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Notes

Announcements:

Welcome to worship with Common Grace! We’re so grateful that you’re here as we celebrate Epiphany!

Following a brief respite this week, we continue to pray for peace in Ukraine.

On Sunday, January 8 we will be de-decorating for Christmas after in person worship. Your help would be appreciated!

Find out more information about our Confirmation program for students 8th grade and above here.Help us celebrate Pastor Nanette’s retirement on Sunday afternoon, January 22, from 1-4pm at the Ball Conference Center.

Pastor Kyle is always open for coffee conversation. Reach out and let’s find a time! 

It’s not too late to help us plan financially for this year. You can fill out an online Intent to Give card here.

Giving: You can give to Common Grace’s ongoing mission right now by clicking here!

From the sermon:

Scripture Text: Matthew 2:1-12

Happy Epiphany Sunday! On this Sunday we celebrate the coming of the Wise Men and the coming of God in human form among us. For interesting reading on Epiphany, check out this from the United Methodist Church or this piece that ran this week in National Geographic.

We are also continuing our Year of the Story, as we look at the Wise Men (or Magi) as a reminder to us of our role and call in God’s great big story.

Readings and references today came from Donald Miller’s A Million Miles in a Thousand Years and Hero on a Mission, as well as Rev. Dr. Derek Weber’s reflection on the worship planning page of the UM Discipleship page.

There are countless ways that we can choose to point others to the light, when we orient ourselves to the truth that we are an important part of a story that isn’t first and foremost about us. We can do that by meeting people’s basic needs, sharing with someone in a season of struggle, telling our own stories, or inviting people to join us in community – to name a few.

Questions for Reflection and Conversation:

  • What scripture, phrase, or idea is capturing your attention?
  • Who has served as a guide for you?
  • How will you point others to the light this year?

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