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January 1 - First Sunday of Epiphany


Jeff VanBendegom


Welcome (congregational greeting)



“Angels from the Realms of Glory” - #275


Confession and Forgiveness

Leader:    To come before God with the truth of our lives is itself an act of faith: we trust that the Holy One is interested in us, interested in our minds and hearts and souls. We trust that God’s mercy and grace are intended for us, too. With faith and in trust, let us make our confession to God, first in silent prayer. 


Leader:    Our hearts are hard, O God – 


All:     Soften them with your love. 


Leader:    Our hands are clenched, O God – 


All:     Open them with your grace. 


Leader:    Our feet are planted too firmly, O God – 


All:    Invite us to dance with you. 


Leader:    Our lives are not our own, we know – 


All:    Let us live and move and have our being in you, O God. Amen. 


Leader:      The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.


Cong:     And also with you.

Song of Praise

“What Child is This?” - #296

Prayer of the Day 

Leader:    O Lord God, you know that we cannot place our trust in our own powers. As you protected the infant Jesus, so defend us and all the needy from harm and adversity, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  And all God’s children said loudly...Amen!


First Reading: Isaiah 63:7-9

I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord, the praiseworthy acts of the Lord, because of all that the Lord has done for us, and the great favor to the house of Israel that he has shown them according to his mercy, according to the abundance of his steadfast love. For he said, “Surely they are my people, children who will not deal falsely”; and he became their savior in all their distress. It was no messenger or angel but his presence that saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. 


This is the Word of the LordThanks be to God!

Psalm 148
Praise to you from the sky’s boundary
Praise to you from the mountain’s crown
Praise to you from winged angels
From all the hosts of heaven and earth
The stars and their unimaginable brightness
The heavens in their silent dome
And the waters beyond those heavens
All wordlessly praise your unnamable name
For by your timeless speech
All is created – why should it be?
And all is established endlessly
Your unsayable saying that none can unsay
All life of earth is your praise
And the life of the sea and all unknowable depths
Fire and hail, snow and cloud
Tornado and hurricane – all is your speaking
Mountains and hills, fruit trees and cedars
Wildcats, cattle, buzzards, birds
Kings and their subject, princes, judges
Young men, young women, old men, boys-
All are your name’s praising
For your unspeakableness alone is what is
Your brightness lights the earth and sky
Raises us up, blares out the note
From your people’s trumpet
An exultant blast for all who struggle with you
And are close at hand 


The Word of the LordThanks be to God.


Children’s Message




Song of the Day

“Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise” - #834 vs 1-3



Prayers of the Church


Sacrament of Holy Communion


Lamb of God

Setting Three - Hymn pg 146


Words of Institution 


The Lord’s Prayer


Communion Song

“Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty” - #413


Blessing and Benediction


Closing Song

“All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!” - #634 vs 1-3    


Go in peace, serve the Lord...Thanks be to God!


Jeff VanBendegom   


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