Invitation to Worship: from Isaiah 60
Leader: Arise, shine; for your light has come
All: and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you
Leader: For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples
All: but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you
Leader: Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn
All: Lift up your eyes and look around; they all gather together, they come to you
Opening Prayer: by Glenn Mitchell, read by Worship Leader only
O Star-flinging God,
whose light dances across eternity,
dazzle us into your presence
this new year.
Open our hearts to the mystery of your love.
Awaken us to your presence,
knit to the ordinary.
Reveal to us what is possible, but not yet present.
Heal us, that we might be healers.
Reconcile us to you and to ourselves,
that our living might be reconciling.
Stop us often, we pray
with news that is good
with hope that holds
with truth that transforms with a Word
tailored to this trail we’re on.
May the word of your grace guide our steps
like the sun by day
and the north star by night,
as we travel into the gift of a new year. Amen.
Scripture: Psalm 72:10-11, Matthew 2:1-12
Message: “Wise Men Still Seek Him”
Theme: Those who are not necessarily Christian still find Christmas to be a time of joy. The original wise men were such as these. What does that have to say to us today?