Sunday Service, January 3, 2021 – Second Sunday of Christmas

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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                                  

 

Reading:  Sirach 24:1-12 (NRSV)                                                               Kathie Jones

Not part of the traditional Protestant Bible, Sirach is included in the Apocrypha.  It is a book of the Bible included in the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian Bibles.  Sirach, like Proverbs consists of wisdom teachings.

1  Wisdom praises herself, and tells of her glory in the midst of her people.
2  In the assembly of the Most High she opens her mouth, and in the presence of his hosts she tells of her glory:
3  “I came forth from the mouth of the Most High, and covered the earth like a mist.
4  I dwelt in the highest heavens, and my throne was in a pillar of cloud.
5  Alone I compassed the vault of heaven and traversed the depths of the abyss.
6  Over waves of the sea, over all the earth, and over every people and nation I have held sway.
7  Among all these I sought a resting place; in whose territory should I abide?
8  “Then the Creator of all things gave me a command, and my Creator chose the place for my tent. He said, ‘Make your dwelling in Jacob, and in Israel receive your inheritance.’
9  Before the ages, in the beginning, he created me, and for all the ages I shall not cease to be.
10  In the holy tent I ministered before him, and so I was established in Zion.
11  Thus in the beloved city he gave me a resting place, and in Jerusalem was my domain.
12  I took root in an honored people, in the portion of the Lord, his heritage.

Gospel: John 1:[1-9] 10-18

John begins his gospel with this prologue: a hymn to the Word through whom all things were created. This Word became flesh and brought grace and truth to the world.

[1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.]
10He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
14And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. 15(John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ ”) 16From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

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

Message  

Message Song                                   “Go Tell It On the Mountain”  – Gabe and Alaina

Prayers                                                                                             Anne Baum

Joining our voices with the song of the angels, let us pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need.  Let us begin with our own silent, personal prayers.   A brief silence.

Redeeming God, you gather together your people from the farthest parts of the earth. Protect your church from stumbling. Let it not be overcome by sorrow, division, or despair.

It is our light O God, that we shine.

You bring together heaven and earth. All creation testifies to your splendor. Hold the ecosystems of this earth in delicate balance, from coastlands to farmlands, forests to wetlands, deserts to rainforests. Guide us as we search for new ways to protect the earth and live in harmony with the world around us.

It is our light O God, that we shine.

You overflow with grace upon grace. Expand the imaginations of those who serve in positions of authority. Open their hearts to the needs of their nations and communities. Inspire them to govern and act with honesty, humility, and empathy.

It is our light O God, that we shine.

You bring consolation to those who weep. Embrace those who feel far-off, excluded, or defeated. Accompany those living with chronic and invisible illness. Sustain the weak and weary. Refresh those who labor under the weight of pain or sickness (especially Mary Ann & Esther, Geoff Baer, Neil McCardle, Diane Voron, Timmy Henn, Jr.,  Andrea & Jerry, Kyle, Ruth, Rudy, Hugh, Joanne, Sean, Courtney, Lorraine, Kay, Cathy, Kristen, 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, Janet Mills, Dan, Emily, Wesley, Kevin, Lauren, Linda, Leo, Don Ratushny, Kelly & Mike, Mel, Linda, Kristen and Patti.

Condolences to the family of Virgina Kichline who passed away on December 29, 2020.

Hospitalized this week: Sal Boscia and those we name in our hearts.  A brief silence.

You come to us in the beauty of darkness and of light. Bring justice and reconciliation to communities divided by oppressions and misuse of power. Help us to speak words of advocacy and truth, and support us as we strive to live those truths. We will honor your image in one another.

It is our light O God, that we shine.

You turn our mourning into joy. We give thanks for those who have died in faith. We will follow their blessed guidance by living in the way modeled by Jesus.  In the fullness of time, gather us all together in your mercy.

It is our light O God, that we shine.

Be with us in all ways in this new year.  Guide us to make this a year of blessing for others.

Communion Song:                                        “Here With Us

Words of Institution                                                                 Mark 14:22-24 (NRSV)

While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.”

Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it.    He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.

We gather at this table and  remember how on the night when Jesus was handed over,  he gathered with his disciples in the upper room and together they shared in an ordinary meal that had extraordinary implications.

For at this table,

Jesus broke bread and shared wine with one who betrayed him.

At this table,

Jesus broke bread and shared wine with one who denied him.

At this table,

Jesus broke bread and shared wine with  those who fled from him in his time

                        of  need. 

At this table,

Jesus broke bread and shared wine with people from all walks of life.

And so whenever we gather at this table to share the bread and the cup in this community of faith, we proclaim Jesus’ life, which affirms there is a place at the table for all people, for the love of God transcends every power that tries to contain it.

The Awakening Church Service

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.

The Body of Christ Given for you.

The Blood of Christ Shed for you.

With this piece of bread and sip of wine we remember Jesus

Post Communion Prayer

Gracious God, as we received this bread and wine, we receive the presence and life of Christ within us so that the spirit of Christ might work through us. Amen

Closing Hymn                                                “Joy to the World”                

Benediction

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Coffee Hour