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Today is Epiphany Sunday and we heard the story of the visit of the Magi.  This is a visit that was very important in the ongoing plans that God had made for the salvation of all people.  The Magi were the first Gentiles who worshiped Christ and the first to see him and recognize God in him.  Thus began the fulfillment of the ministry to which Jesus was called, to bring all people into the light of God’s salvation.

We often don’t think of all the plans God made for the salvation of the whole world and all it’s peoples as we ponder the Christmas story.  But we need to look past the manger, past the star in the night sky and onto the cross.  This was not an ordinary baby, this was a baby  born to die.  This was the innocent whose death would pay for the sin of all humankind.  For all humankind.  For you.  For me.  For the person down the street and for the person on the other side of the world.  This is something to celebrate.  Jesus is the light to the nations.

Let us pray:

Lord Jesus, Savior of the World
I stand in awe before you, I bow in gratitude
Great and Generous God, you have given us the greatest gift
Healing, hope, salvation, forgiveness and a renewed purpose for living
To be known as your child is richness beyond all measure.

Trinity, working together in harmony
Open now the hearts of all peoples of all races and clans, that we may know you

That we may love you and serve you
Have now the gift of our hearts
Ever more and ever more we are yours, glad to be called in your service.

Nations behold your God
Announce the glory of his coming
Teach the wonder of God’s love
Invest your energy in serving the One who has come to give you life
O people, see your God
Navigate now the pathway of salvation
Shine with the light of a heavenly star, so that God’s love will shine in all that you do.

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