Epiphany is the culmination of the Advent/Christmas Season and the Twelve Days of Christmas, which are counted from the evening of December 25th until the morning of January 6th, which is the Twelfth Day. The custom is that the Twelfth Night is an occasion for feasting, including the baking of a special King’s Cake as part of the festivities of Epiphany.
What does Epiphany Mean?
The term epiphany means “to show” or “to make known” or even “to reveal.” The Wise Men, Three Kings or Magi who brought gifts to the child Jesus were the first Gentiles to acknowledge Jesus as “King” and so were the first to “show” or “reveal” Jesus to a wider world as the incarnate Christ. This act of worship by the Magi, which corresponded to Simeon’s blessing that this child Jesus would be “a light for revelation to the Gentiles” (Luke 2:32), was one of the first indications that Jesus came for all people, of all nations, of all races, and that the work of God in the world would not be limited to only a few.
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift up your eyes and look around; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from far away, and your daughters shall be carried on theirs nurses’ arms. Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and rejoice, because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you. A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall comes. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord. Isaiah 60:1-6
Epiphany at Elkhorn Hills is when the children tell the story of Jesus’ amazing birth. This year, “A Stable Beginning,” was performed by our youngest members on Sunday, January 4th at 5 pm. The delightful show included many children from our congregation and some friends. Following the Twelfth Night custom, a delicious feast was held after the play. Thank you to the various ministries within Elkhorn Hills that prepared the bountiful turkey dinner.
At the festive Three Kings Party, Elkhorn Hills crowned the next years’ kings. Congratulations to Cooper S., Maddie T., and Lane S. on being crowned!