Today’s story is being presented by the Trainer of Storytellers for the Disciples of Christ.
Though this program is intended for children ages 4 through 3rd grade, Children Worship & Wonder can be a wonderful way to draw in the whole family to consider the lessons and themes in the Bible as they speak to our lives week after week. Since these videos are pre-recorded, your family can view them at your own pace at a time that works best for you. We recommend finding a time in your week when everyone can commit to turning off devices (other than the one you use to watch, of course!) and focus on the story.
This Fall through Winter our stories are taken from Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman. The materials used to tell the stories are by Worship Woodworks.
Scripture text Matthew 2:1-12
When Jesus was born in the village of Bethlehem in Judea, Herod was king. During this time some wise men[a] from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and said, “Where is the child born to be king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east[b] and have come to worship him.”
3 When King Herod heard about this, he was worried, and so was everyone else in Jerusalem. 4 Herod brought together the chief priests and the teachers of the Law of Moses and asked them, “Where will the Messiah be born?”
5 They told him, “He will be born in Bethlehem, just as the prophet wrote,
6 ’Bethlehem in the land
you are very important
among the towns of Judea.
From your town
will come a leader,
who will be like a shepherd
for my people Israel.’”
7 Herod secretly called in the wise men and asked them when they had first seen the star. 8 He told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, let me know. I want to go and worship him too.”
9 The wise men listened to what the king said and then left. And the star they had seen in the east went on ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 They were thrilled and excited to see the star.
11 When the men went into the house and saw the child with Mary, his mother, they knelt down and worshiped him. They took out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh[c] and gave them to him. 12 Later they were warned in a dream not to return to Herod, and they went back home by another road.
After the story you may want to wonder about two or three of the questions listed below and discuss them with your children or another adult.
Responding to God’s Word Wondering Questions
I wonder how the Magi felt with they saw the special star for a king?
I wonder if it was hard to find the special king?
I wonder why the Magi brought gifts?
I wonder what it is like to be a baby and a king?
I wonder what kind of king God’s special one will be, and if you would like to live under this special king’s rule?
Activities to explore
- If you have the time and materials you might want to draw a picture of the Magi and their camels?.
- You may want to sing a Christmas song and say a prayer of thanksgiving..
Watch this video of the story – The Magids Show the Way to Bethlehem