2nd Sunday of Christmas (NL320)
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Christmas 1C
Psalm Text: Psalm 2
Sermon Text: Luke 2:41-52 (Boy in the Temple)
Other Text Suggestions: 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26; Colossians 3:12-17
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of all learning, when the boy, Jesus, stayed in the temple to learn from the elders, it was the elders who in turn learned from him. Teach us, Lord, as you have taught others, and grant us wisdom and willingness to learn. Amen.
Helpful Resources: re:Worship, TextWeek, SermonWriter, RevGalPals, BibeHub
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #275. Angels, from the Realms of Glory*
ELW #242. Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn*
ELW #732. Borning Cry
ELW #687. Come to Us, Creative Spirit
ELW #736. God the Sculptor of the Mountains
ELW #288. Good Christian Friends, Rejoice*
ELW #239. Hark, the Glad Sound!*
ELW #270. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing*
ELW #297. Jesus, What a Wonderful Child*
ELW #490. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
ELW #272. Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming*
ELW #765. Lord of All Hopefulness
ELW #292. Love Has Come*
ELW #269. Once in Royal David’s City*
ELW #640. Our Father, by Whose Name
ELW #300. The First Noel*
ELW #284. ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime*
ELW #296. What Child Is This*
LBW #512. Oh, Blest the House
WOV #638. Holy Child Within the Manger (Carol at the Manger)*
WOV #634. Sing of Mary, Pure and Lowly*
Various Hymnals Child of Blessing, Child of Promise (1981) by Ronald Cole-Turner
Various Hymnals In stature grows the Heavenly Child (1567) by Thomas Tallis
Various Hymnals Night of Silence (1984) by Daniel Kantor
Various Hymnals To Us a Child of Hope is Born (1781) by John Morison
Various Hymnals Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar (1543) by Martin Luther
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
* Advent/Christmas Hymns
Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:
“Light Of The World” By Matt Redman.
“Micah 6:8” By Charlie Hall.
“Voice Of My Father” As performed by Dennis Brown.
More contemporary suggestions here.
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)
Nurturing God, remembering the exile of the holy family and Herod’s slaughter of the children, we remember all who need our sustaining love. Hear our prayers for the church and the community in the world.
A brief silence.
God of wisdom, work in and through the church to welcome, value, teach, and learn from children and youth in our communities of faith. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of creation, we thank you for the gifts of fields and stream, lakes and mountains, oceans and seas; work through us to care for all that you have made. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of hope, work in and through the nations to bring about your peace and justice upon all the earth. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of relationships, help us to reach out to those around us with love, curiosity, and compassion; surround each and every person with supportive and loving communities. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of healing, mend those who are broken in body, mind, or spirit; and lift up those laid low by addiction, hunger, unemployment, or illness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of life, draw us ever outwards from ourselves and towards the people around us; grant us thankful hearts of service and love. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
God of delight, open our lips to sing forth your praise; turn our weeping into rejoicing and grant us a glimpse of our future home with the saints in light. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Grant that all people may hear together the song of joy, and find their homes in the garden of justice and hope, that we may experience the fullness of life, which is your will for all, in the coming of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.