Sunday, January 5, 2020

The Sunday Lectionary Readings for SUNDAY, January 5, 2020 — 2nd Sunday after Christmas—12th Day of Christmas

Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 147:12-20; Ephesians 1:3-14; John 1:[1-9] 10-18

The Sunday Lectionary Readings
SUNDAY, January 5, 2020 — 2nd Sunday after Christmas
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

…And the Word became flesh and lived among us…
Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 147:12-20; Ephesians 1:3-14; John 1:[1-9] 10-18

Opening Statement
For so long God has hoped for a righteous leader, And we have seen visions and dreamed dreams. We have waited for one who would share God's spirit—Who would judge the fearful with righteousness and the poor with justice; Who would show compassion to the weak and mercy to the condemned; Who would break down the walls dividing the peoples, that all on earth might follow a star. For so long have we seen the visions; for so long have the dreams been dreamed. But now the vision has found its life, arid the dream has come to pass—Here is the One for whom we have waited! Let us open our treasures and offer our gifts: our hearts, our souls, our minds!

The Word Became Flesh

Opening Prayer
O Christ, pass through the doors of heaven into our presence. You were not created by the Most High to recline upon the clouds in the company of angels. You were fashioned to make your home among the creatures of God. God has chosen the place where you shall erect your tent. There we shall meet you. And where you go we shall go, and where you lodge we shall lodge. Your people shall be our people; your God, our God. Amen.

The Collect (Book of Common Prayers)
O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer of Confession
All-glorious God, we have faith in Jesus Christ, and love towards your people, yet we are not without blemish in your sight, not full of love, wisdom, and other spiritual blessings you still have available for us. Our love is not as inclusive as yours, and there is much we need to learn. Give us clearer vision of all that we are meant to be, so that by becoming fulfilled, we may increase the glory that is properly revealed in Jesus Christ, your beloved. Amen.

Declaration of Pardon
Friends, hear the Good News! The liberator has come to free us from all proud pretenses. The Christ has come in Jesus of Nazareth to show us the undeserved favor of God.  Believe the Good News! In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, you have filled all the earth with the light of your incarnate Word.  By your grace empower us to reflect your light in all that we do, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

First Reading
31:7 This is what the Lord says:

   “Sing with joy for Jacob;
     shout for the foremost of the nations.
   Make your praises heard, and say,
     ‘Lord, save your people,
     the remnant of Israel.’
8  See, I will bring them from the land of the north
     and gather them from the ends of the earth.
   Among them will be the blind and the lame,
     expectant mothers and women in labor;
     a great throng will return.
9  They will come with weeping;
     they will pray as I bring them back.
   I will lead them beside streams of water
     on a level path where they will not stumble,
   because I am Israel’s father,
     and Ephraim is my firstborn son.

10 “Hear the word of the Lord, you nations;
     proclaim it in distant coastlands:
   ‘He who scattered Israel will gather them
     and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.’
11 For the Lord will deliver Jacob
     and redeem them from the hand of those stronger
         than they.
12 They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion;
     they will rejoice in the bounty of the Lord—
   the grain, the new wine and the olive oil,
     the young of the flocks and herds.
   They will be like a well-watered garden,
     and they will sorrow no more.
13 Then young women will dance and be glad,
     young men and old as well.
   I will turn their mourning into gladness;
     I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
14 I will satisfy the priests with abundance,
     and my people will be filled with my bounty,”
   declares the Lord.

12 Extol the Lord, Jerusalem;
    praise your God, Zion.

13 He strengthens the bars of your gates
    and blesses your people within you.
14 He grants peace to your borders
    and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.

15 He sends his command to the earth;
    his word runs swiftly.
16 He spreads the snow like wool
    and scatters the frost like ashes.
17 He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
    Who can withstand his icy blast?
18 He sends his word and melts them;
    he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.

19 He has revealed his word to Jacob,
    his laws and decrees to Israel.
20 He has done this for no other nation;
    they do not know his laws.

   Praise the Lord.

Second Reading
1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God. Alleluia. (Ps. 98:3)

The Gospel
[1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.]

10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

Here ends the Lessons

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The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Praise & Prayer Word Became Flesh

Optional parts of the readings are set off in [square brackets.]

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The Daily Lectionary for SUNDAY, January 5, 2020 — 2nd Sunday after Christmas
…And the Word became flesh and lived among us…
Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 147:12-20; Ephesians 1:3-14; John 1:[1-9] 10-18

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