- Start the worship service with the lights dimmed, and make it brighter as the scripture is read. This could be done as the Call to Worship (early in the service).
- Though it does mention that a multitude of camels will cover you, I do not recommend having a multitude of camels in your worship space…
- Consider using lights (small spotlights, LED lights, etc) to make it appear as though the cross or nativity scene in your worship space is a source of light.
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
- Think of this as a prayer for Jesus. Do we ever think to pray for Christ?
- What is your prayer for Christ as we start a New Year? Does it include some acknowledgment of Jesus being the King of kings?
- What gifts do we bring to the King?
- It is impossible to talk about this passage without talking about God’s grace. It is a gift from God, and it is a gift that is not meant to be hoarded – it is meant to be shared.
- Since this is a letter from Paul, you may want to include a scroll of paper and some sort of pen in your worship display.
- If you want to try something more “modern”, you could imagine what it would be like to Skype (video chat) with Paul. Or, how would he have communicated this by text message or via Twitter?
- This is a familiar text – which is all the more reason to present the text in such a way that invites people to hear it in a new way.
- Decorate your worship space with wrapped boxes and/or “treasure chests” and decorative bottles.
- What gifts do we bring to the Christ Child? The travelers brought what they had – what about us?