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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

Emphasis Preaching Journal

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

SermonStudio

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

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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!
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Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18
In many European countries, early on Easter Monday, the girls come out of their homes wearing traditional red, black and white folkloric dress. The young men walk down the streets, also in traditional dress of high black boots, black hats, white shirts and cream-colored trousers. The men follow the girls playing instruments and the older women of the village have prepared a cornucopia of food.
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From time to time, I’ll hear someone ask a speculative question that begins, “If a space alien showed up on earth, what would he think about...” The idea is to try to imagine what an outsider sees. If we could find someone without any familiarity or preconceived notions, what would he or she see and think.
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In the blackness, in the bleakness, we need to sense God’s presence. We need to know that God is there, even if, like Job, we do not understand what is happening around us and inside of us. “The restless millions wait for the Light,” says George Bernanos, “Whose dawning maketh all things new.”

This is the dilemma of Israel in Egypt. This is the struggle of life in Corinth. This is the washing of waves surrounding Jesus and his disciples “on the night in which he was betrayed.”
Frank Ramirez
It can not only be hard, but in some cases not possible to say much at all on Easter morning, what with Easter Breakfast, perhaps a cantata, a children’s choir, and an Easter egg hunt swallowing up any space you might have for preaching. But this is the central message of our faith. Jesus is Risen. This changes everything.

Now do not despair. You can preach Easter every Sunday. For the earliest Christians every Sunday was Easter! Even so, if you’re feeling squeezed you can still take one of these passages and make an important point.

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“I have seen the Lord.” (v. 18)

Happy Easter morning boys and girls,

Today I have the best news ever to share with you. Are you ready to hear it? (children respond) First, notice I have a container (box or can) with a lid on it. Inside we will find ____________.  (for example: oreo cookies, legos etc.)

So let's see what is inside. (open lid) What do we see? Nothing. What? Aren't there supposed to be ___________ inside?? (children respond)
Arley K. Fadness
“When Jesus had received the wine, he said,'it is finished,' then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.'”

Good Friday morning (evening) children,

Today I am feeling very quiet. You know why? It is a holy day, a somber day.

How are you feeling? (children respond) We call it Good Friday. That's a strange name for a sad day isn't it? Perhaps today, the day we remember our Lord Jesus died, we might call Bad Friday or Dark Friday or Sad Friday. But no, it's Good Friday.
Arley K. Fadness
“So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.” (v. 14)

Good morning beautiful children,

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
We Christians are often reckoned to be a sad bunch, at least in the opinion of non-Christian western society. And sometimes, I think they're right. We must seem a bit pathetic to normal red-blooded human beings as we go to church each Sunday, singing hymns and indulging in all kinds of odd rituals, when we could be cleaning the car or shopping or playing sport or otherwise enjoying ourselves.

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Carlos Wilton
Theme For The Day
Our culture still "seeks the living among the dead" as it pursues security, comfort, and pleasure.

First Lesson
Acts 10:34-43
Peter's Easter Testimony
Donald Charles Lacy
So much happening in so little time! We are left gasping for breath. We stagger under the weight of the mighty arm of historical occurrence. You and I praise God because we know the rest of the story. Those present did not know how things would turn out. They must have been like awestruck children nearing exasperation.

David Kalas
We have a table before us. It is a familiar table; we have gathered around it together countless times before. It features the cherished elements of bread and wine; and taken together, those elements on this table form a sacrament.

Across the many traditions within the Christian church, we call this sacrament by different names. The Roman Catholics refer to the Mass, while the Eastern Orthodox church uses the Divine Liturgy. A number of Protestant denominations call it the Eucharist, others holy communion, and still others the Lord's Supper.

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