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Star Words

Epiphany - January 6-  marks the end of Christmastide. The day celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. In Western Christianity it commemorates Jesus’ manifestation to the Gentiles, represented in the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child.

 

Among contemporary Protestant Epiphany traditions has been the use of Intention Words or Star Words as a spiritual practice.

 

Bethpage will introduce the practice during our Communion service on Epiphany Sunday, January 8, asking each congregant to pick a random word during the Lord’s Supper, using it as a prayer and reflection focus for the weeks and months ahead.

 

If you can not be present in worship Sunday, you still can pick a word. Chose a number between 1 and 162, and then look below to see which word is yours. Write the word down and put it where you are reminded of it throughout the days ahead.

 

As the Magi followed a star to find the new king, Jesus Christ, you may spend time reflecting on this word, allowing it to speak to you, listening to how God might be moving though it to you, how the Holy Spirit might use it to comfort, encourage and empower you through the grace of God. As part of your prayer practice you might look up the definition of the word, even if you know the word well. You might reflect on what the word reminds you of; are there memories or dreams or challenges that it evokes? Does the word call to mind for you certain scriptures. How does it call you into deeper love of God, neighbor and self?

 

A Mennonite pastor from Lawrence, Kansas, Rev. Joanna Harader, offers this prayer for us:

 

As stars have guided wise ones for centuries,
May your word guide you in the year ahead.
By the radiance of your star and the power of the Holy Spirit,
May you live with deeper intention and greater attention;
May you find the holy in delightfully unexpected places;
May you worship with joy,
Give with gratitude,
And follow the new way home that God will provide.

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  1. Tradition

  2. Ritual

  3. Pass On

  4. Marvel

  5. Sing

  6. Season

  7. New Life

  8. Today

  9. Origin

  10. Mercy

  11. Hope

  12. Tell

  13. Risk

  14. Present

  15. Connection

  16. Regenerate

  17. Bless

  18. Dreamer

  19. Awe

  20. Rest

  21. Resist

  22. Imagine

  23. Seek

  24. Dwell

  25. Learn

  26. Play

  27. Listen

  28. Draw Near

  29. See

  30. Vision

  31. Heal

  32. Generosity

  33. Share

  34. Story

  35. Clarity

  36. Confidence

  37. Commitment

  38. Friendship

  39. Creativity

  40. Stability

  41. Freedom

  42. Release

  43. Renew

  44. Leadership

  45. Discernment

  46. Intention

  47. Pursue

  48. Pray

  49. Tenderness

  50. Forgiveness

  51. Laughter

  52. Zeal

  53. Relationship

  54. Be

  55. Enthusiasm

  56. Dig

  57. Appreciation

  58. Justice

  59. Awareness

  60. Reflect

  61. Change

  62. Silence

  63. Insight

  64. Patience

  65. Wholeness

  66. Health

  67. Hospitality

  68. Invite

  69. Welcome

  70. Wonder

  71. Journey

  72. Self-Love

  73. Begin

  74. Abundance

  75. Home

  76. Teaghlach (Irish/ Gaelic – Family or Household)

  77. Community

  78. Integrity

  79. Passion

  80. Nurture

  81. Power

  82. Yeoubi (Korean – The Sun Shining through the Rain)

  83. Voice

  84. Authenticity

  85. Build

  86. Language

  87. Empathy

  88. Time

  89. Conviction

  90. Education

  91. Gratitude

  92. Saudade (Portuguese – A Feeling of Longing)

  93. Quietness

  94. Self-Awareness

  95. Affirmation

  96. Walk

  97. Birthing

  98. Empower

  99. Cwtch (Welsh – Holding Someone in Your Arms)

  100. Meraki (Greek- To Do Something with Soul, Creativity, and Love)

  101. Feel

  102. Fika (Swedish -A Break from Activity to Relax)

  103. Bravery

  104. Courage

  105. Yūgen (Japanese – A Profound and Deep Sense of Beauty in the Universe)

  106. Metanoia (Greek – Change in One’s Life Driven by Faith)

  107. Sonder (English, neologism – The Realization that Each Random Passerby is Living a Life as Vivid and Complex as Your Own)

  108. Light

  109. Sunrise

  110. Sunset

  111. Grow

  112. Speak

  113. Remember

  114. Cherish

  115. Centering

  116. Embrace

  117. Warmth

  118. Eunoia (Greek – Beautiful Thinking)

  119. Choice

  120. Family

  121. Chosen Family

  122. Breath

  123. Desire

  124. Hygge (Danish – A Quality of Coziness)

  125. Examine

  126. Radiate

  127. Source

  128. Kefi (Greek – The Spirit of Joy)

  129. Duende (Spanish – Quality of Passion or Inspiration)

  130. Vocation

  131. Align

  132. Sensitivity

  133. Solitude

  134. Dance

  135. Overflow

  136. Explore

  137. Focus

  138. Shoshin (Japanese – To Have a “Beginner’s Mind”)

  139. Increase

  140. Sew

  141. Sabbath

  142. Wanderlust

  143. Raison d’être (French – The Most Important Purpose for Someone’s Existence)

  144. Weave

  145. Activism

  146. Awake

  147. Adopt

  148. Fearless

  149. Wisdom

  150. Trust

  151. Loyal

  152. Motivate

  153. Rise Up

  154. Fast

  155. Let Go

  156. Endurance

  157. Forgive

  158. Prayer

  159. Simplicity

  160. Discovery

  161. Include

  162. Inspire

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