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Dec 31

2nd Sunday After Christmas (Year A)

poinsettiasWorship Ideas

  • The Jeremiah 31:7-14 text could be used as the basis of a service of healing and reconciliation.
  • Offer prayerful blessings for each and every member and friend of your congregation, inspired by the psalmist’s words in Psalm 147:12-20 that God “blesses your children within you”. What will we give birth to this year – and how can God bless it and us?
  • Ephesians 1:3-14 provides a wonderful word of hope for us as we begin a new year. Reflect upon how you will utilize the inheritance we receive through Christ.
  • John 1:1-18 uses poetic language to describe the amazing Good News in a beautiful way. God – the Creator of All that is – became one of us. This is news that should give us chills…
  • Preaching Wisdom of Solomon 10:15-21? Consider how “Woman Wisdom” would be welcomed by your community?

Liturgy Suggestions

Call to Worship (inspired by Jeremiah 31:7-14)

Sing out, O people.

Shout with praise for the Lord of All!

The whole world comes to find comfort in the Creator.

God-with-us grants peace and healing to all who gather in his name.

Together, let us praise the Lord!

Prayer of Confession (inspired by Jeremiah 31:7-14)

Blessed Redeemer, we confess that we have strayed from your path. We have neglected your ways. Gather us together, by your Spirit, and set us straight by your grace and love. Transform us to once again reflect your glory, that we may dance and sing with gladness once more.

Prayer for Illumination (based on John 1:1-18)

Almighty God – source of all that is – shine in our lives this day. Banish the darkness of misunderstanding and confusion. Illumine our reading of your Word, that we may encounter the Word-made-flesh and receive him and believe.

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