Central United Methodist Church
Monday, September 25, 2017
Endicott, New York
Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY
A Reconciling Congregation

Epiphany Sunday
Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost
Jan. 8, 2017
      

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DESCRIPTION PRESENTER(s) START TIME
"Love Grows Here", D. Besig Choral Intoit - Chancel Choir 0:01
Greeting Pastor Michelle 2:35
Announcements Amber Gaylord 3:21
We Are Called to Worship Amber Gaylord 7:00
"Sing We Now of Christmas" Song # 237 8:27
A Time for the Child in All of Us Pastor Michelle 11:02
"You Are Mine," D. Haas Chancel Choir 14:20
Isaiah 60:1-6 Marty Magee 18:15
"I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light" Chancel Choir 20:50
"On this Day Earth Shall Ring" Song # 248 25:28
Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer Pastor Michelle 29:36
Matthew 2:1-12 Bob Wilcox 38:48
The Sermon Pastor Michelle 42:07
"The First Noel" Song # 245 55:41
Blessing Pastor Michelle 59:12

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Scripture

Isaiah 60:1-7   The Message (MSG)

People Returning for the Reunion

60 1-7 “Get out of bed, Jerusalem!
    Wake up. Put your face in the sunlight.
    God’s bright glory has risen for you.
The whole earth is wrapped in darkness,
    all people sunk in deep darkness,
But God rises on you,
    his sunrise glory breaks over you.
Nations will come to your light,
    kings to your sunburst brightness.
Look up! Look around!
    Watch as they gather, watch as they approach you:
Your sons coming from great distances,
    your daughters carried by their nannies.
When you see them coming you’ll smile—big smiles!
    Your heart will swell and, yes, burst!
All those people returning by sea for the reunion,
    a rich harvest of exiles gathered in from the nations!
And then streams of camel caravans as far as the eye can see,
    young camels of nomads in Midian and Ephah,
Pouring in from the south from Sheba,
    loaded with gold and frankincense,
    preaching the praises of God.
And yes, a great roundup
    of flocks from the nomads in Kedar and Nebaioth,
Welcome gifts for worship at my altar
    as I bathe my glorious Temple in splendor.

Matthew 2:1-12   The Message (MSG)

Scholars from the East

1-2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory— this was during Herod’s kingship—a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, “Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We’re on pilgrimage to worship him.”

3-4 When word of their inquiry got to Herod, he was terrified—and not Herod alone, but most of Jerusalem as well. Herod lost no time. He gathered all the high priests and religion scholars in the city together and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”

 

5-6 They told him, “Bethlehem, Judah territory. The prophet Micah wrote it plainly:

 

It’s you, Bethlehem, in Judah’s land,
    no longer bringing up the rear.
From you will come the leader
    who will shepherd-rule my people, my Israel.”

 

7-8 Herod then arranged a secret meeting with the scholars from the East. Pretending to be as devout as they were, he got them to tell him exactly when the birth-announcement star appeared. Then he told them the prophecy about Bethlehem, and said, “Go find this child. Leave no stone unturned. As soon as you find him, send word and I’ll join you at once in your worship.”

9-10 Instructed by the king, they set off. Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time!

11 They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh.

12 In a dream, they were warned not to report back to Herod. So they worked out another route, left the territory without being seen, and returned to their own country.

The Message (MSG)

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