CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE:  

Upsala Presbyterian Church has re-opened for in-person Sunday worship services (10:00 A.M.).  Beginning May 23, 2021, worshipers who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 may worship without wearing a face mask.  (Following CDC recommendations, persons who have not been vaccinated should continue to wear a face mask, or get vaccinated.)

 

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The season of Epiphany begins every year on Jan. 6th and lasts until the start of Lent. Three miracles, recounted in the Gospel accounts of Jesus Christ, are key to understanding the season of Epiphany. The first Epiphany miracle tells how the Wise Men, or Magi, follow the light of a new star to Bethlehem and the Newborn King, Jesus. The meaning of the word “epiphany” is “manifestation,” or “revelation,” or “new understanding.” And the theme of the first Epiphany miracle is that God, who promised to send the Messiah, or Savior, to the Jewish people, actually intended that the Savior should be manifested or revealed to all people everywhere. And the Wise Men are the proof of that, since they themselves were not Jews. The Wise Men were not Jewish; they were non-Jews, they were outsiders or Gentiles. And that is a good thing for us, since we are not Jews either: we are Gentiles. And yet, God has seen fit to make manifest, to make known, to reveal, to us, too, the possibility of salvation by means of the Christ. And the second Epiphany miracle occurs when Jesus is baptized (just as all of us Christian believers are baptized) and the Holy Spirit descends upon him, and a voice from heaven is heard to say, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." And the third Epiphany miracle occurs when Jesus saves a wedding feast when the wine had run out. Jesus lavishly and abundantly turns water into wine, and saves the day.

When the Magi first looked at that wrinkled little babe, Jesus, in the manger, they received new understanding about the way in which God is at work in the world. At Upsala Presbyterian Church, our prayer is that God will continue to surprise and delight us all, casting away our shadows, and letting us shine bright with love, and grace, and hope for a broken-down world.

 

Only the person who has experienced it can believe what the love of Jesus Christ really is. 

(Bernard of Clairvaux)

Upsala Presbyterian Church

A Fellowship of the Presbyterian Church (USA)

101 Upsala Road

Sanford, Florida 32771

 

Telephone:  407-330-2635

E-mail:  upsalachurch@bellsouth.net



 

Rev. Wendell H. Colson, Jr.

Stated Supply Minister

 

Debbie Gunther

Church Secretary

Welcome to this church!No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here at Upsala Presbyterian Church.  If you are young or old, you are welcome.  If you have brown skin, black skin, white skin, or any color skin, you are welcome.  If you are married or single, you are welcome.  If you are a man or a woman, you are welcome.  If you cannot hear or see, you are welcome.  If you are sick or well, you are welcome.  If you are happy or sad, you are welcome.  If you are rich or poor, powerful or weak, you are welcome.  If you believe in God some of the time or all of the time, you are welcome.  You are welcome here!  Come with your gifts, your pain, your hope, your fears.  Come with your experiences that have made you and broken you.  Come with a mind, ready to engage, and a heart, open to discern.  Come and listen for the Holy Spirit of Christ that calls you to love your neighbor wholeheartedly, seek justice, create peace and practice compassion.  You are welcome!

 

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