Sunday January 6, 2013 Epiphany Sunday

Sunday  January 6, 2013

Epiphany Sunday

God Invites Us to Worship


Life and Work of the Church Family

Pass The Peace

Lighting of the Christ candle

Prayer:  (All)

Hymn:  VU # 91 “The First Nowell”

Children’s Time - Joyce Dickson 

Hymn:  MV #213 “Take Up His Song”

         “Take up his song of love and go into the world.

          Take up his song of love in ev-‘ry moment,

          in ev-‘ry moment of the journey, we’re laying down

our lives: lay them down, in peace, lay them down and take up his song.

Take up his song of light and go into the world.

Take up his song of light in ev-ry moment,

in ev-‘ry moment of the journey, we’re laying down

our lives:  lay them down, in peace, lay them down

and take up his song.”

The Scriptures Speak to Us

Isaiah 60:1-6

Choir Anthem: “Walk In the Light”

                                               arr. Robert W. Houghton

Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14  ( VU# 790 Part 1 and 2)

Matthew 2:1-12

Hymn:  VU# 79 “Arise, Your Light is Come”


God Invites Us to Respond


Offering Response: MV # 59 

“Allelulia, praise to God.  Alleluia

         praise to God.  Praises, high praises, we bring you,

         O God.

         Alleluia, praise to God

Dedication Prayer

Sacrament of Communion

Invitation to the table

Hymn:  VU 473 “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”

Prayer of Great Thanksgiving

Leader: The Lord be with you

People: And also with you.

Leader: Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them to the Lord.

Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

People: It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Holy God of light and love,

By the brightness of your promise

You guide your people across the desert and through the night.

In the illumination of your presence

We behold your glory and offer you our gifts.

Through the light of your peace

You claim us as your beloved, and joy is our banquet.

We give you thanks that you make manifest your glory:

Lighting the way for every pilgrim,

Gifting the earth with the Prince of Peace,

setting a table for all who hunger.

And so it is that we sing your praise:

ALL:” Holy, Holy, Holy Lord,

God of power and might.

         Heaven and earth are full, full of your glory.

         Hosanna in the highest.

         Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord,

         Blessed is the one who comes, comes in the name of the       


         Hosanna in the highest.

Leader: On the night in which he was betrayed, and before he suffered and died, Jesus, ate supper with his friends, took bread, when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them saying,

            “Take this all of you and eat it:

            This is my body which is given up for you.”

            After supper, Jesus took the cup of wine, said the blessing, and gave it             to his friends, and said,

            “Drink this all of you: 

            This is the blood of the new covenant.

            It is shed for you and for many, so that sins may be forgiven.

            Do this in memory of me.”

            Jesus gave his life for us,

            Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith

All: Christ has died

Christ is risen

Christ will come again.

Leader:  Recalling his death,

Proclaiming his resurrection

And looking for his coming again in glory,

We offer you, O God, this bread and this cup.

Send your Holy Spirit upon us

And upon these gifts,

That all who eat and drink at this table

May be one body, one holy people,

A living sacrifice in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

(Prayers of Intercession will be offered for:

The Church

The World

The local community

Those who have died, and those left behind to mourn

All who are sick or in need

Those for whom prayers have been requested)

These and all our prayers we ask in the name of Jesus who taught his disciples to pray together.......

Lord’s Prayer:   (sung to the tune of Auld Lang Syne)

“Our Father who is in heaven

Hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done,

On earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread

And forgive our sins;

As we forgive each one of those

Who sins against us.

And lead us not to the time of trial,

But deliver us from evil

For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory”

Fraction and Distribution

Leader:  We break the bread of Life,

People:  Lighten our darkness O God.

Leader:  We drink the cup of blessing as sustenance on our journey.

People:  God be for us strength and hope on our way.

Distribution of the Elements

Post Communion Prayer

Holy God, through the food of life, the companionship of this community, and the presence of your spirit, strengthen us to share compassion, gratitude, joy, and hope wherever we go.


Hymn:  VU# 71 “Twas In the Moon of Wintertime”


Choral Benediction:

“Gentle Mary Laid Her Child, lowly in a manger

He is still the undefiled, but no more a stranger,

Son of God of Humble Birth, beautiful the story,

Praise his name in all the earth, hail the king of Glory!”

         Amen! Amen!

         Hallelujah, amen


Grace United Church