Worship January 3 2021

Welcome to worship on this Second Sunday of Christmas. Join in Zoom worship on Sunday at 9:30 am by Zoom (christoncapitolhill.com/worship) or watch here anytime.
Within the gospel reading’s profound words lies the simple message that God is revealed in a human person. Though we may try to understand how the Word existed with God from the beginning of time, the wonder we celebrate at Christmas is that the Word continues to dwell among us. Christ comes among us in the gathered assembly, the scriptures, the waters of new birth, and daily bread. Through these ordinary gifts we receive the fullness of God’s grace and truth. The feast of Epiphany (“manifestation”) on January 6th concludes the Christmas season with a celebration of God’s glory revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. We are sent out to be beacons of the light of Christ, sharing the good news of God’s love to all people.

Welcome to worship. Join in Zoom worship on Sunday at 9:30 am by Zoom (christoncapitolhill.com/worship) or watch here anytime. 


Welcome Where We Belong: Home in the Word

Gathering Song – Angels From the Realms of Glory Worship 275 


Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, you wonderfully created the dignity of human nature and yet more wonderfully restored it. In your mercy, let us share the divine life of the one who came to share our humanity, Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Song – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, worship 270

First Reading              (Jeremiah 31: 10-14)

A reading from Jeremiah
10Hear the word of the Lord, O nations,
  and declare it in the coastlands far away;
 say, “He who scattered Israel will gather him,
  and will keep him as a shepherd a flock.”
11For the Lord has ransomed Jacob,
  and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.
12They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion,
  and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord,
 over the grain, the wine, and the oil,
  and over the young of the flock and the herd;
 their life shall become like a watered garden,
  and they shall never languish again.
13Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance,
  and the young men and the old shall be merry.
 I will turn their mourning into joy,
  I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.
14I will give the priests their fill of fatness,
  and my people shall be satisfied with my bounty.
Word of God, word of Life. Thanks be to God.

Children’s Message – Looking Forward to Epiphany – Home Blessing & Star Words

Hallelujah from All Creation Sings 912 


Gospel John 1: 1-17

The gospel from John
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
  6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
  10He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
  14And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. 15(John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) 16From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.


The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

Message – Vicar Anne Wickland

Song – The First Noel, worship 300


Prayers of the People             

Joining our voices with the song of the angels, let us pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

A brief silence.

Redeeming God, you gather together your people from the farthest parts of the earth. Protect your church from stumbling. Let it not be overcome by sorrow, division, or despair. Make us radiant with goodness, that we might live always to the praise of your glory. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

You bring together heaven and earth. All creation testifies to your splendor. Hold the ecosystems of this earth in delicate balance, from coastlands to farmlands, forests to wetlands, deserts to rainforests. Show us new ways to live in harmony with the world around us. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

You overflow with grace upon grace. Expand the imaginations of those who serve in positions of authority. Open their hearts to the needs of their nations and communities. Protect all those in harm’s way and those risking danger for the sake of others. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

You bring consolation to those who weep. Embrace those who feel far-off, excluded, or defeated. Accompany those living with chronic and invisible illness. Sustain the weak and weary. Refresh those who labor under the weight of pain or sickness (especially). Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

You come to us in the beauty of darkness and of light. Bring justice and reconciliation to communities divided by oppressions and misuse of power. Guide us to speak holy words of advocacy and truth. Help us to honor your image in one another. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

You turn our mourning into joy. We give thanks for those who have died in faith. With all the saints, give us our inheritance in Christ. In the fullness of time, gather us all together in your mercy. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

God of mercy, come quickly to us with grace upon grace as we lift these and all our prayers to you, in the name of Jesus.



Sharing Peace

Johm riab sua.

The peace of Christ be with you all. And also with you.


Offering – Do You Hear What I Hear? Mike and Natalia

Offering Prayer

Gracious God, you came to us as one unknown, bringing joy and salvation to the earth.

Nourish us at your banquet table, that with all who welcome your birth we may proclaim your peace, revealed in Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.



The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.


It is indeed right, our act of love and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ. In the wonder and mystery of the Word made flesh you have opened the eyes of faith to a new and radiant vision of your glory.  Draw us now to love you whom we cannot as yet see. With all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


Joy to the world, the Lord is come!  Let earth receive her king; 

Let every heart prepare Christ room and heaven and nature sing, 

and heaven and nature sing, and heaven, and heaven and nature sing. 

Holy One, the beginning and the end, the giver of life: blessed are you for the birth of creation. Blessed are you in the darkness and in the light. Blessed are you for your promise to your people. Blessed are you in the prophets’ hopes and dream. Blessed are you for Mary and Joseph’s openness to your will. Blessed are you for your Son Jesus, the Word made flesh.


Remember, beloved ones… how 

in the night in which he was betrayed our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it and gave it to his disciples saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.


Again, after supper, Jesus took the cup, gave thanks and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.


With bread and cup, we remember your Word dwelling among us, full of grace and truth.  Holy God, we long for your Spirit. Come among us. Bless this meal. May your Word take flesh in us. Awaken your people, fill us with your light. Bring the gift of peace on earth.


All praise and glory are yours, Holy One, Word of God Incarnate, one God, now and forever.

Jesus, remember us and teach us how to pray:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.  Amen.


Invitation to Communion Pastor

The Word is revealed in a manger, in simple bread and wine.

Receive Christ in your hands, hearts and homes this night.


Now, if you are gathered with others, when the music begins, please share with one another first the bread and then the cup with the words, 


The body of Christ, given for you.

The blood of Christ, poured out for you.


If you are by yourself, I offer this invitation… 

Receive the body of Christ, given for you.

Receive the blood of Christ, poured out for you.


And if for any reason you will not receive Communion bread & cup today, a blessing for you…

May God fill you up with the Holy Spirit and give you all that you need.

Communion Song – He Came Down Worship 253 

He came down that we may have love;

he came down that we may have love;

he came down that we may have love;

hallelujah forevermore.


2 He came down that we may have light;

he came down that we may have light;

he came down that we may have light;

hallelujah forevermore.


3 He came down that we may have peace;

he came down that we may have peace;

he came down that we may have peace;

hallelujah forevermore.


4 He came down that we may have joy;

he came down that we may have joy;

he came down that we may have joy;

hallelujah forevermore.


Text: Cameroon traditional 

Prayer after Communion

Emmanuel, God with us, you grace us with life and breath and give us bread for the journey. Move us to service to this world that you love, telling the amazing news of your coming to be Savior and Lord of all. Amen.


Cambodian Lord’s Prayer


Almighty God, who sent the Holy Spirit to Mary, proclaimed joy through the angels, sent the shepherds with good news, and led the magi by a star, bless you this day  through the Word made flesh. Amen.


Sending Song – Go Tell It on the Mountain, worship 290



Go in peace. Share the gift of Jesus.

Thanks be to God.


Postlude – Jazz Freestyle