Everett church celebrates Epiphany with concert

Christmas Day is over but the Christmas season is not. The Day of Epiphany is one more day of celebration during the holiday season at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Everett.

The Day of Epiphany, celebrated on Jan. 6, begins the Christian liturgical season of Epiphany that ends on Ash Wednesday.

Epiphany is a commemoration of the first people, known as the magi or three wise men, who recognized Jesus as the messiah, pastor Jack Richards at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church said.

“Many people mistakenly place the magi on the night of Jesus’ birth,” he said. “While scripture does not reveal there were three magi, the tradition of three gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh, leads people to believe there were three.”

In parts of the Christian world, the Day of Epiphany is a primary day of gift giving, Richards said.

“That’s a foreign concept here but I think it’s where we get our tradition of gift giving,” he said. “Epiphany reflects a quieter celebration of Christmas.”

An evening concert will celebrate the Day of Epiphany at 7 p.m. on Jan. 6 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church located at 9320 Meadow Way in Everett.

The church doesn’t typically hold a Day of Epiphany concert but Richards recognized a unique opportunity to bring professional harpist Bronn Journey of Sultan to the church after he read about a hole-in-one Journey got while playing golf at the Blue Boy West golf course in Monroe.

“He recognized my name and gave me a call because I got a hole-in-one,” Journey said. “God is really in this. I know it’s not because of my golfing ability.”

The concert will open with scripture and prayer. During the concert, Journey’s wife, Katherine, will sing while he plays musical selections for the Christmas and Epiphany season.

Journey began playing the harp at age 11, he said, and enjoys performing in large venues such as the Everett Performing Arts Center and smaller venues like churches.

“I really appreciate playing at churches,” he said. “When playing at performing arts centers I feel I can’t be quite as vocal about my Christian beliefs. I really enjoy Epiphany. It’s more to me what Christmas is about.”

Prince of Peace Church has a long standing history of helping the Volunteers of America Food Bank, Richards said. Admission to the concert is a nonperishable food donation to the Volunteers of America Food Bank.

“We ask people to be generous in bringing nonperishable food for the Volunteers of America Food Bank which easily gets forgotten in January,” Richards said.

Amy Daybert: 425-339-3491, adaybert@heraldnet.com.

You’re invited

The Day of Epiphany concert begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 9320 Meadow Way in Everett.

Harpist Bronn Journey and his wife, Katherine, will perform musical selections for the Christmas and Epiphany seasons.

Admission is a nonperishable food donation for the Volunteers of America Food Bank.

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