We say, "I don't know." God says "I knew you when."
Rev. David Ivie, Pastor
Conflict is inevitable. Both Jeremiah and Jesus were prepared for it. The blessed assurance came not from trendy conflict resolution techniques. Those may be helpful, yet ultimately what is most helpful is knowing that we are known. Our True Selves cannot be hurt.
For the fourth year in a row, First Presbyterian Forney held a celebration for Epiphany. The celebration and meal marks the transition from the Christmas Season (the 12 Days of Christmas from Dec 25 through Jan 5) to the Season of Epiphany. Epiphany is always on January 6, the day that marks the "epiphany" or manifestation of Christ as the Savior of the World. Epiphany Season lasts from January 6 until Mardi Gras, the Tuesday before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.
Our celebration was held after the morning worship service and included a meal provided by members of the church, a reading of the story of the wise men giving gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, a choir anthem "The First Noel" set to the tune of "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," and a reading of the wonderful story "The Legend of Old Befana" who was too busy sweeping her house and porch to go with the wise men to see Jesus.
An offering was received, proceeds of which were given to the Clay Jones Legacy Foundation.
January 6th was a special evening at the church; Epiphany was celebrated in style. The sanctuary was beautifully decorated with lights and candlelight and tables were decorated with white tablecloths, flowers, and more lights. The evening started with those present eating appetizers and getting to know each other better. This was a fund raiser for the youth to help with costs of 2016 youth trips, such as Presbyterian Youth Triennium. Since this benefited the youth, they served salad, chicken, bread, and dessert to those present. Following the wonderful meal, there was a service to celebrate the coming of the three wise men bringing gifts to the new born king that included communion. The evening was wonderful, the food was great, and the youth did a fantastic job.
Epiphany is the celebration of Jesus being made known to the world, represented in the story of the wise men recognizing Jesus as Savior and bringing him 3 gifts. It is celebrated each January 6 to mark the end of the 12 days of Christmas.
Special thanks to all those who supported our youth by attending, providing food, and decorating!
Eating and Worshipping in Style
Lance's Cake, Baby Jesus and Sheep Receiving Gifts