07B – Christmas 2B

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See also my post from 2015, 2021 …
PSALM 147:12-20
Glorify the LORD, O Jerusalem;
Praise your God, O Zion;
who strengthened the bars of your gates,
and blessed your sons within you.
The LORD sets peace within your borders ;
and fills you with the finest wheat 
sends a word to the earth,
and it runs swiftly. 
The LORD gives snow like wool,
scatters frost like ashes;
throws hail like bread-crumbs;
before such cold – who can stand? 
The LORD sends a word and it melts,
blows a breath and the water flows. 
declares a word to Jacob,
the laws and judgements of the LORD to Israel,
not having done this with any other nation,
nor made those judgements known to them.
Praise the LORD. 

Gracious God,
by our gifts and our lives
may the light that came into the world in Jesus
shine through us,
dispelling darkness and bringing life.

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 2000.

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

(A prayer to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks of the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession with connection to the lections for the day. Sometimes this prayer will borrow phrases or lines from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community. )

Comforting God,
shepherd of your flock,
walk with those who lift up their voice and give thanks today
smooth the uneven ground for the weak and the lonely.
By your Word sustain those for whom life is fading
and by your Spirit
gather up those who are weighed down with grief,
those whom we name on our lips
and in the silence of our hearts,
and those whose troubles are known only to you;
in Jesus’ name we pray …
    (The Prayers of the People continue)

Looking for contemporary music and song resources?
Try David MacGregor’s Together to Celebrate

Brightest and best of the stars of the morning TIS 310
Christ whose glory fills the skies TIS 212
Of the Father’s love begotten ere the worlds TIS 290
The first nowell the angel did say TIS 301
The north wind is tossing the leaves TIS 322
When God almighty came to be one of us TIS 281
Jeremiah 31:7-14
Be still, my soul TIS 123
Nations shall fear the name of the Lord TIS 63
The king of love my shepherd is TIS 145
Psalm 147:12-20
Come, O God of all the earth TIS 181
Glorious things of you are spoken TIS 446
Praise to the living God TIS 102
Sing of the Lord’s goodness, TIS 183
Sing to God with joy and gladness TIS 92
Ephesians 1:3-14
Almighty God, lift up our eyes TIS 615
Christ is alive! Let Christians sing TIS 387
Christ is the world’s light, he and none TIS 246
Christ is the world’s true light TIS 238
Dear Christians, one and all rejoice TIS 196
Father of peace and God of love TIS 482
Glory to God on high TIS 221
God moves in a mysterious way TIS 126
God of many names TIS 180
God, we praise you, God, we bless you TIS 99
God, who made the earth TIS 146
God, who stretched the spangled heavens TIS 163
Have faith in God, my heart TIS 619
Holy Spirit, come confirm us TIS 413
Jesus comes with all his grace TIS 219
Lord Jesus, our bright Morning Star TIS 199
Loving Spirit, loving Spirit TIS 417
O Lord of every shining constellation TIS 157
Sing praise and thanksgiving, TIS 107
Sing praise to the Lord! TIS 96
Spread, O spread, almighty Word TIS 450
Thanks to God whose Word was spoken TIS 431
There’s a spirit in the air TIS 414
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy TIS 136
This, this is the God we adore TIS 220
We are your people TIS 468
What shall I do my God to love TIS 122
John 1:10-18
Alleluia … The Word of the Lord lasts TIS 257
Behold, a rose is growing TIS 294
Born in the night, Mary’s child TIS 323
Father of heaven, whose love profound TIS 131
God has spoken by his prophets TIS 158
Jesus calls us here to meet him TIS 477
Jesus comes with all his grace TIS 219
Joy to the world! the Lord is come TIS 268
Let all together praise our God TIS 298
Lift up your heads, you mighty gates TIS 267
Lord your almighty word TIS 447
Morning glory, starlit sky TIS 174
Never in all human story TIS 320
Now to the Lord a noble song TIS 113
O Laughing Light, O first born of creation TIS 255
O what a gift, what a wonderful gift TIS 278
Praise to you, O Christ our Saviour TIS 258
Saviour of the nations, come TIS 295
Son of God, eternal Saviour TIS 606
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy TIS 136
To us a child of royal birth TIS 308
Your words to me are life and health TIS 430

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