Epiphany, Epiphany Sunday, John 1, Liturgy, Matthew 2, progressive Christian, progressive Christianity
Call to Worship (Inspired by John 1)
One: The light shines in dimness
Many: And dimness did not overtake the light.
One: The light shines in each space.
Many: No gloom, no despair will overtake it.
One: The light shines in our souls.
Many: The shadows of life did not shade Divine light.
One: We celebrate the light of Christ
Many: A steadfast presence from the beginning
Which will shine through the end of time.
Holy Lamplighter, as night prematurely encroaches upon us each day, may your illumination brighten our souls. As we wait for dawn’s first glimmer, may the warmth you carry radiate across this community. Kindle our hearts made cold by the world’s frostiness, and brighten the road ahead as we ponder what is most important in our lives. Amen.
Prayer of Reconciliation
One: Spirit of God, we have blocked your light and love from our neighbors. We have barricaded the Divine glow which enlightens and empowers all of us. We have turned our backs on the gleam of your wisdom, God.
All: Yet no matter how far we flee, your light still flows near. You will never hide your light from us. Encourage us to open doors and shutters to your brilliance so that your illumination will reach our souls. May this enlightenment bring us closer to your intentions for this earth. Amen.
Assurance of Grace
One: God’s warmth melts our hardened hearts. God’s brilliance lights the path on which we will start again. May we embrace God’s luminosity as we start on this new year journey. Amen!
Call to Offering
As we seek the presence of God in our lives, we will begin to sense how God is calling us to use our gifts to build our church, our community, and our world. It is a privilege to share what we have been given to love and light this this earth.
Prayer of Dedication
Divine Lamplighter, in gratitude, we share our treasures, our talents, and our time with this congregation. We humbly ask that you illuminate our minds and hearts as we use all our resources to craft a just world for all. Amen.
One: As we travel dim streets during this new year, God,
Be our Divine Lamplighter.May your light shine on the road ahead of us.
May the warmth from your flame melt the frost covering our hearts.
May our souls come alive at the sight of your brilliance.
And may your light draw us closer to our neighbors as we begin this season together.
A communion liturgy for Epiphany can be found here.
(c) 2019 Michelle L. Torigian. Permission to use with attribution.
Beautiful and I particularly love the use of “dimness” and “Divine Lamplight” — both of which I have magpied as my own!