Second Sunday after Christmas: 03 Jan 2021: Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 147:12-20; Ephesians 1:3-14; John 1:1-18 ~ drive out the darkness


Second Sunday after Christmas: 03 Jan 2021

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

Opening:

God most high,
your only Son embraced the weakness of our flesh
to give us the power to become your children;
your eternal Word chose to dwell among us,
that we might live in your presence.
Grant us a spirit of wisdom
to know how rich is the glory you have made our own,
and how great the hope to which we are called
in Jesus Christ, your Word made flesh,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
in the splendor of eternal light,
God for ever and ever.

“In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
(John 1:4-5)

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Marching to Zion (Come We That Love the Lord)
Sharon Mennonite Bible Institute Singers

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An O.T. Reading from the Prophets: Jeremiah 31:10-14 (ESV)

10 “Hear the word of the Lord, O nations,
and declare it in the coastlands far away;
say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him,
and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.’
11 For the Lord has ransomed Jacob
and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.
12 They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion,
and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord,
over the grain, the wine, and the oil,
and over the young of the flock and the herd;
their life shall be like a watered garden,
and they shall languish no more.
13 Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance,
and the young men and the old shall be merry.
I will turn their mourning into joy;
I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.
14 I will feast the soul of the priests with abundance,
and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness,
declares the Lord.”

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Psalm 147:1-11 – Scottish Psalter 1650 (ACapella)

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An O.T. Reading from the Psalms: Psalm 147:12-20 (ESV)

12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!
Praise your God, O Zion!
13 For he strengthens the bars of your gates;
he blesses your children within you.
14 He makes peace in your borders;
he fills you with the finest of the wheat.
15 He sends out his command to the earth;
his word runs swiftly.
16 He gives snow like wool;
he scatters frost like ashes.
17 He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs;
who can stand before his cold?
18 He sends out his word, and melts them;
he makes his wind blow and the waters flow.
19 He declares his word to Jacob,
his statutes and rules to Israel.
20 He has not dealt thus with any other nation;
they do not know his rules.
Praise the Lord!

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A N.T. Reading from the Gospels: John 1:1-18 (ESV)

The Word Became Flesh

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

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St Olaf Choir The Word Was God by Rosephanye Powell; Christmas in Norway

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Prayer: 

Almighty God: your Word became flesh and lived among us, that we might receive him and live in his light.

+ Drive out any darkness, that has crept into your church, and infected your people….
Lord, we would see Jesus and live in his grace and truth.

+ Drive out the corruption of darkness, that exploits and defiles governments and politics….
Lord, we would see Jesus and live in his grace and truth.

+ Drive out the plague of darkness, that infests the world with suffering and sickness….
Lord, we would see Jesus and live in his grace and truth.

+ Drive out the malady of darkness, that spawns despair and depression among us….
Lord, we would see Jesus and live in his grace and truth.

+ Drive out the doubt of darkness, that spreads confusion and mistrust among us….
Lord, we would see Jesus and live in his grace and truth.

Almighty God: your Word became flesh and lived among us, that we might receive him and live in his light. Grant us the wisdom to understand the riches of his grace, and live in his glorious hope, we ask in his name.
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Drive Out the Darkness – The Porter’s Gate

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Closing – Ephesians 1:3-14 (ESV)

Spiritual Blessings in Christ

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

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

Morning Prayer; The Day after Christmas: 26 Dec 2020 ~ Isaiah 52:7-10; John 1:1-14; Hebrews 1:1-4; Psalm 98 ~ The Light has come!


Morning Prayer; The Day after Christmas; 26 Dec 2020

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

Opening

We praise you, gracious God, for the glad tidings of peace,
the good news of salvation:
your Word became flesh, and we have seen his glory.
Let the radiance of that glory
enlighten the lives of those who celebrate his birth.
Reveal to all the world the light no darkness can extinguish,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
in the splendor of eternal light,
God for ever and ever. Amen.

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth.”
(John 1:14)

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O Come, All Ye Faithful // Awaken Worship

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A Reading from the Prophets: Isaiah 52:7-10  (ESV)

How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings good news,
who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,
who publishes salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice;
together they sing for joy;
for eye to eye they see
the return of the Lord to Zion.
Break forth together into singing,
you waste places of Jerusalem,
for the Lord has comforted his people;
he has redeemed Jerusalem.
The Lord has bared his holy arm
before the eyes of all the nations,
and all the ends of the earth shall see
the salvation of our God.

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When Love Crossed Over – Paul Baloche | Integrity Music

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A Reading from the Gospels: John 1:1-14 (ESV)

The Word Became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

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Light Has Come – Future of Forestry

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A Reading from Psalm 98 (ESV)

98 Oh sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things!
His right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him.
The Lord has made known his salvation;
he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody!
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who dwell in it!
Let the rivers clap their hands;
let the hills sing for joy together
before the Lord, for he comes
to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity.

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Psalm 98 (Sing Unto the Lord)

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Closing – Hebrews 1:1-4 (ESV)

The Supremacy of God’s Son

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

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

Daily Reading: 06 June – The Living Word: The Word Became Flesh – John 1:1-18 ~ his life brought light to everyone

Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

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

[Week 11: These readings explore the life of Jesus from his eternal past to his birth and early life on earth. We get a glimpse of his glory and also of his humanity as he is confronted with temptation. John and Luke show us how people respond to Jesus, some with outright rejection and others with wholehearted acceptance. In these readings, we meet Jesus, the fully human, fully divine son of God, the Word become flesh, the Living Word.]

E100:11.a – The Living Word

The Word Became Flesh, John 1:1-18 (NLT)

Prologue: Christ, the Eternal Word

1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. 4 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

6 God sent a man, John the Baptist, 7 to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. 8 John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. 9 The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

John 1.14

14 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.

15 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.’”

16 From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. 18 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.

“”The Word Was God” – Powell – Oasis Chorale

Prayer (Lectio Divina: John 1,1-18)

Loving Father,

You gave us your Son Jesus Christ and let him share our poverty. He brought us grace upon grace, for all that comes from you is a free gift. Accept our thanks for the moments when we accepted your gifts and shared them with one another. Accept our thanks for the times we listened attentively to your Son’s words and put them into practice.

Help us go forward with hope and joy, with joy and mutual encouragement, with the companion in life you have given us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Closing Sentence

“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are….” – 1 John 3:1a

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