This Sunday, January 10th, we will be kicking off the Epiphany Season at our church. The Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ is actually on Wednesday the 6th, but no one would come to a mid-week service if we had one, so we're doing it on the First Sunday after the Epiphany for our monthly P.S. (Prayer and Song). If you're unfamiliar with Epiphany worship, maybe the liturgy I put together for P.S. will be helpful. I always make good use of the Worship Sourcebook when crafting services such as these.
Call to Worship
LEADER: Give the king your justice, O God,
and your righteousness to a king’s son.
May he judge your people with righteousness,
and your poor with justice
ALL: May the mountains yield prosperity for the people,
and the hills, in righteousness.
LEADER: May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
give deliverance to the needy,
and crush the oppressor.
ALL: May he live while the sun endures,
and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
SONG: “Center of It All” by Tim Hughes
SONG: “Cannons” by Phil Wickham
ALL: O God, our guide,
who once used a star to lead people to Christ,
we confess our poor sense of direction.
We let ourselves become confused,
easily distracted, and lose our way.
We fail to follow the signs you provide.
Forgive our waywardness, O God.
Lead us to the Christ so that we may
follow his way to you. Amen.
LEADER: You may be seated.
LEADER: [Setup “Christ as a Light” - St. Patrick's Breastplate Prayer]
SONG: “Christ as a Light” music by Ryan Flanigan
LEADER: [Epiphany Explanation - 2 Tim. 1:9-10]
- The Manifestation of Jesus Christ as the Savior of the World
- The Magi from the East
- The Baptism of Our Lord
- The Life and Ministry of Christ
READER: Please stand for a reading from Isaiah 60. [Read Is. 60:1-6, 9]
SONG: “Light of the World Arise” by Sean Carter & Ryan Flanigan
SONG: “Be Thou My Vision” the old Celtic hymn
SONG: “Living for Your Glory” by Tim Hughes
LEADER: Please be seated. [“Jesus Prayer” Explanation – Read pp. 90-91 in Ancient Future Time.]
ALL: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me a sinner. [repeat endlessly]
SONG: “Stronger” by Ben Fielding & Reuben Morgan
READER: A reading from Ephesians 3. [Read Eph. 3:1-12]
SONG: “Holy Church Arise” by Ryan Flanigan
SONG: “No Greater Love” by Matt Maher
LEADER: The light of God’s purposes has shone upon us.
Carry that light into another week.
ALL: The star of God’s promises that led us to worship
now leads us to serve in God’s world.
LEADER: When we have met God in the light,
we cannot dwell comfortably in the shadows.
ALL: We cannot enjoy our abundance and wealth
without thanksgiving and generous sharing.
LEADER: The glory of God shines on you today.
Others will see your radiance and rejoice with you.
ALL: We seek God’s peace that we may share it,
God’s wisdom that we may live by it,
in Christ’s name. Amen.