A note that now, through Easter, this home page will be a daily blog following the story of Jesus, with scripture reading for adults and teenagers, and a story bible reading for younger children.
This season following Christmas, we begin a series on Belonging. This time of year, between Advent and Lent is known in the church calendar as Epiphany. It includes the story in Matthew of Joseph fleeing to Egypt with Mary and their infant Jesus. Herod is out to find this new savior that threatens his throne and legacy in Jerusalem. Fortunately the wise men do not tell Herod where Jesus is, and fortunately Joseph flees to Egypt before Herod kills all the male infants in Bethlehem. When Joseph returns with Mary and Jesus they do not return to Bethlehem, but instead to Nazareth, where Jesus grows up.
As we focus on Belonging this Epiphany season, reflect on who you belong to, and who belongs to you? Who do you flee to in times of danger? Who do you return to after danger has passed? As a church, are we a community that offer each other safety and growth? Is there anyone at church you can call at 3am? Is there anyone at church that can call you at 3am?
For teenagers and adults, consider reading the actual text of this story for further reflection, as well as Brian McClaren's Chapter on "Keep Herod in Christmas," in We Make the Road by Walking.
For children, follow along with "Escape to Egypt" in the Shine On or Spark Story Bibles. Ask your children if anyone ever greets them on a Sunday morning. Do they have one or two good friends at church? If not, have they ever invited someone from church to their house for a meal or visit?
Choose a prayer today to recite, remember and live by:
Lords Prayer (198 in Shine On, 278 in Spark)
Psalm 23 (129 in Shine On, 160 in Spark)
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.