1 Corinthians 12:12-16, Ephesians 5:15-16 & Romans 12:3-8 – 1 – Celebrate who you are. 2 – Don’t think the same, think together! 3 – Sacrifice by using our gifts for the whole, not to exalt ourselves. 4 – Worship is about what happens Monday – Saturday.
Romans 12:1-10 – As we covenant together for another year: Goal 1 – Pay attention to our Foundation. Goal 2 – Be an extraordinary give. Goal 3 – Be transformed, not conformed.
Matthew 2:1-12 – How will God involve us in 2020? To find out, we, like the magi, must come into close contact and connection with Jesus so we can “get home” by another way. Herod’s way of violence is not the answer!
Matthew 2:13-23 – Pastoral Intern Shadrack Miyekelo, student at Lancaster Theological Seminary, explores this disturbing text, asking questions from it. God expands his scope from Bethlehem to Africa as the Holy Family finds safety there. Even so, we note that safety for one family occurs while an evil tyrant remains unconfronted.
Matthew 1:18-25 – The story of God stepping into the many ups and downs of relationship, emotions, and ordinary life.