This weekend we observe The Epiphany of Our Lord. The magi came from the East, following the star. These magi knew of God’s Word from the time God’s people had spent in Babylon and Persia. When the time was right, and Christ was born, the Lord put the star in the heavens and the magi came to Jerusalem to find out about this new king. There, they learned from the Scriptures that the Christ would be born in Bethlehem. They went and worshipped Jesus, showing us that this Holy Child was born not just for Jews but for Gentiles, indeed for all people. For a world so fractured and divided, it is Good News for sure that Jesus was born to be the Savior of all people!
If you can give us a little bit of time THIS SUNDAY, following Learning the Faith (around 11am), we’ll be PUTTING AWAY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONSaround the church. It shouldn’t take too long if we have lots of help!
I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. It’s easy to want to change something we don’t like about ourselves but it’s much harder to do it. Having said that, if you’re not regular attending a BIBLE STUDY or LEARNING THE FAITH, perhaps that’s a good place to start in the New Year. The world around us is more and more hostile or apathetic to religion in general and the Christian faith in particular. We need to be grounded in God’s Word and so do our children. But let’s not make a law about it. While the world is trying and failing to keep its resolutions, just know that Jesus has many gifts for you and wants you to receive all the good things His Word gives. And always remember: In Bible classes and Learning the Faith, you never have to read out loud and there is no bad question. Let’s hear and learn God’s Word together!
My hope and prayer for each of you is that the Lord grant you a happy and blessed 2020 in Jesus!
See you in the Divine Service!
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