This morning we celebrated Epiphany, the day that marks the appearance of God’s light to the Gentiles. Epiphany (officially January 6) is a Christian celebration of the revelation of the birth of Jesus to the Gentle world, illustrated in the story of three magi visiting the infant Jesus with their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh found Mathew 2:1-12.
We framed much of the liturgy around the theme of light, including this opening prayer (from the Revised Common Lectionary):
O God of light and peace,
whose glory, shining in the child of Bethlehem,
still draws the nations to yourself:
dispel the darkness that shrouds our path,
that we may come
to kneel before Christ in true worship,
offer him our hearts and souls,
and return from his presence to live as he has taught. Amen.
We also included a time of intercessory prayer for our world, inviting people to use their phones to scan the news headlines and then pray specifically for the events that particularly touched their hearts.
Question for worship leaders: do you ever leverage personal technology in worship? If so, how?
Here is our complete worship flow:
- Come and Worship (Bebo Norman)
- Opening Prayer
- The Way (Worship Central)
- Salvation Is Here (Hillsong)
- Prayers for Our World
- Light of the World (Matt Redman)
- Announcements and Offering
- Message (Be Accepting)
- You Alone Can Rescue
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.