Seeds: Narrative Lectionary Liturgy

Matthew 1:18-25

 

Fear Not!

For a child will come conceived by the Holy Spirit?

Who is this child

You shall name him Jesus, for he will save all people from their sins. 

What are we waiting for?

O Come Emmanuel, we are waiting

Prayer of Confession: We confess we do not know how to fulfill your prophecies of love. We forget that Jesus was born to save all flesh, and we get caught up in shame and judgement. Lord God you came down to earth as a lovable baby to show us love. Teach us how not to value pride or fame or money but instead to work for hope, peace, joy and love we pray. 

Assurance of Pardon: Remember God so loved the world that he gave his only son, not to condemn the world, but to save it. Hear the good news: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

Prayer of Dedication: Almighty God, bless all the gifts that we bring here and to one another at Christmas. Fill us with the intangibles we need to practice are faith, and let this Christmas be an opportunity to connect with you we pray. Amen

Food for Thought:The Waiting Room (adopted by Jesus)https://wordpress.com/stats/post/4454/katyandtheword.wordpress.com

Charlie Brown: Digging Deeper

Sunday School ideas; Look at all the names of Jesus and/or look up the meanings of the names of people in Church, Ask children what their favorite gift ever was and why.

Author: katyandtheword

Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant for 7 years, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ. She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible. "Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal. Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one.[66] Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times. "Hallows, not Horcruxes" Harry Potter

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