First Sunday After Epiphany. Pastor Jeff Ruby starts the new year off with a powerful message titled “The Gift of Words” based on:
Matthew 2:1-12 NIV
“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “ ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.”
The prelude today is a set of variations for organ on the Latin chant “Lucis creator optime.” The composer, Jehan Alain (1919-1940), lived a short but religious life, with many of his pieces being sacred in nature. At the start of the composition, we hear the melody proclaimed in the pedals of the organ (using a trumpet stop); the first variation is soft and comprised of flutes and strings; the second variation is in a 3-part fugue, and culminates in a final plenum (full organ) third verse that is full of resolve.
🎼 PRELUDE – Variations on Lucis Creator (Blest Creator of Light)
🎼 GATHERING HYMN – As with Gladness Men of Old
🎼 HYMN OF PRAISE – Glory to GOD
🎼 HYMN OF THE DAY – We Three Kings of Orient Are
🎼 OFFERING MUSIC – Here Comes the Light
🎼 SENDING HYMN – This Little Light of Mine
🎼 POSTLUDE – Joy
Dr. Jeremy Peterman, organ, piano
Jennifer Sheldon, worship leader
Gary Spears, Connor Treude, Derik Hicks, Anthony Xavier, Drew Atchison, Ethan Lindquist and Chase Coletta
Our bulletin is created by Jaci Olsen.