First Sunday after Christmas
Sunday, December 26, 2021
ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin: Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace. may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.
The Old Testament:
Isaiah 61:10; 62:1-3 KJV
10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.
1For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.
3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
Psalm 147 KJV
Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God;*
for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
2 The Lord doth build up Jerusalem:*
he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.
3 He healeth the broken in heart,*
and bindeth up their wounds.
4 He telleth the number of the stars;*
he calleth them all by their names.
5 Great is our Lord, and of great power:*
his understanding is infinite.
6 The Lord lifteth up the meek:*
he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
7 Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving;*
sing praise upon the harp unto our God:
8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth,*
who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.
9 He giveth to the beast his food,*
and to the young ravens which cry.
10 He delighteth not in the strength of the horse:*
he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.
11 The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him,*
in those that hope in his mercy.
12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem;*
praise thy God, O Zion.
13 For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates;*
he hath blessed thy children within thee.
14 He maketh peace in thy borders,*
and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
15 He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth:*
his word runneth very swiftly.
16 He giveth snow like wool:*
he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.
17 He casteth forth his ice like morsels:*
who can stand before his cold?
18 He sendeth out his word, and melteth them:*
he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.
19 He sheweth his word unto Jacob,*
his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments,*
they have not known them.
Praise ye the Lord.
Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7 KJV
23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
John 1:1-18 KJV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.