We enter this new year on Epiphany, remembering how it was foreign visitors-outsiders-who saw that God was doing something new. Herod and all of Jerusalem were frightened. To them, this new king, this new understanding came out of nowhere. Even for the writer of Matthew’s gospel, the looking back to the Hebrew scriptures came many years after Jesus’ death and resurrection. These weren’t clues left for people to find and point to the Messiah; rather, the understanding of who Jesus was came much later. In the same manner, God is doing something new right now, but it’s frightening. It’s different. And we may not see God at work until much later, when we see that God was with us all along, and that what God has called forth is different and good. Who are the outside voices showing us the way now? What light are others seeing, that we have been unable to see?
Isaiah 60:1-6 The light of God’s glory and God’s goodness shines on God’s people, and people from across the earth are drawn to bring gifts and worship God.
Ephesians 3:1-12 In Christ both Jews & Gentiles enjoy the riches of God’s blessings and become, together, one body.
Matthew 2:1-12 Wise men from the East arrive, worship the Christ-Child and present him with fine gifts. Then, having been warned in a dream, they return to their home via a different route, ignoring Herod’s request that they inform him of where the child is staying.
God of Light and Love, we confess that we hide our light, we hold close our love. We fear our light isn’t strong enough, and we are afraid of having our hearts broken. We forget that the light is from You, it is not ours alone. We forget that the love You have given us is for all, and that Your love heals us when the world breaks us.Call us to shine the light You have given us, to share the love You have loved us with. For You are the Light of the World; You are the Love that never fails. In the name of Christ, our Light and Love, we pray. Amen.
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8:45am Christian Formation
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary
Music: Chancel Choir
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