From the Pastor:          “The Light”  Rev. Marshall Murphy Jr.

 

REDEEMER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

January 2, 2022

Second Sunday After Christmas

 

Processional

 

Invocation: Good morning and welcome!

God of our hopes, Christ of our faith, Spirit in our hearts, we come to worship you with joy and gladness. Your goodness knows no limits of generation or gender, of condition or citizenship. You are kind to all, and we worship you in all sincerity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Call to Worship

L: Come and see!
P: The light of God has come into our world to proclaim God’s justice and love;
It has overcome the darkness and brought new life.

L: Come and follow!
P: Christ our companion has redeemed our world He draws us into a loving family
from every tribe and family and culture.

L: Go and tell!
P: The Spirit has equipped us for service to love our neighbors as we do ourselves
to bring God’s salvation to the ends of the earth.

L: Come and see, come and follow, go and tell!
P: In God’s Love the nations of the earth will put their hope.

 

Words of Welcome and Parish News:

 

Gathering song

 

Silent meditation and prayer:

Prayer Focus: You

 

Scripture Readings:                                                                                        John 1:1-18

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. 6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. 14And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

15(John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) 16From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

 

Music

   

The Message                            “The Light”                       Rev. Marshall Murphy Jr.

Have you ever heard someone say, let me shed some light on the manner? Don’t make light of this situation. I want to have a conversation about a specific light that has been called an ancient symbol of God. The author of this Gospel of John illuminates a relationship of God’s Word with creation. Let’s backtrack for a moment and take a look at Genesis 1:3-4:

3Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.

Now let’s look into this Light! Upon looking in the narrative of the Gospel of John, we see that the images of Jesus born in a manger are not present. The writer invites the community to share another image of both God, the Word, and Jesus. Looking at the following verses in John 1:2-5, 9-10:

2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it…9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 

We can see that this light is potent. This light shines in the darkness. How wonderful that we have access to the Light that lives in us in all situations. We need the Light in every case that we have various life experiences. You will often hear people say I feel left in the dark about some issues. This feeling could lead you to become distant from Jesus. We can look at the indescribable love of God to bring the true Light for all people.

Starting this New Year, let us all be encouraged, inspired, and reach out to the Light. Allow us to begin this New Year by renewing our relationship with Jesus. Let’s give God and the Holy Spirit room to follow this loving Light in our hearts. We need this Light every hour and every day!

 

Offertory Prayer: God of this day and all days! We can only imagine the darkness of the world into which you sent your son – a world that believed that salvation rested on our ability to follow the rules. Jesus came to bring light into that darkness, and into our darkness.

 

Offertory Music

 

Doxology:                                                                                                                     UMH 95

Unison Prayer of Dedication: As we bring our tithes and offering to you this day, transform them into light for the hungry, for the hopeless, for the forgotten and the oppressed. We will share his light in us! In Christ, we pray. Amen.

 

The Sacrament of Holy Communion (Symbolic Service)                                   UMH page 15

The Lord’s Prayer

Our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Closing Music:

                                          

Sending Forth

O Christ, we know that the gifts of our hands are no substitute for the loyalty of our lives. As we leave this sanctuary, enable us to serve your creation as we have worshiped you, with ourselves as well as our gifts.

Recessional (Please remain seated to meditate and reflect on the music) 

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