FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS

December 26, 2021

Welcome

Thank you for joining us for worship today! If you’re visiting with us and have any questions, please ask one of our greeters or Pastor Brian. 

To help ensure we hold our worship services safely, please keep at least 6’ away from others, and avoid hugs and handshakes. Masks are required for all, and hand sanitizing stations are available. Resurrection Park Slope is following these enhanced procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To participate in worship today, you must have completed the registration form prior to attending.

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At Christmas, we remember and celebrate the joyous mystery of the incarnation of Jesus Christ. The season of Christmas lasts 12 days and ends with the Epiphany on January 6th. The color of the season is white because it symbolizes the purity, perfection, light, glory and joy of Jesus.

Children's Ministry Announcement

This Sunday and next, if you are in grades PK-5,

please join us in worshiping together in the service!

Nursery is available for children ages 6mo-4yrs!

GOD CALLS US

Prelude

Call To Worship / Psalm 147

Leader: Hallelujah! How good it is to sing praises to our God! 

All: how pleasant it is to honor him with praise! 

The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem; 

he gathers the exiles of Israel. 

He heals the brokenhearted 

and binds up their wounds. 

He counts the number of the stars 

and calls them all by their names. 

Great is our Lord and mighty in power; 

there is no limit to his wisdom. 

Grace, mercy, and peace

from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

All: and also with you.

O Come All Ye Faithful

1. O Come, all ye faithful

joyful and triumphant,

O Come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem

come and behold him

born the King of angels

Refrain

O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him,

Christ the Lord. 

2. God of God,

Light of Light,

lo, he abhors not the Virgin’s womb:

very God, begotten not created;

Refrain

3. Sing, choirs of angels,

sing in exultation,

sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above;

glory to God in the highest;

Refrain

4. Yea, Lord, we greet thee,

born this happy morning:

Jesus, to thee be all glory giv’n;

Word of the Father, late in flesh appearing;

Refrain

GOD SANCTIFIES US

Confession of Sin / All

God of our lives and the time in which we live, we know you are with us through thick and thin, in times of great joy and at moments of disappointment. We confess we sometimes feel let down when the joy of Christmas day has passed. Our hope seems to get folded away with the gift wrap, our energy for the future feels a bit tattered. Forgive us when our faithfulness flickers like a Christmas candle burning down. Renew our hope and energy for the year ahead through the steadfast grace of Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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Private Confession

Words of Comfort & Pardon 

Minister:  The mercy of our God is from everlasting to everlasting. Hear and believe the good news of the Gospel. In Jesus Christ, God’s generous love reaches out to embrace us. We are forgiven and set free to begin again. Let us forgive one another just as God has forgiven us. May the peace of Christ be with us all. 

All: Thanks be to God! 

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Passing of the Peace

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

All: And also with you.

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

1. Hark the herald angels sing, 

glory to the newborn King

Peace on earth and mercy mild, 

God and sinners reconciled

Joyful all ye nations rise, 

join the triumph of the skies

With angelic hosts proclaim, 

Christ is born in Bethlehem

Chorus

Hark the herald angels sing

Glory to the newborn King

2. Christ by highest heav'n adored, 

Christ the everlasting Lord

Late in time behold Him come, 

offspring of the virgin's womb

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, 

hail th'incarnate Deity

Pleased as man with men to dwell, 

Jesus our Emmanuel

Chorus

3. Hail the heav'n born Prince of Peace, 

Hail the Sun of righteousness

Light and life to all He brings, 

ris'n with healing in His wings

Mild He lays in His glory by, 

born that man no more may die

Born to raise the sons of earth, 

born to give them second birth

 

Chorus

GOD SPEAKS WITH US

The New Testament Lesson / Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7    (NRSV)

23 Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. 24 Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian,

4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. 6 And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 So 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.

All: Thanks be to God!

The Gospel Lesson / John 1:1-18  (ESV)

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 was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 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 have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. 

This is the Gospel of our Lord. 

All: Praise be to you, Lord Christ!

Sermon

“No Longer a Slave, But a Child”

Pastor Brian Steadman

The Profession of Faith / The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ,

his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand

of God the Father almighty.

From there he will come to judge

the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Offering / The Offertory

The offering is a way for members and friends of Resurrection Park Slope to support the church’s mission and ministry. Make checks to “Resurrection Park Slope.” If you would prefer to make your gift online, please visit www.resurrectionparkslope.org to arrange one-time or recurring donations. To give via text message text “Give” to (718) 475-6778. Register your credit/debit card, and select “Park Slope.” Save this number for future giving.

Prayers of the People

In the waters of baptism, the church is called to be God’s family, to minister to one another and to serve the world. Therefore we pray for ourselves, for one another, and for all those in need of our prayers. 

Leader: Holy One, who astonishes us with surprising gifts, we pray for your church and for people of faith in every language and belief, that your wisdom will show us our common life, and that all people may rejoice in your peace. Lord, in your mercy,

All: Hear our prayer.

Leader: Power above all powers, we pray for the leaders of governments in every nation, especially our mayor, our governor, and our president — that they may have wisdom to choose what serves the common good. Lord, in your mercy,

All: Hear our prayer.

 

Leader: Lover of all creation, we pray for all those we too easily forget: those of your children who are poor, or homeless, or in prison; those who are sick, or lonely, or frightened; all who hunger for faith and hope. Care for them, that they may be strengthened by joy in your healing. Lord, in your mercy,

All: Hear our prayer.

Leader: Holy One, in whose community we thrive, we pray for those with whom we share our daily lives: our families, friends, and neighbors, those with whom we work and play, those whose names we do not know who provide for us, that we may all be renewed in courage and nurtured in hope. Lord, in your mercy,

All: Hear our prayer.

 

Leader: Sustainer of your people, we give you thanks for members of the body of Christ in every age and every place who, by their witness, bring us here today. Come to us in Christ, O God, that we who live in this world by faith may see that faith confirmed in the world to come; through the risen One who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Lord, in your mercy,

All: Hear our prayer.

Leader: For what else shall we pray and give thanks?

You are invited to add your own intercessions silently or out loudly. When praying out loudly, finish by saying “Lord, in your mercy” so that all may respond, “Hear our prayer.”

GOD STRENGTHENS US

The Eucharistic Prayer of Thanksgiving & Consecration

Minister: The Lord be with you.

All: 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.

All join in the hymn (the Sanctus) when the pastor says: “and so we join our voices….

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The pastor continues, and all conclude with the Lord’s Prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer / All

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come,

thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil;

for thine is the kingdom

and the power and the glory,

forever and ever. Amen.

Words of Institution

Minister: Therefore we proclaim the mystery of the faith:

People: Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again!

Joy to the World

1. Joy to the world! The Lord is come;

let earth receive her King;

Let every heart prepare him room,

and heaven and nature sing,

and heaven and nature sing,

and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

2. Joy to the earth! The Savior reigns;

let men their songs employ,

while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains

repeat the sounding joy,

repeat the sounding joy,

repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

3. No more let sins and sorrows grow, 

nor thorns infest the ground;

He comes to make his blessings flow,

far as the curse is found,

far as the curse is found,

far as, far as the curse is found.\

4. He rules the world with truth and grace,

and makes the nations prove

the glories of his righteousness

and wonders of His love

Prayer of Thanksgiving / All

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.  Amen.

Go Tell It On The Mountain 

 

Refrain 

Go, tell it on the mountain, 

Over the hills and everywhere; 

Go, tell it on the mountain 

That Jesus Christ is born. 

1. While shepherds kept their watching 

O’er silent flocks by night, 

Behold, throughout the heavens 

There shone a holy light. 

 

Refrain 

2. The shepherds feared and trembled, 

When lo! above the earth, 

Rang out the angel chorus 

That hailed the Savior’s birth. 

Refrain 

3. Down in a lowly manger 

Our humble Christ was born, 

And God sent us salvation 

That blessed Christmas morn. 

Refrain

Benediction 

All: Amen

Postlude

To connect more deeply to Jesus and faith: For prayer, counseling or fellowship opportunities, contact Pastor Brian Steadman at brian@resurrectionbrooklyn. org. 

For more information about our life together, please visit our website:

www.resurrectionparkslope.org.

Hymns are reprinted from Trinity Hymnal (© 1990, Great Commission Publications).

Used by permission. Sanctus from This Far By Faith ( ©Augsburg Fortress Press, 1999).

Used by permission. Copyrighted songs covered under CCLI #1250499.