Topic

Evan Kreider offered his reflections on epiphany, the story of the coming of the three astronomers? scholars mentioned only in Matthew. Historically, Herod the Great, son of Herod Anitpater, was best known for stamping out brigandage, stamping out a three-year rebellion of Jews against Rome, and had received the title “King of the Jews” in return. Thus it
was no accident that the Christ child, called also “King of the Jews” came to Herod’s attention. But it is Matthew who links the King of the Jews to the Messiah for the first time, using different prophetic verses from 2Samuel and Isaiah. The story of the Star of Bethlehem is not included for its scientific wonder or accuracy, but as a clue to a deeper meaning. Dreams play a similar role in Matthew’s account to point us to look deeper for meaning in the birth of this child. Our work, our worship, our entertainment and our laws are all rooted in this story. St. Paul may have provided the practice, but without the message of the Epiphany, there would have been nothing to practice. Thus can thinking people be open to the works of God. [AP]

Service Details

Passage: Matthew 1:1-12

Communion: Yes

Ecumenical or Event:

Potluck Lunch: No

Congregational Meeting: No

Worship Team

Speaker: Evan Kreider

Worship Leader: Henry Hildebrand

Song Leader: Eric Hannan

Pianist: Cynthia Friesen

Usher:

Childrens Feature Leader:

Hospitality

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Sunday School Team

Child Care Volunteer: Sonia Wadhawa