It’s a story we think we know well. The wise men come from the east, following a star, to seek out the newborn king. They find him, pay him homage. And then, “they left for their own country by another road.”
Most of us who gather to worship at St. Andrew’s were not born in Egypt. Our passports bear witness to our citizenship in another country. We are expats, refugees, and asylum seekers. Whether we come to Egypt as students or teachers or for another reason, we learn at St. Andrew’s. We learn about other cultures and as we come together as the body of Christ, our images of just what that looks like expand. No matter whether we are here for a few weeks or many years, there is no doubt that when the time comes to leave, we leave by another road. We are changed by the experiences we have and by the people we meet. We are changed by the ways Christ comes to us in the strangers whom we call our brothers and sisters.
As we enter into this Epiphany season, the echoes of Luke’s Gospel still ring in our head: “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” St. Andrew’s is an international and ecumenical congregation, and, sometimes in many languages, we bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ in this place and in all places, for the gathered people and for all people. We celebrate the light that shines in the darkness, in this season and always.
Whether you are just passing through Cairo, or plan to stay for awhile, you are welcome at St. Andrew’s. You’ll find Christians of many backgrounds and denominations, gathered to worship in Jesus’ name. Communion is served on the first and third Fridays of the month and all baptized Christians are welcome at the Lord’s Table. We sing and pray, hear God’s Word, and come together at the Lord’s Table, gathered no longer as strangers, but as brothers and sisters in Christ, here in the heart of Cairo.