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Scripture for the Week

16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
Ephesians 3:16-17 NIV

Epiphany

What can we learn from the Wise Men?

First, the Wise Men began their journey because of their beliefs.

It was a common belief that when a world leader like a king was born that a special stellar phenomenon would appear in the sky. The Magi saw something that convinced them that they had seen the long-awaited sign.


Historians tell us that the Jews, the Romans, and the Persians were all watching the skies about that time, looking for signs of the birth of an extraordinary king. A few years before, around 11 BC, Halley's Comet had been seen. There were other stellar phenomena, including a bright star, Sirius, which appeared brightly in the daytime instead of at night. The Wise Men saw the star and began their journey.

May God give us all inspiration for this year's journey.

Second, the Wise Men were willing to follow what they had seen into unknown territory.

Their journey took them outside their country and their comfort zone. The Wise Men risked the consequences of disobeying Herod, who was known to behave as a madman when provoked and returned to their country by another way.


The Christian journey is often an off-road excursion.

Third, the Wise Men were committed to the journey -- wherever the star might lead.

The Wise Men set out to find a newborn King by following a star and ended up in finding a baby born to young, relatively poor parents! Not exactly what they expected and not exactly what befit their dignity as priests.


In this coming year, may we look to heaven for guidance and comfort and may we accept God's blessings in whatever forms we find them, just as the Wise Men accepted that their long, expensive journey led them to a baby born to young, inexperienced parents who lived on the poor side of town.

Finally, the Wise Men brought gifts.
They did the thing that people in the East or in Africa or in India would do when visiting royalty. They brought gifts.


Gold was the kind of gift that you brought to a king.

Frankincense was the kind of gift that you would bring to a priest.

Myrrh was given to someone who was about to die.
On This Twelfth Day, or Three Kings Day, otherwise known as Epiphany, think of the gift that you will offer to God in the coming year. The gift of time? The gift of your talents? Your service in the community? Your witness and testimony? The gift of undying love and devotion?

Their greatest gift comes to us in the form of a realization. The Wise Men were the first Gentiles to recognize that Jesus belongs to everyone. Good news is for everyone, not just a select few.

Star of wonder
Star of light
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading
Still proceeding
Guide us to thy perfect light.
Amen.

Birthdays & Anniversaries

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January Birthdays:

Gary Clock, Paul Groshart, Natalie Hancock, Pearl Jackson, Miranda Krathwohl, Alex Salta, Ayden Thickett

January Anniversaries:

Gary & Doreen Clock, Sandy Davis, Paul & Beth Groshart, Sally Hannaford

Thoughts & Prayers

Dear God
Please remember all those in our congregation who are dealing with health issues and/or need an extra measure of God's grace.
  • John and Connie Hancock
  • Jim and Sue Rosenow
  • Pearl Jackson
  • Cyn Jones
  • Phyllis and Mike Conlon
  • Ben and Becky Johnson
  • Jessie Munkirs
  • Debbie Cox
We'll have many of our Journey family traveling. Traveling mercies to all!

Our relationship with God means we can bring our prayers and requests, and ask for God’s healing hand on the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

If you, or someone you know, is in need of prayer and would like to be included on this list, please let us know.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us
. - 1 John 5:15 (NIV)
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The Compass Podcast

Compass Podcast
Skepticism and Doubt with Eric Huffman: Episode 15 (39 minutes)

Skepticism and doubt: are they things to be feared and avoided? Pastor Eric Huffman has written a book of devotionals suggesting that skepticism and doubt could really feed our faith.
Vision for the New Year

Reflections: A Vision for the New Year

Proverbs 29:18-19

Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law. By mere words a servant is not disciplined, for though he understands, he will not respond.

Today is the first Sunday of 2019, and before us lies another year of endless possibilities. Last week, we looked at the importance of making this year one of spiritual victories and accomplishments; a year to grow in faith and in our relationship with God. In relation, this week we should focus on the importance of recognizing our visions, especially as it relates to living a life of faith. If we want to make 2019 a spiritually successful year, we need to let our visions guide us, as we attempt to serve God to the best of our abilities. Let’s remember that our visions keep us faithful and obedient, and motivates us to live rightly for God.

Reflection Questions:

Please read and think about each question as it applies to your Christian journey with Christ.
  • What is your vision for your spiritual life this year? What is your vision for our church? How does your vision and faith relate to one another?
  • What are your passions for ministry? Is there a connection between your vision and your passion?

Prayer:

Father, we ask that you give us a vision of how you want us to live and work for your kingdom. Help us to do what we can in this church and community, for your glory, as we live out those visions. Guide us through this year and give us your Holy Spirit, so we may be motivated to act in faith. In Jesus name, Amen.

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2019 Calendar

Tuesday

  • Scrabble
  • 12:00 PM @Honneycutt Coffee

Thursday

  • Coffee with the Pastor
  • 9:00 AM @ Honeycutt Coffee

Saturday

  • GPS Meeting @ 10 AM
Journey's Choir will be on winter hiatus for a time. Check back here for information about our "start back up" date!

COOKIES AND MILK FOR THE TREE WISE MEN OF ORIENT, Kings Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar, bringing gifts to kids, AT EPIPHANY

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