152 Christmass 1

Sentence: Clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, and be thankful. Col 3:14-15

Collect: God of community, whose call is more insistent than ties of family or blood, may we so respect and love those whose lives are linked with ours that we fail not in loyalty to you, but make choices according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

1 Samuel 2:18-20,26

Samuel was ministering before the LORD, a boy wearing a linen ephod. His mother used to make for him a little robe and take it to him each year, when she went up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. Then Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, and say, "May the LORD repay you with children by this woman for the gift that she made to the LORD"; and then they would return to their home. Now the boy Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favour with the LORD and with the people. Hear the word of the Lord, thanks be to God.

Psalm 148 APBA p 378

1. Praise the LORD, praise the LORD from heaven:

O praise him in the heights.

2. Praise him, all his angels:

O praise him, all his host.

3. Praise him, sun and moon:

praise him, all you stars of light.

4. Praise him, you highest heaven:

and you waters that are above the heavens.

5. Let them praise the name of the LORD:

for he commanded and they were made.

6. He established them for ever and ever:

he made an ordinance which shall not pass away.

7. O praise the LORD from the earth:

praise him, you sea monsters and all deeps;

8. Fire and hail, mist and snow:

and storm-wind fulfilling his command;

9. Mountains and all hills:

fruit trees and all cedars;

10. Beasts of the wild, and all cattle:

creeping things and winged birds;

11. Kings of the earth, and all peoples:

princes, and all rulers of the world;

12. Young men and maidens:

old folk and children together.

13. Let them praise the name of the LORD:

for his name alone is exalted.

14. His glory is above earth and heaven:

and he has lifted high the horn of his people.

15. Therefore he is the praise of all his servants:

of the children of Israel, a people that is near him. Praise the LORD.

Colossians 3:12-17

As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Hear the word of the Lord, thanks be to God.

Luke 2:41-52 ... Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ.

Now every year Jesus' parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Assuming that he was in the group of travellers, they went a day's journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, "Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety." He said to them, "Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" But they did not understand what he said to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favour. For the Gospel of the Lord, praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.