Second Sunday of Christmas, January 3, 2021

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: “Give Me Oil in my Lamp” Campfire Songbook p. 24

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude: O Come, All Ye Faithful” ~ arr. Phillip Keveren

Call to Worship 

Sing praise to God, who gathers us here; from the ends of the earth we come.

With a word of promise, a spring of water, a loaf of bread, and a cup of wine,
God turns our mourning into dancing, our sorrow into joy.

Let us worship God!

Prayer of the Day

God of every blessing, we rejoice that you have chosen us from long ago, adopted us as your beloved children, and gathered us into your presence. Now make known in our hearts and lives your eternal purpose for heaven and earth so that we may live, this day and always, for the glory of Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn of Praise #152: “What Star Is This, with Beams So Bright”

Invitation to Healing

The gift of God’s grace is lavished upon us, through the life and death of the risen Lord. Trusting in the love and goodness of God, let us seek wholeness.

Prayer of Healing

Holy God, you have given us everything!  Even when we fail to respond with gratitude, in Jesus Christ you have given us your Word, your Light, your Life, your All.  Help us to find these gifts within us and answer to their call to be shared with others.  Guide us away from our failures and into new avenues of faith, life, and service in your name. …

                Please continue in silent prayer

Hymn #469 “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying(repeat 3x)

Assurance and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace.

You are invited to share God’s Peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Sung Response: Hymn #654 “In the Lord I’ll Be Ever Thankful” (repeat 3x)

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Hymn #150 “As with Gladness Men of Old” (You may wish to modify the first line to be more inclusive; i.e. “Those of old.”)

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Shine upon us, God of glory, and by your Spirit reveal to us the grace and truth of Jesus Christ, your Word made flesh. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Jeremiah 31:7-14

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: John 1:(1-9) 10-18

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: Speaking of Belief ~ Pastor Scott Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response: #143 “Angels We Have Heard on High”

Affirmation of Faith:  ~ Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.15

God’s sovereign love is a mystery beyond the reach of the human mind. Human mind ascribes to God superlatives of power, wisdom, and goodness, but God reveals divine love in Jesus Christ by showing power in the form of a servant, wisdom in the folly of the cross, and goodness in welcoming all. The power of God’s love in Christ to transform the world discloses that the Redeemer is the Lord and Creator who made all things to serve the purpose of God’s love.

Intercessory Prayers of the People (“Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers”)

The Lord’s Prayer: “…debts…debtors…” Hymnal p. 35 (Español p. 40)

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Let us gather up the gifts of the Lord, who fills us with finest wheat. With thanksgiving, let us offer our lives to God, the giver of life.

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.

Celebrating the Lord’s Supper

This is the joyful feast of the people of God!

We come from north and south from east and west to sit at table in the kingdom of God.

This is the Lord’s table. Our Savior invites those who trust him to share the feast he has prepared. The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts! We lift them up to the Lord! Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. We give you all thanks and praise, O God, for your works are great and your righteousness endures forever. You have given us your covenant of steadfast love. Holy is your name. Jesus came to us teaching with authority and showing us your will for our lives. He calls us to share his words of love with the world. Through your Spirit we are fed with spiritual food, a mystery we proclaim with our lives: This bread is Christ’s body for us, and we are the body of Christ. Therefore, with heavenly choirs and the faithful of every time and place, we sing to the glory of God:

Hymn #552 “Holy, Holy, Holy”

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Come to me and never be hungry.”  We give you thanks that the Lord Jesus, on the night before he died, took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: “Take, eat.  This is my body given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”

Jesus also said: “I am the vine, you are the branches.”  “Believe in me and never thirst.” After supper, he poured the cup and said: “This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.  Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.” Great is the mystery of faith:

Hymn #553 “Christ Has Died; Christ Is Risen”

According to Christ’s commandment: We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory.

Let us pray together: Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and cup, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ.  Calling on the power of the Holy Spirit, we ask: That we may be made one with the risen Christ and with all God’s people; that we may be faithful as Christ’s body in ministry in the world, that we may live in anticipation of the fullness of God’s realm.

Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, now and forever. Amen!

All has been prepared and the table awaits.  These are the gifts of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God!

Communion of the People

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray together:

Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us. Grant that we may go into the worldin the strength of your Spirit, to give ourselves for othersin the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn #160 “A Stable Lamp Is Lighted”

Charge

Go forth into the world rejoicing. Spread the good news of Christ our light and our redeemer.

Blessing

May the blessing of God, who creates, redeems, and restores, be with you now and always. “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the [snow] fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may you be held in the palm of God’s hand.” 

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Question for Reflection

The theme of “fullness” runs through all the lectionary readings for this day. God satisfies the people with bounty (Jer. 31:14) and fills them with finest wheat (Ps. 147:14). Jesus, God’s Word made flesh, reveals the fullness of God’s grace and truth (John 1:14), a fullness from which we all receive grace upon grace (John 1:16). The apostle says that in the fullness of time (Eph. 1:10; cf. Gal. 4:4) all things will be gathered into God. Where is there fullness in your life? Where is there emptiness? How have you experienced the fullness of God’s grace?

Household Prayer for Morning and Evening

At the beginning of this day, O God, you are with me, like light scattering darkness.

At the end, hold me close to your heart and let me rest in the grace of Christ, the light of the world. Amen.

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