Sunday, January 3, 2021:

Following the Star

Welcome to St Paul's Online Sunday School!

Our church color this Sunday is WHITE
Here are the readings for this Sunday: https://episcopalchurch.org/lectionary/christmas-2
In this Sunday's lesson of Matthew 2:1-12, we learn that the "wise men from the East" have travelled all the way to Jerusalem (on camels, and on foot - what a journey!), carrying treasure-chests (!!!) full of gifts that they chose especially for a child, born king of the Jews. They are eager to honor him, this child for whom a new star arose in the sky. How'd they know where to go (no GPS!)? The star told them and showed them. They followed this new star. And this star travelled with them - ahead of them - showing them where to go, and when, finally, to stop.
I wonder if you have looked at the stars, and what you have seen?
I wonder if you have taken a long trip, and why?
I wonder what presents you would give a baby King?
I wonder if you have ever wanted to go somewhere, to see someone, and if you couldn't, what would you do?
Print & color these stars, and send to a friend. Where is the big star leading?
Visit this site to learn how to make these wonderful stars out of cardboard & yarn. (Do you need supplies? Email me!)
A special blessing!

Here's an Epiphany activity - all you need is a door and chalk (or a marker and a label/painter's tape). It's a blessing for your home and special spaces.

On the lintel (top of door frame), inscribe this: 20+C+M+B+21 (use the chalk directly, or use the marker to write on the label/tape, then stick that on). Say a prayer* to bless the activities and everyone within this space during 2021!

C+M+B has two meanings: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar (the names traditionally given to the three wise travelers who brought gifts to the newborn King) – and Christus Mansionem Benedicat ("Christ, bless this dwelling").

*your prayer can be a printed prayer, or the words of your heart. What are your hopes & prayers for this new year? Talk to God about them, in your head or right out loud. Here is one prayer, from the National Altar Guild Association:

Lord God of heaven and earth,
you revealed your only-begotten Son
to every nation by the guidance of a star.
Bless this house and all who inhabit it. Fill us with the light of Christ,
that our concern for others may reflect your love.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Merry Christmas - all the way to Epiphany (January 6)!
And here's to a happy new year!
What are your dreams for the days ahead?
Sending lots of prayers for peace, happiness, well-being, and love - Linda

PS Look to the northeast after midnight 1/2 & 3 for meteors!