Epiphany, Celebrating God’s Incarnational Presence


Each of the Gospels gives us a unique glimpse into the life and ministry of Jesus. Matthew offers us quite a peculiar and exclusive look into what he calls “the Magi.” You know what I’m talking about; wise men, we three kings, and etc.


Matthew tells us that the Magi came looking for the source of the star in the sky. They brought gifts to the child of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.


In the liturgical church calendar, we celebrate this day as Epiphany, 12 days after Christmas. Epiphany comes from the Greek word, epiphaneia, meaning “manifestation” or “theophany.” In many Christian traditions, this is a day of feast, celebrating the incarnation of God becoming flesh and dwelling among us.


Locally, we know this means the opening of King Cake season. Might I recommend the extraordinary variety at Calandros…


As its roots, Epiphany is the celebration of the gift of God’s incarnational presence brought to us through Jesus. We celebrate the many ways God has blessed us through Jesus’ life, death, resurrection; and invitation into a new way of thinking and living.


The church is also an expression of God’s incarnational presence in this world, both individually and collectively. Through the church, we see the magnitude of how much God has blessed us.


In November, we asked you to select on why you are grateful for God’s work through UBC. Here are some of the ways you responded:


Members of my Sunday Spiritual Formation Group

Prayer partners that care deeply for what’s going on in my life

Authentic community

Pastoral staff

Radical hospitality

Love, inclusiveness, acceptance

The community within the choir

Genuine friendship

Courage and strength to move forward in faith

Connect Groups

For those who nurture my faith

Unity, peace, and diversity

Family Tree Café

Church of the Nations

Dozens of members listed by name

Creativity and open minds


This Epiphany, may we enjoy the sweetness of King Cake, but might we also celebrate God’s incarnational community, the church. Find someone this Sunday that reminds you of God’s presence and give them a word of gratitude.

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