West End United Methodist Church

Invited to Another Road

Speakers:Carol Cavin-Dillon
Topics:Holy communion, Sunday service

This is Epiphany Sunday, the day we remember the trip of the Magi to see the baby Jesus.  Although many legends about the magi have grown through the centuries, the account in Matthew is the only account available, and it does not reveal how many magi were in the group, where they came from (it says only “the East”), or how old Jesus was when they made this trip.  What we do know is that it was a journey of faith with the goal of worshipping the baby.  When they consulted Herod as to the place the new king had been born, Herod, out of fear, told them to come back to report their finding so he, too, could go pay homage.  But Herod was operating out of fear.  The Magi had followed the star to the land and then to the house where Jesus was with Mary and Joseph, and when, in a dream, they were told to find a way back to their country without reporting to Herod, they again followed a road of faith rather than one of fear.  They kept eyes on the star with their priority to worship this Jesus.  We, too, need to follow the path of faith and worship.    (NOTE: Reflecting the importance of the Word, the video begins with the scripture, but once it starts you can scroll back to the beginning of the service if you want.  The entire service is videoed.)

References

  • Matthew :2:1-12

Downloads

Early Service Bulletin (1/7/2024)

Late Service Bulletin (1/7/2024)

Audio

Invited to Another Road (scripture, Children's Moment and Communion Meditation)