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    Today Is: Christmas Day
Wed, 25 Dec 2019 -- The Lectionary Cycle is: A

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Collect for: Christmas Day
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.

Old Testament
Isaiah 52:7-10

7 How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, 'Your God reigns!' 8 Your watchmen shall lift up their voices, With their voices they shall sing together; For they shall see eye to eye When the LORD brings back Zion. 9 Break forth into joy, sing together, You waste places of Jerusalem! For the LORD has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem. 10 The LORD has made bare His holy arm In the eyes of all the nations; And all the ends of the earth shall see The salvation of our God.

Officiant: The Word of the Lord.
The People: Thanks be to God.


Psalm
Psalm 98

1 Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory. 2 The LORD has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations. 3 He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 4 Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises. 5 Sing to the LORD with the harp, With the harp and the sound of a psalm, 6 With trumpets and the sound of a horn; Shout joyfully before the LORD, the King. 7 Let the sea roar, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell in it; 8 Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the hills be joyful together before the LORD, 9 For He is coming to judge the earth. With righteousness He shall judge the world, And the peoples with equity.

*At the end of the Psalms this is sung or said
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


New Testament
Galatians 3:29-4, 4:1-5

29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

1 Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, 2 but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. 4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

Officiant: The Word of the Lord.
The People: Thanks be to God.


Gospel
John 1:1-14

Introduction to the Gospel:
Deacon:The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you. Or And with your spirit
Deacon: May the Lord be on our minds, on our lips, and on our hearts as we hear His Holy Gospel. The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint John.
People: Glory to You, Lord Christ.
Deacon: We are reading from John's Gospel chapter 1, beginning at verse 1.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

After the Gospel reading, the deacon elevates the book and says:

Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to You, Lord Christ.

Prayers of the People

Prayers of the People for: Christmas Day

Brothers and sisters, since we belong to Christ and heirs according to the promise, let us bring our needs and those of the whole world to our heavenly God and Father.

For the Church; That She will continually proclaim the Good News of Salvation through Christ alone to the ends of the earth.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.


For all Christian communities, especially those in third world counties; that they will be provided with the necessary resources to further God's Kingdom and meet the needs of their people.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.


For the nations; that they will follow the example of the Prince of Peace and be at peace with all peoples as it is in their power to do so.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.


For health care professionals and expecting mothers; that through the birth of the Christ-child they will see the value of every child.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.


For the Jewish people; that they will recognize Jesus as the promised Messiah, the one Moses foretold of.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.


For a reconciliation between estranged family members.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.


For those who have lost loved ones this past year and will be celebrating the holidays for the first time without them; that they will be comforted knowing that with the coming of Jesus there is the promise of eternal life.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.


Heavenly Father, You are faithful to all Your promises. Hear our prayer and give us the grace to live out the call You have on our lives as Your sons and daughters. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN<