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One: Far off, a star shone brightly,
invading the nighttime shadows with its light.
This special star
twinkled and radiated with
news to tell.
All: Intrigued the wise men watched,
listening to the star as it beckoned,
drawing them near.
One: They sent no ambassador,
or scientific expedition to explore.
Their curiosity was
so strong they went themselves.
All: What a wonder the journey held.
A bundle of joy,
One: Parents and wise men alike rejoiced!
Joy shone in their
Behold! A miracle
All: Star of wonder,
twinkling in joy,
shower on us your light of joy,
for again the Christ-child has come to us.
by Jeanine L Ewert, Cashmere, WA
Church of the Brethren Living Word Bulletin (1193)
God of wonder, we come to you,
not as kings, nor full of wisdom.
The gifts we bear
to gold, frankincense, or myrrh.
You are holy. We are not.
And yet, we are
saved by your Son,
whose birth we once again have celebrated.
And yet, we are
touched by your Holy Spirit,
whose presence and gifts we count upon every day.
And yet, forgiven
we come to you in worship.
We lay before you,
all that we are,
and receive from you
all that we need.
You are, indeed, a God of wonder.
Lead us by you
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our Tithes and Offerings
beginning." Thatís how the Bible starts out in the book of
Genesis, the very title of which in Hebrew is the very first word,
meaning "in the beginning." Thatís how the gospel of
John also introduces the story of Jesus, a fitting word for this
very first Sunday of a brand new year. The light of a new day has
dawned. The wise men were drawn to this light. John the Baptist
prepared the way for this light to shine. We are witnesses to the
As you return
your offering just now, ponder the question you just sang.
"What child is this," anyway? Is He someone you are
willing to follow in 2004? Are you willing to risk everything that
you are for Him? Even if you are called a "Jesus freak?"
Will you be a witness to His light this year? If so, "enthrone
him" in your heart.
The ushers will now come forward to receive our
raise our song, O Lord: "This, this, is Christ our
king!" If that statement was not true of us in 2003, may it be
so in 2004. Multiply these offerings in the work of your Kingdom.
Help us to be witnesses of the light. Jesus Christ still shines!