The 10:30 Service
Prelude “Higher Ground” by Jeff Black sung by Jane Aas, Dave Winchester, John Erickson, Ron Deters, and Tim Carpenter
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
Responsive Call to Worship:
Although the beckoning star heeded by wise travelers long ago no longer leads the way,
The manger-born Christ is still to be found and followed.
We are not brought to our knees in surprise as were those journeyers of old,
Yet our desire to worship can be as deep as theirs.
And though we do not bear gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh,
We offer ourselves and what we have.
The story continues. There is a living Christ to discover and worship and serve.
*Opening Hymn “What Star is This” (#115 red hymnal)
Unison Prayer of Confession adapted from Thom Shuman
In the winter of our lives, Tender God, our passion for following Jesus wilts in the chill of indifference. We could walk in the light, but tiptoe through the shadows of missed chances. We could gather the broken of the world to our side, but hold them at arm’s length from us
Forgive us. Jesus brought life and hope to all people. With grace and truth, he calls us to follow. Filling us with peace, he gathers us up and brings us home to you, serving as our Brother and Savior.
Assurance of Pardon
Celebrating the Baptism of Sequoia Drengler
Song “Pass it On”
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 2: 1 – 12
Special Music “Let it Shine on Me” by Nanci Griffith
Sermon “Home by Another Way”
Hymn “I am the Light of the World” (#584 black)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Prayer Time led by Julie Deters, the Lord’s Prayer (with debts) and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
*The Thanksgiving (Doxology)
Hope in the God who reigns above
Who holds us all in steadfast love;
Whose Spirit blows across the earth,
Preparing us for second birth..
Prayer of Dedication
Sharing Communion Together
Hymn of Preparation
“I Wonder as I Wander” (#119 red, vs 1 & 2)
Special Music During Communion
“Thirsty Boots” by Eric Andersen
*Closing Hymn “We’re Singing Peace” by Steve Horner