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Christmas 1 C
Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):
Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources:
Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal
Hymns: 171 God’s Love Made Visible! or any of the Christmas Hymns
More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.
Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:
Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent). Hymns #21 & 22 are useful expressions of the Psalm.
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2012, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Colossians 3:12-17
Incarnate wonder, Jesus Christ
invites us to attain
to bring upon our bodies, souls
the character of peace.
With daunting cadences of care,
in all solicitude,
the word of Jesus rides within,
incarnate in us now.
So boldly on the elements,
the bounty of his love:
compassion, patience and delight
gird well our basic hope.
CM Suggested tune: Winchester Old
Intercessions (adapted by the editor)
In peace with God and with one another, let us offer to God our hearts desires and our concerns for our world and ourselves. Let us pray.
To you, O giver of joy, we praise you that in the fullness of time you came to be with us and to give us hope, peace and the joy of eternal life. We thank you that in Mary you found one who would willingly give over control of her life, trusting in you, for the sake of your love of us. We rejoice that we have received grace upon grace in the giving of your Son Jesus Christ to be our Savior. Forgive us for our frequent unwillingness to let your joy spring to life in our midst, and the self-centeredness that has kept us from revealing in the fullness of your joy. Refashion us that we might recognize the greatness of your gift, and to release the joy that you have planted deeply within us in creation and in our baptism.
Because you have made us for joy, Lord, we are burdened to see a world that is limp and joyless. As trouble, oppression, grief and sorrow pervades our world, the joy of life seems to fade from our sight. Yet, we have been called by you to entrust our world’s needs, and our own, to your safekeeping, trusting that you, in your right time, will bring to fruition your promise of redemption. Inspire us to trust you more, and to joyfully bring to our world the news of your presence in our midst.
We pray for all your children in their need. To those who are fearful and oppressed, give freedom; to those who are hungry and homeless, give help; to those who are lonely and grieving, give your peace; and to those who are sick, give healing and hope. As we give thanks for the life of _________, and for all your saints who rest in peace with you, we offer to you our lives afresh. Make us to walk in your paths of righteousness and peace, and fill us with joy, as we pray in Christ’s name, [even as he taught us…]
or these bidding prayers:
The Word became flesh in order that all people might be revealed as God’s children. As we respond to that Word, let us pray, “Lord, have mercy.”
For the church, visible sign of Christ’s saving presence among the world, and for all ministers; that their lives may echo the holy gospel that we preach; for all who still walk in darkness, that they may come to know Christ the Light of the World, let us pray. Ʀ
For community and world leaders, that they work earnestly toward peace and unity in the world; for the new year we are beginning, that it mark a new dedication to the cause of peace and human liberty; for artists, laborers, farmers, craftspeople, that their work mirror the beauty and truth of creation, let us pray. Ʀ
For members of the armed services, and for all people stationed far from home; for orphans and children who are estranged from parents, that they might find love and a sense of belonging; for those who die alone and forgotten, that they rejoice forever in the company of the saints, let us pray. Ʀ
For the charitable organizations of our church, and for the people who staff them; for renewal in our parish, that we may better manifest the love of Christ in his church; for this holy assembly, that nourished with the bread and wine of Christ we may bear him in our lives, let us pray. Ʀ
Sending Forth(adapted by the editor)
Behold the Lord proclaims to all the earth, “Your salvation has come! You are my holy people, the redeemed, whom I have sought out, never to be forsaken.” As God delights and rejoices over you, go in peace, rejoicing in the Lord.
RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP
who wonderfully created us in your own image
and yet more wonderfully restored us
through your Son Jesus Christ:
grant that, as he came to share in our humanity,
so we may share the life of his divinity;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
whose blessed Son shared at Nazareth the life of an earthly home:
help your Church to live as one family,
united in love and obedience,
and bring us all at last to our home in heaven;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2011. Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2011 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2011; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010. The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010. Version 2012-1.2 30 October 2011. http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary
Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails, archived here at the Disciples Center for Faith and Giving Site, for each Sunday’s service.
You may also want to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.
Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University.
Liturgies created by Moira Laidlaw(Uniting Church in Australia) as a part of her doctoral dissertation are often helpful. Read more here.