January 3, 2021 The Second Sunday of Epiphany – Facing the Future Rev. Dr. Twining F. Campbell

Posted on January 3, 2021 @ 1:16 pm
This first gathering for worship of 2021 is a communion service where we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper.  So you might want to have ready your bread and wine; milk and cookies; coffee and toast; water, soda, juice with crackers, rolls, even English muffins – whatever you have is fine.  Jesus used what was on the table, you can use what is on your table or in your refrigerator and cabinets as well.
Here is the link for our service this morning:

Pastor Twining Campbell welcomes all to the first worship service – then, joined by Pastor Martha Campbell, they lead the community in a Call to worship.

Dr. Imre Szilas plays the Prelude: “A Christmas Carol Medley” that he arranged on the Westminster pipe organ that precedes the Westminster Chimes and the Congregational Introit – “What Star is This, with Beams So Bright.”

Pastor Martha Campbell shares the announcements and prayer concerns then leads the community in the Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer.
Following a musical interlude of “As with Gladness Men of Old” played by Imre Szilas, Pastor Twining  leads a unison Reading for the New Year, then Pastor Martha leads the Prayer of Illumination and reads the scripture lesson – Matthew 2:1-11.

The Message for the morning: Facing the Future is given by Pastor Twining based on trusting God each day because God  has been faithful to the covenant made with Abraham and the new covenant made through Jesus’ birth.
The anthem is “We Three Kings of Orient Are” sung by Shannon Kauble and accompanied by Imre Szilas.
We celebrate the Lord’s Supper together as we begin with the invitation, prayer and Lord’s prayer.  Pastors Martha and Twining share the elements and there is an opportunity for all to share the bread and the cup in your own home.  The sacrament ends with a unison prayer from The Iona Community.
Pastor Twining gives the charge and benediction and the service concludes with the Postlude: “Carol of the Bells” arranged and played by Dr. Imre Szilas.