We are in the season of Epiphany                                             


The four Sundays in February are in the Epiphany season of the Church Year calendar.  Epiphany is a word that means “showing forth” or “manifesting.”  The Epiphany season began on January 6 with the visit of the Wise Men to worship the Child Jesus as the newborn King of the Jews.  The season continued with the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, the calling of His first disciples, His preaching the good news of salvation and the opening of His famous Sermon on the Mount. In the four Gospel readings for February we find Jesus teaching that we are lights in this spiritually dark world who give evidence of our new birth as Christians as we love even our enemies and seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.  To live that way is truly an “epiphany experience” to show that we really belong to our Lord Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit live renewed lives.

There are many beautiful hymns in the section of our hymnal for Epiphany.  This is one of them
"Within the Father's House"

"Within the Father's house, the Son has found His home,
and to His temple suddenly, the Lord of life has come. 
The secret of the Lord escapes each human eye,
and faithful pondring hearts await, the full epiphany
Lord, visit Thou our souls and teach us by Thy grace,
each dim revealing of Thyself with loving awe to trace
Til we behold Thy face and know as we are known
Thee, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Coequal Three in One."

Text:James r Woodford
Tune: Johann Baltjasar Lpmog
setting the Lutheran Hymnal
Text and music: Public domain