Bible Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12
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Talk about what an epiphany actually is. Use a Christmas bon bon (cracker) as an example of an epiphany; i.e. it has an unknown surprise inside it.
Meditation (or basis for sermon): Journeying With The Magi
By Lynda Wright in Hay and Stardust by Ruth Burgess, Wild Goose Publications, 2005, ISBN 1905010001, page 207 (pictured at left).
Poem/Meditation: Wise Men Visit Herod
By Ruth Burgess in Dandelions and Thistles: Biblical Meditations from the Iona Community by Jan Sutch Pickard (ed.) Wild Goose Publications, 1999, ISBN 1901557146, page 42 (pictured at right). This goes well with the Epiphany ABC.
Kids: The Three Wise Camels
This is another brilliant book by Andrew McDonough, Lost Sheep Resources, 2012. This goes with the Matthew reading. The great thing about these books is that they only around $A5 and for a further $A10 (or instead of) you can buy on line the story in any format you need to project the pictures in church. There are also free activity sheets and for a cost activity books for both teachers and children. Visit www.lostsheep.com.au to check out all the excellent resources.
Worship Activity: Giving to the Lord
By Jim Burns and Robin Dugall in Worship Experiences, Gospel Light, 1999, ISBN, 0830724044, page 38. This is based on the gospel reading.