Epiphany refers to the “showing forth or revelation of the Savior to the wise men, who were Gentiles. The message of Epiphany is that Christ is for every person-Jew or Gentile, color or white-that is a cause for us all to rejoice.
All your creatures, Lord, will praise you, and all your people will give you thanks.
They will speak of the glory of your royal power and tell of your might.
Everyone will know your mighty deeds and the glorious majesty of your kingdom.
Your rule is eternal, and you are king forever.
You, Lord, are righteous in all you do, merciful in all your acts.
You are near to those who call to you, who call to you with sincerity.
You supply the needs of all who honor you; you hear their cries and save them.
We will ever praise you, Lord; let all creation praise your holy name forever.
Compassionate Lord, you call us to a higher standard than we have achieved. We therefore bow in honest confession of those thoughts, words, and deeds which have missed the mark. Within our families, we have loved imperfectly. Among sisters and brothers in the church, we have not fully walked in the light. Often our congregations have not reflected the rich diversity of people in our communities. In our witness to the world, our lives have not adequately testified to your redeeming power. Forgive us, gracious Lord, for permitting ourselves to be distracted from the goal of our discipleship. Heal the brokenness of our hearts and restore us to you, our first love.
God has called you by name.
We go into the world to answer God’s call. Alleluia!
May the blessed presence of God fill our hearts with the assurances of God’s love.
May the gracious arms of Jesus Christ embrace us as part of the community of believers.
May the Holy Spirit baptize us afresh and lead us into newness of life.
And may we always live in trust, knowing that we are God’s always and forever.
Watchword for the Week
God says, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”.
Watchword for Today
As for those who rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many, but do not consult the Lord!
Therefore we must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.
Prayer for Today
Rock of our salvation, we turn to your word of truth for guidance in this life. Despite the temptations around us, keep us steadfast in your wisdom that has been revealed to us in the words of scripture.
Congregation Watchword for the Year
Serve God with single mind and willing heart; for the Lord searches every mind
1 Chronicles 28:9