Worshiping Together in Different Places–An online worship experience on the 1st Sunday after the Epiphany (Yr B)

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Wise Women Also Came; Jan Richardson;
collage; www.janrichardsonimages.com

Wise women also came.
The fire burned
in their wombs
long before they saw
the flaming star in the sky.
They walked in shadows,
trusting the path
would open
under the light of the moon.

Wise women also came,
seeking no directions,
no permission
from any king.
They came
by their own authority,
their own desire,
their own longing.
They came in quiet,
spreading no rumors,
sparking no fears
to lead
to innocents’ slaughter,
to their sister Rachel’s
inconsolable lamentations.

Wise women also came,
and they brought
useful gifts:
water for labor’s washing,
fire for warm illumination,
a blanket for swaddling.

Wise women also came,
at least three of them,
holding Mary in the labor,
crying out with her
in the birth pangs,
breathing ancient blessings
into her ear.

Wise women also came,
and they went,
as wise women always do,
home a different way.

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Opening Prayer        For the Healing of the Nations        St. Mark’s Lutheran, Winnipeg

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Seasonal Reflection        Pocket Prayer: Epiphany Searching        The Church without Walls

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Welcome to Worship on Sunday, January 10, 2021.

During this time of worship you may wish to have a candle to light and to have bread and a beverage for communion — whatever you have available will be sufficient.

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Gathering Song        There’s a Song in the Air        Madelen’s Request

“There’s a song in the air!  There’s a star in the sky!
There’s a mother’s deep prayer and a baby’s low cry.
And the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing,
for the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King.”

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Acknowledgement of Land

(An act towards reconciliation)

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GATHERING & EXPLORING

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Set apart your worship space by lighting a candle along with the video clip.  The light of the candle symbolizes the presence of the Holy wherever we are.

You can find the lectionary readings for Sunday, January 10, 2021 here: https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=60

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Welcome · Community Candle · Scripture · Moment of Wonder · Sermon

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AFFIRMING

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Song for Reflection and Offering
       
Canticle of the Turning (Mary’s Song, from The Magnificat)        Katherine Moore

“Though I am small, my God, my all,
you work great things in me

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Offering

There are a number of ways to contribute financially when we are unable to attend worship in person:

• Make a one-time donation or manage ongoing, automatic giving on our secure website page: https://fccpuyallup.com/donate

• Use our mobile app to set up one-time or ongoing giving from your phone. Download the GivePlus app from the App Store or Google Play to your smartphone and then search for “First Christian Church” using our zip code, 98371.

• Send checks by mail to:
First Christian Church
623 9th Ave. SW
P.O. Box 516
Puyallup, WA  98371

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CELEBRATING & BLESSING

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During this video clip you are invited to share the elements of communion which you have set aside for this worship time.  Bread, crackers, juice, wine, or water–all are signs of Christ’s abiding presence with us.

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Prayers of the People · Communion

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Closing Benediction        Adapted from www.faithandworship.com

Unified by apart-yet-together worship,
may we, like Mary and Joseph,
like Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna,
and like wise ones from near and far
step out into the unknown.
May we, too, play our part
in the fulfilment of God’s plan
to bring the prodigal people home.
We pray that their examples
might be the pattern of our lives,
that when God’s gentle whisper
breaks through the clamor of this world
and into our small corner,
we might be ready to listen,
and having listened, to act.
Amen, let it be, let it be.

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Closing Song        Rest Assured        The Walking Roots Band

“Rest assured, He’s not forgotten
Rest assured, He’ll take care of you
Look at the times He’s been there before
He’ll be there again, rest assured

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Preacher: Pastor Ray Smith; Elders: Robin Crabb & Ric Rose; Scripture: Karrie Cheek; Moment of Wonder: Gretchen Mertes; Prayers of the People: Robin Crabb

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