Sunday, January 8, 2017

Epiphany Sunday
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock

Science means constantly walking a tightrope between blind faith and curiosity; between expertise and creativity; between bias and openness; between experience and epiphany; between ambition and passion; and between arrogance and conviction – in short, between an old today and a new tomorrow.   -Heinrich Rohrer

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude “The Vergynes Songe”                 Ferrabosco

Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)

† Choral Introit “Come and Worship”                 Henry Smart

Come and worship Christ the newborn King.

† Call to Worship by Rev. Nathan Decker

Lord, this year, we will follow the Star of Bethlehem.
Too long we’ve gone the wrong way—Followed the wrong stars!
We went South following movie stars, greed, and lust.
Star of Wonder…
We went East following stars of militarism, nationalism, and war.
Star of Light…
We even went North following our own visions, our own intuition, and our own way.
Star with Royal Beauty Bright…
Lord, this year, we will follow the Star of Bethlehem.
The Star of Hope.
The Star of Peace.
The Star of Joy.
The Star of Love.
The Star that is You.

† Hymn “We Three Kings”         No. 254

† Morning Prayer (unison) Epiphany          No. 255

O God, you made of one blood all nations, and, by a star in the East, revealed to all peoples him whose name is Emmanuel.  Enable us who know your presence with us so to proclaim his unsearchable riches that all may come to his light and bow before the brightness of his rising, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

To Hear the Word

† The Psalter Psalm 72:1-8 (sung resp. 1)                  No. 795

Marisa Olszewski is the Liturgist.

Anthem “A Maiden Most Gentle”           Trad, arr. Andrew Carter

A maiden most gentle and tender we sing:
Of Mary the mother of Jesus, our King.
Ave Maria.

How blessed is the birth of her heavenly Child
Who came to redeem us in Mary so mild.
Ave Maria.

The Archangel Gabriel foretold by his call
The Lord of creation, and Savior of all.
Ave Maria.

Three Kings came to worship with gifts rich and rare,
And marveled in awe at the Babe in her care.
Ave Maria.

Rejoice and be glad at this Christmas we pray;
Sing praise to the Savior, sing endless “Ave.”
Ave Maria.

Hebrew Scripture Isaiah 60:1-6

Sermon “Good Gifts: What does God want?”    Rev. Travis Knoll

Matthew 2:1-12

To Respond in Faith

† Hymn “We Would See Jesus”   No. 256

† Our Mission: (unison)

We understand as our mission: To celebrate the vision of God’s Good News in Jesus Christ in liturgy, learning & life through the revitalization of our congregation, the restoration of our building, the strengthening of our traditions, while recognizing our unique presence & mission in the city.

We feel this is where God’s Spirit is leading our congregation at this time in our history.

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory “The Holy Infant’s Lullaby” Norman Dello Joio

Tod Myers, Bass
Sleep, sleep. O, rest You, holy Infant. Close your eyes to the star shining bright. Sleep in the arms of your mother who sings to you through the night.
Sleep, sleep. The angels sing praises in Heaven while Mary sings lullaby-lu. Dream of a day, gentle Baby, when man learns love from You.
Sleep, Holy Child.

† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings (unison) No. 99

To God be the glory, to God be the glory, to God be the glory for the things he hath done.  With his blood he has saved me; with his power he has raised me; to God be the glory for the things he hath done.

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer (unison)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

† Hymn “In the Bleak Midwinter”           No. 221

† Dismissal with Blessing

Go now, to give the very best gift you can to God
We go now, to be God’s people.

† Choral Response “May God Grant You a Blessing” Trad. Swahili

May God grant you a blessing evermore.

† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

† Organ Postlude


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