Sunday Service, December 27, 2020 – First Sunday of Christmas

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Prelude “Carol of the Bells” ~ CLC Chime Choir “Grown-Up Christmas” ~ Sung by Kristin Vogt

Welcome No matter who you are or where you are on your journey, you are welcome here!

We are gathered and ready and aware of God’s presence

Chime Silence Prayer Gathering Song “Love Has Come” ~ Sung by Kristin Vogt WE PROCLAIM GOD’S WORD

Reading: Isaiah 61:10–62:3 Brad Wagner
To the people who returned to Jerusalem after the exile, the prophet proclaims that God’s salvation will fully come to pass. Jerusalem will become a shining light to the nations and righteousness and praise will spring up as surely as the earth puts forth vegetation.

10I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my whole being 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 with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.

62:1For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch. 2The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will give. 3You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

Gospel: Luke 2:22-40
Luke’s narrative continues with stories that emphasize Jesus’ connection to Judaism. His family is devout in its observance of the law, and Jesus himself is recognized as one who will bring glory to Israel.

22When 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 23(as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), 24and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” 25Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, 29“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; 30for my eyes have seen your salvation, 31which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” 33And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 34Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 35so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.” 36There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. 38At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
39When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

Help us God, as we seek to interpret what this means for our lives.

Message

Message Song “Do You Hear What I Hear” ~ Sung by Kristin Vogt
Prayers Dennis Raudenbush
Joining our voices with the song of the angels, let us pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need. Please begin with your own silent personal prayer. A brief silence. Night and day, all creation praises you, O God. Strengthen your church across nations, denominations, and traditions. Fill us with wisdom as we look to find the truths that unify us with other traditions. We are called to be a blessing, to everyone, everywhere, no exceptions

All creation is holy to you, O God. You cause the earth to bring forth its shoots and gardens to spring up. Protect hibernating animals and frozen lands that wait earnestly for longer days of awakening and growth. You are our warmth and light, and we praise you. We are called to be a blessing, to everyone, everywhere, no exceptions

The nations are upheld by your hand, O God. Cause righteousness and praise to spring forth, inspiring leaders to serve with compassion and integrity. Send your spirit of discernment upon legislators grappling with complex decisions for the sake of the common good. We are called to be a blessing, to everyone, everywhere, no exceptions

Send the spirit of your Son into our hearts, O God. Come quickly to hearts that race with fear, hearts that break with grief, and hearts that long for wholeness. Reveal your power to heal and to save. Today we pray especially for Mary Ann & Esther, Geoff Baer, Neil McCardle, Diane Voron, Timmy Henn, Jr., Andrea & Jerry, Kyle, Rod, Ruth, Linda, Rudy, Hugh, Joanne, Sean, Courtney, Lorraine, Kay, Cathy, Kristen, Lorane & Larry, Debbie Riegel, Wendy, Tony & Karen, Gene Heft, Molly, Carol Mitchell, Joe Kupsky, Teri, Patti Ruth, Melissa, Megan, Kathleen, Theresa Sherwin, Jane Atherholt, Donna Rader, Jackie & Jess, The Miliren Family & Sue, Janet Mills, Dan, Emily, Wesley, Kevin, Lauren, Linda, Leo, Don Ratushney, Bryan Gerhab, Kelly & Mike, Mel, Joann & James Koller and Marie, and those we name silently in our hearts. A brief silence. We are called to be a blessing, to everyone, everywhere, no exceptions

Adopt us into your family, O God. Bless our elders with the peace and joy of Simeon and Anna. Strengthen those who have retired, those who work in older age, and those in need of income, food, company, or health care. Connect young and old across generations. We are called to be a blessing, to everyone, everywhere, no exceptions

Let us depart in peace, O God, according to your word. For those who have gone before us, we give you thanks. We will carry on their faith and witness.
We are called to be a blessing, to everyone, everywhere, no exceptions

God of mercy, come quickly to us with grace upon grace as we lift these and all our prayers to you, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

The 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.

Closing Hymn “Go Tell It on the Mountain” ~ Sung by Kristin Vogt Benediction

Dismissal: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.