December 29, 2013 – First Sunday after Christmas

Matthew 2:7-23 Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road. Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I have called my son.” When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah: “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.” When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.” Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee. There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, “He will be called a Nazorean.” *** Dec 29, 2013   Ex 1:8,15-22 (reading below),  Matthew 2: 7-23   Dreams for the journey ******************************************************** Jesus comes into the world,  proclaimed by prophets, revealed by a star, and wrapped in dreams. The story, so very familiar, yet still ever mysterious – of Magi from the East, following the star, bowing in worship before the infant king, presenting their gifts…. And the probably not-quite-so-familiar-story of the holy family’s flight into Egypt, then back again to Israel. With King Herod infamously reminding us of Pharaoh of old, murdering Israel’s children....

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Announcements Week of December 29, 2013 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Dec 29th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Tuesday, Dec 31st: Church Office Closed Sunday, Jan 5th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School, decorations come down after worship Monday, Jan 6th: 10:00 AM UMW Executive Board Meeting CHURCH OFFICE HOURS: This week, the church office will be open on Thursday and Friday, from 9am to 1pm, but closed Tuesday. Happy New Year! BIBLE STUDY WILL BE TAKING A WINTER BREAK until January 8th. No Bible study this week. HOPE YOU CAN HELP… Christmas decorations come down after worship and coffee hour on January 5, 2014. After they are packed, we will be providing a light meal. We would appreciate any help with this task. Thank You, The Worship Committee THRIFT SHOP WORKER MEETING: There will be an important meeting for all who work in the thrift shop, on Tuesday, January 7th at 10:00am. We will discuss changes in leadership and upcoming plans for the continued success of the Thrift Shop. All workers are requested to come with input and ideas. MAILING LIST: If you are not on our mailing list (email or hard copy) to receive newsletters, and other church news, please fill out a card in Crain Hall. Also, if your address has changed, please let us know!  ...

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