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New Year's Day

Epiphany Sunday

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND

FUNNY STORY     

Pastor Bob Stewart

CENTERING WORDS   (Isaiah 60)

 

CALL TO WORSHIP   (Matthew 2)

Pastor Bob Stewart

Let us prepare to encounter the living God, revealed in Jesus, who

   is the light in the midst of any darkness, and the hope in the midst of       any struggle. Let us prepare to hear anew the ancient story of light in

 the sky – a light so bright that those who followed clearly found their       way. And let us prepare, as the wise men did so long ago, to find that             encountering Jesus can change our plans and send us in a new direction. Let us worship God together!

GATHERING HYMN

We Three Kings vs 1-4 

UMC Hymnal    #254

OPENING PRAYER (Unison)

Sharon Stewart

    God of promise and light, open our eyes this morning, that we might see your light in the darkness. Open our hearts, that we may perceive your promises of justice and righteousness – promises fulfilled in the babe of Bethlehem.
 May we, like the magi, have a star to guide us on our journey quest to find the one who will truly set us free.
   May this time of worship bring us closer to you, that the good news of              the birth of light and love may transform our lives. Amen.                                   

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Isaiah 60:1-6      

Sharon Stewart

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

 

 

PREPARATION for PRAYER

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing   vs 1

UMC Hymnal    #240

 

PASTORAL PRAYER

Pastor Bob Stewart

HYMNThe First Noel 

UMC Hymnal    #245

 

 

 

 

 

We Attend to the Word

GOSPEL LESSON         Matthew 2: 1-12

MEDITATION                   Pastor Bob Stewart

I Have Seen the Light

We Gather at Christ's Table

INVITATION TO OFFERING   

Pastor Bob Stewart

We have seen the light of the world. 
We have been called to follow the star of promise.
Like th
e magi before us,
   Let us bring our gifts to honor the Christ child;
Let us bring God’s light to all the dark places in our community

and in our world.
Give as you are called and as you are able.

 

 

 

OFFERTORY

The Wise Men's Journey by Garth Brooks

DOXOLOGY

Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow

UMC Hymnal    #94

BLESSING OF THE OFFERING  (Luke 21)

(Unison)    Pastor Bob Stewart

         God of light and promise, we bring our gifts to further your work in a dark world.
May they bring your light to thos
e who are overwhelmed by darkness, pain, and loneliness.
Accept these gifts of money and time – the gifts of our very selves.
      May they shine for all to see and be brought into the sphere of your love and righteousness.

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

HYMN:      Shine, Jesus, Shine

TFWS    #2173

GREAT THANKSGIVING
COME TO THE TABLE OF LIGHT – HOLY COMMUNION

THE LORD'S PRAYER

BENEDICTION           (Isaiah 60, Matthew 2)

Pastor Bob Stewart with Response from Congregation

Arise, and go forth to shine for all the world to see.
   We go to spread the good news of light and love, the hope of 
                   righteousness and justice.

   Follow the star that will guide you on your journey – this week, this year, 
and forevermore.
          We go forth, as the magi of old, transformed by the

presence of the child of light.
   May the blessing of the God of light rest upon you and

fill you with light.
       AMEN!

SENDING FORTH HYMN

Let There Be Peace on Earth

UMC Hymnal #431

DEPART IN PEACE

SHALOM!
 

 

Worship Liturgy is taken from two sources: Lectionary Liturgies and the Abingdon Worship Annual 2022.

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