Liturgy: Epiphany 2019

Call To Worship

The glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

We will arise, we will shine, for our light has come.

All the nations will see you shine. Even in the darkness of this world, you will shine. Even in the darkness of people’s hearts and minds, you will shine.

We will arise, we will shine, for our light has come.

Look up! See how they come? From far distant places the people come. Those scattered throughout the earth are coming to see the light. Look up! See how they come!

We will arise, we will shine, for our light has come.

Open your eyes and see. Let your hearts leap with joy. All that is in this endless universe, come to the light.

We will arise, we will shine, for our light has come.

Inspired by Isaiah 60:1-6

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Your star guided wise men from distant places to worship your Son. Likewise, your light guides us to your grace and mercy. We lift our hearts up to you in thanksgiving today for all the wonderful things you have worked in our lives. Amen.

The Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give out thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Almighty God. In the beginning, you moved across the empty void and brought into creation all that was, all that is, and all that ever will be.

Your voice called out into the darkness of chaos and your brought forth light and brought order to the universe. With your loving hands, you crafted each one of us as unique beings and you breathed into us life. 

In spite of your goodness, we often turned away from you, chasing our own desires and dreams. Even in our most unfaithful moments, you remained steadfast. When we stumbled into captivity, you set us free. When our love failed, you love prevailed. 

You made a covenant to be our one and only God and you gave us your one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to be our savior. You set a star in the heavens to declare his birth, you called the wise from near and far to come and worship him. The skies were filled with your angels, singing sweet hallelujahs, and through this precious babe, the promise of eternal peace was made known. 

And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join in their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Holy are you and blessed is your Son, Jesus Christ. As the wise men ventured out on an unknown journey following your heavenly light, Mary and Joseph set out on an unknown journey following the light you ignited in their souls. 

Just as the holy couple was unable to find room in Bethlehem in their hour of need, Jesus would be rejected and scorned by his own people. Turned away and despised, Christ took the cross, and the sin of the world, on his own shoulders.

By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection you gave birth to your church, and delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.

Your Word became flesh and blood, was born of a woman and walked with us along the difficult paths of this life. On the night in which he gave up his body to be crucified, he took bread, broke it, and gave it to his disciples. He said, “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

And when the supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sins. Do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

And so, in remembrance of these, your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.

By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet. Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and for ever. Amen.

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