QUESTION: Could you explain Epiphany? Also, when was the Circumcision of the Lord?
ANSWER: Epiphany is from a Greek word meaning to "reveal" or "make manifest." The season of Epiphany is our time to focus on the revelation of "who" Jesus is: both true God and man.
On the Festival of Epiphany, Jan. 6, we hear the reading of the visit of the wise men (Matt. 2:1-12). In that event, these foreigners bowed down in acknowledgment that this infant was indeed the Christ, the Son of God.
The Sunday after Epiphany we hear the story of the Baptism of Jesus (Matt. 3:13-17). Here, God the Father confirms this man standing in the water is His beloved Son. The following Sunday we hear the story of the changing of water into wine at Cana (John 2:1-11). Through this event, Jesus revealed his glory and his disciples put their faith in him.
According to Jewish law, all males were circumcised on the eighth day — one week after their birth. We don't know the actual birth date of Jesus so we don't know the day of His circumcision either.
But since we have set aside a date for observing His birth, Dec. 25, we then set aside Jan. 1 (eight days later) as the date for the naming and circumcision of Jesus (Luke 2:21). The significance of this day is that our Savior began His long ministry of submitting Himself to the Law in our place.
Also, this was the first shedding of His blood, and points, in a small way, to the ultimate shedding of His blood on the cross.
Greetings to you in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Whether you have found our church website because you are looking for a church home, or you are on vacation and want to worship while away, or you were simply surfing the Net, we are thankful that the God has led you here today!
At Saint Paul Lutheran Church, we believe that God still speaks. He did not leave us alone after He created the world and everything in it. Instead, He continues to show us how He desires to save us and preserve the whole world from all of the trouble it has fallen into.
And never has God revealed Himself more clearly than when He revealed Himself as Jesus Christ! Through the Jesus’ “life work” – most especially His death on the cross and then rising to live again – we have been freed from the terrible cycle of sin, sickness and death. At Saint Paul, we give thanks and sing praise to God for sending Jesus to save us! That is why we call Jesus our Savior and Lord!
Even though “the world as we know it” will come to an end one day, God keeps us safe forever. In the end, we will be fully free of sin, sickness and death. This is God’s promise to everyone He calls to follow Jesus! That is His promise to you, too! Come join us on Sunday as we hear Him speak!
We see ourselves as a growing congregation, centered on a traditional Lutheran celebration each Sunday of Word and Sacrament, proclaiming the love of God in Christ Jesus to our community and our world, as we respond to God’s love with lives of praise and joyful service. You are invited to come and share with us as we grow!
Sunday Services: 8:00am, 10:30am (both traditional)
Sunday School: 9:15am
Wednesday Bible Study: 10:00am-11:30am
31 Rowe Blvd, Annapolis, MD 21401