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Founded in 1873 as the Norwegian Lutheran Church of Porter. Bethel Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Southwest Minnesota Synod.

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205 Spruce Street

P.O. Box 126          

Porter, MN 56280

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Bethel Lutheran Church, Porter, Minnesota

January 5, 2020

The Epiphany of Our Lord

Epiphany means “manifestation.” On the Feast of Epiphany the church celebrates the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles—that is, to all nations. In worship we pray that the Holy Spirit would make our lives radiant with the brightness of Christ. The word and sacraments are for us the great epiphany of God’s grace and mercy. From the Lord’s table the church goes forth into the world as a witness to Christ’s merciful presence. As the stars light up the darkness of night, so the baptized are called to be light in the world.

PRAYER OF THE DAY
Almighty God, You revealed Your Son to the nations by the leading of a star. Lead us now by faith to know Your Presence in our lives, and bring us at last to the full vision of Your glory, through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12

Festivals and Commemorations this week

The faithful are remembered on the day of their death, the day they are born anew in heaven. The "c" indicates an approximate date.

January 6  The Epiphany of Our Lord
Epiphany, from the Greek word epiphaneia, means “an appearance” or “a revealing.” Centuries ago, the church set aside January 6, the 12th day after Christmas, to mark the revealing of Jesus as Christ to the magi, who were Gentiles. Jesus’ first followers were Jewish, so the revelation of the divine Christ to the non-Jewish magi reminds us that Jesus came to earth to save the whole world. Symbols of Epiphany include light, a star, a crown (or three crowns) and a globe or stylized portrayal of the world. The color of Epiphany is green to symbolize life, growth, hope and eternity. On the church calendar, the time after Epiphany  lasts until Ash Wednesday, which is determined by the date of Easter.