Epiphanytide : Day 16

Star of wonder

Star of light

Star with royal beauty bright

Westward leading

Still proceeding

Guide us to thy perfect light.

In Germany, groups of young people called Sternsinger (also known as Star Singers) travel door to door dressed as the three Wiseman, plus the leader carrying a star.  These singers will be offered treats at the homes they visit, but they also ask for donations for worthy causes.  The young people then perform the traditional house blessing by marking the year over the doorway with chalk.  

Additionally, Germans eat a golden pastry ring filled with orange and spice representing gold, frankincense and myrrh for a Three Kings cake.  The person who receives the piece containing the trinket becomes king or queen for the day.

How might you get local young people involved in church celebrations?

What trinket would you use to represent a king?

Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God, creator of time and space of season and epoch, of birth and evolution of both living creatures and galaxies alike, hear us as we humbly come before you as we mark our brief passage of time as another year begins. We have heard the Christmas story, about how you came to live among us. As we try to understand what this means in our lives we pray that you will guide our life journeys.

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