If you weren’t able to pick up your Star Word on Epiphany you may pick one up Sunday. There are extra Star Words on the table as you enter the sanctuary. What are Star Words, you might ask? Well keep reading to find out.
The wise men who traveled great distances to offer their gifts to the newborn Christ-child were responding to the gift first given to them. They received God’s gift, then offered their gifts to God. As we commemorate the arrival of the wise men and remember their offerings, we delight in this paper reminder that symbolizes God’s generosity in our lives.
Star Words are words that remind us of gifts that God has given us. There are words in the offering plate and as it is passed please take a word. This is your word for the year and I encourage you to put it somewhere you will see it all year. Each time you see it think about how God has gifted you with that particular word and give thanks to God. If it is a word you struggle with pray for guidance and help. Please feel free to share your thought about your star word throughout the year.
Like any other gift, star gifts can either be received with joy or discarded and forgotten. We need to be intentional about our response to our star gift. Will the paper stars be stuffed into a pocket or jammed into the bottom of a purse, never to be considered again? Or will that word be considered an opportunity—a chance to reflect on how God speaks to God’s people? What might we learn from one word? What new ideas might evolve, what treasured wisdom might resurface? I pray that your gift will bless you this year.