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Epiphany of the Lord

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS,

and Funny Story

Pastor Bob

CENTERING WORDS    (Isaiah 60)

Pastor Bob

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

(responsive reading)

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

GOSPEL READING

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

   Pastor Bob

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

DOXOLOGY

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

HOLY COMMUNION

Come to the Table of Christ

LORD’S PRAYER

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

BENEDICTION    (Isaiah 60, Psalm 72)

Pastor Bob

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.

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