From the Pastor’s Desk: January 4, 2022

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From the Pastor
Carol Sparks

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-2

“We have come to worship him“ was the reason the Magi gave as to why they came to see Jesus. They came to worship a king who had been born, but not just any king, a king who came to bring change to the world.

How can we worship Jesus while at the same time bringing change to the world around us? It’s not about a song. It’s not about a religious ritual. Real worship and real change happens when we sacrifice. Our faith is increased when we understand the power of sacrifice.

During a worship service one summer, we were collecting offering for a young family that had lost everything in Hurricane Katrina. One of our older members, who lived a very humble life with very little excess, joyfully brought forth her offering that was to pay for the supplies to have a ramp built to make entering her home easier and more safe. She sacrificed willingly and joyfully.

Like the Magi, she came to worship him. She came to worship Jesus and bring a change to the world through their willingness to sacrifice.

The Magi sacrificed time and personal wealth to worship Jesus. They honored him with what they had. We may not have the resources like the Magi, but the value of worship is not measured by the amount we give, it is measured by the willingness to present what we have. I am always struck by the words of the Christmas carol, The Little Drummer Boy, because all he gave was what he had. He asked if he could drum for the king.

How will you worship the King this year? What can you sacrifice to bring change to someone’s life?

Rev. Carol D. Sparks
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