Matthew 2:1-12 (Children can follow along in Shine On page 170 and Spark page 218)
Matthew tells us not about kings but rather "wise men." And there weren't three (this tradition got its start because there were three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh). This story is a strange and lovely tale of mysterious travelers from the east (so not local - outsiders!) making a great journey. And stranger still, their journey is compelled by their reading of the stars. These wise men are not midwestern, 21st century church-goers. They are "the world" recognizing the heart-truth of Jesus. This birthing of peace on earth is not owned in one quarter or another. It is something that extends to "the east" and can even be read in the "stars." In 21st century terms, we might say it is an "intergalactic" visitation, and a witness to a truth for all galaxies and star systems - peace is being born, and all people and all creation bear witness and rejoice.
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.