Evangelectionary for Sunday, December 27, 2015 First Sunday after Christmas

New Year Clockby Bruce Laverman

Lectionary (Year C): 1 Samuel 2: 18-20, 26; Psalm 148; Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 2:41-52

Theme: Living the Christian Life

Message: Getting Ready for New Years

Apparel: “Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience…above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”

Attitude: Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.

Theme: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly;

Exercise: teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.

Mission: And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Quotes:
“…and they sang among themselves hymns to Christ as God.” Pliny a Roman historian
“”If I were allowed to make the ballads of a nation, I care not who makes the laws.” Dr. Johnson.

Illustration:
Jesus sang with his disciples on the night he was betrayed (Mark 14:26). It was probably the “hallel” from Psalm 113-118.

Music:
“All Creatures of Our God and King,” (St. Francis of Assisi), “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken,” “It is Good to Sing Thy Praises,” “Jesus the Very Thought of Thee, (Bernard of Clairveaux)” “O Sacred Head Now Wounded,(Bernard)” “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” (Luther) “All People That On Earth Do Dwell” (Calvin)

Prayers:
Call to Worship: We will sing of God’s steadfast love, we will proclaim God’s faithfulness to all generations; for the Lord’s steadfast love has been established forever, and God’s faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.” –adapted from Psalm 89:1-2

Opening Prayer: At the brink of a New Year we come into your house with confidence that our presence here will bring new vigor to our work, will bring new love to our homes, will bring new satisfaction to our pleasures, will bring new commitment to your cause, and will bring new concern for the welfare of your world.

Prayer of Confession
Leader: For the invitation to come to Christ,
People: Lord God, we thank you.
Leader: For the opportunity of new beginnings,
People: Lord God, we Thank you.
Leader: For the reminders of changes we must make,
People: Lord God we thank you.
Leader: For the opportunity to make amends,
People: Lord God, we Thank you.
Leader: For the promise of pardon,
People: Lord God, we thank you.

Words of Assurance: “I have said these things to you,” said Jesus, “so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.” –John 15:11

Offertory Sentence: Let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time if we do not give up. –Galatians 6:9

Offertory Prayer: We pray, Lord, that you will empower these gifts to do marvelous things—give comfort to a troubled soul, bring food to a starving world, give answers to a searching mind, bring healing to a diseased body, give direction to a questioning spirit.

Benediction: Forgetting what lies behind, and straining forward to what lies ahead, press on toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. –Adapted from Philippians 3:13-14

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Bruce is a retired pastor and former Director of Evangelism in the Reformed Church in America now living in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the RCA's representative to Evangelism Connections and serves as Managing Editor of this Web site.

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