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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

St. Matthew pens these words from the beautiful account of the Magi’s visit to the Christ child: “After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

Reflecting upon St. Matthew’s words, I am struck by the commitment of the Magi to come into the presence of the Christ child and worship Him. Many biblical scholars would argue that they followed the Epiphany star for up to two years. They were determined to worship Christ and present Him with gifts that marked His importance for their lives. Today, God’s people are challenged to model the worshipful witness of the Magi. 

As we begin the New Year, let us prayerfully reflect upon the journey of the Magi and their  commitment to come into the presence of Christ. Gathered around Word and Sacrament let us faithfully worship the Holy One who came to save us from sin, offer us new life, and the blessing of eternal salvation. As the Magi presented their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to Christ; let us follow their example and present ourselves unto Him. The Apostle Paul urges us “by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship." (Romans 12)

Our worship life prepares us for the never-ending challenges of human existence.  We are reaffirmed in our belief that God walks with us in the midst of life’s struggles. We take great hope in knowing that God will bring about His holy will for our life and the lives of those we are praying for daily. Worship boldly reinforces to us that no challenge we face is too great for God to handle. The Apostle John writes, “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” (1John 4)

Simply put, our worship life reflects our dependence upon Almighty God and His faithfulness to us through the ages.

God bless your Worship life in 2019,

Pastor Michael McFarland