The Epiphany of the Lord Jesus Christ, 05 Jan 2020, Matthew 2:1-12 ~ We have come to worship him.

The Epiphany of the Lord

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening Prayer:

O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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“Adore” – Chris Tomlin

Gospel Reading: Matthew 2:1-12 (NLT)
 
Visitors from the East

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”

King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”

“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:

‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah,
are not least among the ruling cities of Judah,
for a ruler will come from you
who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’”

Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”

After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.
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“Is He Worthy?” -Chris Tomlin

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Intercession:

For our nation

Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure conduct. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom, in thy Name, we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For our President

O Lord our Governor, whose glory fills all the world: We commend this Nation to your merciful care, that we may be guided by your providence, and dwell secure in your peace. Grant to President Donald J Trump wisdom and strength to know and to do your will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them continually mindful of their calling to serve this people in reverent obedience to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For those in the armed forces

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For our enemies

O God, the Creator of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth; deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you in Jesus Christ; in whose Name we pray. Amen.

For the peace of the world

Almighty God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed: Kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all people the true love of peace, and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth; that in tranquility your kingdom may go forward, till the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

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“He Shall Reign Forevermore” – Christ Tomlin

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Closing: (Psalm 72:19)

Praise his glorious name forever!
Let the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and amen!
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+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Epiphany of the Lord: 07 Jan – Matthew 2:1-12 ~ they bowed down and worshiped him

The Epiphany of the Lord

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

God of mystery, on this day You revealed Your only Son to the nations by the guidance of a star. We know You now by faith; lead us into that presence where we shall behold Your glory face to face. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” – Men’s Voice & Choral Society – Kuwait


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Gospel Reading: Matthew 2:1-12 (NLT)

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”

King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”

“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:

‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’”

Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”

After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.

Prayers of Intercession:

God of Grace and Glory: Receive the worship of Your people from every tribe and nation. Attend to the needs of Your people who cry out for help in this evil and wicked age. We pray today –

+ For people of every tribe and nation, that they may believe the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ…. Lord, hear us.
+ For believers in the Middle East who are suffering persecution, that the light of Christ will lead them to safety…. Lord, hear us.
+ For Orthodox believers celebrating Christmas tomorrow, that they may rejoice in Emmanuel, God with us….. Lord, hear us.
+ For the Jewish people, that they may receive their promised salvation through the Messiah, Jesus Christ…. Lord, hear us.
+ For people of all faiths and of none, that in this New Year they may grow in kindness, mercy, and peace…. Lord, hear us.
+ For people among us who are sick or in sorrow, that our support may remind them of God’s care…. Lord, hear us.
+ For people among us who are cold and hungry, that we may provide warmth and sustenance…. Lord, hear us.
+ For our friends and relatives who have died in Christ, that eternal salvation may be theirs…. Lord, hear us.

Sovereign God, You rule the earth with justice: help us according to our needs, we pray, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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“An Arabic Christmas Carol” – Byzantine Hymn of the Nativity

A voice from the unheard voices of the Christians of the Middle East who have been witnessing to faith in the Savior since His incarnation in their midst.
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Blessing

May God who called you from darkness into His marvelous light shower you with His blessings and strengthen you in faith, hope, and love.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

The Epiphany of the Lord – Sun 08 Jan: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13; Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12 ~ Savior of all nations

The Epiphany of the Lord

On Epiphany Sunday, we celebrate the revelation of Jesus Christ as the Savior of all nations, including ours. We worship God who wants all people to be saved.

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening Prayer:

Lord God of the nations, we have seen the star of your glory rising in splendour. The radiance of your incarnate Word pierces the darkness that covers the earth and signals the dawn of peace and justice.

Make radiant the lives of your people with that same brightness, and beckon all the nations to walk as one in your light.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Word made flesh, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, in the splendor of eternal light, God for ever and ever.
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“Arise, Shine (Kumi Ori)”


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A Reading from the Old Testament: Isaiah 60:1-6 (NLT)
[Isaiah refers to foreign people coming to worship the God of Israel, just as the wise men did.]

epiphany

“Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see. For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you. Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you. All nations will come to your light; mighty kings will come to see your radiance.

“Look and see, for everyone is coming home! Your sons are coming from distant lands; your little daughters will be carried home. Your eyes will shine, and your heart will thrill with joy, for merchants from around the world will come to you. They will bring you the wealth of many lands. Vast caravans of camels will converge on you, the camels of Midian and Ephah. The people of Sheba will bring gold and frankincense and will come worshiping the Lord.
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A Reading from the Psalms: Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13 (NLT)

Give your love of justice to the king, O God, and righteousness to the king’s son. Help him judge your people in the right way; let the poor always be treated fairly.
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May all the godly flourish during his reign. May there be abundant prosperity until the moon is no more. May he reign from sea to sea, and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.
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The western kings of Tarshish and other distant lands will bring him tribute. The eastern kings of Sheba and Seba will bring him gifts. All kings will bow before him, and all nations will serve him. He will rescue the poor when they cry to him; he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them. He feels pity for the weak and the needy, and he will rescue them.
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“Psalm 72” – Big Tent Revival

My Lord will soon be coming down | Like the rain on new mown grass | Showers fallin’ on the thirsty land

The righteous man will flourish in those days | And for as long as the moon runs ’round | Peace will abound

I sing praises, I sing praises | Praises to my Savior | Praises to my Lord

All those who dwell in wilderness | Will bow down licking dust | And kings will follow, bringing gifts to my Lord

With one cry, He’ll deliver those in need | All the meek | And those who have oppressors in the world

I sing praises, I sing praises | Praises to my Savior | Praises to my Lord

And blessed be the Power | Blessed be the Glory | And blessed be the Name

I sing praises, I sing praises | Praises to my Savior | Praises to my Lord | Jesus

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A Reading from the Letters: Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6 (NLT)
[Paul talks about the meaning of the feast: in Jesus, salvation is made available to Jews and pagans alike.]

adoration-of-the-magi-hi-qe

You know God gave me the special responsibility of extending his grace to you Gentiles. As I briefly wrote earlier, God himself revealed his mysterious plan to me.
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God did not reveal it to previous generations, but now by his Spirit he has revealed it to his holy apostles and prophets.

And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus.
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A Reading from the Gospels: Matthew 2:1-12 (NLT)
[The events celebrated on the Epiphany are described in the Gospel.]

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”

King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”

“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:

‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’”

the_magi_henry_siddons_mowbray_1915

Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”

After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.
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” We Three Kings” – Hillsong


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Intercessory Prayer:

God of the nations: you save all people when they cry out for help. Lord, hear us.

+ For the people of all nations — that they may believe the Good News of salvation. Lord, hear us.
+ For the Jewish people, our brothers and sisters – that through your faithfulness, they too may enter the Kingdom…. Lord, hear us.
+ For Christians in every nations – that together we may meet the challenges facing humanity…. Lord, hear us.
+ For people of all faiths and of none – that in this New Year they may grow in mutual respect and tolerance…. Lord, hear us.
+ For those in our midst who are sick or in sorrow – that your healing presence may bring them peace…. Lord, hear us.
+ For all Christians suffering persecution and violence – that they may be protected and delivered from evil…. Lord hear us.
+ For our friends and family members who have died – that eternal life with you may be theirs…. Lord, hear us.

O God, you rule the earth with justice: help us according to our needs, we pray, through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.
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“Christmas Hallelujah” – Abigail Schmidt


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Benediction:

Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see. For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you. Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you. All nations will come to your light; mighty kings will come to see your radiance.
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+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen

The Epiphany of the Lord, 03 January: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13; Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12 ~ may your hearts be thrilled with joy

The Epiphany of the Lord

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening Sentence and Prayer:

On this first Sunday of 2016: we give thanks for the year gone by, and ask for God’s continuing care and protection as we face this new year, not knowing what it will bring.
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God most high, You light the way for all who seek You. Fill us with joy as we behold Your glory, and humble us in worship before You. Arise and shine once again in our darkness, and may nations and kings come into Your radiant light. May Your justice and righteousness reign in the coming year, and all the godly flourish and prosper. Through Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, in the splendour of eternal light, God for ever and ever.
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Hymn: “We Three Kings of Orient Are” – Jennifer Avalon


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A Reading from the Old Testament: Isaiah 60:1-6 (NLT)

“Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see. For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you. Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you. All nations will come to your light; mighty kings will come to see your radiance.

Jerusalem sunrise

“Look and see, for everyone is coming home! Your sons are coming from distant lands; your little daughters will be carried home. Your eyes will shine, and your heart will thrill with joy, for merchants from around the world will come to you. They will bring you the wealth of many lands. Vast caravans of camels will converge on you, the camels of Midian and Ephah. The people of Sheba will bring gold and frankincense and will come worshiping the Lord.
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A Reading from Psalms: Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13 (NLT)

Give your love of justice to the king, O God, and righteousness to the king’s son. Help him judge your people in the right way; let the poor always be treated fairly.

May all the godly flourish during his reign. May there be abundant prosperity until the moon is no more. May he reign from sea to sea, and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.

The western kings of Tarshish and other distant lands will bring him tribute. The eastern kings of Sheba and Seba will bring him gifts. All kings will bow before him, and all nations will serve him.

He will rescue the poor when they cry to him; he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them. He feels pity for the weak and the needy, and he will rescue them.
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“Jesus Shall Reign” – Sean Dayton


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A Reading from the Letters: Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6 (NLT)

You know God gave me the special responsibility of extending his grace to you Gentiles. As I briefly wrote earlier, God himself revealed his mysterious plan to me.

God did not reveal it to previous generations, but now by his Spirit he has revealed it to his holy apostles and prophets. And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus.
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A Reading from the Gospels: Matthew 2:1-12 (NLT)

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”

The Star of Bethlehem Gustave Doré (1832-1883)
The Star of Bethlehem
Gustave Doré (1832-1883)

King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”

“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:

‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’”

Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”

After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.
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Hymn: “A Christmas Alleluia” – Chris Tomlin, Lauren Daigle, Leslie Jordan

Alleluia, alleluia | Christ, the Savior of the world | He has come! | Alleluia, alleluia | To the highest name of all | Alleluia!

The heavens roar, the angels sing | All glory to our God and King! | O night divine forever more | Alleluia!

You’re the highest name of all | Alleluia!
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Intercessions:

Merciful God: You save all who cry out for help. Come to us now as we begin a new year.

+ For the people of all nations, that they may hear and believe the Good News of salvation through Your Son, Jesus Christ…. Lord, hear us.
+ For the rulers of all nations, that they come into the light of Christ and govern with justice and compassion…. Lord, hear us.
+ For the Jewish people, our brothers and sisters, that through their faithfulness to Your word, they too may reach Your Kingdom…. Lord, hear us.
+ For people of all faiths and of none, especially Muslim people, that they may discover the grace and truth of Your Son, Jesus Christ and grow in love…. Lord, hear us.
+ For all who have been driven from their homes by war and violence, that they may receive Your help and protection and return home in peace…. Lord, hear us.
+ For those in our midst who are sick or in sorrow, that our support may remind them of Your unfailing love and compassion…. Lord, hear us.
+ For our friends and relatives who have died in Christ, that eternal rest and peace may be theirs…. Lord, hear us.
+ For our own needs, for our families, and for those who have asked for our prayers…. Lord, hear us.

O God, You rule the earth with justice: help us all according to our needs, we pray, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Hymn: “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”


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Benediction:

He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen

The Epiphany of the Lord: Isa 60:1-6; Psa 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13; Eph 3:2-6; Mat 2:1-12 ~ come and worship

The Epiphany of the Lord

+ In the name the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening prayer:

On this the first Sunday of 2015, we come to worship our new-born King… and to seeek God’s guidance and protection as we face the uncertainties of the New Year.
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God most high, Your only Son embraced the weakness of our flesh to give us the power to become Your children; Your eternal Word chose to dwell among us, that we might live in the light of Your presence.

Grant us a spirit of wisdom to know how rich is the glory You have made our own, and how great the hope to which we are called in Jesus Christ, Your Word made flesh, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, in the splendour of eternal light, God for ever and ever.
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As with gladness men of old did the guiding star behold; as with joy they hailed its light, leading onward, beaming bright; so, most gracious Lord, may we evermore be led to thee.

As with joyful steps they sped, Savior, to thy lowly bed, there to bend the knee before thee, whom heaven and earth adore; so may we with willing feet ever seek thy mercy seat.

As they offered gifts most rare at thy manger, rude and bare, so may we with holy joy, pure and free from sin’s alloy, all our costliest treasures bring, Christ, to thee, our heavenly king.

Holy Jesus, every day keep us in the narrow way; and when earthly things are past, bring our ransomed souls at last where they need no star to guide, where no clouds thy glory hide.
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A Reading from the Old testament: Isaiah 60:1-6 (NLT)

dawn breaks over Jerusalem

“Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see. For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you. Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you. All nations will come to your light; mighty kings will come to see your radiance.

“Look and see, for everyone is coming home! Your sons are coming from distant lands; your little daughters will be carried home. Your eyes will shine, and your heart will thrill with joy, for merchants from around the world will come to you. They will bring you the wealth of many lands. Vast caravans of camels will converge on you, the camels of Midian and Ephah. The people of Sheba will bring gold and frankincense and will come worshiping the Lord.
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A Reading from the Psalms: Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13 (NLT)

Give your love of justice to the king, O God, and righteousness to the king’s son. Help him judge your people in the right way; let the poor always be treated fairly.
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May all the godly flourish during his reign. May there be abundant prosperity until the moon is no more. May he reign from sea to sea, and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.
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The western kings of Tarshish and other distant lands will bring him tribute. The eastern kings of Sheba and Seba will bring him gifts. All kings will bow before him, and all nations will serve him. He will rescue the poor when they cry to him; he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them. He feels pity for the weak and the needy, and he will rescue them.
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A Reading from the Letters: Ephesians 3:2-6 (NLT)

God gave me the special responsibility of extending his grace to you Gentiles. As I briefly wrote earlier, God himself revealed his mysterious plan to me. As you read what I have written, you will understand my insight into this plan regarding Christ. God did not reveal it to previous generations, but now by his Spirit he has revealed it to his holy apostles and prophets.

And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus.
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A Reading from the Gospels: Matthew 2:1-12 (NLT)

wise men

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”

King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”

“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:

‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’”

Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”

After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.
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Oh how I need Your grace / More than my words can say / Jesus I come Jesus I come
In all my weaknesses / You are my confidence / Jesus I come Jesus I come

I will rise stand redeemed / Heaven open over me / To Your name eternally / Endless glory I will bring

Oh what amazing love / We need Your cleansing flood / Jesus I come Jesus I come
In every broken place / You are my righteousness / Jesus I come Jesus I come

Thank You Jesus / Just as I am I come / Hallelujah / Oh what amazing love
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Intercessions:

Amazing God, who in Jesus was made flesh to offer us light and life – hear our prayers:

+ For those who claim the name of Christian – that they may accept the mystery of Jesus, human and divine….
Lord, hear us.
+ For people for whom God seems distant and uncaring – that they see the full beauty of God, revealed in Jesus….
Lord, hear us.
+ For nations where war and strife cause much suffering (especially in the Middle East) – that this New Year may bring peace….
Lord, hear us.
+ For Christians facing persecution for their faith in Jesus Christ – that they may have our faithful support….
Lord, hear us.
+ For all of us, in this two thousand and fifteenth year of our Saviour – that we may have the grace and courage to make a new start….
Lord, hear us.
+ For those of us who find life difficult at the moment – that God may pour out his mercy and grace on us….
Lord, hear us.
+ For those who have died – that perpetual light may shine on them….
Lord, hear us.

Almighty, ever-living God, light of every faithful soul, fill the world with Your glory and reveal to all nations the splendor of Your presence, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Kumi ori / Ki va orech
U’ch’vod Adonai alayich zarach

Hineh ha’choshech yechaseh eretz / Ve’arafel leumim
Ve’alayich yizrach Adonai / U’ch’vodo alayich yira-eh

Arise, shine / For your light is come
And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you

Behold darkness has covered the land / And thick fog over the people
But the LORD will shine upon you / And His glory will appear over you
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Benediction:

May God, the source of every blessing, grant you the fullness of grace and keep you safe throughout the coming year.

May God safeguard the purity of your faith, give you an unwavering hope and a love that patiently endures to the end.

And, may God order your works and days in peace, listen to your every prayer, and lead you safely to eternal life.

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen