First Sunday after Christmas
Watchword for the week — But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. Galatians 4:4,5
Sunday, December 31 — Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 148
Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40
For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with great compassion I will gather you. Isaiah 54:7
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
Gentle Savior, gracious God, and loving Spirit, you are consistent in your dealings with your children. As you gather us together in worship this day, let us renew our covenant with you. Bless us, O Lord, and help us to grow in grace this day. Amen.