-14
Reading 4: 
John 1:10-18
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Jeremiah 31:7-14

1st Sunday after Christmas

December 31, 2000
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26
Reading 3: 
Colossians 3:12-17
Reading 4: 
Luke 2:41-52
By Rick Marshall

Luke 2:41-52

1st Sunday after Christmas

December 31, 2006
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26
Reading 2: 
Psalm 148
Reading 3: 
Colossians 3:12-17
Reading 4: 
Luke 2:41-52
By Bruce G. Epperly

What shall we say on this “low Sunday” of the year?  Many pastors appropriately take a retreat on the week following Christmas, but the work of theological reflection and spiritual growth continues even when we are “off duty.” For the sake of personal, theological, and liturgical continuity, it is a good practice for pastors to reflect on the lectionary readings even when they aren’t preaching.

1st Sunday after Christmas

December 27, 2009
See Also: 

John Cobb on Incarnation
Daniel Day Williams on incarnation

Reading 1: 
1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26
Reading 2: 
Psalm 148
Reading 3: 
Colossians 3:12-17
Reading 4: 
Luke 2:41-52
By Paul S. Nancarrow

1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26

Epiphany

January 6, 2008
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 60:1-6
Reading 2: 
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
Reading 3: 
Ephesians 3:1-12
Reading 4: 
Matthew 2:1-12
By Bruce G. Epperly

“Arise, shine; for your light has come!” Epiphany is the season of illumination, highlighting God’s revelation to all humankind. The magi from the East pay homage to the Christ Child and all creation experiences God’s glory. The juxtaposition of light and darkness in Isaiah’s passage is spiritual and ethical, rather than cultural or ontological. God’s revealing light, while challenging to self-interested and nationalistic political leaders, is truly good news for all humankind, even those who flee its revealing.

Epiphany

January 6, 2002
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 60:1-6
Reading 2: 
Psalm 72:1-7,10-14
Reading 3: 
Ephesians 3:1-12
Reading 4: 
Matthew 2:1-12
By Bruce G. Epperly

Contributed by Bruce G. Epperly and Anna Rollins

2nd Sunday after Christmas

January 4, 2009
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Year A
Year B
Year C

See also:
John Cobb on Incarnation

Daniel Day Williams on Incarnation
Preaching Christmas

Reading 1: 
Jeremiah 31:7-14
Reading 2: 
Psalm 147:12-20
Reading 3: 
Ephesians 1:3-14
Reading 4: 
John 1:1-18
By Bruce G. Epperly

Today’s passages describe future hopes that transform our attitudes toward the challenges of our present circumstances. God’s horizon of hope beckons us forward, reminding us of the giftedness of the present moment both personally and within our communities of faith. The nature of this future is not spelled out, nor are our visions of hope guaranteed of success. Nevertheless, the God who provides hopeful visions for the future will continue to inspire us every step of the way, even if we travel homeward – like the magi - by unexpected paths.

2nd Sunday after Christmas

January 5, 2003
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Jeremiah 31:7-14
Reading 2: 
Psalm 147:12-20
Reading 3: 
Ephesians 1:3-14
Reading 4: 
John 1:(1-9), 10-18
Alt Reading 2: 
Wisdom of Solomon 10:15-21
Alt Reading 1: 
Sirach 24:1-12
By Bruce G. Epperly

Bruce G. Epperly and Anna Rollins

1st Sunday after Christmas

December 28, 2008
See Also: 

Year A
Year B
Year C

See also:
John Cobb on Incarnation

Daniel Day Williams on Incarnation
Preaching Christmas

Reading 1: 
Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Reading 2: 
Psalm 148
Reading 3: 
Galatians 4:4-7
Reading 4: 
Luke 2:22-40
By Bruce G. Epperly

Traditionally, the Sunday after Christmas is one of the “low” Sundays of the Christian year. After the wonder, majesty, and crowds of Christmas Eve, often the Sunday after Christmas is a liturgical and spiritual “let down” for pastors and parishioners alike. Yet, this “low” Sunday invites us to a “high” and generous Christology and a lively, expansive vision of divine revelation.

1st Sunday after Christmas

January 1, 2006
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Reading 2: 
Psalm 148
Reading 3: 
Galatians 4:4-7
Reading 4: 
Luke 2:22-40
By Bruce G. Epperly

The Isaiah passage recapitulates a portion of an earlier Advent reading. It proclaims that righteousness and praise will spring forth like buds on a tree and plants in a garden. To a demoralized people, these words reflect another “impossible possibility,” the vindication of the nation of Israel before humankind and the healing of a fallen land. No doubt, the prophet’s listeners were incredulous, to say the least. And, they are just as unbelievable today.

1st Sunday after Christmas

December 29, 2002
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Reading 2: 
Psalm 148
Reading 3: 
Galatians 4:4-7
Reading 4: 
Luke 2:22-40
By Bruce G. Epperly

The Isaiah passage recapitulates a portion of an earlier Advent reading. It proclaims that righteousness and praise will spring forth like buds on a tree and plants in a garden. To a demoralized people, these words reflect another “impossible possibility,” the vindication of the nation of Israel before humankind and the healing of a fallen land. No doubt, the prophet’s listeners were incredulous, to say the least. And, they are just as unbelievable today.

1st Sunday after Christmas

December 27, 2009
See Also: 

Year A
Year B
Year C

See also:
John Cobb on Incarnation

Daniel Day Williams on Incarnation
Preaching Christmas

Reading 1: 
1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26
Reading 2: 
Psalm 148
Reading 3: 
Colossians 3:12-17
Reading 4: 
Luke 2:41-52
By Paul S. Nancarrow

1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26

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