- If you haven’t gotten enough of the Isaiah 9:1-4 passage (which was used quite a bit during Advent), you could celebrate the gift of light by decorating your worship space with items that provide light: lamps, light bulbs, glow sticks, flashlights, candles, etc.
- The theme of “light” continues in the reading from Psalm 27:1, 4-9. The psalmist uses images of light and shelter to describe God and God’s saving grace. Collect materials that could be used to build/provide shelter, protection, and/or light for those who are in need: blankets, backpacks, flashlights, candles, gift cards for home supply stores, etc. Check with local shelters for what their most urgent needs are right now.
- Are there quarrels between people in your church or community? Use 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 as the inspiration for a service of healing and reconciliation.
- When Jesus met the fishermen in Matthew 4:12-23, the fishermen would have been using a dragnet to catch fish. What sort of people does Jesus plan to catch with his dragnet of grace? I would suggest that he intends to catch every type of person possible – never tossing anyone back into the waters of chaos.
Call to Worship (inspired by Psalm 27:1, 4-9)
The Almighty is our source of light and life.
We have no fear, for God is our salvation.
Th Holy One is our fortress and shelter.
We have all the strength we need, for God is with us.
Come, let us worship the Lord!
Prayer of Confession (inspired by 1 Corinthians 1:10-18)
Forgive us, O Lord, for our quarrelsome ways. Forgive us for creating divisions when you call us to live and work together as sisters and brothers. Remind us of our unity in Christ. Guide us to live the Good News together, so we may be faithful witnesses to your unconditional grace and love.