January 1st Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
Sunday, January 1, 2023
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Epiphany of the Lord
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song
There’s a Song in the Air”………………UMH 249

Prelude

*Processional

In this place, among these people
God is worshipped, God is praised.
We have seen the signs and wonders;
The lost are found here, the dead are raised.
We are living the Gospel story;
lives are changed, and mountains moved.
Won’t you come and work among us?
You are welcomed, you are loved.

*Call to Worship

Leader: Arise; shine, for your light has come!
All: We are called out of the darkness into light.
Leader: Lift up your eyes and look around.
All: We rejoice in the gift of light.
Leader: Come, let us worship the God of light and joy and peace.
All: We come to kneel at the cradle of the babe, the light incarnate.

*Gloria Patri……………………….…….….UMH   70

*Opening Prayer

Lighting of the Advent Christ Candle

*Hymn
”The First Noel”………………………….UMH  245

Remembering 2022 and Giving Thanks

Prayer of Intercession for Epiphany

Prayer Response: (several times)

Pastor: Show us your child, O God.
All: For we walk together by your side.

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

The Offering of our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology……………………….…………UMH 95

*Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn
”Silent Night, Holy Night”……………….UMH 239

Sharing of the Word

Old Testament Reading……………..Isiah 63:7-9…………….Page 605

*Gospel Reading…………….Matthew 2:1-23……………Page 783

Message by Pastor Gary Peterson
”Following God on a Long Journey”

Words of Assurance

The Great Thanksgiving

Prayer

*Hymn
”We Three Kings”…………………..UMH 254

*Benediction

Postlude – Please be seated

Pianist – Suzanne Bellrichard

Liturgist  – Edie Bogart

Ministers – All People As We Live The Good News

All are invited to stay following worship for a church family brunch.

For those who may have brought their Shalom offering today, there is a Shalom Pail in the Fellowship Hall.  If you did not bring your Shalom from last week, save it until January 29th when we will have a large number of coins for Art and Bev to count!

Thank you for the Poinsettias that made our church sanctuary so beautiful.  Please take them following worship today so that they can be admired and shared by others.

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