An Invitation to an Epiphany Bonfire
by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund | December 28, 2017
Merry Christmas, friends! I want to invite you to an Epiphany Bonfire and Potluck. We’ll gather at 6pm at the home of Juan and Susan Guerra on the Feast of the Epiphany, which is Saturday, January 6th. Susan and Juan can be found at 108 Jay Jay Cove, Kyle, TX. Terri Thompson is taking RSVP’s so we have an idea of numbers to expect. Please RSVP to Terri at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 567-0575. A SignUp Genius will go out soon so we can coordinate who is bringing what.
We’ll begin the night with dinner at 6pm, and then fire up the bonfire closer to 7pm. We’ll say our Epiphany prayers around the bonfire together. This is an all ages event. S’mores supplies and marshmallow roasting sticks will be provided!
Christmas season lasts for twelve full days and ends with the Feast of the Epiphany, which is the day we celebrate the light of God appearing as a star to the magi from the East. Jesus was born an Israelite to Israelites, and yet because he is the savior and redeemer of the whole world, we celebrate the Epiphany as the moment the light of Christ is made known to Gentiles like us and the magi: “a light to enlighten the nations [Gentiles], and the glory of your people Israel,” goes the Song of Simeon (Luke 2:29-32).
Because Epiphany marks the end of the Christmas Season, our bonfire will consist mostly of a burning of the Christmas greens, meaning that we’ll burn St. Elizabeth’s Christmas tree (which should be good and dried out by then). The evergreen of wreaths and trees are a symbol of life during the long cold months, and when they dry out, they become fuel for light and warmth. You are welcome to bring any dried out wreaths or garland from your own home and add to the fire, but for safety’s sake, please dispose of your own Christmas tree! We don’t want our fire to get out of hand.
One other reminder: this Sunday, December 31st, we’ll have a guest harpist and a guest flautist playing at worship!
Merry Christmas, and I hope you’ll celebrate the Epiphany at our Burning of the Greens Bonfire! Saturday, January 6th at 6pm at the home of Juan and Susan Guerra.