Tuesday, January 3, 2012

January Message from Pastor Bob Loffer

Dear Friends:

January is the first month of the calendar year and one of the seven months of 31 days. It is, on average, the coldest month of year within the Northern Hemisphere and the warmest month of the year with the Southern Hemisphere.

It starts on the same day of the week in April and July this year because 2012 is a leap year. It ends on the same day of the week as July. This year, January has 5 Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays.

January is named after Janus (Ianuarius), the god of the doorway; the name has its beginnings in Roman mythology, coming from the Latin word for door (ianua) – January is the door to the year. The month of January contains portions of two liturgical seasons. January 1 through January 5 is part of the Christmas Season. You know, the 12 Days of Christmas? January 6 is Epiphany Day and the days that follow are the days after Epiphany.

Epiphany means "manifestation,” “striking appearance," or Theophany, (meaning "vision of God," which falls on January 6, is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God as a human being in Jesus Christ. Western Christians commemorate principally (but not solely) the visitation of the Biblical Magi to the Baby Jesus, and thus Jesus' physical manifestation to all people everywhere.

January may be a month in the bleak mid-winter, but it is also a time for us to renew our hopes for the coming of new life. January may be cold and miserable weather-wise, but it can still be warm and loving as we continue to celebrate the gift God gives us in Jesus. We can still make Jesus known to those we know. We can still share the incredible gift of God’s love with others. May 2012 be a year of wonderful sharing in the life of Faith. Happy January 2012!

Peace and Good Cheer,

Bob