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January 6, 2014
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An Epiphany Blessing of Homes and Chalking the Door

This short liturgy is a way of marking our homes, usually at the front or main entrance, with sacred signs and symbols as we ask God's blessing upon those who live, work, or visit throughout the coming year. In Exodus, the Israelites marked their doors with blood so that the Lord would pass over their homes; but in this service, we mark our doors with chalk as a sign that we have invited God's presence and blessing into our homes.  


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Epiphany Call to Worship

Lord, this year, we will follow the Star of Bethlehem.
Too long we've gone the wrong way
Followed the wrong stars!  


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Jesus, the Light of the World (with “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”)

This is a favorite gospel hymn in the African American church. Composed and first published by Elderkin in 1890, it skillfully incorporates Charles Wesley's Christmas words.


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Planning for the Season After Epiphany 2014

During the Ordinary Time after Epiphany, the Revised Common Lectionary offers two discreet tracks of readings. The Old Testament reading is selected to coordinate with the gospel, and the Psalm with both. The Epistle, however, is a semicontinuous reading in one of Paul's letters. It is not chosen to coordinate with the other readings at all.


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We Three Kings (Morrison)

A contemporary arrangement of "We Three Kings" by Kenneth L. Morrison, ASCAP. 


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Epiphany Call to Worship and Invocation

Light of God, illumine the path that leads us to healing, hope and salvation.
Glory of God, fill this sanctuary and expose the darkness that stalks our souls. 


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Epiphany Prayer

God with us,
God revealed in us,
God come to us,


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We Thank God for Another Day

God has given us a new year and a new day. One more day in the land of the living!
We thank God for another day, another year. 


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Epiphany Reflections

Many of us were introduced to Epiphany through the familiar silhouetted-image of Three Wise Men bearing gifts as they followed the Great Star by night.  In some cultures, Epiphany is known as the  Day of the Kings. 


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Epiphany or Three Kings Day

12 days after Christmas, celebrating the coming of the Magi to Bethlehem.


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April 24, 2014
SPRC: Your Role When the Pastor Changes

Nearly one-third of all United Methodist congregations change pastors each year, but it may have been a while since YOUR congregation changed pastors. This training for Staff Parish Committees and other laity will offer tips and remind you of your responsibilities in this process.

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm, Central Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour
Presenter: Betsey Heavner
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