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Law and order -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2010
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME
The true light -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A
Teachers and Parents: Jesus is the Light of the World. He is

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Children's Bulletin (ages 8-10) -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Bulletin (ages 5-7) -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A

Commentary

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Beholding Glory -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2020
There are only a handful of truly great words in the English language, says one scholar.
144,000 + 1 -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Ron Love -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2013
With the dawning of another world war, Irving Berlin was concerned about the spirit of our nation.
On Christ the solid rock I stand -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Psalm 147:12-20 -- David Kalas, Schuyler Rhodes -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2010
Edward Mote was a Baptist pastor in nineteenth-century England, serving for 26 years at Horshem in S
What's in it for me? -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1999
On this tenth day of Christmas we might well wonder what gifts are left to enjoy.

Children's bulletin

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Children's Bulletin (ages 8-10) -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Bulletin (ages 5-7) -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A

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Trailer To A Gospel -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Bethany Peerbolte -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2020
John’s opening is daunting.
The Word -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Anna Shirey -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2013
First Thoughts
Mysteries -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2010
With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his goo
Law and order -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2010
The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (v.
We have an inheritance -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A
Good morning! Can anybody tell me what it means to get an
The true light -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A
Good morning! The Bible tells us that Jesus is the true
God watches over us -- Matthew 2:13-23 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A
Merry Christmas! Did you know that it's still Christmas? Christmas isn't just one day.

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The Gift of the Magi: Wisdom -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44, Psalm 122 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2020
For January 5, 2020:
The Nature Of Light -- John 1:1-18, Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2014
Many congregations will be observing this Sunday (Jan.
Free Sermon Illustrations For January 2, 2011 From The Immediate Word -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Ephesians 1:3-14, Jeremiah 31:7-14, Psalm 147:12-20 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2011
ILLUSTRATIONS
Worshiping Christmas -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Ephesians 1:3-14, Jeremiah 31:7-14, Psalm 147:12-20 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2011
This first Sunday of the new calendar year finds those who follow the lectionary with a choice -- wh

Children's Story

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Christopher's Breath -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A
It was very cold.

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Christopher's Breath -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A
It was very cold.

Devotional

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Christmas 2 -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2007
... for I have become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn....
Christmas 2 -- Psalm 147:12-20 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2007
He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and ordinances to Israel.
Christmas 2 -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2007
...
Christmas 2 -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2007
No one has ever seen God.

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations for Christmas 2 (2020) -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bonnie Bates, Frank Ramirez, Bill Thomas -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2020
Jeremiah 31:7-14
Sermon Illustrations for Christmas 2 (2014) -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Derl G. Keefer, Ron Love -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2013
Jeremiah 31:7-14
Redemption stimulates... -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2013
Redemption stimulates joy in the heart.
In 1848 Italy... -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Ron Love -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2013
In 1848 Italy became a unified country.
The text is a... -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2013
The text is a proclamation of celebration by promising the return of the people of Israel from the c
Some preachers seem... -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Bob Ove -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2013
Some preachers seem to preach more hell and damnation in order to scare people back to the Lord.
George Eastman invented... -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Ron Love -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2013
George Eastman invented the Kodak camera in the 1890s.
University of Arizona... -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2013
University of Arizona psychologist Matthias Mehl conducted a 2009 survey indicating that the happies
According to Paul... -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2013
According to Paul Harvey, a farmer heard an irregular thumping sound against his kitchen window duri
NULL -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Ron Love -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2010
Seventeen-year-old Joni Eareckson dived off a floating dock into the shallow water of the Chesapeake
NULL -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2010
Before Europeans discovered America's shores, Native Americans built societies out of the rugged bea
NULL -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Craig Kelly -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2010
In 2009, Forbes magazine came out with a list of the top billionaire art collectors (
NULL -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2010
Adults who were adopted as children sometimes spend time, money, and other resources to try and loca
NULL -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Ron Love -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2010
At the conclusion of the sermon, distribute to everyone in the congregation a wallet-size picture of
NULL -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2010
Jeremiah 31:7-14
Georges Rouault (1871-1958), a famous... -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1999
Georges Rouault (1871-1958), a famous French painter, reveals the transforming power of faith in Chr
Joe Kennedy and Andrew Cuomo... -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1999
Joe Kennedy and Andrew Cuomo followed fathers into big league politics.
John tells us that the... -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1999
John tells us that "the Word became flesh and dwelt in our midst." In Greek, the verb "to dwell" is
Choosing up sides at recess... -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1999
Choosing up sides at recess when playing a game at school was always a tense time.
Alex wanted a dog. He... -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1999
Alex wanted a dog.
The Hindus view the Ganges... -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1999
The Hindus view the Ganges as a goddess, a river which purifies all those faithful who immerse thems

The Immediate Word

The Gift of the Magi: Wisdom -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44, Psalm 122 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2020
For January 5, 2020:
The Nature Of Light -- John 1:1-18, Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2014
Many congregations will be observing this Sunday (Jan.
Free Sermon Illustrations For January 2, 2011 From The Immediate Word -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Ephesians 1:3-14, Jeremiah 31:7-14, Psalm 147:12-20 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2011
ILLUSTRATIONS
Worshiping Christmas -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Ephesians 1:3-14, Jeremiah 31:7-14, Psalm 147:12-20 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2011
This first Sunday of the new calendar year finds those who follow the lectionary with a choice -- wh

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The Immediate Word

The Gift of the Magi: Wisdom -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44, Psalm 122 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2020
For January 5, 2020:
The Nature Of Light -- John 1:1-18, Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2014
Many congregations will be observing this Sunday (Jan.
Free Sermon Illustrations For January 2, 2011 From The Immediate Word -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Ephesians 1:3-14, Jeremiah 31:7-14, Psalm 147:12-20 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2011
ILLUSTRATIONS
Worshiping Christmas -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Ephesians 1:3-14, Jeremiah 31:7-14, Psalm 147:12-20 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2011
This first Sunday of the new calendar year finds those who follow the lectionary with a choice -- wh

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Second Sunday After Christmas Day -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Carlos Wilton -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2010
Theme For The DayThe meaning of Christmas? Light in our darkness!
Christmas 2 -- Psalm 147:12-20 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2006
(Occurs in all three cycles of the lectionary; for an alternative approach to vv.
Second Sunday after Christmas -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2004
Jeremiah 31 is a part of what has been known as the Little Book of Comfort that is made up of chapte
Second Sunday After Christmas -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme
Through the Incarnate Word, we are conceived in love and born anew as God's dear children. -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Jeremiah 31:7--14 (C, E)
Second Sunday After Christmas -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Jeremiah 31:7-14 (C, E)

Sermon

The Immediate Word

The Gift of the Magi: Wisdom -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44, Psalm 122 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2020
For January 5, 2020:
The Nature Of Light -- John 1:1-18, Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2014
Many congregations will be observing this Sunday (Jan.
Free Sermon Illustrations For January 2, 2011 From The Immediate Word -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Ephesians 1:3-14, Jeremiah 31:7-14, Psalm 147:12-20 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2011
ILLUSTRATIONS
Worshiping Christmas -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Ephesians 1:3-14, Jeremiah 31:7-14, Psalm 147:12-20 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2011
This first Sunday of the new calendar year finds those who follow the lectionary with a choice -- wh

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Signed, Sealed, and Delivered -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Timothy J. Smith -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2010
Praise God for all the wonderful things God has done in our lives and in our world!
Light And Hope For The New Year -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Charles L. Aaron, Jr. -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2007
Early January always feels like a fresh start. The Christmas whirlwind has settled down.
A Honeymoon At Church Camp: A Real Homecoming -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Tony S. Everett -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2007
Rachael and Wally first saw each other at church camp when they attended a January orientation meeti
The Vastness Of Relationships -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- John N. Brittain -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2007
At this time of year, the Christmas and Epiphany seasons, various preachers, teachers, and Sunday sc
With A Song In Your Heart -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2004
What kind of a song does your heart sing as you go through your days?
Demonstrating The Divine -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Susan R. Andrews -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2004
For almost fifty years I have lived comfortably within the church.
I'll Be Home For Christmas -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- John T. Ball -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2004
In 1943, during World War II, a new song appeared, "I'll Be Home For Christmas." The lyrics and the
When A Halo Slips -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2001
Many things are written with all of the excitement of some fresh truth recently received.
Sometimes, God, I Feel Marked By An Unknown Destiny -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2001
E-mail From: KDM To: God Subject: Marked With The Seal
Show And Tell -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Linda Schiphorst Mccoy -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2001
An article in U.S.
Going Home To God -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- R. Glen Miles -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1998
We must be careful about saying where God can be found in this world because it seems, both in the B
In The Flesh -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- William B. Kincaid, III -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1998
"And the Word became flesh."
Just In Time -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1998
A plane flies through the night.
Satisfaction Guaranteed -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1995
I remember a song of some years back that I never liked.
Light In Darkness, Speech From Silence -- John 1:1-18 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1995
This season, the boundaries of darkness are pushed back.
Watch Your Language -- John 1:1-18 -- John B. Jamison -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1992
Everyone liked Linda. There was no reason not to like her.
So, What's New? -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Robert A. Beringer -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1992
"So, what's new?" he asked. It happens all the time.
When God's Mind is Spoken -- John 1:1-18 -- Joe E. Pennel, Jr -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1989
I went to see him at the hospital where he was recuperating from a scary illness.
The Promise of Homecoming -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Thomas E. Ridenhour, Sr. -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1986
Cate Strickland Galitsky is almost forty years old. She is twice married and divorced.

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In The Flesh -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- William B. Kincaid, III -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1998
"And the Word became flesh."

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If Words Become Flesh -- John 1:10-18 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A
In Enid Blyton's wonderful children's book, “The Land of Far Beyond” (re-published by Element Books

Stories

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Bringing God Into Perspective -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2020
Joan cleared her throat. “I went to church this Christmas when I was home,”
The Return -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14, Psalm 147:12-20 -- Keith Hewitt, Peter Andrew Smith -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2013
Contents"The Return" by Keith Hewitt
You Were Adopted -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14, Psalm 147:12-20 -- C. David Mckirachan, Larry Winebrenner, Keith Hewitt -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2010
Contents"A Time for Everything" by Larry Winebrenner

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What's Right With The Church? -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- David E. Leininger -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2007
A denominational executive was scheduled to conduct an officers' retreat for a local church.
A Dog Came For Christmas -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2004
Neighbors and people from the church had come by in the weeks and months after Margaret had died, bu
Welcome To The Family -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2004
He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure
Grace Upon Grace -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Constance Berg -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2001
Laura Fischer is growing up to be a lovely young lady. She is an example of grace and perseverance.

Worship

The Immediate Word

The Gift of the Magi: Wisdom -- Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44, Psalm 122 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2020
For January 5, 2020:
The Nature Of Light -- John 1:1-18, Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2014
Many congregations will be observing this Sunday (Jan.
Free Sermon Illustrations For January 2, 2011 From The Immediate Word -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Ephesians 1:3-14, Jeremiah 31:7-14, Psalm 147:12-20 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2011
ILLUSTRATIONS
Worshiping Christmas -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Ephesians 1:3-14, Jeremiah 31:7-14, Psalm 147:12-20 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2011
This first Sunday of the new calendar year finds those who follow the lectionary with a choice -- wh

SermonStudio

Christmas 2 -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14, Psalm 147:12-20 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2007
Gathering Litany P: O God, who created our world with a single word,
Christmas 2 -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2007
Call To WorshipOne: On this day, we remember the gift of God's Word
Rejoice And Be Merry! -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2004
Call To Worship (Psalm 117)
Second Sunday After Christmas -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2001
Theme: Rejoice In Your RedemptionCall To Worship
Second Sunday After Christmas -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2001
Theme: Spiritual Blessings In ChristCall To Worship
Second Sunday After Christmas -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2001
Theme: The Word Became FleshCall To Worship
Second Sunday After Christmas -- Psalm 27 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2001
Words Of Assurance
Birth of Jesus and Birth of the New Year -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1998
The Community Acknowledges God's PresenceInvitation to the Celebration
Second Sunday After Christmas -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Jeremiah 31:7-14Theme: Like A Watered GardenCall To Worship
In The Beginning was The Word -- John 1:1-18 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1992
Suggestions:Use as an anthem or before the pastoral prayer.5 readers - women
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14, Psalm 147:12-20, John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- B. David Hostetter -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIPSing out your praises and say, God has saved his people.
God's coming salvation -- Isaiah 62:6-7, 10-12, Psalm 97, Titus 3:4-7, Luke 2:8-20 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: These verses are drawn from a larger passage that announces the imminent restoratio
God's nurturing salvation -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Psalm 147, Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18, John 1:1-18 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: This portion of a homecoming hymn, part of the so-called "Book of Consolation," loo
CHRISTMAS 2 -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Psalm 147:12-20, Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18, John 1:1-18 -- Norman A. Beck -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1986
The most significant concept within these texts is probably the concept of the word of God objectifi
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Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12)
David Kalas
We have an idiom in our day that was born in the church but has worked its way into the broader culture. The idiomatic phrase is “preaching to the choir.” Within the church context, of course, the choir represented the faithful ones, the people who were always there. To preach to the choir, therefore, was to say things to people who didn’t really need to hear it. These are the people who were already convinced, who were already doing and being what they needed to do and to be.

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John E. Sumwalt
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything but is thrown out and trampled underfoot. (v. 13)

Ruth Anderson, a long-time leader of Willow Valley United Methodist Church in Ithaca, Wisconsin, was struck and killed by a car while crossing the road to the mailbox in front of their farm home. The driver was arrested on a tentative charge of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle.

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John Jamison
Object: A flashlight or other light, and something to put it under. A basket or bucket, or even a piece of cloth could work.

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Janice B. Scott
An abiding memory of my childhood is of my father in the garden. He was a great gardener, probably because his father before him was a nurseryman, so my father had grown up amongst plants and flowers. He particularly loved growing vegetables, so every summer we were swamped with tomatoes and runner beans, because they grew best in our type of soil, London clay.

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Elizabeth Achtemeier
In the church, we speak often of "salvation." But what do we mean by that term? Certainly several different meanings are given us in the scriptures. The Apostle Paul understood "salvation" to include our resurrection from the dead, our vindication in Christ at the last judgment, and our entrance into the eternal Kingdom of God. And certainly Third Isaiah's understanding is preparatory for that, for in this sixth century B.C. prophetic text, "salvation" means to live abundantly in God's presence.

Timothy J. Smith
Many people have come to rely on Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to travel from one place to another. GPS is especially helpful when you are traveling in an area that you are unfamiliar with. By typing in the address of your destination, the GPS will inform you where and when to turn. If you miss a turn it will recalculate your position and get you back on course. The GPS will get you to your destination in one piece and in the same condition you were in when you left.
Susan R. Andrews
There is, in this congregation, a running conversation as to what to call this structural wonder that rises above my head. Is it a dome? Or is it a lantern? The answer, of course, is both/and, depending on your perspective. It is a modern dome - the 1960s version of those elegant Byzantine basilicas that grace much of Europe, reminiscent of glittery mosaics and luminous paintings proclaiming the powerful promises of God. But functionally, architecturally, it is also a lantern, transparently receiving and then sending forth the light of God's creative and healing Spirit.
Amy C. Schifrin
Martha Shonkwiler
Order For Confession And Forgiveness
P: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.

P: God calls us from our rebellion, from our bondage of sin to seek him and to delight in his ways. He calls us to fast in humility, to serve our neighbor, to share our bread with the hungry, and to bring the homeless poor into our houses. He calls free the bonds of the oppressed. Let us, therefore, examine our hearts in the light of his commands.

Silence for reflection and confession

P: Gracious and holy God,

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