|January 5, 2020|
|Liturgical Season||Christmastide (Epiphany is Monday the 6th)|
|Scripture Text||Matthew 2:1-12|
|Gist of Scripture|
|Processional:||We Three Kings|
|Call to Worship:||Call to Worship|
L: Today is a day of new beginnings!
P: We gather in the light of this new year with hearts expectant and minds aware
L: that we are able to be mindful of God’s creative transformation
P: within us and all that has life!
ALL: Let us worship God with gladness this morning!
|Welcome to worship and invitations to discipleship (announcements) (invitation to fill out ritual of friendship tablets in the pews and invitation to stay for fellowship following the service)|
|Prayer for Understanding||Giving and receiving God, we are just about to hear of sages who sojourned from strange lands to honor your presence in the world. They searched the scriptures and knew to be alert, ever-present, ever-hopeful that you would reveal what was written. Help us in the same way now, O God. Reveal to us in a hopeful way more of what you may bring about within us as we draw our attention to your Word. Amen.|
|Scripture Reading:||Matthew 2:1-12|
2:1 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, magi from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”
When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.
They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.'”
Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
|Meditation:||Choose Something Like a Star|
|Hymn:||Carol of the Epiphany|
|Prayers of the People||Yes|
|Blessing of Gifts||All that we have, all that we give, becomes the prayer through which we live. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done. Amen.|
|Recessional Hymn:||The First Noel|