Sunday, January 2, 2021

January 2, 2022
10:15 A.M.
Epiphany

Organ Prelude

 

Words of Welcome and Announcements                John Strawbridge

 

Choral Introit “Come and Worship” (Smart)

Come and worship! Worship Christ, the newborn King!

 

Call to Worship

L: We gather wondering, ‘Where will we find the Babe born in Bethlehem?’
P: We will find the Babe in the laughter of children, in the wisdom of grandparents.
L: We gather asking, ‘where will we find the Child of Christmas?’
P: We will find the Child where the needy are gifted with hope, where the oppressed are set free.
L: We gather wanting to know, ‘where will we find the Christ who has come for us?’
P: We will find our Hope where fear is overwhelmed by grace, where hatred is overwhelmed by love, where all people are overwhelmed by joy.

 

Opening Hymn “We Three Kings” UMH 254 Vs. 1 & 2

1. We three kings of Orient are; bearing gifts we traverse afar,
field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder star.
Refrain: 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

 

Old Testament Lesson   Isaiah 60:1-6

“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

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 form the people of God…THANKS BE TO GOD

 

Sermon  “Star of Wonder, Star of Light”      Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory  – “New Year 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 gold upon her toe;

Open you the West Door and turn the Old Year go.

 

Sing reign of Fair Maid, with 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 “This Is a Day of New Beginnings”     UMH 383 Vs. 1 & 4

1. This is a day of new beginnings, Time to remember and move on,

Time to believe what love is bringing, Laying to rest the pain that’s gone.

4. Christ is alive, and goes before us, To show and share what love can do.

This is a day of new beginnings; Our God is making all things new.

 

Benediction “A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition”    UMH 607

“I am no longer my own, but thine.

Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.

Put me to doing, put me to suffering.

Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,

exalted for thee or brought low for thee.

Let me be full, let me be empty.

Let me have all things, let me have nothing.

I freely and heartily yield all things

to thy pleasure and disposal.

And now, O glorious and blessed God,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.

And the covenant which I have made on earth,

let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.”

 

Choral Response  “A Great and Mighty Wonder” (Trad.)

Alleluia! Alleluia!

A great and mighty wonder! Alleluia!

 

Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

 

Organ Postlude

 

 

 

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