CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: A clear light on a winter night,
People: Piercing the darkness,
Leader: Revealing the next step,
People: Touching hearts with wonder.
Leader: Step into God's light; sing and shout.
People: Cast off fright; let go of doubt.
Leader: For love shines in each light
People: And the morning hastens to dawn.
*HYMN OF PRAISE
"Angels from the Realms of Glory" #220
God of the winter sky, place a star on
our horizon, for we need to lift our tired eyes and
weary souls from the multitude of tasks and lists. Raise
us to glimpse your wonder, to be struck in awe and to
marvel at your love. God of the winter sky, place a star
on our horizon and a song in our hearts. In Jesus' name.
“What Child Is This”
(verse 1 and 2)
BLESSING OF THE HOUSE OF WORSHIP
Leader: The Lord is with us;
People: Peace be to this house of worship and to all who
enter through these doors.
Leader: The three wise men came to Bethlehem in search of
the Lord. They brought to him precious gifts: gold to honor
the newborn king, incense to the true God in human form, and
myrrh to anoint his body, which one day would die like our
Let us pray. O God, you once used a star to show to all the
world that Jesus is your Son. May the light of that star
that once guided wise men to honor his birth, now guide us
to recognize him also, to know you by faith, and to see you
in the epiphanies of the daily experiences of our lives.
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the
Lord—Jesus born of Mary—shall be revealed.
People: As the Wise Men once sought your brilliant light,
O Lord, so may we week to live and work in your splendor.
Leader: O God of Light, bless this house of worship and this
our family of faith. May this be a place of peace and
health. May each member cultivate the gifts and graces you
have given, dedicating our talents and works for the good of
Make this house a shelter in the storm and a haven of rest
for all in need of your warmth and care. And when we go out
from this place, may we never lose sight of that Epiphany
People: As we go about our work, our study, our play,
keep us in its light and in your love.
*A BLESSING OF THE CHALK FOR MARKING THE
Leader: Lord Jesus, through your Incarnation and birth in
true human form, you have made all the earth holy. We now
ask your blessing upon this simple gift of your creation —
chalk. We use it as a tool to teach our children, and they
use it as a tool in their play and games. Now, with your
blessing, may it become a tool for us to mark the doors of
our church with the symbols of your wise servants who, so
long ago, came to worship and adore you in your first home.
(People mark the doorway with the symbols: 20 C M B 16)
Leader: May all who come and go here find peace, comfort,
joy, hope, love, and salvation, for Christ has come to dwell
in this house of worship and in these hearts.
All: May we be Christ's light in the world. Amen.
"What Child Is This”
UMH #219 (verse 3)
CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS
OFFERING OF TITHES AND GIFTS UNTO THE LORD
DOXOLOGY AND PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
WE LISTEN AND RESPOND TO GOD'S WORD
SPECIAL MUSIC AND TESTIMONIES
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
GOSPEL LESSON Matthew 2:1-12
Leader: The word of God for the people of God.
People: Thanks be to God.
“Adoration of the Magi”
SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING FOR EPIPHANY
written by Moira Laidlaw
Pastor: We give you thanks, O God, for making your love
evident since the very beginning of time when you spoke the
word which replaced the darkness of chaos with life-giving
light. A light which has nurtured generations of people, and
plants and creatures, great and small. A light which also
revealed the fear and powerlessness caused by corrupt and
evil actions. And so you spoke the Word which would once and
for all dispel the darkness of chaotic lives. Through your
love for the world the Word became flesh and lived among us
full of grace and truth. The angels caroled glory to you in
the highest heavens and peace to all people on earth, and we
join with them and with all people to praise your holy name:
People: Holy Lord, God of endless love,
heaven and earth are surely full of your glory.
The angels sang of it—
we have been lavished with it.
Blessed is he who was born that we might have life.
Glory to God and on earth peace to all people.
Pastor: Holy God, as the travelers with their treasures were
overwhelmed with joy on finding Jesus, so we also are
overwhelmed on finding out the depth of his love for us. For
Jesus showed just how beloved we are to him, by loving us
and giving himself for us. On that night when he gave
himself up for us, as he sat at the table and broke bread
with his friends, he said: 'Take and eat; this is my body
which is broken for you. Remember me each time you do this.'
After they had eaten, he took the cup, and said: 'Remember
me as you drink from this, for it is my life, poured out for
you—the beginning of a new relationship with God.’
Send the power of your Holy Spirit upon these gifts of bread
and wine, O God, that we may experience the presence of the
Word-made-flesh—Jesus Christ. Breathe your Spirit in us that
we may be one body with him—living out his ministry in the
world today and every day. This we pray in the name of the
One who taught us to pray:
THE 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,
the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
GIVING THE BREAD AND CUP
“We Three Kings”
In some parts of the world, particularly Great Britain,
there is a custom of gathering in places to ask God's
blessing on those dwellings. This short liturgy is a way
of marking our church at the front entrance, with sacred
signs and symbols as we ask God's blessing upon those
who enter throughout the coming year.
This ceremony is linked to the visit of the Magi and is
most appropriately used at the start of the season of
Epiphany. Chalk, a substance made of common elements of
the earth, is used by teachers to instruct students and
by children in their games and play. We use chalk in
this service as an ordinary substance put to holy use.
Traditionally we remember the names of the Magi as
Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar — although these names
are not to be found in Scripture. During the chalking
ceremony, the first letters of these three names — C, M,
B — are inscribed on the door frame. Some suggest the C
M B may also stand for "Christus Mansionem Benedicat,"
meaning "May Christ bless this dwelling."