Sunday, January 06, 2008


Saying for the day-The Liturgical Year was invented to teach people who couldn't read.
Today, in the liturgical churches , is Epiphany. The twelve days of Christmas have ended. Now the Church turns to the task of letting people know that God sent his Son into the world for them. Epiphany marks the beginning of the manifestation of Christ to the world.
In the Western Churches that is marked by the coming of the wise men and in the Eastern Churches by the baptism of Jesus.
It centers in the theme of the Light of the world breaking into the world. In many American parishes this is a time when all the Christmas trees are gathered and burned in a huge bonfire to symbolize that light breaking in.
Church members are reminded that they have the task of carrying that light out into a dark world.
Happy Epiphany everybody.

#### News from Pigeon Falls-The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal. The weirdest thing happened yesterday at the Fly Inn. People had gathered to see the two big football games. The Fly Inn advertised that they had a dish and they would have both games. But when it came time for the first game all that would come on the television was a rerun of the Mickey Mouse Club. It was on every channel. One has to know that those who had gathered had not come to sing M I C K E Y M O U S E. A near riot was adverted only when the Fly Inn gave everybody free drinks.
After a time the patrons were all singing M O U S E.
Over at the Josh William’s house the dish worked and they saw Seattle beat the Washington Redskins. This did not make them happy as many of the people of Pigeon Falls do not like Holmgren who coaches Seattle. They really wanted Seattle to lose. There was more joy at the Fly Inn in the singing of M O U S E than there was at the William’s home where they saw the game.
Today is Ephiphany and Last Lutheran will follow an old custom and have a bonfire of Christmas trees in the backyard of the parsonage. It will be smaller than last year when they set the parsonage storage building on fire by accident. It took the volunteer firemen all afternoon to get that out. So this year a four tree maximum.
The Fly Inn will try for today’s games but it isn’t promising anything. They could end up with reruns of Bewitched which would fit what has been happening.


Today's Link-Sermons and Art of Laura Gentry- an Epiphany Sermon ( What else would you expect?)
A great day even though the breathing was glad. I took my little oxygen bottle to Church. The choir was great. The Pastor preached a great Epiphany sermon. I fellowshipped after the service with another retired Pastor. I came home and Betty and Pennie went shopping. Betty and I worked all afternoon on the layout. I started laying track for the fourth module which promises to be the hardest of all. Betty created a road from one level to the other on the first module. She made it look like an old dirt road with ruts where the wagons were dragged and snow on the sides. She is so creative. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Alastair said...

Happy New Year to you and Betty, Dr John, and a blessed Epiphany full of light and life too....

Thank you for stopping by at New Kid and dropping off comments! My resolution for 2008 will be to comment more!

8:02 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Good, now I don't feel guilty about not taking down the Christmas tree and decorations yet. =O)

9:05 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Epiphany, little Christmas, the wise men, Christmas is officially over for another year. I never heard of the custom of burning of the Christmas tree. The neighbor has one in her fire pit. Maybe this is the day she'll burn it.

10:06 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

One would not be allowed to burn the Christmas Trees here in Calgary, some would complain about the smoke, also I can imagine the flame would be seen for over 100 miles if all trees were put on the Bon~Fire. It would burn for days.

Thank you for sharing Dr John, one always learns when they come here. You will have us all Lutheran's yet.

A Blessed Sunday is wished for you and Betty.

10:30 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

Dr. John, in keeping with today's theme, OC wrote a Three Kings -- something -- on O'Ceallaigh & The Quill. You might enjoy it.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

In the spirit of the reason for Epiphany, I apparently forgot to spell the word verification -- thus my comment didnt come through -- ie, I neglected to read that spot.

Seems that whoever was in control at the Fly Inn must have thought the attendees needed an "epiphany" through the symbolic spelling of MM -- (spelling is part of reading).

11:28 AM  
Blogger Nessa said...

We were rooting for the Redskins, too.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Josie said...

Happy Epiphany, Dr. John!

8:09 PM  
Blogger Louisiana said...

just came back from Miami. i had a wonderful trip and will love to tell you about it asap.

i'm off to the children's hospital. Louise is back in as of this pm for the same ongoing pain and problems.

she is being admitted as we speak and i'm off to take a shower and off to stay with her.

will let you know asap..

i'm glad that you had a good day. i hope breathing becomes better and better.

i love you all very much.

God Bless...xoxoxoo

8:54 PM  

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