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Christmas Eve

Worship
Lectionary Worship Aids
Series VII, Cycle C
Second Lesson: Titus 2:11-14

Theme: It Will Happen Again

Call To Worship (adapted from Romans 16:25-27)
God is able to strengthen us according to the gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ. This revelation of the mystery was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith. Come, let us worship the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen.

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