Lord, we see your star and seek your presence in our midst. Draw us to you, guide us by your light, that we, too, might become witnesses to your great Good News. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer of Confession
Gracious God, fresh from straw and manger, we come today with Christmas glories still ringing in our ears. But we confess that the jubilation of Christmas morning easily fades into the always mundane, often difficult realities of a New Year. Keep strong in us this day our faith in the child who split time in two, so that never again may we doubt that God is with us. Renew and strengthen us in all faith and hope, in Christ’s name we pray. Amen.
- Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 60: 1-6
- New Testament Lesson: Matthew 2: 1-12
- No. 22 – Angels, from the Realms of Glory
- No. 68 – What Star Is This, with Beams So Bright
- No. 40 – Joy to the World!
Solo performances by Evelyn Munley, mezzo-soprano & Catherine Carter, soprano
“What We Can Know of the Magi” – Rev. Scott G. Loomer