Sunday 26 December, 2010- First Sunday after Christmas, Year A

Here are the resources you need for this Sunday. Please feel free to choose what is suitable for your congregation’s needs. You will notice that the orders of service are available in different formats: choose the “pdf” format if you want something that is ready to print and photocopy, the “doc” or “rtf” format if you wish to change the formatting yourself or the “ppt” format if you use PowerPoint.

  • Altar colour: White
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING Isaiah 63:7-9 The kindness of the Lord
    PSALM Psalm 148
    SECOND READING Hebrews 2:10-18 Jesus, our brother, pioneer of salvation
    GOSPEL Matthew 2:13-23 The escape into Egypt
  • Sermons:
    Lay-readers please note: the linked sermons have not been edited for general use. As part of your preparations, keep in mind that they have been written for specific people in a specific context, and for this reason the issues they address or the examples they use may not be entirely suitable for people in your congregation. If you feel this is the case, you may need to make minor adjustments or find another sermon.

    Based on gospel: Pr Heath Pukallus; Pr Vince Gerhardy
    Based on second reading: edited for lay reading doc ; Pr Stephen Pietsch
  • Orders of service:
    Christmas 1 Sunday Word and Prayer ( pdf / doc/ rtf / ppt )
    Service of the Word (pdf / rtf/ ppt)
    Morning Praise (pdf/ rtf/ ppt)
    Service without communion (pdf / doc /ppt )
  • Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following

Traditional

Almighty and eternal God,
direct our actions according to your good pleasure,
that in the name of your beloved Son
we may be made to abound in good works;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, modernised traditional

Almighty and eternal God,
direct our actions according to your good pleasure.
Make us rich in good works,
in the name of your dear Son,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

or, alternative

(Let us pray that we may love one another as God has loved us. [silence])

Lord, help us,
in all our dealings with one another,
to be subject to you, the Father of all.
May we follow the pattern of your Son, Jesus Christ,
who was obedient to your will,
and gave up his life for us.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, new

(Let us pray that through Jesus we share in God’s nature. [silence])

Almighty and merciful God,
we thank you for sending your Son
to become human like us,
so that we might become your children.
Make us who trust in Jesus
to be more and more like him.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, one of the collects for Christmas Day

  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    First reading: Isaiah 63:7-9
    LHS

    431     My soul, now bless thy Maker* G6
    457    Mighty God, we praise Thy name G6
    462    God of mercy, God of grace G6
    466    Rejoice today with one accord
    468    O praise ye the Lord
    AT
    325    Sing to God with joy
    333    You are our God
    365    Lord of all
    TIS
    92    Sing to God with joy
    96    Sing praise to the Lord
    107    Sing praise and thanksgiving
    127    Holy God, we praise your name
    452    God of mercy, God of grace

    Second reading: Hebrews 2:10-18
    LHS

    19    Come, Thou Saviour of our race* G4
    20    O Jesus Christ, all praise to Thee* G4
    24    All my heart this night rejoices G7
    25    To shepherds as they watched by night* G4
    26    Praise God the Lord, ye sons of men G4
    29    Come, your hearts and voices raising* G4
    31    Arise, my soul, sing joyfully* G7
    426    What a friend we have in Jesus
    623    Now sing we, now rejoice
    791    O love how deep, how broad, how high G5
    805    We are heirs of the Father GS
    AT
    12    We are family
    24    God’s love
    127    Because He lives
    132    Anna’s song
    133    Jesus set us free
    TIS
    194    O love how deep, how broad, how high
    295    Saviour of the nations, come
    297    Come, your hearts and voices raising
    298    Let all together praise our God
    313    Good Christians all, rejoice
    377    Where high the heavenly temple stands
    477    Jesus calls us here to meet him
    590    What a friend we have in Jesus

    Gospel: Matthew 2:13-23
    LHS

    399    In Thee, Lord, have I put my trust G7
    414    God moves in a mysterious way G7
    481    When children, young and tender G7
    788    Lord, who left the highest heaven (vv 1,2)
    AT
    38    One by one you call us home
    132    Anna’s song
    141    Mary’s child
    231    A cry in the night
    404    Let nothing trouble you
    TIS
    126    God moves in a mysterious way
    293    Unto us a boy is born
    319    Child in the manger

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