January 8, 2018
Leader: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
Leader: May the love of God the Father, and the grace of Jesus the Son, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be and abide with us all.
Isaiah 60:1-6, 15-22
Leader: Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
All: For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Leader: Lift up your eyes and look around; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from far away, and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses' arms.
All: Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and rejoice, because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you. A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praise of the LORD.
Leader: Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, with no one passing through, I will make you majestic forever, a joy from age to age. You shall suck the milk of nations, you shall suck the breasts of kings; and you shall know that I, the LORD, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
All: Instead of bronze I will bring gold, instead of iron I will bring silver; instead of wood, bronze, instead of stones, iron. I will appoint Peace as your overseer and Righteousness as your taskmaster.
Leader: Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.
All: The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you by night; but the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.
Leader: Your sun shall no more go down, or your moon withdraw itself; for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended. Your people shall all be righteous; they shall possess the land forever. They are the shoot that I planted, the work of my hands, so that I might be glorified.
All: The least of them shall become a clan, and the smallest one a mighty nation; I am the LORD; in its time I will accomplish it quickly.
Leader: This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.
All: Thanks be to God!
Leader: The light of God’s purposes has shown upon us. Carry that light into another week.
All: The star of God’s promises that led us to worship now leads us to serve in God’s world.
Leader: When we have met God in the light, we cannot dwell comfortably in the shadows.
All: We cannot enjoy our abundance and wealth without thanksgiving and generous sharing.
Leader: The glory of God now shines on you today. Others will see your radiance and rejoice with you.
All: We seek God’s peace that we may share it, God’s wisdom that we may live by it, in Christ’s name. Amen.
Leader: Now let us bring the needs of the church, the world, and all in need, to God’s loving care, saying: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. God of heaven and earth, through Jesus Christ you promise to hear us when we pray to you in his name. Confident in your love and mercy we offer our prayer. Lord, in your mercy,
All: Hear our prayer.
(Please offer individual prayers aloud, then after each one the leader will say: “Lord in your mercy” and the people will respond: “Hear our prayer.”)
Leader: And we pray all these things, as our Lord Jesus taught us to pray:
All: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Leader: People of God, let us walk in the light of the LORD!
All: 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 forever. Amen.
Leader: May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you: wherever he may send you;
May God guide you through the wilderness: protect you through the storm;
May God bring you home rejoicing: at the wonders he has shown you;
May he bring you home rejoicing: once again into our doors.