Star of Wonder, Star of Light: Worship Planning for Epiphany

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Epiphany, celebrated on January 6, marks the end of the Christmas season (commonly referred to as the 12 days of Christmas).

It’s a time in the liturgical year when we remember the magi’s journey and Jesus being revealed as the Savior of the world. In fact, the word “Epiphany” comes from the Greek epiphaneia, meaning “manifestation” or "striking appearance.” (source)

In some churches, Epiphany is considered the start of a new season that runs through the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. In other churches, Epiphany is celebrated as a single day, and the period that follows is considered Ordinary Time. (source)

Regardless of how you celebrate, Epiphany Sunday and the weeks that follow are about light, revelation, and glory; God manifested in the flesh, come to dwell among us.

Today, I'm sharing 40 songs, hymns, and anthems plus a few liturgy ideas that would work well for Epiphany Sunday and the season that follows. Enjoy!


Worship Planning for Epiphany

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Anthems

The Star Carol
John Rutter
SATB Choir with opt. Children’s Choir, Piano or Orchestra, and Brass

What Star is This?
Jay Althouse
SATB Choir with Piano

Work of Christmas
Dan Forrest (beautiful text by Howard Thurman)
SATB Choir, a cappella

Brightest and Best 
arr. Shawn Kirchner
TTBB or SATB Choir with Piano, Solo Violin, and String Bass

Carol of the Kings
arr. Ruth Elaine Schram
SATB Choir with Piano and opt. Oboe and Finger Cymbals

We Three Kings
arr. Craig Courtney
SATB Choir with Piano and opt. Orchestration and Congregation

Walk in Light
Karen Marrolli
SAB Choir with Piano and Violin/Oboe

Will You Come and See the Light?
David Haas
3-Part Mixed Choir with Keyboard and Guitar

Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies
Brad Nix
SATB Choir, a cappella

Star in the East
arr. William Allen Pasch
SATB Choir, a cappella with opt. Handbells or Chimes

Joy Has Dawned
Keith Getty/Stuart Townend, arr. Molly Ijames
SATB Choir with Piano and opt. Orchestration

Arise, Arise, and Shine!
Mary McDonald
SATB Choir with Piano and opt. Orchestration

We Three Kings
arr. Matthew Culloton
SATB Choir, a cappella with Oboe

Keep God’s Light
Mark Patterson
SATB Choir, a cappella with Djembe or Conga Drum

Children's Choir Anthems

The Light of God’s Love
Mark Burrows
Unison/2-Part Choir with Piano and opt. Percussion

Shine Your Light (Set of 3 Pieces)
Terry Taylor
Unison Choir with Piano

Arise, Shine!
Thomas Keesecker
2-Part Choir with Piano and opt. Flute

This Little Light of Mine
Mark Patterson
Unison/2-Part Choir with Piano and opt. Tambourine

Hymns

We Three Kings
Epiphany Carol [BEACH SPRING]
As with Gladness Men of Old
O God, Who By a Star Did Guide
In Christ There Is No East or West
Angels From the Realms of Glory (3rd verse)
What Star is This With Beams So Bright
Brightest and Best of the Stars
The First Noel (vv. 3-5)
The Light of the World is Jesus
I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
Go, Tell It On the Mountain
O Christ, Our True and Only Light
O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright

*Don’t have some of these hymns in your hymnal? Some are the in the public domain and are free to reproduce and share. If your church has a CCLI license (or similar copyright license), check the database to see what hymns are included with your license and what would be free to reproduce for your congregation. 

For more info, see this post: The Church Musician’s Guide to Copyright and Licenses

Songs

Come, Now Is the Time to Worship
Brian Doerksen

Light of the World
Matt Redman

Joyous Light
Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, John Henry Gower, Louie Giglio

You Are the Light
Steve Fee

Oh Gracious Light
The Brilliance

The Lord Is My Light
Taize Community

Shine, Jesus, Shine
Graham Kendrick

O Church Arise (Arise, Shine)
Keith Getty, Stuart Townend

Liturgy

An Epiphany Liturgy
Prayers for Epiphany
A Liturgy for Epiphany
Epiphany Call to Worship and Invocation
Epiphany Call to Worship
Epiphany Prayer
Church of England: Liturgy of Epiphany

Looking for more Epiphany resources? Take a look at this helpful liturgical resource library curated by Sacred Ordinary Days - there’s one for every season of the church year!

How do you celebrate Epiphany in your church?