Today’s Passage: Matthew 2:1-12
Opening Prayer: Father God, today we celebrate Epiphany. On the church calendar, the day typically marks the beginning of a time of spiritual revelation. As we journey onward, may we look to the Scriptures for revelations about your Son, Jesus, the Christ. As Christians, we know He is our Lord and Savior, but may we, through the work of the Holy Spirit, gain new knowledge, understanding, and wisdom during this time. May we also apply this new knowledge, understanding, and wisdom to our daily lives. We know Jesus is the way, but may we be true followers of His teachings. May the examples He sets before us guide and shape us, in His name I pray. Amen.
Opening Song: Jeremy Camp – The Way
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: The Epiphany of the Lord – Another Way Home, by Scott Spencer
Dr. Scott Spencer, Professor of New Testament and Biblical Interpretation at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, preaches the story of the magi from Matthew 2:1-12. Spencer croons James Taylor’s “Home by Another Way” to highlight the choice of the magi. “They tell me that life is a miracle and I figured that they’re right. But Herod’s always out there, he’s got our cards on file. It’s a lead pipe cinch, if we give an inch, old Herod likes to take a mile. It’s best to go home by another way…We got this far to a lucky star, but tomorrow is another day…keep a weather eye to the chart on high and go home another way.” Herod’s way or God’s way? The magi had a choice, and so do we.
Closing Song: Tenth Avenue North – You Are More
Closing Prayer: Father God, finding our way in this world can be difficult. Sometimes we take the easier road, not the better road. Help us to be willing to invest our time, energy, and resources in the pursuit of You. I pray that we may be faithfully found looking, hoping, and searching for You when you return. May we find the richness in this life that You intend for us to experience and may we not wander or stray away from the narrow path that leads us to You. Give us eyes to see the way and a heart that insists on focusing upon You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.