Special -- Epiphany A, B, C
Arise! People of God, Shine!
Service Prayers for the Festival of Epiphany
Themes: Adoration; Giving
For Your Reflection
Do not lose by saving, but gather in by
scattering. Give to the poor, and you give to yourself. You will not be allowed
to keep what you have refused to give others.
Peter Chrysologus, Sermon 43
Giving frees us from the familiar territory of
our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the
needs of others.
Bush, former presidential first lady
As long as we want to get something from God in
some kind of exchange, we are like the merchants. If you want to be rid of the
commercial spirit, then by all means do all you can in the way of good works,
but do so solely for the praise of God. Live as if you did not exist. Expect
and ask nothing in return. Then the merchant inside you will be driven out of
the temple God has made. Then God alone dwells there.
Eckhart: A Modern Translation, by Raymond Bernard Blakney
Call to Worship
One: Arise! Shine! Your
light has come,
and the glory
of the Lord has risen upon you!
Women: We have seen the
star in the east, and we are following.
Men: We have remembered
God’s wonder and promise,
and we are
Children: We have come not to
get presents, but to give them!
One: Lift up your eyes
and look around;
now gather together,
to open our
hearts and sing out our praise.
All: The mystery of
God’s wonder and grace is here:
Come, let us
God of wonder and mystery,
today we remember how you surprise us in every
Into the gloom of fear and want, you bring
into emptiness, you bring abundance;
into the cold, you bring warmth.
Into the hardness of the world,
you bring the greatest power we have known,
in the seemingly powerless form of an infant.
Enter now, Holy One, among us and within us,
and move us to joyful adoration of your mystery
Prayer of Confession
One: We remember the
who set out
with singular focus on the promise of the heavens.
All: And we remember
the ways that we have lost sight of you, God,
as the bright
guide for our lives.
that they stayed determined on their journey,
swayed by Herod’s power and promises.
remember that often we have started out well,
strayed from your path, detoured by our fleeting fears and desires.
remember the wise ones who adored the child:
and wealth falling to their knees before a poor infant.
remember that too often we have given our adoration
or wisdom, not seeing the Christ in our midst.
Words of Assurance
One: To each of us who
we have lost
sight of the promise,
or lost the
way of our God,
or lost hope,
God has a
promise: “I am with you.”
God gives a
holy presence, and forgiveness,
and new hope,
in the Christ.
be to God! Amen.
One: From the prophet
Isaiah, the wealth of the nations;
from Paul the
Apostle, the joyous news of mysterious grace;
from the sages
from the East, an homage of rich treasure:
grateful praise for the God who makes a home with humanity.
We respond, as
well: bringing our own treasure; singing our own joy;
Let us give,
richly and boldly.
Let us gather our gifts together and offer them to God in gratitude and
the source of life and breath;
Praise Christ, now born to conquer death;
Praise Holy Spirit’s mystery:
One God, pure grace, who sets us free. Amen. (Tune: Old Hundreth)
What can I give him,
poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb.
If I were a wise one, I would bring my heart.
Yet what I can I give him, give my heart. (Tune: Cranham)
Unison Prayer of Dedication
every good gift, here we present our offerings.
money here, fulfilling our pledges
the ministries we do in your name.
gifts that we give in response to your Spirit,
remember in joyful song and holy story, in prayer and silence.
are other gifts, not physically on this table
in the altar of our hearts.
offer them all to you.
your blessing on all that we give,
your loving care reaches into us and out to all the world,
deeply and gracefully.
We ask it
in Jesus’ name; Amen.
One: Arise, people
of God! Shine!
of our Christ is in you and among you,
you and blessing you, now and always: Amen.
Arise! People of God, Shine!
Service Prayers for the Festival of Epiphany, was
written by John A. Nelson, Pastor and
Teacher of Niantic Community Church,
Copyright 2010 Local Church Ministries,
Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church of
Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH
44115-1100. Permission granted to
reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church
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