Sunday, January 7, 2018

Epiphany Celebration

11:00 a.m.

*Please Stand, As You Are Able

Prelude – A Phiuthrag’s a Phiuthar (Trad.)

Words of Welcome and Announcements

Choral Introit – From the Eastern Mountains (William Pitts)                                           Choir

From the eastern mountains, pressing on they come,
Wise men in their wisdom, to his humble home;
Stirred by deep devotion, hasting from afar,
Ever journeying onward, guided by a star.

Time of Morning Prayer

Prayer Song – The First Noel (Verses 1 and 2) Hymnal 245

1. The first Noel the angel did say was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; in fields where they lay keeping their sheep, on a cold winter’s night that was so deep. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel.

2. They looked up and saw a star shining in the east, beyond them far; and to the earth it gave great light, and so it continued both day and night. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel.

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer(You may pray either version printed below or another that you know.)

Methodist Version
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.

F
or thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.
Modern Ecumenical Version
Our God in heaven:
your holy name be honored,
your kin-dom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from the evil one.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory
are yours now and always.  Amen.

Prayer Song – The First Noel (Verses 3,4, and 5) Hymnal 245

3. And by the light of that same star three Wise Men came from country far; to seek for a king was their intent, and to follow the star wherever it went. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel.

4. This star drew nigh to the northwest, o’er Bethlehem it took its rest; and there it did both stop and stay, right over the place where Jesus lay. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel.

5. Then entered in those Wise Men three, full reverently upon the knee, and offered there, in his presence, their gold and myrrh and frankincense. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel.

* Call to Celebration

Pastor:    Arise, shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

People:   Nations shall come to Christ’s light and kings to the brightness of the Lord’s rising.

Leader:   By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us,

People: to guide us in the way of peace.

Leader:   Like three who were wise long ago, let us seek the Savior

People: And finding the Christ, let us bow before him in worship.

ALL:       God of stargazers and seekers,
you led the magi to the child at bethlehem,
now lead us to the light of Jesus.
Bring us together in love for you and for one another.
Give us words to praise you and voices to sing of your glory.
In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

* SongSing We Now of Christmas Hymnal 237

1. Sing we now of Christmas, Noel, sing we here! Hear our grateful praises to the babe so dear. Sing we Noel, the King is born, Noel! Sing we now of Christmas, sing we now Noel!

2. Angels called to shepherds, “Leave your flocks at rest, journey forth to Bethlehem, find the child so blest.” Sing we Noel, the King is born, Noel! Sing we now of Christmas, sing we now Noel!

3. In Bethlehem they found him; Joseph and Mary mild, seated by the manger, watching the holy child. Sing we Noel, the King is born, Noel! Sing we now of Christmas, sing we now Noel!

4. From the eastern country came the kings afar, bearing gifts to Bethlehem, guided by a star. Sing we Noel, the King is born, Noel! Sing we now of Christmas, sing we now Noel!

5. Gold and myrrh they took there, gifts of greatest price; there was never a stable so like paradise. Sing we Noel, the King is born, Noel! Sing we now of Christmas, sing we now Noel!

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

Scripture Reading – Mathew 2:1-12

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:

‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

Special MusicWise Men Saw the Light (Lloyd Larson) Choir

While the world lay sleeping, dreaming through the night,
Wise Men searched the heavens looking for the light.
One star was a diamond burning in the sky;
Dreamers missed the meaning; sleepers missed the sign.
 

Far from home they traveled, walking day and night,
Though their feet were weary, they pursued the light.
‘Til they found the promise, there would be no rest:
Dreamers missed the journey; sleepers missed the quest.

When the star had lingered where the infant lay,
They were filled with gladness as they knelt to pray.
When the night had ended, though the sun was bright,
Dreamers missed the miracle; sleepers missed the light.

Sermon – “Much Greater Gifts”                                                      Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

* Song – From A Distant Home Hymnal 243

1. From a distant home the Savior we come seeking, using as our guide the star so brightly beaming. Lovely eastern star that tells us of God’s morning, heaven’s wondrous light, O never cease thy shining! Glory in the highest to the Son of Heaven, and upon the earth be peace and love to all.

2. Glowing gold I bring the newborn babe so holy, token of his power to reign above in glory. Lovely eastern star that tells us of God’s morning, heaven’s wondrous light, O never cease thy shining! Glory in the highest to the Son of Heaven, and upon the earth be peace and love to all.

3. Frankincense I bring the child of God’s own choosing, token of our prayers to heaven ever rising. Lovely eastern star that tells us of God’s morning, heaven’s wondrous light, O never cease thy shining! Glory in the highest to the Son of Heaven, and upon the earth be peace and love to all.

4. Bitter myrrh have I to give the infant Jesus, token of the pain that he will bear to save us. Lovely eastern star that tells us of God’s morning, heaven’s wondrous light, O never cease thy shining! Glory in the highest to the Son of Heaven, and upon the earth be peace and love to all.

Celebration of Holy Communion

Invitation

Great Thanksgiving

Pastor:     The Lord be with you.

People:   And also with you.

Pastor:     Lift up your hearts.

People:   We lift them up to the Lord.

Pastor:     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

People:   It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Pastor:     It is right, and a good and joyful thing …

And so with your people on earth and all the company of heaven
we praise your name and join their unending hymn.

People:   Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Pastor:     Holy are you, and blessed is your Son …

as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

People:   Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.

Pastor:     Pour out your Holy Spirit …

All honor and glory is yours Almighty God, now and for ever.

People:   Amen.

Receiving the Bread and Cup

As we receive and listen to the music please pray for the light of Christ to guide all humanity.

Prayer of Gratitude

God of the promise, you said you would meet our every need
and in sending your Son you have fulfilled your Word.
Let us who are now filled with your Word through bread and cup
fulfill your promise to the world that you have sent a Savior to the nations
so that every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  Amen.

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Offertory – Fit for a King (Joseph Martin)                                                                    Choir

I travel to Bethlehem’s cradle,
To kneel at the manger tonight,
But what can I bring to honor the King
That’s worthy of Jesus the Christ?
A heart full of love for His people,
A voice that is ready to sing,
A life that is willing to give its all,
These are the gifts that are fit for a King.
The sages gave gifts of great wonder;
They brought treasure both rich and rare.
Compared to their gold, what gifts could I hold
To give to the Savior there?
Do I offer great pearls from the ocean?
Perfect diamonds that sparkle so bright?
A thousand white rams I would bring to the Lamb,
But everything pales in His light
Then what do I have to offer?
There’s nothing that He does not own;
O show me, my King, a true offering
Which is worthy to lay at Your throne.

Prayer of Dedication –

Almighty and everlasting God,
you have revealed the incarnation of your Son by the bright shining of a star,
which the wise men saw, and then offered gifts in adoration;
let the star of your justice always shine in our hearts,
that we may give as our treasure all that we are and all that we possess, to your service; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen
.

*    Song to Present the Offering – We Three Kings Hymnal 254

1. We three kings of Orient are; bearing gifts we traverse afar, field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder star. O star of wonder, star of light, star with royal beauty bright, westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light.

2. Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain, gold I bring to crown him again, King forever, ceasing never, over us all to reign. O star of wonder, star of light, star with royal beauty bright, westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light.

3. Frankincense to offer have I; incense owns a Deity nigh; prayer and praising, voices raising, worshiping God on high. O star of wonder, star of light, star with royal beauty bright, westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light.

4. Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume breathes a life of gathering gloom; sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying, sealed in the stone-cold tomb. O star of wonder, star of light, star with royal beauty bright, westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light.

5. Glorious now behold him arise; King and God and sacrifice: Alleluia, Alleluia, sounds through the earth and skies. O star of wonder, star of light, star with royal beauty bright, westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light.

* Words for Sending Us Into the World

Leader:   God who gave the wise men courage to leave familiar ground will guide us also.

People:   Guided by God we will share the gift of Christ with the world.

all:       we go with god.  amen.

* Choral Response – Gaudete! (Arr. Prior and Kemp)                                                         Choir

Rejoice! Christ is born of the Virgin Mary. Rejoice!

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude – Allegro festivo (Burns)

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