Did you know
this about Luther?
Did you know Luther had an
Epiphany after reading the Bible? It became his 95 Theses!
From Pastor Paul
Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
the past 2 weeks, I have been asked 5 or 6 times (including once by a
fellow clergy) exactly what Epiphany is and why Lutherans pay any
attention to it. So, I’m going to make an attempt at
definitions and reasons regarding Epiphany. Hopefully, this
improve understanding and clear confusion. In addition, there
difference in how we look at the church calendar between the Eastern
(Orthodox) Church and the Western (Protestants, Catholics and
Anglicans) Church. So here we go:
Epiphany and the season that follows is Jesus’
manifestation of Himself as God. (The word epiphany is Greek
and we use it to mean realization.)
Epiphany is 12 days after Christmas and always falls on January
Sundays following are referred to as, “The Sundays after the
Epiphany.” The biblical texts and sermons during this time of
deal with Jesus’ identity.
lectionary purposes, the Season after the Epiphany begins on the
Epiphany (January 6) and ends on the day before Lent. This
Epiphany will end on Tuesday, March 5 (also known as - Mardi Gras
[French for “Fat Tuesday”]; Shrove Tuesday [English for “confession
Tuesday”]; Carnival [Latin for “farewell to meat”]; and Lent will begin
on Wednesday, March 6 (also known as Ash Wednesday].
purpose of the liturgical calendar is to relive the major events in
Jesus’ life in real time. To fulfill the requirements of Leviticus
12:2-8, Mary had to present Jesus at the Temple and offer a sacrifice.
According to Luke 2:22-24, she did just that. If Jesus was
born on 25
December, then this would have occurred on 2 February. Therefore, 2
February is known in the historic church as The Presentation of Our Lord
Jesus Christ in the Temple. Incidentally, if you
compare Leviticus 12:2-8 with Luke 2:22-24, you will find that Mary and
Joseph were of modest means.
Welcome to our website from Pastor Paul
Sisters and Brothers in
to All Saints Lutheran Church website. It is my hope that as
look through our website you will get a feeling for the community life
of All Saints. We are striving to be a missional community
is centered in Christ, grounded in prayer and a place where ALL
of God’s people feel welcome.
No matter your religious background or where you
are in your spiritual journey, there is a place for you here.
Maybe you grew up in church and have been a regular ever since, maybe
you’ve been away from the church for longer than you can remember,
maybe the whole church thing is something new, with both humility and
confidence, we trust that it is Christ who invites you to meet him
begins at 10:00 a.m. every Sunday with communion on the first and third
Sunday of each month. Adult Bible study begins at 9:00 a.m.,
and Children’s Sunday school begins at 10:00 a.m. after the Children’s
sermon. We hope that you will be able to join us and
experience meaningful worship. We know that as a
church, we cannot be all things to all people; but, we do welcome all
people. Make no mistake; we are broken, sinful people who are
longing for the good news of God’s love spoken to us through Jesus
Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. We work together, we
play together and we pray together. Sometimes we get things
wrong and without intention, hurt each other. Through it all
we know that God’s love for us is greater than anything we can begin to
imagine. It’s this promise that we want to share with
you. The Holy Spirit is active in the members of All
Blessings on your journey and we hope you find All Saints to be a place
that reflects God’s boundless love for you as a child of God.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask myself by
either calling the church office at 970-835-3667 or email me at PastorPaul@AllSaintsLutheranCO.org.
We would love to talk with you more about the ministry of All Saints in
this community and in the world.
Pastor Paul Rosin