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Holy Communion Wednesday January 4 2023 -Epiphany - “A Reflection for Epiphany”
Rev.  Alastair Hunting
Rev. Alastair Hunting
Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Order of Service with Hymns

Note: Pg #s refer to the BAS

We have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him 
~Matthew 2.2

Processional Hymn   #160 – As With Gladness

Welcome & Acknowledgment of Land 

Call to Worship for Epiphany (inspired by Isaiah 60:1-3)
People of God, arise, shine,
for your light has come!
The light of Christ has come into the world.
Immanuel. God with us.

So arise, shine, for your light has come!
And we will follow the light–
when it shines brightly in the night sky
when it glows dimly on the horizon.

We will follow the light–
when it leads down familiar paths to expected destinations
when the road is unfamiliar
and the star rests above a dubious-looking home.
We will lift up our eyes and look around.
And when we see the Christ child,
may our hearts be overwhelmed with joy.

When we are in the presence of Immanuel,
may our knees bend in worship.
When our journey brings us, finally, to the heart of God,
May our hands open in generous sharing;
May our mouths open in generous praise. Amen
~ written by Joanna Harader

(We prepare our hearts for worship in silence)

The Community Gathers p. 185

Glory to God p. 186

Kyrie Eleison p. 186

Collect:  Eternal God, who by a star led wise men to the worship of your Son. Guide by your light the nations of the earth, that the whole world may know your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
The Proclamation of the Word;

1st Lesson:    Isaiah 60: 1-6

Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-14      R: All nations shall serve him.

The Epistle:       Ephesians 3: 1-12 

The Gospel:       Matthew 2: 1-12

Homily: “A Reflection for Epiphany”

Affirmation of Faith: The Nicene Creed     p. 189 (please stand as able)

Prayers of the People    p.190

Confession and Absolution    p.191 

The Peace    p. 192

Offertory Hymn  #444 – Your Hand, O God Has Guided

Prayer over the Gifts Gracious God, accept the offering of your Church, the hearts of your people joined in praise and thanksgiving, in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen 

The Celebration of the Eucharist 

The Great Thanksgiving 

The Lord’s Prayer        p. 211

The Breaking of the Bread      #2  p. 212

The Communion (all are welcome to receive communion) p. 213

Prayer after Communion God of all the nations of the earth, guide us with your light. Help us to recognize Christ as he comes to us in this eucharist and in our neighbours. May we welcome him with love, for he is Lord now and for ever. Amen

Doxology (Old 100th): Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Praise him all creatures here below! Praise him above ye heavenly hosts! Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost! Amen 
The Blessing 

Closing Hymn:  #362 – Tell Out My Soul

The Dismissal    p. 215