'We have seen His star in the east and have come with gifts to adore the Lord'
(Matthew 2 : 1-12)
Yesterday was the twelfth night after Christmas which, traditionally, is when we take down our Christmas decorations. If you know the Christmas song, the Twelve Days of Christmas, this is connected with the celebration of the Period of Christmas, which lasts for twelve days and twelve nights.
Today (6 January 2021) is the feast of the Epiphany. It celebrates the arrival of the three wise men, who bring gifts to the baby Jesus, the Son of God.
Epiphany means to 'reveal' - this is when the Son of God was 'revealed' to the world. You might have an 'epiphany' if you have just realised something.
Your task this afternoon is as follows:
1. Read the more about the story of the Epiphany below.
2. Read the story of the Epiphany from the Bible and think about these questions:
(a) What do stars do and how did they help the Wise Men?
(b) Why was Jesus given gold?
(c) Why was Jesus given myrrh?
(d) Why was Jesus given frankincense?
(e) Think about the words from the hymn 'What can I give him, poor as I am...'
The gift that you can give to Jesus is Love.
How can you show Jesus that you love him? What can you do to show him?
3. Turn your acts of love into a prayer of thanks.
4. Have a look at the 'Jar of Hope' activity below - you don't need a jar - you could do the poster version instead.