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Sermon: The Power to Be Our True Selves
Theme: The gift of Christ coming is to free us from our despair and self-destructive egos to be transformed into the beloved children of God.
Purpose: We will learn to release our need for control and false expectations on our own spiritual growth.
Scriptures: Ephesians 1:3-14 Jesus was destined to bring us forgiveness, a plan for the fullness of time.
John 1:10-18 Jesus came into the world, The Word became flesh.
Questions: What does John mean when he says that Jesus birth gave us the “power to become the children of God?” What does it mean that “The Word became flesh and lived among us?” In what ways is the “Word made flesh” a model for our own transformation in Christ? How do we develop and grow as God’s “beloved?” How does our “inheritance towards redemption” become a part of our lives? How is our self-esteem and identity shaped by our knowledge of God?
Description for Sunday, January 3, 2021
Scripture is read from NRSV Bible (New Revised Standard Version)
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Hymn: Glory to God #396 “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship”
TEXT: George Atkins, 1819, alt.
MUSIC (HOLY MANNA 188.8.131.52.D): Columbian Harmony, 1825; harm. Alfred V. Fedak, 2011; harm. © 2011 Alfred V. Fedak
Sung Response: “#113 “Angels We Have Heard on High” (chorus only)
TEXT: French carol; trans. James Chadwick, 1860, alt.
MUSIC (GLORIA 184.108.40.206 with refrain): French carol; arr. Edward Shippen Barnes, 1937; © 1937,
ren. 1965 H. Augustine Smith Jr. (admin. Fleming H. Revell Company, a div. of Baker Publishing Group)
Special Music: “In the Beginning” by Joel Payne
CCLI Song # 7027019
Joel Payne © 2014 Joel Payne – RESOUNDworship.org (Admin. by Jubilate Hymns Ltd)
CCLI License # 1644445
Sending Hymn: Glory to God Hymnal #110 “Love Has Come”
TEXT: Ken Bible, 1996, © 1996 LNWhymns.com (admin. Music Services)
MUSIC (BRING A TORCH 220.127.116.11.9.8): French melody; arr. Eric T. Myers, 2012; © 2012 Eric T. Myers
Liturgist: Pete Wills