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SUNDAY, JANUARY 6, 2019

Dorchester United Church
WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD

MUSIC PRELUDE (A time for quiet reflection and preparation for worship)

CALL TO WORSHIP :

Wise and Gracious God we come to you this morning following the footsteps of those who followed a star. Those Wise souls
Who brought Gold for his Royalty
Who brought frankincense for his Divinity
Who brought myrrh for his Mortality.
Today we celebrate the revelation of Your only begotten Son,
Your humble power made manifest.

PASSING OF THE PEACE -
The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God, and the Fellowship of the holy spirit be with you…
And also with you

HYMN : "The First Nowell" V.U. 91

SANCTUS : (Holy, Holy, Holy)

CHIDREN'S TIME

CHILDREN'S PRAYER

LORD'S PRAYER

ANTHEM :

PRAYER OF CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE OF PARDON:

ANNOUNCEMENTS

INVITATION TO INVEST IN GOD'S MISSION

OFFERING

DOXOLOGY
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

HYMN: "As with Gladness Men of Old" V.U. 81

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 2:1-12
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Visit of the Wise Men

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.
When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
'And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.'"
Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage." When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

MESSAGE: "3 Magi walk into Bethlehem"

HYMN : "Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies" V.U. 336

COMMISSIONING & CHORAL RESPONSE : V.U. 971

POSTLUDE: (A time to quietly reflect on all that you have experienced this morning)