Epiphany -- Service Prayers -- 3rd Sunday
Gifts for a Holy Day
for the Third Sunday after Epiphany
Call to Worship
This Call to Worship is written for
adults and children – however the church establishes that distinction – but, if
preferable, all “adult” and “children” parts may be read by the whole
Leader: This day is holy to our Wise God!
Adults: We gather to listen for God’s word,
discern God’s will, to worship with
Leader: This day is holy to our Joyful God!
Children: We are members of Christ’s body,
family, Christ’s church.
Leader: This day is holy to our Powerful God!
The Spirit of God is upon us,
and we have been
anointed to bring good news to all.
day is holy to our Sweet God!
May the words in our mouths and the thoughts in our hearts
you, O God.
All: Let us worship our Holy God!
Prayer of Invocation
gather us from our separate lives, Great God,
hear your word and respond to your revealing.
have appointed us for the work of your church.
seek your guidance, your wisdom, your way.
us to perceive and understand your law,
then to follow you faithfully, as your people.
us together with you in worship,
transform us from distinct persons
the Body of Christ,
with your Spirit in this place.
Prayer of Confession
We confess to you, Gracious God,
that too often we look on your law
as a burden, not a gift;
an inconvenience, not a
Rather than seeing your love
we feel our own guilt
Instead of rejoicing in your good
we focus on our own shortcomings.
Turn us around, Redeemer,
and do not let our fears have
dominion over us.
Enlighten us, so that our words and
deeds may be acceptable to you.
Assurance of God’s Love
In spite of our individual
God has called us together to be
and each one of us is
God re-members us, giving each of us
equipping each of us to provide guidance
and accountability for one another,
that we all may become more faithful
followers of Christ.
We are all greater as one Body than
any single member
of us could be on our own.
Invitation to Sharing
We all can – and must! – contribute
in some way to the Body of Christ
and the work of Christ’s
Paul reminds us that we “are the
Body of Christ and
individually members of it.”
We are asked to share this Body with
Each part has something to
contribute to the whole.
Let us be faithful to God and to
this Body as we share what
we can this morning.
Prayer of Dedication
O Lord, these gifts and offerings,
they may be a sign of our intent to serve you.
them and us to bring good news to the poor,
release to the captives,
bring wholeness and healing to all who are hurting
one of your people suffers, we all suffer;
if one of your people is honored, we all rejoice together,
your name. Amen.
Go your way, united as one Body
and rejoicing in the fulfillment of
God’s word among you.
We do not all have the same gifts,
but we are blessed to be able to
share what we have
with one another and with all
May the joy of the Lord be your
strength this day, and every day.
Amen and Amen.
Holy Gifts for a Holy Day was written by Rev. Mary Nelson
Abbott, Pastor of Malletts Bay Congregational Church UCC, Colchester, VT,
and Treasurer of the UCC 2030 Clergy Network.
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 education. All publishing rights reserved.