Mission Devotional - January 6, 2016

Opening Prayer: Father of light, unchanging God, today you reveal to men of faith the resplendent fact of the Word made flesh. Your light is strong, Your love is near; draw us beyond the limits which this world imposes, to the life where Your Spirit makes all life complete. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. - The New Saint Joseph Sunday Missal

Scripture: Matthew 2:9-12

Journal: Put yourself in the place of the Magi today. What do you see? What do you hear? What captures your heart? What treasures will you offer to Jesus?

Reflection: Today is the Feast of the Epiphany. The word epiphany comes from the Greek word epiphancia, which can be translated both as coming and as manifestation (or appearing). While Christmas is the season that celebrates the event of Christ's coming in the incarnation, Epiphany celebrates the manifestation(s) of that coming. Thus, Epiphany is the time in the church calendar where we celebrate, and participate in, seeing the Christ. It is a time in which we must pay special attention; when we must keep our eyes open for the ways and the places Jesus is revealed, both to us and in us. It is a season of seeing and recognizing.

The scriptural focus for the Feast of the Epiphany is the coming of the wise men to see the newborn King (Matthew 2:1-12). It is a passage about seeing - seeing a star, seeing the Child, seeing the glory of God. (Watch and Wait by Jim Branch)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Eric and Beth Yodis are facilitating church planting in eastern Ukraine. After returning to the Ukraine last year, Eric and Beth are helping with church planting in Kiev. Pray for them as they begin a new year of ministry.

Bethany Christian Services is a global organization caring for orphans and vulnerable children on five continents. They manifest the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting and enhancing the lives of children and families through quality social services such as adoption, family support, foster care, pregnancy counseling, refuge services and infertility. Pray today for the staff as they work with families to facilitate adoptions.

Closing Prayer: Father, you revealed your Son to the nations by the guidance of a star. Lead us to your glory in heaven by the light of faith. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. - The New Saint Joseph Sunday Missal