1st Sunday after Christmas, 29 Dec 2019, John 1:1-18 ~ Jesus Christ has revealed God to us.

1st Sunday after Christmas

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, kindled 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.
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“Of The Father’s Love Begotten” – Out of Darkness

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Gospel Reading: John 1:1-18 (NLT)

In the beginning the Word already existed.

+ The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
+ He existed in the beginning with God.
+ God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
+ The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
+ The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.

God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’”

From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.
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“Light of the World” -Lauren Daigle

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Intercession:

Almighty and everliving God, you sent your Son, Jesus Christ, to bring light and life into our dark and dying world. We humbly ask you to receive our prayers and supplications –

+ For those who call on your name – to walk in righteousness, and live in unity and godly love, according to the truth of your holy Word…. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

+ For those who lead nations – to impartially administer justice, uphold integrity and truth, restrain wickedness and vice, and protect your people…. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

+ For those who lead your church – that by their life and teaching, they may proclaim your true and life-giving Word, and rightly and duly administer your holy sacraments…. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

+ For all your people – to graciously receive your holy Word with reverent and obedient hearts, that we may serve you in holiness and righteousness throughout our lives….  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

+ For all who proclaim the Good News of your Kingdom throughout the world – to make disciples in every nation, baptizing them and teaching them to follow Jesus…. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

+ For all who are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity- comfort and sustain them by your goodness in this transitory life….  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

+ For all who live in darkness and despair – that the light and life of your Word made flesh might rescue them and deliver them from evil…. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

Heavenly Father, grant these prayers for the sake of Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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“No Longer Slaves” – Jonathan David and Melissa Helser

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Closing: (Galatians 4:4-7)

“When the right time came, God sent his Son… so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.”
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+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.



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