Hello church family,

I am so thankful that we were able to praise and worship God in-person earlier today and are able to praise and worship God virtually this afternoon. This is a glorious day and a great day to praise and worship God as we come towards the end of the Christmas season on this Epiphany/Three Kings Sunday.

Sunday morning we looked at Matthew 2:1-12 and the story of the Wise men. They traveled and traveled and continued to follow the star until it finally rested where Jesus was. We can learn a lot from them. At any moment, they could have turned around and decided that it would be easier to return home to finish their journey, they could have listened to King Herod instead of the angels from God, and they could have looked down at this child and thought that there was no way this could be the King. Instead, they continued to follow the star even when the journey became long and rough, they continually followed and listened to God, and they rejoiced and gave great gifts when they saw the child.

Have a blessed day, 
Pastor Jeff Taylor

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Matthew 2:1-12

The Magi Visit the Messiah

2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod,Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

6  “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’[b]”

7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

WEDNESDAY PRAYER MEETING
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Please join us for our Prayer Meeting by Phone on Wednesday at 11 AM.
To join this meeting, call 602-580-9308. After you call, if it asks you for an access code enter 3824906. Prayer is so important right now, so I want to invite you all to our midweek prayer time as we continue to be in prayer for each other, our neighbors, families, friends, the nation, and the world. Come and bring all of your prayers to God.
Pastor Jeff leads a virtual Bible Study through Zoom every Friday at 5 PM.
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