PRELUDE: Go Tell a Wonderful Child (based on two African American spirituals) — Bradley Sowash
CALL TO CELEBRATE EPIPHANY
Pastor: Epiphany is the holy season of Illumination!
Pastor: Surprising appearances!
All: Cosmic signs!
Pastor: Natural wonders!
All: Marvels and joys!
Pastor: Supernatural guidance!
All: Emerging evidence!
Pastor: Of spreading light –
All: Enlightening the entire planet!
HYMN: What Star Is This, with Beams So Bright #152
CALL TO COMMITMENT TO FOLLOW THE STAR
Pastor: It took the Magi a long time to find the baby Jesus.
All: Often, we too have to seek before we know.
Pastor: We often have to belong before we believe.
All: During Epiphany, let us recommit to making space for grace…
Pastor: For seekers and travelers!
All: For immigrants, homeless and all pandemic sufferers!
Pastor: For displaced miners, factory workers, restaurant workers
All: For families facing eviction and youth studying, striving to find a way!
Pastor: Is the star of our faith and love shining brightly enough?
All: To guide some Magi to the manger today!
Pastor: Then let us follow the beautiful star!
HYMN: Behold That Star
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 60: 1-9 Matthew 2:1-12
HYMN: Jesus, Jesus, O What a Wonderful Child (#126)
SERMON: Let’s Live the Epiphany Story! (Transcript)
CHORAL ANTHEM: Star in the East (originally appeared in Baptist Harmony, 1834) — text, Reginald Heber; setting, Frank Pesci
INTERCESSORY PRAYER:— with comments by people on FB (You can also email prayer requests to email@example.com during office hours)
the Lord’s Prayer
SUNG RESPONSE: Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming #129
OFFERTORY SOLO: Sweet Was the Song the Virgin Sang-John Attey Joshua Stark, bass
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
HYMN: We Three Kings of Orient Are (#151 stanzas 1-4)
SUNG BENEDICTION RESPONSE: We Three Kings of Orient Are (#151 stanza 5)
POSTLUDE: What Star Is This—Thomas Keesecker
Pastor- Scott Myers
Piano- Emily Davidson
Choir- Josh Stark, Neil Long, Jennifer Weiman, Em WitbolsFeugen
Camera/Facebook/Prayer requests: Deanna Capps
Webpage- Martine Roesel