2nd Day of Christmas
+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!
Opening – Isaiah 50:10 (NLT)
Who among you fears the Lord and obeys his servant? If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord and rely on your God.
Morning Reading: Isaiah 9:2-7 –
The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.
You will enlarge the nation of Israel, and its people will rejoice. They will rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest and like warriors dividing the plunder. For you will break the yoke of their slavery and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders. You will break the oppressor’s rod, just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian. The boots of the warrior and the uniforms bloodstained by war will all be burned. They will be fuel for the fire.
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!
Come Lord Jesus: Shine your light in the deep darkness of our world –
+ Break our bondage to sin and death…
+ Lighten the load of the poor and oppressed…
+ Restore the peace and tranquility of the godly…
+ Rule with fairness and justice over our leaders…
Light of the world: Live with us, rule and reign in our hearts, that we might enter into your joy and proclaim the wonders of your love to every tribe and nation, all to the glory of God – Father, Son, and Spirit. Amen.
“Unto Us” – Aaron Shust
Blessing – Titus 2:11-13 (NLT)
For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.
+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.