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Worship: 2021-Jan-03 2nd Sunday of Christmas


Just days after celebrating the birth of Jesus, we hear the one story of his childhood. At the young age of twelve, Jesus was engrossed in conversation with teachers in the Temple. Solomon asked for discernment, Paul reminded the church that together we possess all the spiritual blessings under heaven, but in Jesus we see the fullness of wisdom. He was right where his parents should have expected him to be.


It’s hard for us to imagine losing a child and not realizing it for days! Why didn’t Jesus worry about being left at the Temple alone? How does his response to his parents when they return for him help to answer that question?


The psalmist asked the Lord to teach him his ways. How can we know God’s ways if we never open his holy Word and pour over it? Is it possible or are we left with what others think is God’s will, rather than what is really God’s will?

Isn't He (This Jesus)

Verse 1

Captivator of the searching heart This Jesus how precious Mender of a million shattered parts This Jesus relentless


Oh oh oh This Jesus this Jesus

So wonderful so beautiful So kind and lovely isn't He isn't He Beyond compare treasure rich and rare Marvelous and holy isn't He isn't He


Verse 2

Giver of a grace that none could earn This Jesus extravagant Keeper of His promise and His word Such goodness such faithfulness


Oh yes isn't He isn't He

And You alone be honored and adored And You alone be glorified and praised

And (Yes) You alone will reign forevermore And You alone are the name above all names


Oh oh oh This Jesus this Jesus Oh oh oh This Jesus my Jesus

Oh yes isn't He isn't He


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Prayer of the Day

Almighty and everlasting God, direct our actions according to your good pleasure, that in the name of your beloved Son, we might be made to abound in good works. Grant this, we pray, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


First Reading: 1 Kings 3:4-15 The Gift of Wisdom


Solomon praised the Lord for allowing him, David’s youngest son, to sit on the throne of Israel. His one request of the Lord was for wisdom and understanding so that he might govern God’s people rightly. God granted him wisdom and more. Not only did Solomon receive a discerning mind, but also God gave him riches beyond his wildest imagination, all because of his humility.


The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place. Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.” And Solomon awoke, and behold, it was a dream. Then he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered up burnt offerings and peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.


Psalm 119:97-104 Teach Me Your Ways

In this acrostic hymn, the psalmist prayed to God for faithfulness to His holy Word. “Teach me,” the psalmist said, “and I will act in purity according to your law.”


Oh, how I love your law!

all the day long it is in my mind.

Your commandment has made me wiser than my enemies, and it is always with me.

I have more understanding than all my teachers,

for your decrees are my study.

I am wiser than the elders,

because I observe your commandments.

I restrain my feet from every evil way,

that I may | keep your word.

I do not shrink from your judgments,

because you yourself have taught me.

How sweet are your words to my taste!

they are sweeter than honey to my mouth.

Through your commandments I gain understanding;

therefore I hate every lying way.


Second Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14 In Christ We Are Inheritors

God has given his holy church every spiritual blessing. He chose us before the foundation of the world was put in place. He adopted all who believe in Christ and calls us his children. Through Christ we have been given the gift of salvation.


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, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 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, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 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, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.


Gospel Reading: Luke 2:40-52 In My Father’s House

The favor of the Lord was upon young Jesus, declared St. Luke. At the annual Passover festival, Jesus got caught up talking with the rabbis in the Temple. On their return to Nazareth from Jerusalem, his parents noticed he was missing from their group. They returned to find him conversing with the teachers in the Temple. Frightened by his absence, Jesus responded to his parents, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”


The child {Jesus} grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him. Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.


Next Week’s Readings:

Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Romans 6:1-11; Mark 1:4-11



Sermon: Pastor Jill


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Prayers of the Church

For the Wisdom of Christ

God of all wisdom, we see in young Jesus how your wisdom shined through and caused many to be amazed. Grant us just a fraction of your wisdom, that we would walk humbly and prudently through life, serving and worshipping in your holy name, and boldly acting in ways that care for those you love. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.


For Grace

Merciful God, it is often difficult for us to understand the depths of your grace toward us. We know we are sinful and that we need forgiveness, and yet we struggle to offer that same gift to others. Touch our hearts that we would understand more clearly the gift you offer us when you say, “You are forgiven.” Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.


For the Youngest Disciples

Father of all, grant faith in abundance to your youngest of disciples. Let the more mature in faith walk with them, teaching them to follow in the ways of Christ. Protect them from the surrounding culture that seeks to pull them away from a life in you, and instead fills them with false notions of what is important and holy. Let each of us invest ourselves in those who are younger than we are, thereby passing on your love, mercy, and wisdom. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.


For Those Who are in Need

God of healing, bring about renewed wellness for those who are suffering or in need in any way. You see the deepest needs of all your children. Encourage those who are struggling to put their trust in your hands, for you have promised to uphold all in need. (We remember especially…) Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.


Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.






The Way Of Wisdom

Verse 1

The way of wisdom starts out With a step of holy fear And it makes its way alone By every good word that you hear It has to do with passion And it has to do with pain It has to do with One Who has both died and rose again Died and rose again


Chorus

And the Way of Wisdom is living The Path of Peace is forgiving Behold a Man of Meaning Behold He is the Lord


Verse 2

The Way of Understanding lies In not how much you know For the Pathway is a Person That you come to love and so You can stop pretending That it all depends on you For it's not how much you love As much as how much He loves you How much He loves you


Bridge

The Way of Wisdom beckons us To find the end of fear That perfect love pursues For Wisdom did not come To simply speak the words of truth He's the Word that makes us true


Verse 3

The Way of Wisdom starts out With a step of holy fear That's only the beginning And there's much more that is clear The path leads on to love And love is fearless in its ways For Love Himself was not afraid To die that we'd be saved To die that we'd be saved


Behold He is the Lord


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Thanks be to God!

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