Sitting here in the office this first Thursday of 2018, the operations manager from H.E.A.T. stopped by the office. H.E.A.T was the company who had changed all the lights at All Shepherds to LED lighting in the last two months of 2017. H.E.A.T’s operation manager and employees had worked at the church the night before because the lights were dimmer than anyone had expected following the completion of the project in 2017 and because they had worked with our property team to find a solution to brighten the space. Based upon the picture that the operations manager showed me from the work that they did the night before, H.E.A.T and our property team brightened the place up and thus succeeded at the task. The sanctuary is much, much brighter!
The sanctuary being much, much brighter is very fitting! Epiphany is on January 6th. Epiphany begins a time when God’s grace and mercy manifests itself in remarkable ways and magnifies itself most brightly through the light of Christ that has come into the world. Epiphany begin this time so the sanctuary being much, much brighter is very fitting not only because the LED project at ASLC has been completed, but more importantly the Season of Epiphany is about to begin for people of faith.
That right! The Season of Epiphany is about to begin for people of faith. The Season of Epiphany is the time of taking the light of Christ to all corners of the world through our baptismal lives. We bring the light of Christ into the world through baptism. We bring the light of Christ into the world through communion. We bring the light of Christ in the world through our communal work together. We bring the light of Christ in many and various ways. So see, the sanctuary being much, much brighter is very fitting!
For this season of Epiphany, our thematic image will be a person of faith standing under a light bulb with a short question each week. People of faith are to proclaim the light of Christ has come into the world. People of faith are to project the light of Christ into the world. People of faith are to protect the most vulnerable by shining the light of Christ on injustice. Yet, people of faith have very meaningful spirit-filled questions. The short question from week to week will invite you to stand in God’s light and reflect on the question so you can proclaim the light of Christ has come into the world, project the light of Christ into the world and protect the most vulnerable by shining the light of Christ on injustice. In short, this short focus question will hopefully enlighten you so you can share God’s grace and mercy as you live out your baptismal life daily.
ASLC invites you at the beginning of 2018 to come stand in the new bright lights of our sanctuary and more importantly in the bright light of Christ. The light of Christ that has come into the world will shine in this place and in all places (even the darkest of places). Darkness will not overcome it because Christ has come!
Radiating Christ’s Light,
Pastor Craig Richter