A More Light Congregation

Bethany Presbyterian Church

This Week in Worship

Centering Prayer

On this first Lord's Day of the new year, Creator God, we are mindful that we do not know what the future holds, but we do know that you will be with us as we navigate through it. Therefore, we come to acknowledge your love, and leadership, your grace and your power - all of which are available to us - whatever the times ahead may bring.

Call to Worship

For so long we have walked only in darkness, unable to see. But, behold a light, yes, a light has come! Not even the deepest darkness can keep out the dawn. "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Peace is here, upon us, with us, around us. It will never end. Celebrate the King of light, power and peace. He has come.

Prayer of Confession

Lord God of Christmas, we stand on the threshold of another year. We thank you for giving us another year of life. You have given us many gifts during the last year; and yet we realize that we have often failed to use those gifts, or our lives, as creatively and constructively as we might. Now give us the care to shape the moments of this next year into tender, gentle expressions of concern. May the year be fulfilled with achievements: wrongs corrected, friendships deepened, the disheartened encouraged. Help us to energize your love, even as you became love to us. For we ask these things in his name. Amen.

Response Hymn #110

Assurance of Pardon

As Mary, Joseph and Jesus settled in Nazareth, help us, God, to let you take up residence in each one of our hearts. Forgive us our fears and our doubts. In the name of the babe of Bethlehem, the Prince of Peace, we are now made new and whole. Amen.

Preparation for the Word Hymn #131

January 6, 2019

Epiphany and Service of Holy Communion

Sermon by Reverend Kathryn Pyke

"Home By Another Way"


Matthew 2:1-12

Love has come--a light in the darkness! 

Love explodes in the Bethlehem skies. 

See, all heaven has come to proclaim it; 

Hear how their song of joy arises: 

Love! Love! Born unto you, a Savior! 

Love! Love! Glory to God on high.