Having Experienced the Christ Child, do not go back to ...

December 30, 2015

 

Like the birth narrative in the Gospel of Luke, the Gospel of Matthew contains a birth narrative that has a sign revealed to the people (a star to the magi), and invitation to seek the child, and an action in response (do not go back to the things represented by King Herod, the leaders of the synogogue, and others invested in their own earthly power.)

 

The very first thing we will do this new year as a worshipping community is one of mission: we will bring new baby gifts to give to the local agencies that distribute clothing to the needy, gifts that enable children born in situations such as Jesus' birth to reach their God-given potential.

 

And we'll have some fun! If you have children and get to church early, we'll get the children dressed up as magi and they can be part of opening worship skit that tells the story of the magi bringing gifts to the baby Jesus that help him reach his potential. Be warned: King Herod yells!

 

I am planning on telling the story of how this was my father's favorite Bible story, and how the sign to "not go back to" ways of being that support earthly powers helped him change the way he lived.

 

 

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