Join us for the Mid-Epiphany Service Series Feb. 2 and 9

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To join the service via Zoom at 7:30 p.m. EST on Feb. 2, click here.

Epiphany – the church season between January 6 and Ash Wednesday – is a time to celebrate light in the church.  Yet as some of the bleakest, coldest days of the year, it can be difficult to see that light.  The 2022 Epiphany season is an especially long one (Ash Wednesday is March 2 this year) and during this time of COVID restrictions, it can feel like we’re living the same day over and over again.

To help break us out of these mid-winter blahs, we’re offering a special online “Mid-Epiphany” service series on Feb. 2 and Feb 9 at 7:30 p.m. EST.  These services will feature discussion and study of the Epiphany season through a celebration of the Moravian Liturgy for Epiphany.

We’ll also look at this season in the context of two movies – the classic “Groundhog Day” and a more recent film, “The Map of Perfect Little Things.”  Both of these films deal with the same day occurring over and over again, and the impact that has on the protagonists.  How does the repetition in these two stories speak to life in this long season of Epiphany?

Services will be hosted via Zoom. Each will begin with a celebration of the Liturgy for Epiphany (Moravian Book of Worship pp. 65-71), followed by small group discussions that dig deeper into the meaning of the season.  Participants will then come back together to discuss the stories in the films and have opportunities to share thoughts on how these stories relate to the season of Epiphany.

The Wednesday, Feb. 2 service, led by the Rev. Dr. Riddick Weber, will discuss “Groundhog Day” and the Feb. 9 service, led by the Rev. Jennika Borger, will discuss “The Map of Tiny Perfect Things.”  The Mid-Epiphany service series is presented by an interprovincial team from the Moravian Theological Seminary, Moravian Music Foundation, Interprovincial Board of Communication, Southern Province Commission on Congregational Development and local congregations.

To prepare for these services, we invite you to seek out and watch these films. “Groundhog Day,” starring Bill Murray and Andie McDowell, can be streamed on Starz via Amazon Prime Video; “The Map of Tiny Perfect Things” is also available to watch via Amazon Prime Video.

For those attending, you can download the Liturgy for Epiphany and World Mission here.

To view brief YouTube clips about “Groundhog Day,” click here and here.

To view brief YouTube clips about “The Map of Tiny Perfect Things,” click here and here.

To join the service via Zoom, click here.

We hope you’ll join us!