Sunday 28 January 2018 Alternative 1 of 2 Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas) or

Reading Notes: Use this provision if the Presentation of Christ is transferred from Friday 2 February.

Collect

Almighty and ever-living God,

clothed in majesty,

whose beloved Son was this day presented in the Temple,

in substance of our flesh:

grant that we may be presented to you

with pure and clean hearts,

by your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

or

Lord Jesus Christ,

light of the nations and glory of Israel:

make your home among us,

and present us pure and holy

to your heavenly Father,

your God, and our God.

Readings

Malachi 3.1-5

3

See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 2But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?

For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; 3he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. 4Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

5 Then I will draw near to you for judgement; I will be swift to bear witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired workers in their wages, the widow, and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the alien, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.

This is the word of the Lord.

All

Thanks be to God.

Psalm 24. [1-6] 7-end

[

1  The earth is the Lord’s and all that fills it, •

the compass of the world and all who dwell therein.

2  For he has founded it upon the seas •

and set it firm upon the rivers of the deep.

3  ‘Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord, •

or who can rise up in his holy place?’

4  ‘Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, •

who have not lifted up their soul to an idol,

nor sworn an oath to a lie;

5  ‘They shall receive a blessing from the Lord, •

a just reward from the God of their salvation.’

6  Such is the company of those who seek him, •

of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.

] 7  Lift up your heads, O gates;

be lifted up, you everlasting doors; •

and the King of glory shall come in.

8  ‘Who is the King of glory?’ •

‘The Lord, strong and mighty,

the Lord who is mighty in battle.’

9  Lift up your heads, O gates;

be lifted up, you everlasting doors; •

and the King of glory shall come in.

10  ‘Who is this King of glory?’ •

‘The Lord of hosts,

he is the King of glory.’

Hebrews 2.14-end

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, 15and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. 16For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. 17Therefore 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. 18Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

AllGlory to you, O Lord.

Luke 2.22-40

22 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), 24and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, ‘a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.’

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,

29 ‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,

according to your word;

30 for my eyes have seen your salvation,

31   which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,

32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles

and for glory to your people Israel.’

33 And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 34Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, ‘This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 35so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’

36 There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage, 37then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day. 38At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

39 When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

AllPraise to you, O Christ.

Post Communion

Lord, you fulfilled the hope of Simeon and Anna,

who lived to welcome the Messiah:

may we, who have received these gifts beyond words,

prepare to meet Christ Jesus

when he comes to bring us to eternal life;

for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Sunday 21 January 2018 3rd Sunday of Epiphany Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18–25 January Year B

Almighty God,

whose Son revealed in signs and miracles

the wonder of your saving presence:

renew your people with your heavenly grace,

and in all our weakness

sustain us by your mighty power;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

or

God of all mercy,

your Son proclaimed good news to the poor,

release to the captives,

and freedom to the oppressed:

anoint us with your Holy Spirit

and set all your people free

to praise you in Christ our Lord.

Readings

Genesis 14.17-20

17 After his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). 18And King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High. 19He blessed him and said,

‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High,

maker of heaven and earth;

20 and blessed be God Most High,

who has delivered your enemies into your hand!’

And Abram gave him one-tenth of everything.

This is the word of the Lord.

All

Thanks be to God.

Psalm 128

1  Blessed are all those who fear the Lord, •

and walk in his ways.

2  You shall eat the fruit of the toil of your hands; •

it shall go well with you, and happy shall you be.

3  Your wife within your house

shall be like a fruitful vine; •

your children round your table,

like fresh olive branches.

4  Thus shall the one be blest •

who fears the Lord.

5  The Lord from out of Zion bless you, •

that you may see Jerusalem in prosperity

all the days of your life.

6  May you see your children’s children, •

and may there be peace upon Israel.

Revelation 19.6-10

6Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunder-peals, crying out,

‘Hallelujah!

For the Lord our God

the Almighty reigns.

7 Let us rejoice and exult

and give him the glory,

for the marriage of the Lamb has come,

and his bride has made herself ready;

8 to her it has been granted to be clothed

with fine linen, bright and pure’—

for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

9 And the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’ And he said to me, ‘These are true words of God.’ 10Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, ‘You must not do that! I am a fellow-servant with you and your comrades who hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.’

This is the word of the Lord.

All Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

All

Glory to you, O Lord.

John 2.1-11

2

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ 4And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ 5His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ 6Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. 8He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. 9When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’ 11Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All

Praise to you, O Christ.

Post Communion

Almighty Father,

whose Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world:

may your people,

illumined by your word and sacraments,

shine with the radiance of his glory,

that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth;

for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Dr Michael King aka Dr Martin Luther King Jr

Today the nation and the church remember this great man, who was a prophet. We are in the the year of 2018 and racism is still in it full bloom. We have a tan clown in White House claiming African nations is shit hole . Yet, most American and myself are great grand children of refugees. Just like Lord Jesus and his parents were during the reign of King Herod. Jesus would go back to his homeland and became our prophet, King, priest. Many of us lost our identities and intermix that we are mutts. We are Americans now and this our land people. However, Africa-Americans are still second class people. Many of them are shot and killed by their own people and by the polices who are suppose to service and protect them. We had Blackman in the White House and most us never thought this was possible. Dr. King’ dream still has not fully happen. People are still judge over the colour and creed and gender or sexuality. When all should matter is we are all made in imagine of God and love should only matters. Let us hope our better angels help us to love more then hate. There need to be real police reform and to make real chance. All police should have body camera and this will show, if there action was right. Philander Castile was a man, who crime was that he was black and this scard police man, shot and kill him for no reason. He had a right to carry that gun and he was showing poof. If he was white, this police man would be fired and possible arrested. We must do more and demand more for our African Americans who are our fellow citzens. This must stop and we must Demand more. If you want chance you must make it happen. My people came here and were spit and disrespect and only when risen up did get better treatment. We need to ask more from fellow citEns if any colour or creed or sexual orientation. Forgive Us Father for we have sin.

Sunday 14 January 2018 2nd Sunday of Epiphany Year B

Almighty God,

in Christ you make all things new:

transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace,

and in the renewal of our lives

make known your heavenly glory;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

or

Eternal Lord,

our beginning and our end:

bring us with the whole creation

to your glory, hidden through past ages

and made known

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

1 Samuel 3.1-10 [11-20]

3

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.

2 At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 3the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4Then the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ and he said, ‘Here I am!’ 5and ran to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call; lie down again.’ So he went and lay down. 6The Lord called again, ‘Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call, my son; lie down again.’ 7Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 8The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. 9Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” ’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10 Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’[ 11Then the Lord said to Samuel, ‘See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. 12On that day I will fulfil against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. 13For I have told him that I am about to punish his house for ever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. 14Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering for ever.’

15 Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. 16But Eli called Samuel and said, ‘Samuel, my son.’ He said, ‘Here I am.’ 17Eli said, ‘What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.’ 18So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, ‘It is the Lord; let him do what seems good to him.’

19 As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the Lord.]

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 139.1-5, 12-18

1  O Lord, you have searched me out and known me; •

you know my sitting down and my rising up;

you discern my thoughts from afar.

2  You mark out my journeys and my resting place •

and are acquainted with all my ways.

3  For there is not a word on my tongue, •

but you, O Lord, know it altogether.

4  You encompass me behind and before •

and lay your hand upon me.

5  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, •

so high that I cannot attain it.

12  For you yourself created my inmost parts; •

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

13  I thank you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; •

marvellous are your works, my soul knows well.

14  My frame was not hidden from you, •

when I was made in secret

and woven in the depths of the earth.

15  Your eyes beheld my form, as yet unfinished; •

already in your book were all my members written,

16  As day by day they were fashioned •

when as yet there was none of them.

17  How deep are your counsels to me, O God! •

How great is the sum of them!

18  If I count them, they are more in number than the sand, •

and at the end, I am still in your presence.

or Psalm [ 139.1-9]

[

1  O Lord, you have searched me out and known me; •

you know my sitting down and my rising up;

you discern my thoughts from afar.

2  You mark out my journeys and my resting place •

and are acquainted with all my ways.

3  For there is not a word on my tongue, •

but you, O Lord, know it altogether.

4  You encompass me behind and before •

and lay your hand upon me.

5  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, •

so high that I cannot attain it.

6  Where can I go then from your spirit? •

Or where can I flee from your presence?

7  If I climb up to heaven, you are there; •

if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.

8  If I take the wings of the morning •

and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

9  Even there your hand shall lead me, •

your right hand hold me fast.

]

Revelation 5.1-10

5

Then I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals; 2and I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?’ 3And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it. 4And I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep. See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.’

6 Then I saw between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders a Lamb standing as if it had been slaughtered, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7He went and took the scroll from the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne. 8When he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9They sing a new song:

‘You are worthy to take the scroll

and to open its seals,

for you were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed for God

saints from every tribe and language and people and nation;

10 you have made them to be a kingdom and priests serving our God,

and they will reign on earth.’

This is the word of the Lord.

All Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

All. Glory to you, O Lord.

John 1.43-end

43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’ 46Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’ 47When Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him, he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’ 48Nathanael asked him, ‘Where did you come to know me?’ Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’ 49Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ 50Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’ 51And he said to him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All Praise to you, O Christ.

Post Communion

God of glory,

you nourish us with your Word

who is the bread of life:

fill us with your Holy Spirit

that through us the light of your glory

may shine in all the world.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Saturday 6 January 2018 Alternative 2 of 2 Epiphany or Year B

Reading Notes:

Use this provision if the Epiphany is celebrated on Saturday 6 January and the Baptism of Christ is celebrated on Sunday 7 January.

Collect

O God,

who by the leading of a star

manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth:

mercifully grant that we,

who know you now by faith,

may at last behold your glory face to face;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

or

Creator of the heavens,

who led the Magi by a star

to worship the Christ-child:

guide and sustain us,

that we may find our journey’s end

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Isaiah 60.1-6

60

Arise, shine; for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

2 For darkness shall cover the earth,

and thick darkness the peoples;

but the Lord will arise upon you,

and his glory will appear over you.

3 Nations shall come to your light,

and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

4 Lift up your eyes and look around;

they all gather together, they come to you;

your sons shall come from far away,

and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms.

5 Then you shall see and be radiant;

your heart shall thrill and rejoice,

because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you,

the wealth of the nations shall come to you.

6 A multitude of camels shall cover you,

the young camels of Midian and Ephah;

all those from Sheba shall come.

They shall bring gold and frankincense,

and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 72. [1-9] 10-15

[

1  Give the king your judgements, O God, •

and your righteousness to the son of a king.

2  Then shall he judge your people righteously •

and your poor with justice.

3  May the mountains bring forth peace, •

and the little hills righteousness for the people.

4  May he defend the poor among the people, •

deliver the children of the needy and crush the oppressor.

5  May he live as long as the sun and moon endure, •

from one generation to another.

6  May he come down like rain upon the mown grass, •

like the showers that water the earth.

7  In his time shall righteousness flourish, •

and abundance of peace

till the moon shall be no more.

8  May his dominion extend from sea to sea •

and from the River to the ends of the earth.

9  May his foes kneel before him •

and his enemies lick the dust.

] 10  The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute; •

the kings of Sheba and Seba shall bring gifts.

11  All kings shall fall down before him; •

all nations shall do him service.

12  For he shall deliver the poor that cry out, •

the needy and those who have no helper.

13  He shall have pity on the weak and poor; •

he shall preserve the lives of the needy.

14  He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, •

and dear shall their blood be in his sight.

15  Long may he live;

unto him may be given gold from Sheba; •

may prayer be made for him continually

and may they bless him all the day long.

Ephesians 3.1-12

3

This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— 2for surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, 4a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ. 5In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: 6that is, the Gentiles have become fellow-heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

7 Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the working of his power. 8Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, 9and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; 10so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

AllGlory to you, O Lord.

Matthew 2.1-12

2

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’ 3When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; 4and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 5They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:

6 “And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;

for from you shall come a ruler

who is to shepherd my people Israel.” ’

7 Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 8Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’ 9When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. 11On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

AllPraise to you, O Christ.

Post Communion

Lord God,

the bright splendour whom the nations seek:

may we who with the wise men have been drawn by your light

discern the glory of your presence in your Son,

the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sunday 31 December 2017 1st Sunday of Christmas Year B

Almighty God,

who wonderfully created us in your own image

and yet more wonderfully restored us

through your Son Jesus Christ:

grant that, as he came to share in our humanity,

so we may share the life of his divinity;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

or

God in Trinity,

eternal unity of perfect love:

gather the nations to be one family,

and draw us into your holy life

through the birth of Emmanuel,

our Lord Jesus Christ.

Readings

Isaiah 61.10-62.3

10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,

my whole being shall exult in my God;

for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,

he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,

as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,

and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

11 For as the earth brings forth its shoots,

and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,

so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise

to spring up before all the nations.

62

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,

and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,

until her vindication shines out like the dawn,

and her salvation like a burning torch.

2 The nations shall see your vindication,

and all the kings your glory;

and you shall be called by a new name

that the mouth of the Lord will give.

3 You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,

and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Psalm 148

1  Alleluia.

Praise the Lord from the heavens; •

praise him in the heights.

2  Praise him, all you his angels; •

praise him, all his host.

3  Praise him, sun and moon; •

praise him, all you stars of light.

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 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 mist, •

tempestuous wind, fulfilling his word;

9  Mountains and all hills, •

fruit trees and all cedars;

10  Wild beasts and all cattle, •

creeping things and birds on the wing;

11  Kings of the earth and all peoples, •

princes and all rulers of the world;

12  Young men and women,

old and young together; •

let them praise the name of the Lord.

13  For his name only is exalted, •

his splendour above earth and heaven.

14  He has raised up the horn of his people

and praise for all his faithful servants, •

the children of Israel, a people who are near him.

Alleluia.

or Psalm [ 148.7-end]

[ 7  Praise the Lord from the earth, •

you sea monsters and all deeps;

8  Fire and hail, snow and mist, •

tempestuous wind, fulfilling his word;

9  Mountains and all hills, •

fruit trees and all cedars;

10  Wild beasts and all cattle, •

creeping things and birds on the wing;

11  Kings of the earth and all peoples, •

princes and all rulers of the world;

12  Young men and women,

old and young together; •

let them praise the name of the Lord.

13  For his name only is exalted, •

his splendour above earth and heaven.

14  He has raised up the horn of his people

and praise for all his faithful servants, •

the children of Israel, a people who are near him.

Alleluia.

]

Galatians 4.4-7

4But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. 6And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ 7So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

This is the word of the Lord.

AllThanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

AllGlory to you, O Lord.

Luke 2.15-21

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ 16So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

21 After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

AllPraise to you, O Christ.

Post Communion

Heavenly Father,

whose blessed Son shared at Nazareth the life of an earthly home:

help your Church to live as one family,

united in love and obedience,

and bring us all at last to our home in heaven;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Christmas Day

  Collect: One/IOne/IIOne/III, IV

  Collect: Two/ITwo/IITwo/III, IV

  Preface: OneTwo

  Vigil Service

    Lesson: Isaiah 9:2-7

    Psalm: Psalm 96

    Epistle: Titus 2:11-14

    Gospel: Luke 2:1-14(15-20)

  Early Service

    Lesson: Isaiah 62:6-12

    Psalm: Psalm 97

    Epistle: Titus 3:4-7

    Gospel: Luke 2:(1-7)8-20

  Principal Service

    Lesson: Isaiah 52:7-10

    Psalm: Psalm 98

    Epistle: Hebrews 1:1-4(5-12)

    Gospel: John 1:1-14

  Evening Service

    Lesson: Isaiah 52:7-10

    Psalm: Psalm 98

    Epistle: Hebrews 1:1-4(5-12)

    Gospel: John 1:1-14

  Office Readings

    Micah 4:1-5; 5:2-4

    1 John 4:7-16

    John 3:31-36

  Morning Prayer

    Psalm Appointed: Psalms 2, 85

    30 Day: Psalm 119:33-72

  Evening Prayer

    Psalm Appointed: Psalms 110:1-5(6-7); 132

    30 Day: Psalm 119:73-104

Christmas Day

December 25
Selection II, RCL
All Years

Isaiah 62:6-12

Titus 3:4-7

Luke 2:(1-7)8-20

Psalm 97

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The Collect

O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

or this

O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

or this

Almighty God, you have given your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and to be born [this day] of a pure virgin: Grant that we, who have been born again and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with you and the same Spirit be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Old Testament

Isaiah 62:6-12

Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have posted sentinels;

all day and all night

they shall never be silent.

You who remind the Lord,

take no rest,

and give him no rest

until he establishes Jerusalem

and makes it renowned throughout the earth.

The Lord has sworn by his right hand

and by his mighty arm:

I will not again give your grain

to be food for your enemies,

and foreigners shall not drink the wine

for which you have labored;

but those who garner it shall eat it

and praise the Lord,

and those who gather it shall drink it

in my holy courts.

Go through, go through the gates,

prepare the way for the people;

build up, build up the highway,

clear it of stones,

lift up an ensign over the peoples.

The Lord has proclaimed

to the end of the earth:

Say to daughter Zion,

“See, your salvation comes;

his reward is with him,

and his recompense before him.”

They shall be called, “The Holy People,

The Redeemed of the Lord”;

and you shall be called, “Sought Out,

A City Not Forsaken.”

The Psalm

Psalm 97

Dominus regnavit

1 The Lord is King;

let the earth rejoice; *

let the multitude of the isles be glad.

2 Clouds and darkness are round about him, *

righteousness and justice are the foundations of his throne.

3 A fire goes before him *

and burns up his enemies on every side.

4 His lightnings light up the world; *

the earth sees it and is afraid.

5 The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord, *

at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

6 The heavens declare his righteousness, *

and all the peoples see his glory.

7 Confounded be all who worship carved images

and delight in false gods! *

Bow down before him, all you gods.

8 Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice, *

because of your judgments, O Lord.

9 For you are the Lord,

most high over all the earth; *

you are exalted far above all gods.

10 The Lord loves those who hate evil; *

he preserves the lives of his saints

and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

11 Light has sprung up for the righteous, *

and joyful gladness for those who are truehearted.

12 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous, *

and give thanks to his holy Name.

The New Testament

Titus 3:4-7

When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

The Gospel

Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20

[In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.]

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see– I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,

and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

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

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.

The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.