Sunday, January 3, 2021

January 3, 2021
Epiphany Sunday

The new year, like a newborn child,
is placed in our hands as the old year passes away.
The days and weeks to come are God’s gift; they carry God’s blessing.
As a blessing we welcome them.
Our hope for the year ending is that all that was good in it remain with us
and all that was harmful be left behind.


Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements                    John Strawbridge


Choral Introit As With Gladness Men of Old (Kocher)

As with gladness men of old
Did the guiding star behold;
As with joy they hailed its light
Leading onward, beaming bright;
So, moist gracious Lord, may we
Evermore be led to Thee.


Prayer of Invocation

L: The glow of Christmas lingers with us as we celebrate Epiphany…the time when people realized that Jesus was the Messiah. God places stars in the sky and miracles in our lives, angels sing alleluias, and prophets tell of God’s wonders.
P: Epiphany happens when we notice! If the magi had not noticed the star or had stayed home they wouldn’t have encountered God in the way they did. We are called to notice the miracles in our midst! Let us open our eyes and find God here among us. Let us kneel before him offering our best gifts.


Opening Hymn We Three Kings                 UMH 254 Vs. 1, 2 & 5

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. [Refrain]

5. Glorious now behold him arise;
King and God and sacrifice:
Alleluia, Alleluia,
sounds through the earth and skies. [Refrain]


Old Testament Lesson                                Isaiah 60:1-6 NIV

60 “Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
2 See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
3 Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
4 “Lift up your eyes and look about you:
All assemble and come to you;
your sons come from afar,
and your daughters are carried on the hip.
5 Then you will look and be radiant,
your heart will throb and swell with joy;
the wealth on the seas will be brought to you,
to you the riches of the nations will come.
6 Herds of camels will cover your land,
young camels of Midian and Ephah.
And all from Sheba will come,
bearing gold and incense
and proclaiming the praise of the Lord.
The word of God. . . Thanks be to God.


Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer


Choral Response Cares Chorus TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet
And any time I don’t know just what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You.


Gospel Lesson                                            Matthew 2:1-12 NIV

1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks Be To God


Sermon “Strangers From the East”              Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory “New Year’s Carol” (Britten)

Here we bring new water from the well so clear
For to worship God with this happy new year.

Sing levy-dew, sing levy-dew, the water and the wine
The seven bright gold wires and the bugles that do shine.

Sing reign of Fair maid with the gold upon her toe
Open you the west door, and let the old year go.

Sing reign of Fair maid with the gold upon her chin
Open you the east door, and let the new year in.


Offering Prayer (All)

As long ago travelers laid their gifts before the Christ child, we too bring our gifts with great joy. Use our gifts for justice and righteousness, that oppression and violence may cease and peace may flourish. May the light of your love shine through our living, that suffering may end, and all may rejoice in your gift of life. Amen.


Closing Hymn On This Day of Celebration (“Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”)

By Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

1. On this day of celebration, at this time when hopes are new,
God, we gather as your people, called to put our trust in you.
You have made the world we live in; you have worked through history.
In your plan we find our purpose, in your love, our unity.
2. Long ago, you sent our Savior to this world in deep despair.
In your Word made flesh you came, our life to know, our sins to bear.
Christ has died and Christ is risen! At this new year we proclaim:
Yesterday, today, forever — Jesus Christ is still the same!
3. Through two thousand years of changes, through these passing centuries,
You have called your church to witness to Christ’s love that claims and frees.
Each new generation hears you, each must find a fresh new way
To make known the life you offer, to the people in their day.



L: Arise, shine, for your light has come.
Take that light into the world and spread it around.
P: We see more now than when we came together.
We are ready to hear the world’s cries and feel its pain.
L: Your hearts will thrill and rejoice in your Savior.
Give yourselves as servants of the Gospel.
P: Christ has numbered us among the saints.
We are part of God’s eternal purpose.
L: You are commissioned and empowered to serve.
Look for the star that will lead you day by day.
P: In boldness and confidence, we make our witness.
In the strength God supplies, we become helpers of the needy. Amen.


Choral Benediction Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord (Ames)

Let the earth now praise the Lord
Who has truly kept His word
And at last to us did send
Christ, the sinner’s help and friend.


Ringing the Bicentennial Bell



Organ Postlude



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