Sunday 4th January Epiphany

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You will need for today’s service, a small bowl of water, a candle a pen and paper.

If you are doing this alone, say the Bold and normal type. If in a group assign one person to say the normal type and everyone join in with the bold type. The Italics are directions for actions within the service.

 

This Sunday is Epiphany.

The Lord be with you

And also with you

Light your candle as you pray:

As we light this candle in prayer we ask God’s blessing on us, our family, our church and world. We ask Christ to surround and his Angels to protect us.

Loving God,
open our ears to hear your word
and draw us closer to you,
that the whole world may be one with you
as you are one with us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The Psalm (Poem) for the Week say this aloud quietly and slowly

Psalm 72.10-15

May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles
    render him tribute,
may the kings of Sheba and Seba
    bring gifts.
May all kings fall down before him,
    all nations give him service.

For he delivers the needy when they call,
    the poor and those who have no helper.
He has pity on the weak and the needy,
    and saves the lives of the needy.
From oppression and violence he redeems their life;
    and precious is their blood in his sight.

Long may he live!
    May gold of Sheba be given to him.
May prayer be made for him continually,
    and blessings invoked for him all day long.

Penitence where we reflect on the good and bad of the last week

 

Meditation on our last week:

Quietly look at your candle burn before you.

Think of the one thing that you are most proud of this week

Where have you surprised yourself with your kindness or patience

Quietly think it over and relive that moment in your mind.

Feel the Joy within you as you notice God’s presence.

Write it down and place it by your candle

Think of one thing that you are ashamed of this week.

What led to that thought, action or inaction?

How did this make you feel?

Now touch the water in your bowl and trace the sign of the cross on your forehead

Then say aloud:

Lord God I am your child my I turn away from the darkness of depression to the joy of love

 

Pray aloud:

O God,
who by the leading of a star
manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth:
mercifully grant that we,
who know you now by faith,
may at last behold your glory face to face;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen

The Word where we listen to the Bible Readings and the Sermon

This week’s readings are:

Isaiah chapter 60 verses 1-6

Ephesians chapter 3 verses 1-12

This week our featured reading is from Matthew 2.1-12 read it aloud below.

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’ When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
“And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel.” ’

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’ When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

 

Sermon

Click to play this week’s sermon

 

 

 

 

Intercessions we pray for others and our world.

 

Spend some time thinking about situations in your life or in our community and world.

What is it in the Church that you are most concerned about? Think for a moment and write it down

What is in your family that you are most concerned about? Think for a moment and write it down

What have you seen on the news that most concerns you? Think for a moment and write it down

What have you heard about within our community that most concerns you? Think for a moment and write it down

Who do you know who is sick at the moment? Think for a moment and write it down

Think about your loved ones who have passed, Think for a moment and write it down

Take a drop of water on your finger, touch each person or situation you have written, as you do this pray aloud for each one written..

Lord Jesus Christ Son of God have mercy on us.

 

Thanksgiving where we say Thank you to God and bring to him all we thought and prayed about today

 

Listen to the choir sing, this is a hymn they sing during communion. As you listen think back over all the readings, prayers, sermon and your own life. Within you heart, say thank you to God for those things that led you to feel that deep Joy within you.

Click to listen to the Choir

 

 

 

Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord

In the name of Christ Amen.

 

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