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Epiphany and/or The Baptism of Our Lord

Epiphany

Call to Worship: Charles Wesley

One: Look! I bring good news to you - wonderful, joyous news for all people!

Many: Our savior is born in David’s city. He is Christ the Lord!

One:Christ, from whom all blessings flow,

perfecting the saints below,

Many: hear us, who thy nature share,

who thy mystic body are.

One: Come, let us worship.


 Collect:   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.


Liturgy of the Table:  (Adapted From Lift Up Your Hearts: Year B, OSL Publications)

One: The Lord be with you.

Many: And also with you.  O

ne: Lift up your hearts.

Many: We lift them up to the Lord  

One: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

Many: It is right to give our thanks and praise.    

One: It is right, and a good and joyful thing.

Always and everywhere to give thanks to you,

Almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth

whose glory has risen upon us.


 Many: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.    

One: Holy are you, and blessed is your Son, Jesus Christ,

to whom all people will come!

Your Spirit anointed him to preach the good news to the poor,

to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind,

to set at liberty those who are oppressed,

and to announce that the time had come when you would save your people.

He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and ate with sinners.

By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection,

you gave birth to your church, delivered us from slavery of sin and death,

and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.


On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples.

And he said

“Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”


When the supper was over he took the cup, gave thanks, gave it to his disciples,

and said

“Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

And so, in remembrance of these mighty acts in Jesus Christ, We offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.  

Many: Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.   


**Placing hands over the elements to consecrate them**   

One: Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and cup. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood, for we are called to be saints and bring the world to Christ. By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at the heavenly banquet. Through your Son Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and forever. Amen

And now with the confidence of children of God, let us pray:


Many: Our Father, which art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy Name;

Thy kingdom come;

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven:

Give us this day our daily bread;

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that 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,

For ever and ever.

Amen.   

One: Come, receive the elements.


**Taking the bread**  One: Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf. The bread which we break is a sharing in the body of Christ. Receive, and eat.

**Taking the Cup**   The cup over which we give thanks is a sharing in the blood of Christ. Receive, and drink.


[Prayer After All Receive]    

Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery

in which you have given yourself to us.

Grant that we may go into the world

in the strength of your Spirit,

to find the often overlooked placed where Christ dwells.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. ☩

Amen.


Benediction   One: Go, share the good news of the abundant riches of Christ!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit ☩ go in grace and peace to love and serve the Lord and neighbor.  Many – Thanks be to God.



Baptism of the Lord

Call to Worship: Charles Wesley

One: Blessed be God. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. +

Many: And blessed be God's Kingdom, now and forever. Amen.

One: Let us remember our baptism as we worship as new creations.

Come, let us worship.


Collect: Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.. Liturgy of the Table: (Adapted From Lift Up Your Hearts: Year A, OSL Publications) One: The Lord be with you.

Many: And also with you. One: Lift up your hearts. Many: We lift them up to the Lord On