Dear all

Happy New Year! I trust you have all had a positive and peaceful Christmas and New Year break. May God uphold us all in 2021.

This week we mark the feast of Epiphany, the visit of the Magi revealing that the Christ-child is Lord of all, Saviour of the world. And as we enter this season of Epiphany, we are invited to reflect on the following…

  • How are we feeling at the start of this new year? Hopeful, anxious, joyful, weary, lost or…?
  • In Matthew 2:1-12, we read that when the three Magi “saw the star had stopped… they were overwhelmed with joy”. As we re-visit the Christmas story this year, in this age of pandemic, what overwhelms us with joy?
  • If we were one of the three Magi visiting the Christ child in the manger, what gift would we bring to the new born king and why?

A prayer for Epiphany
Creator of the heavens,
who led the Magi by a star
to worship the Christ-child:
guide and sustain us,
that we may find our journey’s end
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Many thanks to all who contributed to today’s online worship event: Barbara and Julie (readers); Jaynie (prayers); Malcolm and Richard for playing for us. Thank you to all who gathered for our first online service of the new year.

Today we welcomed Revd Judy Ashby who will now be a part of the ministry team serving All Saints and St Barnabas churches. We look forward to all that God has purposed for us as a benefice this year.

Revd Dr Catherine Mark Okoronkwo

The Feast of Epiphany