Sunday, February 2nd

Sunday, February 2nd – Rev Tim McKenzie will bring the sermon, “Being Salt and Light” from Isaiah 58:6-10 and Matthew 5:13-6.  There will be Communion served.  We will enjoy fellowship after the service.
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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Contact Carrie Bennett for ES, Julie Rogers for MS, Amy Harbaugh for HS or Pastor Teresa at wtucrev@gmail.com with any questions.

Little Kids (1-5) Sunday School: February 2nd during church
Topic:  Jesus Chooses Special Helpers, Jesus Feeds a Crowd      Teacher:  Oliver

NEXT ES Youth Grades 2-5: Wednesday, Feb. 5th, at the Bennett`s home from 5-6:30 p.m.
Topic: The Parable of the Mustard Seed   Teacher: Carrie   Dinner Responsibility:  Loveman

NEXT MS Youth: Wednesday, February 12th from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Rogers` home, Bible study, service project and pizza.

NEXT HS Youth: Sunday, February 9th at the Harbaugh/Norris home from 6 p.m.

NEXT ADULT Sunday School: Sunday, February 9th at the Sacks from 9:30-10:30 a.m
***
Interested in becoming a member at WTUC? – please talk to Pastor Teresa about the upcoming membership class.
***
Upcoming Preaching Ministry
February 2        Rev. Tim McKenzie, Communion
February 9        Pastor Teresa
February 16      Rev. Hikari Kokai Chang, Communion
February 23      Rev. Reita Yazawa
March 2             Pastor Teresa
March 5             Ash Wednesday service at Tang/Lee home, Pastor Teresa
***
Sea Glass necklaces made from broken glass found on the Tohoku seashore after the tsunami are being sold to benefit “2 Criminals” -  a movie produced by Paul Nethercott -  https://vimeo.com/channels/paulnethercott
***
SNACK SIGNUP Sign up for snacks for fellowship time with Ann or on the list on the white board.  We greatly appreciate your contributions to our community life!
***
WTUC  Announcements
*Any questions or concerns?  Feel free to email wtucrev@gmail.com anytime.
*Please enjoy and refer our website and FB page (West Tokyo Union Church) to others.  Please make any suggestions for additions to the Pastor Teresa and/or Steering Committee.  https://wtuc.net/
*If you’d like to be added to the WTUC church email list, please contact Gene Witt ewitt@asij.ac.jp
*If interested in joining the WTUC Prayer Chain, let Pastor Teresa or Prayer Chain Coordinator, Kayo Ozawa, know of your interest. Please submit prayers to wtucrev@gmail.com or Kayo Ozawa.
***
Isaiah 58:6-10
6
Is not this the fast that I choose:
    to loose the bonds of injustice,
    to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
    and to break every yoke?
7
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
    and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them,
    and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
8
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing shall spring up quickly;
your vindicator shall go before you,
    the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
9
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
    you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.
If you remove the yoke from among you,
    the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,
10
if you offer your food to the hungry
    and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
then your light shall rise in the darkness
    and your gloom be like the noonday.

Matthew 5:13-6
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Here’s a responsive prayer inspired by Isaiah 58.  It comes from the Housing Justice website. The authors write: “Below is a scripturally-based prayer for seeking the fulfillment of God’s promise and the Church’s calling to be renewers (and rebuilders) of the world around us (refer especially to Isaiah 58 and Matthew 5:13-16).
Prayer
(inspired by Isaiah 58)

Lord, we pray that you would renew our selfhood as the People of God – we are not to be the remains of a goal-less club, but rather, the Bride of Christ, the King who is over all things.

Holy God, through your power and through your people,
Let your kingdom come.

Help us to show the world the true personality of your Church: by faithfulness to the Master; by love for God and God`s creation; by participating in God`s work of giving flavour to the world.

Holy God, through your power and through your people,
Let your kingdom come.

We ask you to give us the privilege, through your grace, of regaining our role as renewers of our world, as the people who heal our society, who improve our surroundings, who improve circumstances.

Holy God, through your power and through your people,
Let your kingdom come.

Give us the power to obey your will for our lives, to encourage each other to listen to your Spirit, accepting that understanding comes by a spirit of obedience to you, and that the source of life is your light.

Holy God, through your power and through your people,
Let your kingdom come.

Let us learn to make neighbours and how to love them. Let us expect great things from you. Let us always learn; let us persevere through the process of extending and inheriting God’s kingdom; let us be called ‘repairers of the breach’ and ‘restorers of streets to be lived in.’

Holy God, through your power and through your people,
Let your kingdom come.

~ Adapted from The Trampled Vineyard: Worship resources on housing and homelessness edited by Christine Allen and Barbara d’Arcy and published by CHAS and UNLEASH in 1992. This title is now out of print.  Posted on Housing Justice.http://www.housingjustice.org.uk/pages/prayers.html#sthash.BnWj53WL.dpuf

Sunday, January 26th

Sunday, January 26th – Rev Jim Sack will bring the sermon, “A Great Light in the Depth of Darkness” from Isaiah 9:1-4 and Matthew 4:12-23.  We will enjoy fellowship after the service.
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West Tokyo Union Church women have been a integral part of the 57 year history of the Women’s Conference.  The 2014 conference will be held January 31st – February 2nd at Amagi Sanso – one week later than usual.  Give yourself the wonderful gift of this special fellowship!  The theme is Through the Valley and the keynote speaker is renowned author and educator Sharon M. Draper.  For more information, please see the website at http://wocon.net
***
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Contact Carrie Bennett for ES, Julie Rogers for MS, Amy Harbaugh for HS or Pastor Teresa at wtucrev@gmail.com with any questions.

Little Kids (1-5)
Sunday School: January 26th during church
Topic: Special Teachings from Jesus, Jesus First Miracle  Teacher: Sammie

NEXT ES Youth Grades 2-5:
Wednesday, Feb. 5th, at the Bennett`s home from 5-6:30 p.m.
Topic: The Parable of the Mustard Seed   Teacher: Carrie   Dinner Responsibility:  Loveman

NEXT MS Youth: February date to be announced, at the Rogers` home, Bible study, service project and pizza.

NEXT HS Youth: Sunday, February 9th at the Harbaugh/Norris home from 6 p.m.

NEXT ADULT Sunday School
: Sunday, February 9th at the Sacks from 9:30-10:30 a.m
***
Interested in becoming a member at WTUC? – please talk to Pastor Teresa about the upcoming membership class.
***
Upcoming Preaching Ministry

January 26        Rev. Jim Sack
February 2        Rev. Tim McKenzie, Communion
February 9        Pastor Teresa
February 16      Rev. Hikari Kokai Chang, Communion
February 23      Pastor Teresa
March 2            Pastor Teresa
March 5            Ash Wednesday service at Tang/Lee home
***
Sea Glass necklaces made from broken glass found on the Tohoku seashore after the tsunami are being sold to benefit “2 Criminals” -  a movie produced by Paul Nethercott -  https://vimeo.com/channels/paulnethercott
***
SNACK SIGNUP Sign up for snacks for fellowship time with Ann or on the list on the white board.  We greatly appreciate your contributions to our community life!
***
WTUC  Announcements

*Any questions or concerns?  Feel free to email wtucrev@gmail.com anytime.
*Please enjoy and refer our website and FB page (West Tokyo Union Church) to others.  Please make any suggestions for additions to the Pastor Teresa and/or Steering Committee.  https://wtuc.net/
*If you’d like to be added to the WTUC church email list, please contact Gene Witt ewitt@asij.ac.jp
*If interested in joining the WTUC Prayer Chain, let Pastor Teresa or Prayer Chain Coordinator, Kayo Ozawa, know of your interest. Please submit prayers to wtucrev@gmail.com or Kayo Ozawa.
***
The Ground

Put prayers on the ground,
so many prayers that not
a drop of blood can find its way
to the earth, not a drop
can leach into the soil or soul.
Put your prayers on the ground.
Make a place for God to walk
among the horrors and hopes.
There you will find us standing
in the Spirit’s wake, knee deep
in invocations and possibilities.

-Belle Fox-Matin
***
Isaiah 9:1-4
The Righteous Reign of the Coming King

1  But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought     into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will     make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
2 The people who walked in darkness
    have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
    on them light has shined.
3  You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with     joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder.
4  For the yoke of their burden,
    and the bar across their shoulders,
    the rod of their oppressor,
    you have broken as on the day of Midian.

Matthew 4
Jesus Begins His Ministry in Galilee

12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
15
“Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,
    on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
16
the people who sat in darkness
    have seen a great light,
and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death
    light has dawned.”
17 From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
Jesus Calls the First Disciples
18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.
Jesus Ministers to Crowds of People
23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.

Sunday, January 19th


Sunday, January 19th
– This Sunday from 9:30-10:30, will begin with Bible Study of the texts for today`s sermon at the Sacks – and the coffee is AMAZING too! All are welcome.
Rev Jim Sack will bring the sermon, “Lingering with the Lamb” from Isaiah 49:1-7 and John 1:29-42.  Masami Sasao will share with us news from organizations that we support in a Moment for Mission.  There will be Communion served. We will enjoy robust fellowship after the service.
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Christmas 2013 special offering is being taken through 1/19/14.  We are supporting two projects: the film, 2 Criminals and Second Harvest Japan.  2/3 of the offering is going to the production costs of 2 Criminals, a movie that will be shown in public settings, at churches, at festivals around the world and in prisons, with sponsorship by Prison Fellowship. There is more information about this film at the entrance of our sanctuary. 1/3 of the offering will go to Second Harvest Japan, the only nationwide food bank. In 2012 they delivered 3,152 tons of food to the needy, including single parent homes; institutions, as well as hot meals to the homeless on Fridays and Saturdays.  They are also involved in teaching food advocacy to communities interested in developing food banks, and in the Philippines.
***
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Contact Carrie Bennett for ES, Julie Rogers for MS, Amy Harbaugh for HS or Pastor Teresa at wtucrev@gmail.com with any questions. For those with children, we LOVE children of all ages in our worship.  Please at any time in the service get books and coloring materials from the cupboard at the back of the room.  Your whole family is welcome at WTUC.

Little Kids (1-5) Sunday School January 19th during church
Topic: Young Jesus, The Baptism of Jesus  Teacher: Allie

NEXT ES Youth Grades 2-5 Wednesday, Jan. 22nd, at the Bennett`s home from 5-6:30 p.m. Topic: The Parable of the Vineyard Laborers   Teacher: Carrie   Dinner Responsibility:  Norris

NEXT MS Youth
Wednesday, February date to be announced, at the Rogers` home from 5:30 p.m.  Bible study, service project and pizza.

NEXT HS Youth, Friday, January 24th at the Harbaugh/Norris home from 6 p.m.

ADULT Sunday School
Sunday January 19th at the Sacks from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Topic: Passages for Sunday`s sermon; Isaiah 49:1-7 and John 1:29-42. Facilitated by the Jim and Carol Sack.
***
West Tokyo Union Church women have been a integral part of the 57 year history of the Women’s Conference.  The 2014 conference will be held January 31st – February 2nd at Amagi Sanso – one week later than usual.  Give yourself the wonderful gift of this special fellowship!  The theme is Through the Valley and the keynote speaker is renowned author and educator Sharon M. Draper.  For more information, please see the website at http://wocon.net
***
Interested in becoming a member at WTUC? – please talk to Pastor Teresa about the upcoming membership class.
***
Upcoming Preaching Ministry
January 26        Rev. Jim Sack
February 2        Rev. Tim McKenzie, Communion
February 9        Pastor Teresa
February 16      Rev. Hikari Kokai Chang, Communion
February 23      Pastor Teresa
March 2             Pastor Teresa
March 5             Ash Wednesday service at Tang/Lee home
***
SNACK SIGNUP
Sign up for snacks for fellowship time with Ann or on the list on the white board.  We greatly appreciate your contributions to our community life!
***
WTUC  Announcements
*Any questions or concerns?  Feel free to email wtucrev@gmail.com anytime.
*Please enjoy and refer our website and FB page (West Tokyo Union Church) to others.  Please make any suggestions for additions to the Pastor Teresa and/or Steering Committee.  https://wtuc.net/
*If you’d like to be added to the WTUC church email list, please contact Gene Witt ewitt@asij.ac.jp
*If interested in joining the WTUC Prayer Chain, let Pastor Teresa or Prayer Chain Coordinator, Kayo Ozawa, know of your interest. Please submit prayers to wtucrev@gmail.com or Kayo Ozawa.
***
The Servant’s Mission
Isaiah 49

1
Listen to me, O coastlands,
    pay attention, you peoples from far away!
The Lord called me before I was born,
    while I was in my mother’s womb he named me.
2
He made my mouth like a sharp sword,
    in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow,
    in his quiver he hid me away.
3
And he said to me, “You are my servant,
    Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
4
But I said, “I have labored in vain,
    I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my cause is with the Lord,
    and my reward with my God.”
5
And now the Lord says,
    who formed me in the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him,
    and that Israel might be gathered to him,
for I am honored in the sight of the Lord,
    and my God has become my strength—
6
he says,
“It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
    to raise up the tribes of Jacob
    and to restore the survivors of Israel;
I will give you as a light to the nations,
    that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
7
Thus says the Lord,
    the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,
to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations,
    the slave of rulers,
“Kings shall see and stand up,
    princes, and they shall prostrate themselves,
because of the Lord, who is faithful,
    the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

John 1
The Lamb of God

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.”
The First Disciples of Jesus
35 The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!”37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). 42 He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).

Sunday, January 12th

Sunday, January 12th, Pastor Teresa will bring us the message, Abundant Good from John 2:1-11.  After service will be our fellowship time.  We will also have our monthly Steering Committee meeting.
******************
West Tokyo Union Church women have been a integral part of the 57 year history of the Women’s Conference.  The 2014 conference will be held January 31st – February 2nd at Amagi Sanso – one week later than usual.   Give yourself the wonderful gift of this special fellowship!  The theme is Through the Valley and the keynote speaker is renowned author and educator Sharon M. Draper.  For more information, please see the website at http://wocon.net
***
Christmas 2013 special offering is being taken through 1/19/14.  We are supporting two projects: the film, 2 Criminals and Second Harvest Japan.  2/3 of the offering is going to the production costs of 2 Criminals, a movie that will be shown in public settings, at churches, at festivals around the world and in prisons, with sponsorship by Prison Fellowship.  There is more information about this film at the entrance of our sanctuary.  1/3 of the offering will go to Second Harvest Japan, the only nationwide food bank.  In 2012 they delivered 3,152 tons of food to the needy, including single parent homes; institutions, as well as hot meals to the homeless on Fridays and Saturdays.  They are also involved in teaching food advocacy to communities interested in developing food banks, and in the Philippines.
***
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER
(we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Contact Carrie Bennett for ES, Julie Rogers for MS, Amy Harbaugh for HS or Pastor Teresa at wtucrev@gmail.com with any questions. All classes will resume in January.  The children`s child care held during the service will also resume January 12th.  For those with children, we LOVE children of all ages in our worship.  Please at any time in the service get books and coloring materials from the cupboard at the back of the room.  Your whole family is welcome at WTUC.
***
Interested in becoming a member at WTUC? – please talk to Pastor Teresa about the upcoming membership classes.
***
Upcoming Preaching Ministry

January 12        Pastor Teresa, Steering Committee meeting
January 19        Rev. Jim Sack, Communion
January 26        Rev. Jim Sack
February 2        Rev. Tim McKenzie
***
SNACK SIGNUP
Sign up for snacks for fellowship time with Ann or on the list on the white board.  We greatly appreciate your contributions to our community life!
***
WTUC  Announcements
*Any questions or concerns?  Feel free to email wtucrev@gmail.com anytime.
*Please enjoy and refer our website and FB page (West Tokyo Union Church) to others.  Please make any suggestions for additions to the Pastor Teresa and/or Steering Committee.  https://wtuc.net/
*If you’d like to be added to the WTUC church email list, please contact Gene Witt ewitt@asij.ac.jp
*If interested in joining the WTUC Prayer Chain, let Pastor Teresa or Prayer Chain Coordinator, Kayo Ozawa, know of your interest. Please submit prayers to wtucrev@gmail.com or Kayo Ozawa.
***
John 2:1-11
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” 5His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. 9When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Sunday, January 5th

Sunday, January 5th, Jim & Carol Sack and Pastor Teresa will bring us the Epiphany play, “This is what I have learned” from Matthew 2:1-12.  There will also be Communion.  After service will be our fellowship time.
******************
West Tokyo Union Church women have been a integral part of the 57 year history of the Women’s Conference.  The 2014 conference will be held January 31st – February 2nd at Amagi Sanso – one week later than usual.   Give yourself the wonderful gift of this special fellowship!  The theme is Through the Valley and the keynote speaker is renowned author and educator Sharon M. Draper.  For more information, please see the website at http://wocon.net
***
Christmas 2013 special offering is being taken through 1/15/14.  We are supporting two projects: the film, 2 Criminals and Second Harvest Japan.  2/3 of the offering is going to the production costs of 2 Criminals, a movie that will be shown in public settings, at churches, at festivals around the world and in prisons, with sponsorship by Prison Fellowship.  There is more information about this film at the entrance of our sanctuary.  1/3 of the offering will go to Second Harvest Japan, the only nationwide food bank.  In 2012 they delivered 3,152 tons of food to the needy, including single parent homes; institutions, as well as hot meals to the homeless on Fridays and Saturdays.  They are also involved in teaching food advocacy to communities interested in developing food banks, and in the Philippines.
***
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Contact Carrie Bennett for ES, Julie Rogers for MS, Amy Harbaugh for HS or Pastor Teresa at wtucrev@gmail.com with any questions.
All classes will resume in January.  The children`s child care held during the service will also resume January 12th.  For those with children, we LOVE children of all ages in our worship.  Please at any time in the service get books and coloring materials from the cupboard at the back of the room.  Your whole family is welcome at WTUC.
***
Interested in becoming a member at WTUC? – please talk to Pastor Teresa about the upcoming membership classes.
***
Upcoming Preaching Ministry
January 5          Jim & Carol Sack and Pastor Teresa, Epiphany, Communion
January 12        Pastor Teresa, Steering Committee meeting
January 19        Rev. Jim Sack, Communion
January 26        Rev. Jim Sack
February 2        Rev. Tim McKenzie
***
SNACK SIGNUP Sign up for snacks for fellowship time with Ann or on the list on the white board.  We greatly appreciate your contributions to our community life!
***
WTUC  Announcements
*Any questions or concerns?  Feel free to email wtucrev@gmail.com anytime.
*Please enjoy and refer our website and FB page (West Tokyo Union Church) to others.  Please make any suggestions for additions to the Pastor Teresa and/or Steering Committee.  https://wtuc.net/
*If you’d like to be added to the WTUC church email list, please contact Gene Witt ewitt@asij.ac.jp
*If interested in joining the WTUC Prayer Chain, let Pastor Teresa or Prayer Chain Coordinator, Kayo Ozawa, know of your interest. Please submit prayers to wtucrev@gmail.com or Kayo Ozawa.
***
Matthew 2:1-12 1-2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory— this was during Herod’s kingship—a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, “Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We’re on pilgrimage to worship him.”
3-4 When word of their inquiry got to Herod, he was terrified—and not Herod alone, but most of Jerusalem as well. Herod lost no time. He gathered all the high priests and religion scholars in the city together and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”
5-6 They told him, “Bethlehem, Judah territory. The prophet Micah wrote it plainly:
It’s you, Bethlehem, in Judah’s land, no longer bringing up the rear. From you will come the leader who will shepherd-rule my people, my Israel.”
7-8 Herod then arranged a secret meeting with the scholars from the East. Pretending to be as devout as they were, he got them to tell him exactly when the birth-announcement star appeared. Then he told them the prophecy about Bethlehem, and said, “Go find this child. Leave no stone unturned. As soon as you find him, send word and I’ll join you at once in your worship.”
9-10 Instructed by the king, they set off. Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time!
11 They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh.
12 In a dream, they were warned not to report back to Herod. So they worked out another route, left the territory without being seen, and returned to their own country.