The First Congregational Church of Canton Center

United Church of Christ

An Open & Affirming Congregation

January 3, 2020 Epiphany Sunday

(Order of Worship, Prayers and Hymn Lyrics can be found beneath the video)



PRELUDE            Cradle Hymn                                                           Kim Andre Arnesen

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                                                   

HYMN            The First Noel

   The first Noel, the angel did say,
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep,
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
Refrain:  Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel.

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the east, beyond them far;
And to the earth it gave great light,
And so it continued both day and night.

This star drew nigh to the northwest,
O’er Bethlehem it took its rest,
And there it did both stop and stay,
Right over the place where Jesus lay.

Holy and Eternal One,
who gives us birth, beginnings and light,
we give thanks for every epiphany that shows us who you are,
for every experience that shines your love upon us.
May your wisdom guide us on our present journeys
and make us ready for those to come,
hopeful for the work of seeking,
and open to all that Christ teaches us
of justice, courage and love.
In his name and spirit we pray, as we also say together:


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom
come, thy will be done, on earth as it is heaven. Give us this day our
daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. 
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine
is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.

READING FROM SCRIPTURE      Matthew 2:1-12

SERMON          The Light that Doesn’t Go Out               

Joys & Concerns, Pastoral Prayer

MUSICAL INTERLUDE       While the Shepherds were Watching       C. Armstrong Gibbs

        You are invited to participate with whatever elements you may have
        at home.  They do not need to be bread and grape juice:  they can be
        anything to which you will give the same meaning as you would give to
        the traditional Communion elements.

Invitation & Communion Prayer
        Words of Institution & Partaking of Elements
        Prayer of Thanksgiving
             As your light shines upon us and within us,
as your Spirit leads us on our journeys,
we give thanks, God of love,
that we are called into the community of Christ
to be followers of his way.
Now send us out to be bread for each other
and light for the world,
in hope and in peace, in joy and in love.  Amen.

HYMN            On This Day Earth Shall Ring

On this day earth shall ring, with the song children sing
To the Lord, Christ our King, born on earth to save us,
Him the Father gave us.
Ideo-o-o, Ideo-o-o, Ideo, gloria in excelsis Deo!

      God’s bright star, o’er his head, wise men three to him led,
Kneeling low by his bed, lay their gifts before him,
Praise him and adore him.
Ideo-o-o, Ideo-o-o, Ideo, gloria in excelsis Deo!


POSTLUDE        How Far is it to Bethlehem                          Eng. Carol, arr. Mark Hayes

Mary Lou Keefe, Director of Music
Hugh Anderson, Deacon
Jerry Alonzy, Webmaster
The Rev. Dr. Brenda Pelc-Faszcza, Pastor