Opening Prayer: Heavenly Father, You drew Moses out of the reeds on the bank of the Nile River. Draw me close to you so I can know Your love like Moses did. Amen.
Read: Matthew 1:18-2:23
Reflect: What similarities do you see between Jesus’ birth story and the birth story of Moses? Do you think there is significance of Jesus going to Egypt to flee from those who would kill him in Israel? What are the differences between the stories of the births of Jesus and Moses? How do these differences and similarities inform the roles of Jesus and Moses?
Prayer: for the church, for others, and for myself
Hymn: “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”
Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down!
Fix in us Thy humble dwelling;
All Thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, Thou art all compassion;
Pure, unbounded love Thou art.
Visit us with Thy salvation;
Enter every trembling heart.
Breath, O breath Thy loving Spirit
Into every troubled breast!
Let us all in Thee inhearit;
Let us find that second rest.
Take away our bent to sinning;
Alpha and Omega be.
End of faith, as its Beginning,
Set our hearts at liberty.
Finish then Thy new creation;
Pure and spotless let us be.
Let us see Thy great salvation,
Perfectly restored in Thee:
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before Thee,
Love in wonder, love, and praise.
Closing Prayer: May His Spirit dwell within you, His Word abide in you, His will guide you, His joy strengthen you as you give Him your life in loving service. Amen.