Lectionary - Christmas 1 (Sunday after Christmas Day) Year C

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1 Samuel 2:18-20,26 The boy Samuel at the temple
Psalm 148 Praise the Lord from the heavens
Colossians 3:12-17 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly
Luke 2:41-52 The boy Jesus at the temple

Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
Hymns for Christmas +1, Yr.C
lesson hymn TIS AHB SA
G All creatures of our God and King 100 3
s Angels from the realms of glory 309 235
G Child in the manger, infant of Mary 319 241
E Come let us with our Lord arise 375 297
E Come O God of all the earth 181
E Dear Shepherd of your people, hear 444 371
E Forgive our sins as we forgive 635 564
Ps Glory to God above! Heavens declare his love 94
O God beyond glory, gracious and holy 678
E Help us accept each other 648
E How shall I sing to God 667
E In praise of God meet duty and delight 471 50
G Infant holy, infant lowly 292 225
E Jesus calls us here to meet him 477
E Jesus my Lord, let me be near you 656 54
s Joy to the world! the Lord is come 268 224
G Love came down at Christmas 317 243
E May the mind of Christ my Saviour 609 537
E Now thank we all our God 106 14
Ps O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder 155
s Of the Father's love begotten 290 215
G Once in royal David's city 312 237
G Our Father by whose name 71
O Our God we know your providence 169 118
E Peace with the Father, peace with Christ his Son 466 402
Ps Praise the Lord, you heavens adore him 93 58
s The first nowell the angels did say 301 221
G Thou didst leave thy throne and thy kingly crown 206
G To us a child of royal birth 308 230
E/G Unto us a boy is born 293 218
E When love is found and hope comes home 654

Other Possible Hymns
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia.)
May this New Year
SA 33 (TIS 472) Father of mercy, God of consolation
SA 34 (TIS 491) Father welcomes all his children
SA 95 Where love and loving kindness dwell
46 (TIS 47) God our help in ages past
177 Jesus, good above all other/ gentle child of gentle mother
184 Son of the Father, Jesus, Lord and slave
202 (TIS 274) The people that in darkness walked
238 (TIS 313) Good Christians all, rejoice
248 (TIS 324) Lord, let your servant go in peace
361 Lord of the gentle worlds above
415 (TIS 490) Jesus, once a child
541 Almighty Father, who dost give

Sermon summary (click here for complete sermon)

Family Life in the New Age

Showing Jesus in his ordinary family and yet having also an extraordinary character in a different kind of family relationship, the gospel points us beyond our natural families to the fulfilment of our potential to become children of God.

Jesus and his parents in Jewish tradition. Ordinary parents [John 6:42] who were surprised: Luke 2:27,33,48; Jesus maintained traditional teaching, honouring parents: Luke 18:20; Mark 10:19; Matthew 19:19; 15:4-5; Mark 7:10-12. And he upheld God's purpose for marriage: Matthew 19:5; Mark 10:2-9.

Natural family and God's family. Our relationship with God is more important than natural ties: Matthew 10:37; 12:50; Luke 14:26. The work of the Kingdom may conflict with other ties: Matthew 10:21; 10:35; Luke 12:53; Mark 13:12-13; Luke 21:16; but the rewards will be great: Matthew 19:29; Mark 10:29-30; Luke 18:29; we move beyond marriage and natural family: Luke 20:34-36; Romans 9:7-8.

Children of God. All this is to fulfil God's purpose that people should be related to him as his adopted children: John 1:12; 1 John 3:1 See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; 1 John 5:1; Romans 8:14-21; Galatians 3:26-27; There is a strange innocence about the children of God: Philippians 2:14-15; 1 John 3:10 [compare with epistle for today Colossians 3:12-17]; Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Peace extends to fulfil his purpose of unity for all humankind. Our being children of God is a result of the Kingdom and a means of its extension. See John 11:49-52.

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The Gathering of the People of God

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come. -- Revelation 1:4
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. -- Colossians 3:15-16

HYMN 235 Angels from the realms of glory

We have failed to love you with all our heart and to be good stewards of your creation: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
We have failed to take up the cross of discipleship and to be good stewards of your gospel: Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
We have failed to be faithful members of your church and to be good stewards of your spiritual gifts: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ. [2 Corinthians 5:17-18]
Hear then Christ's word of grace to us:
Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

DOXOLOGY: Gloria in excelsis.


Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME: [A word to the children]
OLD TESTAMENT 1 Samuel 2:18-20,26 The boy Samuel at the temple
PSALM 148 Praise the Lord from the heavens
EPISTLE Colossians 3:12-17 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly
GOSPEL Luke 2:41-52 The boy Jesus at the temple
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

HYMN SA 34 Father welcomes all his children
NICENE CREED [Back of Hymn Book]
SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations and requests for intercessions]
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Let us pray (that we may love one another as God has loved us):
Grant, Lord,
that in all our dealings with one another
we may be subject to you, Father of all,
and follow the pattern of your Son Jesus Christ,
who, in obedience to your will,
gave up his life for us,
yet lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The Lord's Supper

HYMN Now thank we all our God TIS 106 AHB 14

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.
Thanks and praise ......
..... choirs of angels and the whole creation
in the eternal hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

We thank you ....
[The great prayer of thanksgiving continues, recalling God's goodness in caring for his people, the life and saving work of our Lord Jesus Christ, how he commanded his disciples to remember him with the bread and the wine, and we pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit on us and what we do.]


Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

Jesus, Lamb of God,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world,
grant us peace.

COMMUNION [SA 29 Eat this bread, drink this cup.]


The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN 46 O God our help in ages past
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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