Greeting and Welcome
Prelude- He is Born (Il Est Ne)
The light of Christ is shining… shining for all to see.
The light of Christmas is glowing… glowing in our hearts.
The light of God is guiding us… guiding us forward with confidence and love!
Call to Worship
A star shines brightly for all to see.
Shine in our world, Christ Jesus.
A star shines brightly to guide our journey.
Shine in our lives, Christ Jesus.
A star shines brightly to bring us together.
Shine in our worship, Christ Jesus.
A star shines brightly to give us peace.
Shine in our church, Christ Jesus.
Light of the world, shine upon us as we worship you.
Draw us closer to you that we might see your radiant presence.
Guide us with your light, that we might walk in your ways. Shine in and through us, that we might share your radiant love everywhere we go. Amen.
The First Noel UMH 245
Joys and Concerns – Lord’s Prayer
Matthew 2:1-3, 7-11
I want to walk as a child of the light UMH 206
Prayer of Yearning
Lord, we are surrounded by the darkness of this world. We stumble around, we get anxious and overwhelmed. Shine your light of peace and joy into the dark places of our world. Turn our wanderings into a journey of purpose guided by your star. Let the light break into our lives, and transform us into people of the light. Amen.
Words of Assurance
Arise and shine, for your light has come!
In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God!
Isaiah 60: 1-3
“The star is still shining!” Rev. Ileana Rosario
Shine, Jesus, Shine TFWS 2173
Arise and go forth to shine in the world.
Arise and go forth to follow the star.
Arise and go forth transformed by the light.
Postlude - One Heart, One Spirit