Cold December flies away
at the rose-red splendor.
April's crowning glory breaks
while the whole world wonders
at the holy unseen pow'r
of the tree which bears the flow'r.
On the blessed tree
blooms the reddest flow'r.
On the tree blooms the rose
here in love's own garden,
full and strong in glory. ELW 299
This has been a hard December with all the snow and cold. As the hymn
indicates, we are looking forward to spring and new growth even though winter has just begun. However, we are past the winter solstice and the days are ever so slowly getting longer. When we look at the end of this verse, we see that the author is not talking about the literal seasons, but of Christ, “here in love’s own garden, full and strong in glory.” And what is the blessed tree? Could it be the cross? What do you think?
I am so very grateful for the generosity of this congregation. Thank you so much for your Christmas gift. May God bless each of you for your generosity.
As you probably know by now, St. Mark in Mayville is contracting with Father Richard Elberfeld, the pastor of St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mayville, to serve as their pastor. Bringing these two congregations together seemed to be obviously God’s work to better be a witness of God’s church in Mayville. I will miss the members of St. Mark, but on the other hand, this means I get to stay after services at St. Timothy for fellowship. I won’t have to run off to Mayville right away. This new
arrangement begins Monday, January 15. Please continue to keep these
congregations, as well as St. Timothy, in prayer.
Leaving December behind means we enter Epiphany (January 6). People often speak of having had an epiphany. According to dictionary.com, it means “ an appearance or manifestation, especially of a deity; a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something….” For us as Christians, it is the celebration of the appearance of the Magi to Christ, but it is also a time in the church year, the time after Epiphany that goes until February 11, the Transfiguration of Our Lord. This Epiphany season, let us open our hearts to the epiphanies God may show us.
May you have a blessed New Year and a greater understanding of who
you are in Jesus and who we are together as God’s church.