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First Sunday of Christmas B

 

Dec. 31

 

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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:

Isaiah 61:10 – 62:3 Psalm 148 Galatians 4:4-7 Luke 2:22-40

 

ALT:  New Year’s Day:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

Psalm 8

Revelation 21:1-6a

Matthew 25:31-46

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

151-The First Noel

149-Angels from the Realms of Glory

144-O Little Town of Bethlehem

167-Go, Tell it on the Mountain

Any of the Christmas Hymns are appropriate for the day.

 

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.   

 

Hymn of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2017, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Watch site for posting at a later date.

On Galatians 4:4-7

 

In this budding life before us,

in Incarnate presence here,

find the child of Mary prosper,

learn the Son of God so born.

In the dawning of his coming,

now arrives salvation’s scion.

 

Of a woman comes the Savior;

under law, he comes to save

thus redeeming in his passion:

we are brought, adopted new.

Wrapped into this moment’s finding,

as God’s claimed, we rise in joy.

 

Brought in wonder, sought together,

we delight to sing all praise.

As together are we calling

Abba!  Father!  We are thine!

Thine we are in joy surpassing

all life’s incidental means.

 

8.7.8.7.8.7.   Suggested tune: Alleluia Dulce Carmen

 

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).  A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin.  Where practical, these may be offered here as well.  You may also want to visit http://lectionarypsalms.org/   

This week:  Psalm 148: Hymns #21 & 22 are both appropriate; Psalm 8 is in the hymnal.

 

Concerning the Following Items: Except where otherwise noted, items are created or adapted by the editor.  If you are aware of source notations which are missing, please bring them to his attention.  No copyright infringement is intended, but is sure to happen.

 

Call to Worship  (adapted by the editor from Psalm 148)

L: Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights!

P: Praise God, all his angels; praise him, all his host!

L: Praise God, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars!

P: Praise God, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!

L: Young men and women alike, old and young together!  Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven.

P: God has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his faithful, for the people of Israel who are close to him. Praise the LORD!

 

OR (based on Isa. 63) from Ministry Matters

L: Make a list of God’s gracious dealings, all the things God has done that need praising:

P: The generous bounties of God, and God’s great goodness to all the families of the earth!  Compassion lavished, love extravagant.

L: The most wondrous thing God ever did was to come to us, to help us in person. Out of God’s own love, God redeemed us.

P: God rescued us and carried us for a longtime.  Let us worship and praise our Redeemer this Christmas time!

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

Reigning God, whose rule extends to the farthest stars, come to rule within us on this glorious day when the Word becomes flesh once more to dwell among us. We open ourselves to the light and long to offer our lives as a dwelling place for your truth. Speak to us again through the Child of Bethlehem. Reach out to the child in each of us, and hold us in the warmth of love’s embrace. For we pray in his name. (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

Loving God, creator of all that is, and lover of all that you have created; we gather us as a new people this day.  Fill us with thankfulness for the year which has passed, and with encouragement as we enter a new one.  As Christ’s glory was made manifest so long ago as child who drew the honor of nations, let the fullness of his glory be seen in us, his body, the church.  May the new covenants we make in your name be blessed and made fruitful through the days of ministry which lie before us as your people of faith.  And may this time of worship empower us to live in communion with you, now and always.  This we pray in the name of Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray saying,… “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

O God, who comes to us in Jesus Christ of Bethlehem, in these wonderfully busy days, may we not crowd you out of our minds, as he was crowded out of the inn on that first Christmas. Forbid that we should spend all for passing pleasures and fail to find the deeper, richer joys that do not pass away with the close of the day. Even as the tinsel and lights of the season begin to fade, time and again we pray that you would draw us back to his manger-bed. Rekindle our sense of wonder and worship, and grant that, as we find you in the likeness of a little child, we may experience a new reverence for childhood, and a more sincere longing for those qualities of the heart which childhood incarnates.

 

Forgive our cynicism and pride, banish our doubts, and restore our faith in the things we cannot see or hear: the star that shines in human souls, and the song of peace that lingers over a world so troubled with war. Like the shepherds, may we return to our humble lives knowing that heaven is not some distant place, but is ever near because of the coming of the Christ Child, and that in him you have revealed yourself here, among even people like us. Hear our prayers for those in need today, for healing and peace, reconciliation and joy. We pray especially for __________________ and others we name in our hearts.

 

Bless us, O God, one and all as this Christmas season continues. We lift our hearts in praise, and would seek to serve you as a follower of your beloved Son, assured that in following him is perfect freedom and peace.

 

OR (New Year)

Eternal God, whose Spirit whispers in the calm of evening, calls in the quiet dawn, broods over the great deep, and dwells in the hearts of mortals; we rejoice in your self-revealing birth at Bethlehem.  Cleanse our eyes to see the Christ, and open our hearts to receive him.  Give us grace to bring the best as our heart’s devotion.  We would be obedient to the simple teachings of Jesus and responsive to his word.  Help us to live in the spirit of this gracious season.  Teach us to be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another even as you have forgiven us.  We would be humble, for we know our weakness.  Deliver us from foolish pride and vain conceit.  Renew in us the gentle spirit of childhood.  And help us to offer to you in all simplicity hearts that are useful as your dwelling-places.

 

Hear us as we ask your blessing for those who bring the good tidings of peace and redemption: teachers and ministers, chaplains and missionaries.  Look with favor upon those who practice the arts of good will in business and industry, and in all human relationships.  Grant to all your servants satisfaction in their work, and success in their endeavors.  Graciously bless those who show the Christmas spirit – who befriend the needy, gladden the hearts of children, and radiate kindness and good cheer.  Grant that through their own gentle ministries they may find gladness, comfort, and peace.  Let your Spirit descend upon our young people.  Open their eyes to beauty, their minds to joy, and their hearts to the whispers of the Christ.  Make them strong to meet life’s challenges.  Help them to rise to their opportunities.  Inspire them with eagerness to serve under the banner of the Prince of Peace.  We bring to you those who rejoice in new-found happiness.  Sanctify their joy, and enable them to serve you with gladness.

 

We commend ourselves with our hopes, aspirations, and secret prayers to your goodness, O God.  Through the year, your love has been our light, and your strength has been our recourse.  May we have the assurance of your presence as we go forward.  Guide us by the star of your love, enable us to sing with the angels, and grant us the constant companionship of Jesus Christ the Savior, in whose name we pray.

 

OR

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…]

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Almighty God,

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.

 

Post Communion

 

Heavenly Father,

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.

 

Additional Collect

 

This provision is not used on weekdays after 5 January.

God in Trinity,

eternal unity of perfect love:

gather the nations to be one family,

and draw us into your holy life

through the birth of Emmanuel,

our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of

your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our

hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our

Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy

Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

 

Collect of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2017, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Luke 2:22-40

 

So bonded in the life of our own people, Lord,

you come to rouse in us

from depths within the heart

the echo of our God.

Within the core of our desires,

become in us the flourishing

that deeply knows your flush

and your impetuous delight.

 

Service of Table  

Offertory / Invitation to Give

By the goodness of God, we are called into the family of the church. By God’s grace, we rejoice to share in the church’s life of mission and ministry. Let us offer our tithes and gifts to God’s glory as a token of the offering of our very lives.

 

Offertory Prayer

O God, through the offering of these gifts, we become a more open people—open-minded in hearing your word and wisdom, open-hearted in healing a broken world, open-handed in heeding your call to charity and enacted love. With thanks for all good gifts, we present a portion of our substance and the whole of ourselves. Amen.

 

Invitation to the Table

We come to this table as a people unprepared.  Our world is as unready for the coming of Emmanuel as was the crowded town of Bethlehem.  We are as un-attuned to the eternal as the sleeping shepherds in the field.  Our expectations are as unclear as those of the travelers from the East.  Though we are unprepared, though our lives are unworthy offerings, God has forgiven our sins and offered us newness of life through Jesus Christ.  This is the grace of God in which we participate at this table.  Come, share the feast.

 

OR

The same Christ who came to us as an infant is the one who would be called into the life of Israel as a doorway into God’s presence for the non-Jewish world.  In him, all of God’s children are called to gather at a feast of equity, justice, love, and common heritage.  Let us receive from the hand of God who gives life to the whole world the bread and wine of Christ, the hope of our redemption, the light to lighten the nations, and the glory of God’s people Israel.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving (Prayers for Bread and Cup)

(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)

Loving God, giver of life and bringer of peace, as we gather at the table Christ has spread for us, we pray that you would make your presence known anew in our lives. Send your Spirit now, we pray, that as we break the bread and drink from his cup, we might know afresh the joy of life eternal in your family, as we offer ourselves to you in praise and thanksgiving. All praise and glory be to you, O God, now and forever, in Christ’s name. Amen.

 

OR

  1. We praise you, O God, for Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection, and for calling forth your church to continue his mission in the world.  Gifted by the presence of your Holy Spirit, we offer ourselves to you as one with the entire family of your faithful people, and give you thanks for this bread.  May it be for us the body of Christ, that we may be remade as his body in the world.
  2. Come, Holy Spirit, come.  Bless this fruit of the vine.  Bless all of us in our receiving at this table, that our eyes may be opened, and we may recognize the living Christ in our midst, in each other, and in all for whom Christ died.

 

Conclusion:  Through him, with him, and in him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be to you, O God, now and forever. Amen.

If not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’

 

MORE…

Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails for each Sunday’s service.  Visit http://www.thejubileefund.com/ to learn more.

Rev. Tim Graves offers Liturgy Bits with valuable, culturally sensitive and creatively contemplative works, well worth your time.

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. 

 

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2016.  Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2016 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2016; 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.   http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

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Christmas 1B

Dec. 28

 

Link to Prior Entries for the Day:

 

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:

Isaiah 61:10 – 62:3 Roman Catholic reading: Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14

Psalm 148 Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 128:1-5

Galatians 4:4-7 Roman Catholic reading: Colossians 3:12-21

Luke 2:22-40 Roman Catholic reading: Luke 2:22-40 or Luke 2:22, 39-40

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

The Oremus Hymnal offers many good choices for the lectionary (although this 2010 version will have incorrect calendar dates). Not all are available in Chalice Hymnal, but some may be helpful in congregations where there is not a Chalice Hymnal available. Visit the Oremus Hymnal.

Any of the Christmas hymns are appropriate.

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.

 

 

Note: Except where otherwise noted, items are created or adapted by the editor. If you are aware of source notations which are missing, please bring them to his attention. No copyright infringement is intended, but is sure to happen.

 

Prayer of Approach

L: The Lord be with you.

P: And also with you.

L: Let us pray. Reigning God, whose rule extends to the farthest stars, come to rule within us on this glorious day when the Word becomes flesh once more to dwell among us. We open ourselves to the light and long to offer our lives as a dwelling place for your truth. Speak to us again through the Child of Bethlehem. Reach out to the child in each of us, and hold us in the warmth of love’s embrace. For we pray in his name. (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Intercessions

O God, who comes to us in Jesus Christ of Bethlehem, in these wonderfully busy days, may we not crowd you out of our minds, as he was crowded out of the inn on that first Christmas. Forbid that we should spend all for passing pleasures and fail to find the deeper, richer joys that do not pass away with the close of the day. Even as the tinsel and lights of the season begin to fade, time and again we pray that you would draw us back to his manger-bed. Rekindle our sense of wonder and worship, and grant that, as we find you in the likeness of a little child, we may experience a new reverence for childhood, and a more sincere longing for those qualities of the heart which childhood incarnates. Forgive our cynicism and pride, banish our doubts, and restore our faith in the things we cannot see or hear: the star that shines in human souls, and the song of peace that lingers over a world so troubled with war. Like the shepherds, may we return to our humble lives knowing that heaven is not some distant place, but is ever near because of the coming of the Christchild, and that in him you have revealed yourself here, among even people like us. Hear our prayers for those in need today, for healing and peace, reconciliation and joy. We pray especially for __________________ and others we name in our hearts.

 

Bless us, O God, one and all as this Christmas season continues. We lift our hearts in praise, and would seek to serve you as a follower of your beloved Son, assured that in following him is perfect freedom and peace. Now we pray as he has taught us saying, Our Father…

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Almighty God,

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.

 

Post Communion

 

Heavenly Father,

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.

 

Additional Collect

 

God in Trinity,

eternal unity of perfect love:

gather the nations to be one family,

and draw us into your holy life

through the birth of Emmanuel,

our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of

your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our

hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our

Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy

Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2014-2015, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Luke 2:22-40

 

 

 

Fulfilling all righteousness, O God,

 

 

 

 

you say Jesus delights in the rites of your people.

 

 

 

 

You led to the sacrifice

 

 

 

 

and showed the infant Jesus

 

 

 

 

to longing eyes, now satisfied.

 

 

 

 

You showed the breach in which faith stands,

 

 

 

 

the raw world, suffering, fulfillment.

 

 

 

 

Lead us in this august way,

 

 

 

 

the way of Jesus, our desire.

 

 

Service of Table

Prayer of Thanksgiving

(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)

 

Loving God, giver of life and bringer of peace, as we gather at the table Christ has spread for us, we pray that you would make your presence known anew in our lives. Send your Spirit now, we pray, that as we break the bread and drink from his cup, we might know afresh the joy of life eternal in your family, as we offer ourselves to you in praise and thanksgiving. All praise and glory be to you, O God, now and forever, in Christ’s name. Amen.

[if not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’”]

 

MORE…

Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails for each Sunday’s service. Visit http://www.thejubileefund.com/ to learn more.

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.

 

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2014. Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2014 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2014; 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.   http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

NOTE: We hope you return to this posting often (and are subscribed to the feed by email, on Facebook or your favorite reader), since the content of each week’s posting may change several times before Sunday. We’d also like to include your content, even after the fact, since everything will roll around again in 3 years, and your contributions may find new life in the great cycle of the lectionary. Send your comments or content here.

 

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