Sunday, December 30, The First Sunday After Christmas

The Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m., Rite I
The Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m., Rite II
Church School at 10 a.m.
Child Care TBD

Fr. Morsch is officiating at both services.

The Collect:
Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. A men.

This week’s lessons: Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 147:13-21; Galatians 3:23-25, 4:4-7; John 1:1 - 18

The Epistle:
“Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.” Galatians 3:23-26
The Gospel | John 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.'") From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father's heart, who has made him known. (Painting: "Bang" by Richard Craemmerer)
Week of December 30

Tuesday, New Year's Day!
Wednesday, 8 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Fr. Morsch officiating

Note: The Healing Eucharist normally held on the first Tuesday of the month will be be held Tuesday, January 8, due to the holiday.

Coffee Hour, December 30
Please join Ken and Christa Kelley in celebrating their 50 th wedding anniversary at coffee hour following the 10 a.m. service December 30.

Parish Directory
A new parish directory will be published by the end of January. If you have any updates for the directory, please email them to Marian Smithson . If your birthday or that of any member in your family is not on record with the parish, it would be very helpful if you would provide that to Marian for the parish database.

Annual Meeting and Mission Leadership Team Election
Be sure to mark your calendar for January 20 when we will meet as a parish for the annual meeting. Ministry leaders and candidates for the MLT election should submit their documents to Kevin Babb by early January.
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