For use at Presbytery gatherings. Authored by Rev. Bill McLean.

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Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 (NRSV)

Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I have called my son.”

When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.” Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee. There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, “He will be called a Nazorean.”


Questions for Reflection & Discussion


  1. How would you respond if an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream and told you to move you, your child, and your spouse to another country?

  2. How can we support those who have been displaced from their homes because of death threats? How would your response change if the person is displaced because of a natural disaster, or political upheaval, or a different faith tradition, or personal financial situations?

  3. How might the Presbytery/congregation/committee be guided by this scripture?

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