Egypt as part of the story of God's peopleBy Alton Longenecker Prairie Street Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind.
On Jan. 6 we celebrated the Dia de los Reyes, the Day of the Three Kings, which is Epiphany. A group of about 40-50 gathered to share Hispanic food.
We had a program that included Andrea Kraybill telling us about her recent international experience in Egypt. She told us her story in the context of the story of God’s people in Egypt, including the fleeing of the Holy Family from the wrath of King Herod.
We shared the Rosca de Reyes, the Crown of the Kings. Rosca is a sweet bread baked in the shape of an oval. Within the pastry were hidden several plastic figurines of the baby Jesus. This symbolizes that Jesus had to hide from the wrath of King Herod. Those people who found the baby Jesus figurines hosted the next event, Candlemas, on Feb. 2. Patricia Martinez led the reading on the Rosca de Reyes. The program was entirely in Spanish with English translation.
Jan. 3-9 was a special week of prayer for Prairie Street church. People were invited to commit to praying individually for the church during this special week of prayer. There were two scheduled times of prayer where we gathered.
On Jan. 16, preacher Frances Ringenberg spoke, and her sermon was titled “Signed by God.” She proclaimed that we are on a journey of discovery of gifts that God has given to everyone in the congregation.
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