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Worship 27 December 2020

First Sunday after Christmas

St. Paul reminds us that Jesus was born under the law of Moses and his parents did their religious duty to fulfill the covenant law when they took him to the Temple after his birth. This law, however, is not what saves humanity from sin and death; instead it is the lifesaving sacrifice that is prefigured here in the Temple ritual. Salvation came to the house of Israel, and it was witnessed by two elderly saints.

My Soul Magnifies The Lord

Verse 1

Good news of great joy For ev'ry woman ev'ry man This will be a sign to you A baby born in Bethlehem Come and worship do not be afraid

Verse 2

A company of angels Glory in the highest And on the earth a peace among Those on whom His favor rests Come and worship do not be afraid


My soul my soul magnifies the Lord My soul magnifies the Lord He has done great things for me Great things for me

Verse 3

Unto you a child is born Unto us a Son is giv'n Let ev'ry heart prepare His throne Let ev'ry nation under Heav'n Come and worship do not be afraid


Of His government there will be no end He'll establish it with His righteousness And He shall reign on David's throne And His name shall be from this day on

Wonderful Counselor Everlasting Father Wonderful Counselor and His name shall be Everlasting Father oh yeah My soul my soul magnifies the Lord

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Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, you have given us your only-begotten Son to take our nature and be born of the Virgin Mary. Grant that we, having been redeemed and made your children by grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

First Reading: Isaiah 61:10-62:3 Anointed to Bring Good News

The Spirit of the Lord anointed the prophet to bring good news to Israel, especially to the poor and brokenhearted: That which had laid in ruins for so long would be restored. The ashes would be replaced by a beautiful headdress and shame replaced with salvation. What was dead and lifeless would be a fertile garden.

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations.

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch. The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

Psalm 111 God’s Wondrous Works

The psalmist sang of the greatness of the Lord, who remembered his people with mercy and an everlasting covenant. This one who was trustworthy and true would grant an abundant inheritance to his people. The beginning of wisdom is awe and wonder of the Lord God.

Hallelujah! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,

in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation.

Great are the deeds of the Lord!

they are studied by all who delight in them.

His work is full of majesty and splendor,

and his righteousness endures forever.

He makes his marvelous works to be remembered;

the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

He gives food to those who fear him;

he is ever mindful of his covenant.

He has shown his people the power of his works

in giving them the lands of the nations.

The works of his hands are faithfulness and justice;

all his commandments are sure.

They stand fast forever and ever,

because they are done in truth and equity.

He sent redemption to his people; he commanded his cove- | nant forever;*

holy and awesome | is his Name.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

those who act accordingly have a good understanding; his praise endures forever.

Second Reading: Galatians 4:4-7 The Fullness of God’s Time

St. Paul wrote to the Galatians, reminding them that in God’s perfect time he sent his Son to redeem all those who were under the law. This adoption made believers, then and now, daughters and sons. We are heirs of God through Christ, our Lord.

When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

Gospel Reading: Luke 2:22-40 Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

According to the law of Moses, the infant Jesus had to be presented in the Temple for circumcision on the eighth day of his life. A sacrifice was to be offered there as a thanksgiving for the child. While at the Temple, Mary and Joseph met Simeon, an old man who had waited for the Lord’s Messiah to appear, and an old prophetess, Anna, who had prayed and fasted daily, waiting for the redemption of Israel.

When the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, {Joseph and Mary} brought {Jesus} up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.

The Sermon - Pastor Jill


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Prayers of the Church

For Life in Your Name

Lord of all, you have formed us and fashioned us in your image. You have given us a new name - your name, just as a bride takes her husband’s name, so we gratefully take yours. May our lives bear witness to your glory so that at your name every knee should bow. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

For Patience

Loving Father, your servant Simeon waited patiently for the arrival of the Messiah. Grant us the patience to wait for you to act in our lives, trusting that you will do all that you say you will. Give us faith like Anna and Simeon, to keep our eyes open for your presence among us. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

For a New Year

Holy God, you know how difficult this past year has been for so many, in our community, country, and around the world. Grant us grace in the new year, that we would deal with whatever may come with dignity, a sense of calm, and a willingness to help others. We thank for all the blessings of the past year, even in the face of trials you have poured out your love upon us. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

For the Ill and the Lonely

God of all goodness, grant your abiding presence to all who call on your name, especially those who are ill and those who feel alone ( ). Give them strength and courage to face each day trusting that you will provide all that is needed. 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.

Peace Has Come

Verse 1

Behold the star of Bethlehem The Word of God has become flesh Unto us a child is born The Saviour of this broken world

Chorus 1

Oh hear the angel voices sing Come let us adore Him Peace has come For our King is with us

Verse 2

Fully God and fully man He comes for all with open hands He rules with love on David's throne All praise belongs to Christ alone

Chorus 2

Holy holy holy Jesus we adore Thee Peace has come For our King is with us


O come let us adore Him; O come let us adore Him O come let us adore Him; Christ the Lord

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Go in Peace - Love and Serve the Lord - Thanks be to God !!

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