Weekly Videos for 1/2/22
Full Recording for Resurrection Church
A special note:
In October of 2020, the congregation of St. Elizabeth’s in Redford, Michigan, one of the sponsors of these recordings, voted to permanently close their parish church. Today is their last online Morning Prayer service. Next week, in person, they will gather with Bishop Perry for a final service. While it is a sad and difficult decision, it is the faithful choice. The Gospel reading for today, the Journey of the Magi, seems appropriate as the members of St. Elizabeth’s venture forth to new congregations and ministries. I have enjoyed serving as a supply priest among them and I give thanks for our times together. Bon Voyage!
Below is a homily (slightly modified from the one above) for their final Zoom service.
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
`And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel.'”
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.
(Bible texts from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.)
Thanks to Jon Michael Ogletree for making available his arrangement of “The first noel”
Thank you to Christian Bodhi for his video licensed from Pixabay.com