Epiphany Star Words

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Amen.


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.

Star Words List

BEFORE you look below, choose a number between 1 and 100. Find your number and your corresponding star word on the list.

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  1. kindness
  2. caring
  3. sharing
  4. giving
  5. compassion
  6. love
  7. openness
  8. pardon
  9. understanding
  10. discipleship
  11. servanthood
  12. stability
  13. hopefulness
  14. innocence
  15. praise
  16. gentleness
  17. knowledge
  18. happiness
  19. laughter
  20. acceptance
  21. self-control
  22. restraint
  23. mercy
  24. truth
  25. peace
  26. faith
  27. consideration
  28. fellowship
  29. unity
  30. teaching
  31. singing
  32. celebration
  33. perseverance
  34. judgment
  35. discipline
  36. courage
  37. confidence
  38. clarity
  39. honor
  40. contentment
  41. imagination
  42. commitment
  43. friendship
  44. freedom
  45. creativity
  46. devotion
  47. joy
  48. strength
  49. comfort
  50. leadership
  51. discernment
  52. obedience
  53. thoughtfulness
  54. responsibility
  55. patience
  56. forgiveness
  57. humility
  58. faithfulness
  59. hope
  60. tenderness
  61. enthusiasm
  62. evangelism
  63. healing
  64. loyalty
  65. rejoicing
  66. respect
  67. insight
  68. selflessness
  69. righteousness
  70. assurance
  71. justice
  72. honesty
  73. wisdom
  74. awareness
  75. tolerance
  76. wholeness
  77. guidance
  78. hospitality
  79. foresight
  80. trust
  81. learning
  82. proclamation
  83. encouragement
  84. trustworthiness
  85. inspiration
  86. wonder
  87. flexibility
  88. grace
  89. graciousness
  90. integrity
  91. helping
  92. witnessing
  93. generosity
  94. perceptiveness
  95. purity
  96. prayer
  97. service
  98. steadfastness
  99. determination
  100. nurturing