Hybrid Worship

First Sunday of Epiphany

8 January 2023

Sunday Morning Greetings!

No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here. Welcome to the season of Epiphany and to the New year. You are loved.

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Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship

One: We gather as people who belong to the Spirit of Life! We gather in expectation, seeking surprising guidance. 

All: We gather in community, knowing that so often the guidance we seek comes from one another.

One: We gather acknowledging the wisdom and grace that are already present. We are here to share our gifts. 

All: We gather to share the song in our hearts!

Singing Our Faith ~ "Arise, Your Light Is Come"

Arise, your light is come! The Spirit’s call obey;

Show forth the glory of your God

which shines on you today!

Arise, your light is come! Fling wide the prison door;

Proclaim the captive’s liberty,

good tidings to the poor.

Arise, your light is come! The mountains burst in song!

Rise up like eagles on the wing;

God’s power will make us strong.


Opening Prayer and Silence

Special Music ~ "Quiet Place"

In this quiet place

In this quiet place

Help me be still and know

How I can give, and how to forgive

In this quiet place

In this quiet place

Help me be still and know


Like Jesus in the garden

Let me be in this quiet place

Let me see your path for me

Let me trust in your grace

In this quiet place

In this quiet place

Help me be still and know

How to be true in all I do

In this quiet place

In this quiet place

Help me be still and know




At this time, we share moments from our lives: birthdays, 

anniversaries, works of peace and justice. We celebrate even sorrows and grief as part of a comprehensive view of life. 

Celebration Song

Celebrate your heart and your spirit.

Celebrate your life while you live it.

Even when it’s hard to do,

celebrate the best of you!

Celebrate your dreams and your visions.

Celebrate the love you’ve been given.

Cherish all that you’ve been through.

Celebrate the best of you!

Invitation to Give

One: What happens when a gift leaves our hands? 

All: It is all mystery. We give in hope and in trust, believing in a new world. 

One: What happens to us when we give? 

All: It is all mystery. We give—open to the possibility that our giving will change us.

One: What happens to the world when the Spirit enters our giving?

All: It is all mystery, and we are grateful for it all.

Offering and Offertory

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Word About Life—Luke 11:1-13

He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” So he said to them, “When you pray, say:

Father, may your name be revered as holy.

May your kingdom come.

Give us each day our daily bread.

And forgive us our sins,

for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.

And do not bring us to the time of trial.”

And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ And he answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything out of friendship, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.

“So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asked for a fish, would give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asked for an egg, would give a scorpion? If you, then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Word About Life for Today

Shared by Rev. Ken Heintzelman


Words for Mission

One: The Light of the Star, the light of God’s love, shines before us as we leave this place. 

All: We go in peace. We go in joy. We go in love to meet God’s people in the world and greet them with the good news of grace.

One: These are the times!

All: We are the people.

One: All of Creation is blessed.

All: May we love all and serve all.

One: May God be with you.

All: And also with you.

One: Amen.

All: Amen.

Sending Forth Song ~ "It’s a Brand New Day"

It’s a brand new day full of possibility,

It’s a brand new day full of hope for you and me.

And tomorrow’s here today bringing change along the way,

So let’s live our life and say it’s a brand new day.

It’s a brand new day full of awe and mystery,

It’s a brand new day to create our history,

As tomorrow fades away, weaving lessons through our way

We can live our life and say, “It’s a brand new day!”

Sermon Reboot is back! If you're planning to participate, stick around in person (in the Narthex seating area) or on Zoom. All are welcome.

If you're looking for more of this kind of experience along with some tasty food and good company, join us at North Mountain Brewery today at 4:00 pm for Love Seed.