January 6, 2013
*Those who are able are invited to stand
Gathering “From Shepherding of Stars” R. Hillert
Welcome and Announcements
Preparing for Worship
*Choral Introit “Come Let Us Sing” J. Lindh
*Call to Worship
One: Lord, this year, we will follow the Star of Bethlehem.
All: Too long we've gone the wrong way, followed the wrong stars!
went South following movie stars, greed, and lust.
All: Star of Wonder...
went East following stars of militarism, nationalism,
All: Star of Light...
went North following our own visions, our own
intuition, and our own way.
All: Star with Royal Beauty Bright...
this year, we will follow the Star of Bethlehem.
All: The Star of Hope.
One: The Star of Peace.
All: The Star of Joy.
One: The Star of Love.
All: The Star that is You.
*Hymn “Angels form the Realms of Glory” #220
A Time of Prayer
Joys and Concerns
Prayer Hymn “O Little Town of Bethlehem” #230
Silent Prayer / Pastoral Prayer / Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth
as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who
trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and
the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Entering into the Word
Scripture Isaiah 60:1-6
Anthem “Morning Star” Choir
Scripture Matthew 2:1-12
The Great Thanksgiving for Epiphany (See Screen)
Thanksgiving Hymn “What Child is This” #219
Sharing the Body and Blood of Christ
Sharing our blessings
Offering our Gifts and Tithes
Offertory “Bright and Glorious is the Sky” G.W. Cassler
Holy God of love and light, like moths drawn to flame, the world is drawn to the
radiance of your Son, the Prince of Peace and the holy embodiment of love. All
are drawn by our deepest need to be led out of the darkness. We know that Christ
is the source of that light, and we pray this morning that not just in our worship
but in our giving we might be those who are able to punch holes in the darkness
that afflicts so many. Use these gifts so that the light of your Son might reach the
farthest dark corners of this world, and also those who are so very close. For we
pray this in the blessed name of the Christ child. Amen.
Taking the Word to the World
*Hymn “There’s a Song in the Air” #249
*Hymn “Go, Tell It On the Mountain” (refrain) #251
Postlude “The Old Year Now Hath Passed Away” J.S
Strength to those in need
Sydney, a 4 yr old student of Megan Brand Holmberg, who was diagnosed with Leukemia
Kim & Lori
Pete and his family as he battles lung cancer
Beth Beringer for strength and healing
Bruce Beringer for strength and healing
Kaitlyne Petronio adjusting to her cast due to a broken big toe