Day Year a – Second Sunday after Christmas Day or Epiphany Sunday

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Year A – Second Sunday after Christmas Day or Epiphany Sunday

Liturgical Colour


Scripture Readings

Jeremiah 31:7-14

Psalm 147:12-20

Ephesians 1:3-14

John 1:(1-9), 10-18


Isaiah 60:1-6

Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14

Ephesians 3:1-12

Matthew 2:1-12

Living Faith Reference



Hymn Suggestions

(see Hymn suggestions for the Lectionary Resource)

Hymns 170 -181 are all Epiphany hymns

Call to Worship I

(based on Isaiah 60 and John 1)

Leader: Arise, shine; for your light has come,

And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you

People: The light shines in the darkness,

And the darkness does not overcome it.

Leader: Lift up your eyes and look around:

You shall see and be radiant;

Your heart shall thrill and rejoice.

People: The Word has become flesh and lives among us.

We have seen his glory,

The glory of the Father’s only son,

Full of grace and truth.

Leader: Come. Let us walk in the light of God!

And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you

Call to Worship II

Prayer of Adoration

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. Gracious and loving God, on this day of Epiphany, this day of revelation we are honoured to come into your love and into your light. As the magi brought gifts, so do we bring the gifts of our adoration and love. As they bowed down to worship you, so do we come to worship and praise your name. This is your day and we rejoice and are glad in it.

Prayer of Confession

Lord of light, we know that nothing is hidden from your light and that this light exposes our darkness and sin. We are afraid of what will be seen if we come into the light, so we choose to cower in the darkness hiding that which is ugly and sinful in ourselves. There are so many things we want to keep hidden, things we want to hide from each other, things we want to hide even from ourselves and things that we try to hide even from you.
Yet, we know that nothing is hidden from you.
Forgive us. Forgive us our sin and our hiding it. Forgive us our shame and all the times we have fooled ourselves into thinking that we are just fine. Forgive us and restore us to right relationship with you, allowing your light to illuminate our darkness, bathing us in your healing presence. Forgive us and restore us, we ask in Jesus’ name.

Declaration of Pardon

Prayer for Illumination

Ascription of Praise

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

(Prayers of the People)

Lord of love and light, in this season of light, we thank you and we praise you that your love shines throughout all of creation. Nothing is hidden from you. We bless you that you are light and that there is no darkness in you at all.
In this season of light and revelation, we pray that your will and your purposes might be revealed to us. We pray that in a world filled with hatred and fear and darkness, that your revealed love might be the dawning of a new day.
We pray too Lord, that we might be your light. So often we keep your light under a bushel, but as this New Year dawns we boldly desire to be the light of the world; the city on the hill.
We pray that the light of your wisdom might shine upon our leaders and elected officials. We pray for your illumination for those for whom the way is dark and for those who live under the cloud of fear or sickness, sorrow or despair. Brighten their worlds, even as you brighten ours. This we ask in the name of Jesus,

Commissioning /Benediction

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