Sunday Sermons

Sunday Sermon-

Call to Worship

(based on Psalm 148)

 

We gather to praise you O God,

for all the things we can see, and sometimes understand:

the sun, moon and stars; the clouds and changing weather:
We join in their eternal chorus of praise to God.

We gather to praise you, O God,

for all the things that we cannot see or understand:

all heaven's angels, outer space; and the skies above us;
We join in their eternal chorus of praise to God.

We gather to praise you O God,

for all the things in life that we experience:

the created world, people of all ages and circumstances,

all God's creations.
We join in their eternal chorus of praise to God:
whose name is glorious, and whose ways are holy. Amen.

 

 

Commission & Benediction

 

Believe: for light is now in the world

Believe: for God has become one of us

Believe: for Love is born in each of us

Believe: for the manger is full

 

Go and believe
it is as the prophets said

and the blessing of Christmas
of family
of friends
and of God
be with you today.

 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
In the name of Christ. Amen.

 

 

 

Readings

Isaiah 63:7-9
63:7 I will recount the gracious deeds of the LORD, the praiseworthy acts of the LORD, because of all that the LORD has done for us, and the great favor to the house of Israel that he has shown them according to his mercy, according to the abundance of his steadfast love.

63:8 For he said, "Surely they are my people, children who will not deal falsely"; and he became their savior

63:9 in all their distress. It was no messenger or angel but his presence that saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.

Psalm 148

1

Hallelujah!
Praise the LORD from the heavens; *
    praise him in the heights.

 

 

2

Praise him, all you angels of his; *
    praise him, all his host.

 

 

3

Praise him, sun and moon; *
    praise him, all you shining stars.

 

4

Praise him, heaven of heavens, *
    and you waters above the heavens.

 

 

5

Let them praise the Name of the LORD; *
    for he commanded, and they were created.

 

 

6

He made them stand fast for ever and ever; *
    he gave them a law which shall not pass away.

 

 

7

Praise the LORD from the earth, *
    you sea-monsters and all deeps;

 

 

8

Fire and hail, snow and fog, *

          tempestuous wind, doing his will;

 

9

Mountains and all hills, *
    fruit trees and all cedars;

 

 

10

Wild beasts and all cattle, *
    creeping things and wingèd birds;

 

 

11

Kings of the earth and all peoples, *
    princes and all rulers of the world;

 

 

12

Young men and maidens, *
    old and young together.

 

 

13

Let them praise the Name of the LORD, *
    for his Name only is exalted,
    his splendor is over earth and heaven.

 

 

14

He has raised up strength for his people
and praise for all his loyal servants, *
    the children of Israel, a people who are near him.
    Hallelujah!


Hebrews 2:10-18
2:10 It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

2:11 For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters,

2:12 saying, "I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters, in the midst of the congregation I will praise you."

2:13 And again, "I will put my trust in him." And again, "Here am I and the children whom God has given me."

2:14 Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,

2:15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death.

2:16 For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham.

2:17 Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people.

2:18 Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.


Matthew 2:13-23
2:13 Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him."

2:14 Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt,

2:15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, "Out of Egypt I have called my son."

2:16 When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men.

2:17 Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:

2:18 "A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more."

2:19 When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said,

2:20 "Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child's life are dead."

2:21 Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel.

2:22 But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee.

2:23 There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, "He will be called a Nazorean."

 

Our Collective Prayers are Powerful! Good Shepherd Church…praying at 6:00 am every day. This week we pray for a new year of peace and prosperity.

 

Watchnight Service on December 31st – Feast of the Holy Name. We begin with Carols at 10:30 pm and Eucharist at 11:00 am. Fellowship to follow in the Undercroft.

 

Next Sunday, January 5th will be Epiphany Sunday (Renewal and Rededication Sunday).

 

The 52 Challenge: Members commit to personally inviting one person – friend or stranger – to church every week this year and write the names on your personal calendar.

 

Annual Parish Meeting and Vestry Election will be on Sunday, January 19, 2020. There will be one Service only on that day at 9:00 am.

 

9th February will be "Renewal of Vows" Sunday.

 

Image result for just for kids logoAngels Watching Over Me

Have you ever heard the song, "Angels Watching Over Me?" It is a beautiful Black Spiritual which tells about how God sends his angels to watch over us. No one knows who wrote the song, but it is believed to have originated in the southern part of the United States during the days of slavery. The song goes like this:

All night, all day,
Angels watching over me, my Lord.
All night, all day,
Angels watching over me.

Sun is a-setting in the west;
Angels watching over me, my Lord.
Sleep my child, take your rest;
Angels watching over me.

 

When Jesus was born, Herod was King. When he heard about the birth of Jesus, he thought that Jesus had come to set up a kingdom here on earth and he was not at all happy about that. He tried to find out where Jesus was so that he could kill him. An angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and warned him of the danger. "Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother," the angel said. "Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him." That night Joseph left for Egypt with Jesus and Mary. They stayed there until Herod died.

 

When Herod died, God's angel spoke to Joseph in a dream again. "Get up, take the child and his mother and return to Israel. All who were out to kill the child are dead."

 

Isn't it wonderful that God sent angels to watch over his infant son and protect him from harm? Well, God loves all of his children. He loves you and me and he sends angels to watch over us.

 

 

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