07C – Christmas 2C

06C - Christmas 1C08C - Epiphany
 
See also my post from 2013 here …
 
Psalm 29
Give glory and honour and power and authority
to the name of the LORD,
all you children of God!
Worship the LORD in holy awe;
bow down in the overwhelming presence of our God.
Listen to the presence of the LORD over the waters;
hear the majesty of the name of the LORD;
its power and authority above the roar of the flood.
Cedar panels in the Temple splinter at the voice of the LORD,
lightning flashes rip open the sky;
animals give birth before their time, and the earth trembles.
A shout of “Glory!” rises to the LORD enthroned in splendour.
May the LORD give protection and blessing and life for ever 

OFFERING
Holy Source of all that is,
you fill us with the Bread of Life.
With joy we offer ourselves;
our whole being, all we are, and all we have.
Use us as people of grace,
to release the captive,
and bind up the broken-hearted;
in Jesus’ name. Amen.

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 1998, 2012.


A CREATIVE MOMENT 
Click here for some ideas for worship in Advent and Christmas gleaned from the pages of “On the Move” (now out of print), published by the Joint Board of Christian Education, Melbourne, Australia.


THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
(A prayer to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession with connection to the lections for the day. Sometimes this prayer borrows lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)
Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end;
standing at the doorway of a new year
We name, in word and silence,
our joys, concerns and thanks…
Spirit of holiness
comfort the grieving and lonely,
encourage the weak
and sustain the helpless
that they too may know a new beginning…
      (The Prayers of the People continue)


Looking for contemporary music and song resources?
Try David MacGregor’s Together to Celebrate
Or metrical psalms? Try Dale A. Schoening’s Sing the Psalms

HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR CHRISTMAS 2C
Jeremiah 31:7-14
God of grace and God of glory TIS 611 AHB 543
Great God, we sing that mighty hand TIS 124 AHB 52
Now to the Lord a noble song! TIS 113 AHB 33
Rejoice, the Lord is King TIS 216 AHB 147
The king of love my shepherd is TIS 145 AHB 81
Psalm 147:12-20
Praise now the Lord! its good to raise TIS9I AHB 41
Sing to God with joy and gladness TIS 92
Ephesians 1:3-14
Almighty God, lift up our eyes TIS 615 AHB 549
Dear Christians, one and all rejoice TIS 196
Father in heaven, grant to your children TIS 465 AHB 399
God of many names TIS 180
God! When human bonds are broken TIS 683
God, we praise you, God, we bless you TIS 99 SA 40
Holy Spirit, come confirm us TIS 413 AHB 327
Lord Jesus, our bright Morning Star TIS 199
Sing praise to the Lord! TIS 96
Sing praise and thanksgiving, let all cr TIS 107 AHB 25
Spread, O spread, almighty Word TIS 450
There’s a spirit in the air TIS 414
We are your people TIS 468 SA 90
John 1:(1-9),10-18
Alleluia … The Word of the Lord lasts TIS 257
At the dawning of salvation TIS 392 SA 9
Colourful Creator, God of mystery TIS 190
Come, you people, come adore him TIS 101
I danced in the morning TIS 242 AHB 183
Jesus calls us here to meet him TIS 477
Jesus the Lord said, ‘I am the bread’ TIS 239 AHB 185
Joy to the world! the Lord is come TIS 268 AHB 224
Let all together praise our God TIS 298
Now to the Lord a noble song TIS 113 AHB 33
O Laughing Light, O first born of creation TIS 255
O what a gift, what a wonderful gift TIS 278 AHB 213
Praise to you, O Christ our Saviour TIS 258
Sing a new song, sing a new song TIS 166 AHB 102
We all believe in God who made TIS 435
When God almighty came to be one of us TIS 281 AHB 214

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