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Children's Activity

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Not ordinary, but special -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Teachers: Today's Gospel lesson mentions the hometown people's surprise as Jesus speaks to them, not
The spark of life -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Teachers: This is the first Sunday of the new year.

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Activity Bulletin -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Ages 8-10 -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Activity Bulletin -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Ages 5-7 -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C

Commentary

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Beginnings -- Isaiah 61:10-62:3, Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18, John 1:1-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
On the first Sunday in the new year, a theme of beginnings seems very appropriate.
Aha! -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, John 1:1-18, Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Sometimes when I watch some Christians, I get the idea that they have a major spiritual affliction c
God Fulfills His Promises -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
From the promises of the Old Testament prophets (today’s selection is from Jeremiah) to the fulfillm
Sermon Illustrations for Christmas 2 (2016) -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- R. Robert Cueni, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Ron Love -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Jeremiah 31:7-14

Children's bulletin

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Activity Bulletin -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Ages 8-10 -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Activity Bulletin -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Ages 5-7 -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C

Children's Liturgy and Story

The Village Shepherd

The Odd Bunch In The Street -- John 1:10-18 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Call to Worship:

Children's sermon

The Immediate Word

Word, Light, And Life -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Matthew 2:1-12, Ephesians 1:3-14, Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2016
This Sunday offers us a choice of texts -- some congregations will use the readings for the Second S
Living Among Us -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- James Evans -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Dear Fellow Preacher,

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No beginning or end -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Good morning, boys and girls. I'd like you to sit in a circle today.
Not ordinary, but special -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Good morning, boys and girls. You've all seen an egg before.
A new leaf -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Happy New Year, boys and girls. It's the first Sunday of the new year.
The spark of life -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Good morning, boys and girls. Every year at the hospitals there is a kind of contest.
Jesus, God's Love Among Us -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
The Point: When we experience Jesus, we truly know God’s love

Children's Story

The Village Shepherd

The Spider's Web -- John 1:10-18 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
When wise men from the East travelled many miles to see the new baby Jesus, they first visited K

Devotional

SermonStudio

Christmas 2 -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2009
Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry.
Christmas 2 -- Psalm 147:12-20 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2009
He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his ordinances.
Christmas 2 -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2009
We, who were first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory.
Christmas 2 -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2009
He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him.

Illustration

The Immediate Word

Word, Light, And Life -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Matthew 2:1-12, Ephesians 1:3-14, Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2016
This Sunday offers us a choice of texts -- some congregations will use the readings for the Second S
Living Among Us -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- James Evans -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Dear Fellow Preacher,

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Who knows where faith will... -- Sirach 24:1-4, 8-12 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Who knows where faith will take root? Why in some soil, some lands more than others?
Do you believe Sirach 24:8... -- Sirach 24:1-4, 8-12 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Do you believe Sirach 24:8, "From eternity, in the beginning, he created me, and for eternity I shal
A friend of mine traveled... -- Jeremiah 37:7-14 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
A friend of mine traveled to Nicaragua in the early 1980s before the U.S.
A visitor to the shop... -- Jeremiah 37:7-14 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
A visitor to the shop of a local potter was puzzled by one operation which seemed to have little pur
Do not deceive yourselves. We... -- Jeremiah 37:7-14 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
"Do not deceive yourselves." We can get into a lot of trouble with self-deception.
G. William Jones wrote a... -- Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
G.
Kipling's classic story, Letting... -- Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Kipling's classic story, Letting the Jungle In, tells of a group of people who went into the
Separation anxiety afflicts the lives... -- Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Separation anxiety afflicts the lives of many people and with good reason because of negative childh
Glendon Harris* reported the tragic... -- Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Glendon Harris* reported the tragic death of Alex Coffin, the son of the Rev.
As the persecution of the... -- Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
As the persecution of the Jews spread over Europe during World War II, there was a gigantic effort m
After Martin Luther made his... -- Matthew 2:13-15 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
After Martin Luther made his courageous stand at the Diet of Worms before the Holy Roman Emperor he
When the wicked King Herod... -- Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
When the wicked King Herod discovered that a child had been born who was thought to be king of the J
In the movie, Robin... -- Sirach 24:1-4, 8-12 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
In the movie, Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, Marian and Robin have just enjoyed a festive tim
When Sirach speaks of wisdom... -- Sirach 24:1-4, 8-12 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
When Sirach speaks of wisdom he understands that as the gift of God which makes it possible to disti
Dr. E. Stanley Jones tells... -- Luke 13:1-9 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Dr. E.
A little boy once asked... -- Sirach 24:1-4, 8-12 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
A little boy once asked his mother to hang stretch-socks over the fireplace for Christmas.
There is an old proverb... -- Sirach 24:1-4, 8-12 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
There is an old proverb that reads, "When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt." Throughout
Wisdom was considered a highly... -- Sirach 24:1-4, 8-12 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Wisdom was considered a highly prized gift by the people of Israel.
Paul gives thanks for the... -- Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Paul gives thanks for the qualities shown by members of the congregation at Ephesus.
In his recent book, The... -- Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
In his recent book, The Outsider, Howard Fast describes a scene where a young Jewish r
The relationship between fathers and... -- Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
The relationship between fathers and sons in 19th-century England was rather formal, so when a young
Recently I met two parents... -- Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Recently I met two parents who were struggling with the problem of telling their young daughter that
God sent his own Son... -- John 1:1-18 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
God sent his own Son into the world. What a drastic step. With what can we compare it?

Prayer

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The enlightening, enlivening Word -- John 1:1-18 -- Dennis Koch -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:

The enlightening, enlivening Word

Gospel Note:
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Psalm 147:12-20, Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18, John 1:1-18 -- B. David Hostetter -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP
Sing out your praises and say,
GOD HAS SAVED HIS PEOPLE.

Preaching

The Immediate Word

Word, Light, And Life -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Matthew 2:1-12, Ephesians 1:3-14, Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2016
This Sunday offers us a choice of texts -- some congregations will use the readings for the Second S
Living Among Us -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- James Evans -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Dear Fellow Preacher,

SermonStudio

Second Sunday After Christmas -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Carlos Wilton -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day
Jesus Christ is God's autobiography.
Christmas 2 -- Psalm 147:12-20 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2006
This psalm was likely written for the people of Jerusalem after their return from exile (see vv.
Second Sunday After Christmas -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2003
Seasonal Theme
The Savior is born into the human world and circumstances.
Second Sunday After Christmas -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Jeremiah 31:7-14 (C, E)

Second Sunday After Christmas -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18, John 1:1-18 -- George M. Bass -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Second Sunday After Christmas -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18, John 1:1-18 -- George M. Bass -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Christmas 2 -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18, John 1:1-18 -- Perry H. Biddle, Jr. -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 1988
Comments on the Lessons

Sermon

The Immediate Word

Word, Light, And Life -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Matthew 2:1-12, Ephesians 1:3-14, Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2016
This Sunday offers us a choice of texts -- some congregations will use the readings for the Second S
Living Among Us -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- James Evans -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Dear Fellow Preacher,

SermonStudio

From Tragedy To Salvation -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2009
On January 13, 1982, Washington DC and the surrounding area experienced a blizzard that paralyzed ev
The Hidden Gifts Of Christ -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2009
One Christmas morning, Dennis, Nancy, and their young son, Eric, were traveling south from San Franc
Fire! Fire! -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2009
After this second Sunday of Christmas, the church will enter the season of Epiphany.
Never Just Words -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Steven E. Albertin -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2003
"Sticks and stones may hurt my bones, but words can never harm me."
Christmas And The New Family -- John 1:1-18 -- J. Ellsworth Kalas, David Kalas -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2003
When Wilbur and Orville Wright completed their historic flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on Dec
God's Benefactors -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Robert S. Crilley, Dallas A. Brauninger, Gary L. Carver -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2003
Once when I returned home for a quick visit with my parents, an old friend unexpectedly dropped by t
The Children Of Promise -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Harry N. Huxhold -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2000
A serial killer is the object of a serious psychological study in the novel The Alienist by Caleb Ca
Light Of The World -- John 1:1-18 -- William G. Carter -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2000
One of the striking features of the Gospel of John is the way it depicts the life and ministry of Je
A Secret Is Finally Revealed -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2000
Picture an attractive mother, a handsome husband, and three lucky children.
The Gospel Of Christmas -- John 1:1-18 -- James T. Garrett -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 1991
A wife gave her husband two ties for Christmas.
Mourning Turned To Joy -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Ron Lavin -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 1991
The 14th canticle from the Lutheran Book of Worship poetically summarizes Jeremiah 31:6-14:
The Shepherd Guards His Sheep -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- James H. Bailey -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 1985
At Christmas time, the newspapers are filled with articles by psychiatrists addressing the problem o
Grace and Truth -- John 1:1-18 -- Roy C. Nichols -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 1985
Since we have already considered the first fOurteen verses of this first chapter of John's Gospel, i

The Village Shepherd

The Word -- God's Message To Humanity -- John 1:10-18 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
The twelve days of Christmas are nearly up. In a couple of days time it'll all be over.
The Lot Of The Chosen -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
I wonder how you start your day?
God The Father -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
I've recently read a novel called "Beach Music", by Pat Conroy.

Stories

StoryShare

The Reassuring Word -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Keith Wagner -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2016
Contents
"The Reassuring Word" by Keith Wagner
Star Of Bethlehem -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Ephesians 1:3-14, Psalm 147:12-20 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
A Story to Live By

Star of Bethlehem
by David E. Cobb

SermonStudio

God's Picture -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- David E. Leininger -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2009
An old story has it that a little boy was feeling very lonesome for his father.
A New Paradigm For Christmas -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2006
But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, w
God's Resolutions -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Timothy F. Merrill -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2003
Last year, I decided to get in better shape.
We Are God's Temple -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Constance Berg -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2000
Karny runs. She runs marathons. She runs races. She runs for fun.

Worship

The Immediate Word

Word, Light, And Life -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Matthew 2:1-12, Ephesians 1:3-14, Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2016
This Sunday offers us a choice of texts -- some congregations will use the readings for the Second S
Living Among Us -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- James Evans -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Dear Fellow Preacher,

SermonStudio

Christmas 2 -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:(1-9) 10-18, Psalm 147:12-20 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2009
Let us awaken from the soul-crushing allures
Second Sunday After Christmas -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2006
First Lesson: Jeremiah 31:7-14

Theme: Turnaround Is Fair Play
Second Sunday After Christmas -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2006
Second Lesson: Ephesians 1:3-14

Theme: The Reading Of The Will
Second Sunday After Christmas -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2006
Gospel Lesson: John 1:(1-9) 10-18

Theme: True Confession
Second Sunday After Christmas -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2003
Theme: The Lord Has Saved His People

Call To Worship
A Stronger Hand -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2000
Call To Worship
Christmas 2 -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2000
Liturgical Color: White

Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46
In all seasons have faith -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- James R. Wilson -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 1997
Call To Worship
Christmas 2 -- Psalm 147:12-20 -- Hugh H. Drennan -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 1991
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!
Praise your God, O Zion!

New & Featured This Week

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Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Ron Love
Bethany Peerbolte
For February 17, 2019:

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Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Bonnie Bates
Bob Ove
Jeremiah 17:5-10
On Sunday, August 5, 2012, Garrett Reid killed himself in the dorm room at Lehigh University where the Philadelphia Eagles were holding training camp. Garrett is the oldest son of the Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid. Garrett had a history of drug problems and even spent some time in prison on drug related charges. Andy Reid told the team’s owner that in this difficult situation he would continue to move forward, saying “I’m going to hit that curveball and hit it out of the park.”
Ron L.

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Wayne Brouwer
There is a powerful scene in Robert Bolt’s play A Man for All Seasons. The story is that of Sir Thomas More, loyal subject of the English crown. King Henry VIII wants to change things to suit his own devious plans, so he requires all his nobles to swear an oath of allegiance which violates the conscience of Sir Thomas More before his God. Since he will not swear the oath, More is put in jail. His daughter Margaret comes to visit him. “Meg,” he calls her, with affection. She’s his pride and joy, the one who thinks his thoughts after him.

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“...for power came out of him and healed all of them.” (v. 19b)

Good morning wonderful children,

Thanks for joining me. I am so happy to see you and to talk to you today. Are you ready for a special message I have just for you? (children respond)  Here we go.

Ever heard the word bless?  Like “you are blessed” or “you are my blessing?”(children respond) To be blessed is like goodness coming to you. To be blessed is like getting a gift that makes you happy.

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David O. Bales
Contents
“A Messianic Message?” by David O. Bales
“Blissful? Agnosticism” by David O. Bales


A Messianic Message?
by David O. Bales
Luke 6:17-26

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
We tend to think of Saints as special holy people who are perhaps not quite real. But in this reading, Jesus makes it clear that those who are very ordinary because they are poor, or hungry, or sad, or otherwise disadvantaged in some way, are especially blessed. This is a story about Casper, who spoke in fun but found his words were taken rather seriously.

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Cynthia E. Cowen
"Louise, can you and Pastor Hal come to Thanksgiving dinner at our house this Friday? I have this really, really big turkey, and I don't want a ton of leftovers," Tracy implored her friend.

"Well, I'd love to, but we always invite a widower, Andy Vespa, each Thanksgiving. I don't want him to be by himself with his pork and beans. Of course, Steve and Vicki will be here, too," Louise replied. "Andy's always been a part of this family gathering."

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