Epiphany Star Words
As a way to start the new year focusing on God's guidance in our lives, we will be providing STAR WORDS for you! During the month of January, you are invited to take a star from the table in our entry way, by calling our church office, or using the numbered list below.
You are encouraged to trust the STAR WORD that selects you, but there are no rules in star choosing, so if you need to trade for a different random word or look through the words until you find one that feels especially for you, you are free to do so.
Keep your STAR WORD in a place where you will see it every day. Use your star word to pray for God’s guidance and to help you seek Jesus in your life throughout this year. Like the Magi followed the star to find Jesus, may your STAR WORD guide you as you follow Jesus this year.
Ways we might understand STAR WORDS theologically:
- The Magi followed a star, which led them to Jesus. Praying over or meditating on a STAR WORD can also lead us closer to Jesus.
- We trust that God speaks to us in many ways as we seek God’s presence. A STAR WORD can help us to look for God in our midst, change our perspective, and focus our attention amid all the distractions of daily life.
- In our prayer we strive to balance our speaking with our listening. A STAR WORD gives us an opportunity to listen deeply and hear God in a new way.
- In being given a STAR WORD chosen randomly, we are receiving a gift over which we have no control. With this gift we are invited to receive God’s grace and let go of our striving to do, to act, or take over.
Ideas for praying with your STAR WORD:
- Look up the definition of the word, even if you know it well. Learn about its origins. What culture does it come from? How has its meaning changed over time?
- What does this word bring to mind as you contemplate? Does it recall any memories? How might God be speaking to you through the feelings and the stories this word evokes?
- Find this word or a synonym in the bible – what does the scripture tell you? Does this word remind you of other bible passages or stories? One place to search for where your word occurs in scripture is www.biblegateway.com.
- Write your own prayer using your word or find a prayer written by someone else that includes your word and pray it regularly.
- Pray in Color. Draw or trace a star in the center of a piece of paper and write your word inside. Then doodle, color, and write around it with symbols and names of people or things you want to pray about. Color and doodle as long as you want, until the prayer feels complete. Try this every week to see how your prayers change.
- Be creative and imaginative using your star word. Print or cut out images and make a collage. Create a playlist of songs. Draw or paint images that evoke the feeling of your word. Make videos talking about your star word. How does this process reveal more of what God is saying to you through this word?
Star Words Prayer By Marci Auld Glass
God, we acknowledge that we are not always ready to receive your best gifts for us. You have given us an epiphany word in order that our searching will bring us to you.
It is often our habit to turn aside, stumble over, or even reject experiences and encounters that we later understand to have been precious gifts.
Help us to be open to the gift that you offer us now through our star words. We acknowledge that we do not fully understand what this word might mean for our faith, but we receive it from you with gratitude and pray that your Spirit will enable us to live into our word with intention and faithfulness.
If you aren’t attending worship in person right now, you can pick a word from our list of words. First, pick a number between 1 and 100. Then look below and take that word for your own, maybe making your own star to put somewhere.