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Over Epiphanytide there is a custom to bless the home with a prayer and chalking in the year and initials of the wise men who journeyed over a long distance to meet the Christ-child. This custom is about welcoming the Christ-child and the unknown visitor into your home.

Using the blessed chalk (I still have some if anyone local needs it), mark the lintel of your front door (or front porch step) as follows:

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The three Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar followed the star of God’s Son who became human two thousand and eighteen years ago. May Christ bless our home and remain with us throughout the new year. Amen.

Then offer the following prayer:

Visit, O blessed Lord, this home with the gladness of your presence. Bless all who live or visit here with the gift of your love; and grant that we may manifest your love to each other and to all whose lives we touch. May we grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of you; guide, comfort, and strengthen us in peace, O Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen.

Leavers’ Service

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#673 And so our time at #theologicalcollege draws to an end, as it began, with an act of worship in a little church in rural Oxfordshire. With so many precious memories, we are sent out from this community #transformed to partake in #Godsministry. With love and prayers for #2017leavers!

Eucharist

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#671 After the last college group eucharist  the last sessions at #theologicalcollege was about presiding at the eucharist – how does this help to #drawclosertogod or #encountergod? #divinemeal #tasteofheaven

Refine

#628 I saw #easter in before dawn with a service which began with #fire and moved on to focus on #water, as elements which #refine and #purify. It made me think about my shortcomings, where I need God’s refining fire…

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Easter

#627 #happyeaster #Christisrisen #hope #newcreation #newbeginning #alleluia

Receive

#626 #day40 of #lentchallenge with @bible_society #receive as #gift of #sacrifice

Give

#625 #day39 of #lentchallenge with @bible_society #give as a gift of cupcakes #baked for an all night vigil. 

Search

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#623 #day387 of #lentchallenge with @bible_society #search as seeking something #lost

Reimagine

‪#622 #day36 of #lentchallenge with @bible_society #reimagine as #prodigalbun #thinkoutsidethebox