First Sunday after Epiphany
First Sunday after the Epiphany
A Service of Reconciliation
January 10, 2021
(UberConference call 234-204-0311)

[Please be in a spirit of worship while you are on the phone call.  Your phone microphone is very sensitive; what seems quiet in the sanctuary sounds more like a like a thunderstorm or police siren on the phone.   Your phone or computer microphone can pick up a whisper or paper shuffling from five feet away.]



Call to Worship

One: The Lord supports the cause of the needy.
All: and gives justice to those who are poor.
One: Will God not grant justice to those who cry day and night?
All: God will not delay in helping them.
One: God has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
All: Through Jesus Christ let us be reconciled to God.

Opening Prayer   

Lord’s Prayer  

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in 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

Hymn                                           Amazing Grace

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (unison)

In your mercy, Holy God, help us to confess and repent our sins.  Lead us to cry out with the prophets, until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.  Empower us to become repairers of the breach, able to join with the most vulnerable among us in making our communities livable again, to strive for justice, and to walk peacefully together.

Assurance of Pardon

Gloria Patri

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen, Amen.

Passing the Peace of Christ 

ONE: Since Christ has extended to us the peace of God, let us, as his disciples, spread his peace to others. The peace of Christ be with you.
ALL: And also with you.
ONE: We are now going to check to see who is with us this morning as our way of sharing Christ’s peace. 

Prayer for Illumination

Psalm Reading Psalm 94

Special Music                            Make Me a Channel of Your Peace          Covenant Choir          

Gospel Lesson Matthew 5:13-14

Message                                      A City on a Hill                    

Hymn of Response                 How Firm a Foundation

Affirmation of Faith               Adapted from the Confession of Belhar

We believe that God is the one who wishes to bring about justice and true peace among people. We believe that God, in a world full of injustice and enmity, is in a special way the God of the destitute, the poor, and the wronged. We believe that God brings justice to the oppressed and gives bread to the hungry. We believe that God frees the prisoner and restores sight to the blind. We believe that God supports the downtrodden, protects the stranger, helps orphans and widows, and blocks the path of the ungodly. 

Prayers of the People    

Musical Response

Stewardship Moment 

Prayer of Thanksgiving for our Blessings


Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below; praise Him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen

Closing Hymn                          Today We Are Called to be Disciples