Epiphany of the Lord
We Gather as the Body of Christ
and Funny Story
CENTERING WORDS (Isaiah 60)
As we focus on the Light of the World,
God’s vision of justice and love grows
clearer and shines more brightly
in our thoughts and actions.
CALL TO WORSHIP
(Isaiah 60, Matthew 2)
Sharon Stewart - Liturgist
Christ’s light is shining,
Calling us to respond with joy.
Christ’s light is shining,
Calling us to worship and praise.
HYMN: We Three Kings
UMC Hymnal #254
OPENING PRAYER (Isaiah 60, Psalm 72)
(Unison) Sharon Stewart
God of glory and grace, shine upon
our worship with your presence.
Shine in our hearts with your love.
Shine in our lives with your grace,
that we may arise with confidence
and go forth to bring your justice and
love to all. Amen.
OLD TESTAMENT READING
Isaiah 60: 1-6 Sharon Stewart
CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob
PREPARATION to PRAYER
What Gift Can We Bring
UMC Hymnal #87
PASTORAL PRAYER Pastor Bob
We Attend to the Word
HYMN: What Gift Can We Bring
UMC Hymnal #219
Matthew 2: 1-12
This is the Word of God for the People of God
Thanks be to God, Amen
MEDITATION Pastor Bob
Following That Star
We Gather at Christ's Table
INVITATION to the OFFERING
As we gaze on the lights of the Christmas season, may we remember the Light that draws near. Like those wise travelers from the East, let us bring gifts and treasures to honor Christ, the Light of the World.
OFFERTORY Erin Tellier
Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow
UMC Hymnal # 94
BLESSING of the OFFERING
Isaiah 60, Matthew 2
(Unison) Pastor Bob
O Glorious God, bring glory to these gifts and to the offering we share with you and your church. Bring the light of your justice and righteousness to the dark corners of our world. Bring the glory of your love and compassion to heal our broken communities. Bring the hope of generosity and gratitude to places in need of transformation. Amen.
COMMUNION HYMN: Eat This Bread
UMC Hymnal #628
INVITATION TO COMMUNION Pastor Bob
Follow the star to the table of Grace.
Here we find gifts beyond price.
Follow the star to the table of blessing.
Here we find strength for the journey.
Follow the star to the table of peace.
Here we find rest and refreshment.
Follow the star to the table of Christ.
Here we find light and love.
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING Pastor Bob
Come to the Table of Christ
We Are Sent in Ministry to the World
BENEDICTION (Isaiah 60, Psalm 72)
Go forth to shine with the light of Christ’s love.
Go forth to shine with the glory of Christ’s grace.
Go forth to shine with justice and peace of Christ’s life.
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 2023.