WORSHIP DOCUMENTS for January 5, 2020

You can read and download the worship order for the upcoming Sunday at Berryton United Methodist Church as PDF documents using the links below:

CALL TO WORSHIP

L:     O come, let us worship the Lord

        and consider what wondrous things God has done:

P:    The Magi who study the heavens follow a guiding star!

L:     O come, let us worship the Lord

        and consider what wondrous things God has done:

P:    The peoples who live in the shadows see a glorious light!

L:     O come, let us worship the Lord

        and consider what wondrous things God has done:

P:    The Christ who embodies the Word unveils the hidden plan,

        making us joint heirs of the promise of salvation 

        through the gospel!

L:     O come, let us worship the Lord,

P:     for God has done wondrous things!

Affirmation of Faith

Please join me in our affirmation of faith:

God of light and darkness, we have seen the glimmer of your star-light beckoning to us, but we have turned away and followed other paths. We have walked where you did not lead. Forgive us, Holy One. Strengthen our faltering steps and guide us in your holy way of peace. The light of God shines through the darkness. Our hearts rejoice for Christ is in our midst.

SCRIPTURE READING

Matthew 2:1-12

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

“ ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;

for out of you will come a ruler

who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

RESPONSE TO SCRIPTURE

One: This is the word of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God.