The First Congregational Church of Canton Center

United Church of Christ

An Open & Affirming Congregation

January 10, 2021 1st Sunday after Epiphany

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


PRELUDE      Shall We Gather at the River                                                       arr. John Carter     

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                                                   

HYMN          All Beautiful the March of Days

All beautiful the march of days, as seasons come and go;
The hand that shaped the rose has formed the crystal of the snow,
Has sent the silver frost of heav’n, the flowing waters sealed,
And laid a silent loveliness on hill and wood and field.

     O’er brilliant fields of sparkling snow the radiant morns unfold;
The solemn splendors of the night burn brightly through the cold.
Life mounts in every pulsing vein, love deepens ‘round the hearth,
And clearer sounds the angel hymn, “Good will to all on earth.”

    O you from whose unfathomed law the year in beauty flows,
Yourself the splendid vision seen in crystal and in rose,
The passing days with grace declare, and passing nights proclaim,
In ever-changing words of light, the wonder of your name.


God of all creation and all beginnings,
we pray that we will see your love and your grace
in each new day, and in each new step we take –
in a new task undertaken,
a new reconciliation offered or received,
a new insight gained,
a new commitment made,
the thousand ways we keep beginning again.
Guide us in the newness that life gives us,
that we might welcome all that means to help us grow.
In Christ’s 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.

READINGS FROM SCRIPTURE     Gen. 1:1-5, Mark 1:4-11

SERMON        On New Beginnings       

MUSICAL INTERLUDE     Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore         Cesario Gabarain

Joys & Concerns, Pastoral Prayer

HYMN            Be Now My Vision
Be now my vision, O God of my heart;
nothing surpasses the love you impart.
You my best thought, by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, your presence my light.

        Riches I heed not, nor life’s empty praise,
You my inheritance now and always;
You and you only are first in my heart,
Great God, my treasure, may we never part.

        Sovereign of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun,
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O ruler of all.


POSTLUDE       All Things Bright and Beautiful                              arr. John Rutter

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