I didn’t get to formally worship on Epiphany Sunday this week because my family and I were driving back from our holiday time in Texas. Epiphany falls on January 6 each year and is the celebration of the magi’s visit to Jesus and therefore the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles.
It was a special gift to participate in Epiphany worship in The Upper Room Chapel on Wednesday morning, led by Hispanic members of Discipleship Ministries staff. Together, staff laughed, sang, prayed, listened, and even cried as we allowed the weight of Epiphany to settle into our hearts, our minds, our bodies, and our souls, trusting that the mystery and gift of Epiphany is what led the magi to Jesus and what continues to lead us to Jesus, as well.
Throughout the worship service, Discipleship Ministries staff shared Epiphany traditions from Colombia, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. The congregation heard songs and scripture sung and read in Spanish and saw pictures of Epiphany celebrations from around the world. Emulating Communion, participants enjoyed the Mexican tradition of “King Cake” and coffee after the worship service concluded.
Discipleship Ministries staff gather together every Wednesday morning at 8:30 in The Upper Room Chapel for worship. All are welcome. If you’re in the midtown area of Nashville, please join us.
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Claire McKeever-Burgett serves as the program interpretation manager of The Upper Room.