Ask folks to conjure up a picture of Jesus' birth, and many vivid images will no doubt
come to mind. The Christmas story is so familiar and so cherished that we have, in our
mind's eye, an entire photo album of pictures from the occasion.
Likewise, ask folks to picture Jesus' ministry, and their imaginations will inspire a
plethora of images. We see him blessing the children and healing the sick. We envision
him teaching on the hillside and walking on the water. We imagine the feeding of the
multitude, the calming of the storm, and the triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
Ron Love Mark Ellingsen Bob Ove Bonnie Bates Bill Thomas Frank Ramirez
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.