Jul 30, 2023 ‐ 8:00am ‐ Our Gift to the King

Today’s Meditation;

Pilgrimage is an attitude as well as a journey, a disposition to seek and to find…It is less going back in time than going down to depths of religious meaning, to the junction where God, who seeks the world, and humans, who seek God, embrace. ~Donald Heinze

Welcoming Guests and Announcements – Pastor Dave

Hymn Sing – Pastor Stuart

Pastoral Prayer – Silent Prayer, Lord’s Prayer – Pastor Stuart

Scripture Reading – Matthew 2:1‐12 – Ernie Gutierrez

Message – Our Gift to the King ‐ Pastor Dave

Communion – Pastors Linda, Dave & Stuart

Benediction & Response – Let There be Peace on Earth #431

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Have a Wonderful and Blessed Week!

Matthew 2:1-12 – New Revised Standard Version

1 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, magi from the east came to Jerusalem,

2 asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star in the east and have come to pay him homage.”

3 When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him,

4 and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.

5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it has been written by the prophet:

6 ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah, for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.’ ”

7 Then Herod secretly called for the magi and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared.

8 Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.”

9 When they had heard the king, they set out, and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen in the east, until it stopped over the place where the child was.

10 When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.

11 On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

12 And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

In this story we see Mary & Joseph find experience of being simple, humble people transformed into chosen vessels of God’s purpose and blessing. We make our pilgrimage & journey each week. We’re re‐enacting the pilgrimage of the Wise Men.

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