Community and St Mark United Methodist Church
January 3rd, 2021
Gathering and passing the peace-please remain masked and socially distanced.
Leader: Arise; shine, for your light has come!
People: We are called out of our darkness into light.
Leader: Lift up your eyes and look around.
People: We rejoice in the gift of light.
Leader: Come let us worship the God of light and joy and peace.
People: We come to kneel at the cradle of the babe, the light incarnate.
Hymn “The First Noel” Meditate and reflect
Joys and Concerns of the People
Prayers for Life Leader
The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever Amen.
Hymn “We Three Kings” Meditate and reflect
*Affirmation of Faith:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy universal church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Gloria Patri “Glory Be to the Father” Instrumental only
Offertory Prayer Leader
“Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow” Instrumental only
Prayer of illumination
New Testament: Ephesians 3:1-12
Reader: The word of God for the people of God.
People: Thanks be to God
Prayer of Confession: Ever patient God, we are a people who live in thick darkness. We stumble around, bombarded by news of war and poverty, famine and genocide, injustice and oppression. The maelstrom of things and issues and people of the dark, can overwhelm and paralyze us. Help us to be people of the light, shining your light of righteousness, peace, and joy into all the dark places of our lives and world. Unlock the mystery and glory of the babe born in Bethlehem. Turn our aimless wanderings into a journey of purpose guided by your star. Let the light break into our lives and our world, and transform us into people of the light. Amen.
Words of Assurance: As certain as the dawn follows the night, so is the promise of God’s forgiveness and love for us all. Arise and Shine. Follow the star. Find the light of the world born in Bethlehem . . .and be transformed from darkness into light.
Hymn “Go Tell It On the Mountain” Meditate and reflect
(*) Please stand if able
Happy and a blessed New Year!