Epiphany: Those who dream…persevere


Call to Worship

One: The Magi had a dream.
All: They dreamed of a Messiah. They dreamed of just rulers. They dreamed of a new day for all people.
One: The Magi had a dream, and this dream led them to action.
All: They journeyed to unknown places. They followed a star. They walked for days to get to Jesus.
One: So may we be like the Magi,
All: May our dreams inspire action. May we worship the one true God.

Prayer by Sarah Are | A Sanctified Art LLC | sanctifiedart.org

Hymn #170: “What star is this”

Welcome & Gathering Prayer

Assurance of God’s Grace

Peace Invocation: “Shalom”

May the peace of the Lord be with you
At home and in your heart
Shalom with you abide
Through the day and night
Every day of your life.

Fun with the Young at Heart

Video: “The Magi” Holy Moly by Sparkhouse
Used with persmission.

Story: “Little People, Big Dreams: Greta Thunberg” Summary of book by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, illustrated by Anke Weckmann

Musical Reflection: Beautiful Star of Bethlehem  (Adget McDavid Pace and R. Fisher Boyce): Mary-Catherine Pazzano 


Isaiah 60: 1-6

Matthew 2: 1-12

Sermon: “Those who dream…persevere”

Hymn #173: “Magi, we of orient are”

Sacrament of Communion

Invitation to the Table

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

Lord’s Prayer

Enjoying the gifts of the earth

Affirmation of Faith (unison)
Prayer by Sarah Are | A Sanctified Art LLC | sanctifiedart.org

We believe in God,
Who came to this earth as a child,
Was born to unmarried teenage parents, And was quickly made a refugee.

We believe that this child grew up to heal the sick, See the poor,
Dine with outcasts,
Welcome foreigners,

Wash the feet of sinners,

Offer second chances,

And bless the children.

And so we believe that Christmas is only the beginning. The dream does not end with a manger.
The dream ends with God’s promised day.
So until all God’s children are home,

We will follow the Magi’s lead

— Walking, seeking, and looking up.
May it be so, for this we believe. Amen.

Life and Ministry of Knox Waterloo

Presentation of our offering:

Invitation to Offering

Offertory: “Bethlehem” (Christ Tomlin): Mary-Catherine Pazzano

Doxology: Lord of All Good (Louis Bourgeois, Albert F. Bayly, from Sing the Journey #60)

Lord of all good, our gifts we bring to you
Use them your holy purpose to fulfill
Tokens of love and pledges brought anew
That our whole life is offered to your will
Lord of all good, our gifts we bring to you

Prayer of Dedication

Hymn #174: “Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness” (Video by choir)


Sending Song: Walk with me

Walk with me
I will walk with you
And build the land
that God has planned
Where love shines through

Copyright 1988 Estate of John S.Rice
From Voices United

Knox Waterloo: CCLI License # 2580326
Images and videos used with permission.