September 6, 2015
Mark 7:24-37
James 2:1-10 (11-13) 14-17
Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
Psalm 125

CHRISTMAS DAY

The Nativity of our Lord

from the book
Psalms And Prayers For Congregational Participation


B. David Hostetter



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CALL TO WORSHIP
I have Good News for you: there is great joy coming to the whole people. Today in the city of David a deliverer has been born to you the Messiah, the Christ.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
GOD OF THE GOSPEL, WHOSE GLORY BRIGHTENS THE NIGHT SKY ON CHRISTMAS EVE, AND THE BIRTH OF WHOSE SON IN BETHLEHEM BRINGS THE DAWN OF A NEW DAY, HEAR OUR PRAYERS FOR FORGIVENESS AND MERCY. PARDON US IF WE HAVE MADE IDOLS OF WHAT ARE ONLY SYMBOLS OF THE COMING OF JESUS, IF TRADITIONAL PRACTICE RATHER THAN THE REALITY OF THE COMING OF JESUS CHRIST, HAS DEFINED THE MEANING OF TODAY. WE CAN APPEAL TO YOUR KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY, NOT BECAUSE OF ANY GOOD DEEDS OF OUR OWN, BUT BECAUSE OF OUR SALVATION THROUGH THE WATER OF BAPTISM AND THE RENEWING POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BY YOUR GRACE, JESUS CHRIST IS OUR SAVIOR. AMEN

DECLARATION OF GOD'S FORGIVENESS
Hear the Good News! God in highest heaven...

This The Nativity of our Lord prayer, CHRISTMAS DAY, is based on Isaiah 62:6-7, 112 and relates to The Nativity of our Lord of Cycle C of the lectionary. This prayer is excerpted from the book Psalms And Prayers For Congregational Participation . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, Stories, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary preaching, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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