Worship for Epiphany onthe first Sunday of 2020

On Sunday at Carronside our Epiphany Service was conducted by our gifted locum minister Dr Ibidun Daramola who warmly welcomed all to worship and our service commenced with the congregational hymn "O Worship the King, all glorious above".


While still contemplating the beauty of this hymn and the true meaning of worship we then greatly enjoyed Ibi's Address to The Children. Having mentioned to them that Epiphany marks the arrival of the Magi - those Gentile men of wisdom - Ibi showed us  pictures of  the Wise Men being portrayed in an act of worship on their visit to the Infant Jesus. We were then shown pictures of other people worshipping Jesus but in so many different ways - with loud voices and instruments, in song, in movement or dance, in silent contemplation - people gathered together in large assemblies, small groups or as isolated individuals. All were in their own way worshipping Jesus as their King and Head acknowledging His right to homage and adoration.  The congregation then joined together in singing "He's got the whole world in His hands", acknowledging the power and love of Almighty God.


The scripture lessons from Isaiah and St Matthew were read by Ian Wilson, following which John Balsillie led us in prayer using prayers composed by Carol Balsillie. 


Ibi entitled her sermon "Worship the King" and based her message on Matthew Chapter 2, the story of the Magi visiting Jesus and the request from Herod as to the whereabouts of the Infant King. Ibi encouraged us to look at three different groups of people in the story. Firstly, we have the Magi, men and women who had great wisdom and insight gained from astrology. It was through this medium, observation and dreams that God revealed that an Infant King had been born - the King of the Jews -a King whom the Magi felt led to visit and to offer their adoration and worship. Of course they had expected the King to be in Jerusalem in a Palace.


At Jerusalem we meet the second group of people - Herod and his court. This group of people did not accept  the birth of a New King as being "good news", but rather as a threat to their power. Nevertheless, this group also wished the know the whereabouts of the King.  In order to find the answer we meet the Third group of people - the teachers of the Law. These men had expert book knowledge of the Torah and the Prophets at their finger tips and could provide the answer "In Bethlehem of Judah  … out of you shall come a Governor to rule my people Israel"


Herod could then send the Magi on their way and asks them to report back to him when they find Jesus (trying to deceive them into thinking he also wished to worship the Infant King.). But the Magi had been blessed with yet another revelation from God. In this revelation God would show them how to return home by a different route and thus avoid betraying the whereabouts of Jesus to Herod.


We know our Lord and Saviour today through the book knowledge we have in scripture which becomes real to our hearts and souls as the Holy Spirit speaks the words to us in the depths of our beings- we are truly blessed.


As our thoughts turned to reflecting on the New Year our worship concluded with "Guide me O Thou Great Jehovah" - our prayer for God's guidance in the year ahead.


Next Sunday 12th January 1030 Morning Worship Dunnottar - Dr Ibidun Daramola


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