Order of Worship – Epiphany Sunday, January 2, 2022

Ward Hill Church of Christ the King

A Christ-Centered Community of Faith, Hope, & Love

The Lord’s Day, January 2, The Lord’s Year 2022

Epiphany Sunday

Second Sunday in Christmastide – 9th Day of Christmas

Please speak bold words and sing italicized words; * we invite you to stand as able.

Prelude & Quiet Prayer – five minutes before service (9:55-10:00 am)

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

   Arise, shine, for your light is come. And the glory of the Lord rises upon you.

* Hymn 346   Hail to the Brightness of Zion’s Glad Morning                      WESLEY

* Invocation

* Confession of Sin:  Gracious God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, you have promised to receive us when we come to you. We confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you or our neighbors as we should. Forgive us, O God, and grant that in the Holy Spirit we may live and serve you in newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

* Declaration of Forgiveness in Christ: If you have repented of your sin and turned in faith to Jesus Christ, I can declare through Christ’s atoning death and life-giving resurrection that you are forgiven in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

* New Life in Christ: If you love God, keep his commandments. Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

* Hymn 206   Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Morning MORNING STAR

O Lord, open our lips, and our mouths shall show forth your praise.

*Gloria Patri (Hymn 735)                                            GLORIA PATRI (GREATOREX)

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, amen.

* The Peace of Christ    The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.

Announcements, Scripture Memory, & Catechism – see Bell Ringer

Song Arise, shine, for thy light has come, arise, shine, for thy light has come.

And the glory of the Lord is risen (3x) upon thee.

Collect for The Epiphany: 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.

Prayer for Illumination on the Reading of the Holy Scriptures

The Holy Scriptures   Isaiah 60:1-6               Psalm 72

Ephesians 3:1-12        Matthew 2:1-12

            The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Sermon – “Reconciling the World”

The Nicene Creed – hymnal page 846

Prayers of Thanksgiving, Petition, and Intercession

Offertory (Hymn 729)                                                                        HERR JESU CHRIST

All things are thine; no gift have we, Lord of all gifts, to offer thee; and hence with grateful hearts today, thine own before thy feet we lay.

* Doxology (Hymn 731)                                                                           OLD HUNDREDTH

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. Amen.

* Offertory Prayer

* Hymn 226   As with Gladness Men of Old                                                              DIX

* Benediction

Postlude

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