Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Paul Blackheath

A short service for the 2nd Sunday of Christmas – 03/01/2021

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Amen.

Opening prayer

Lord of our journeys,
help us this day to have
eyes to see your leading,
ears to hear your guidance,
and a heart of courage,
that we may journey faithfully and find your way –
even when the path may seem difficult and dark.
Amen.

Psalm 147: 13-20

He strengthens the bars of your gates
and blesses your people within you.

He grants peace to your borders
and satisfies you with the finest of whea
t.

He sends his command to the earth;
his word runs swiftly.

He spreads the snow like wool
and scatters the frost like ashes.

He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
Who can withstand his icy blast?

He sends his word and melts them;
he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.

He has revealed his word to Jacob,
his laws and decrees to Israel.

He has done this for no other nation;
they do not know his laws.

Praise the Lord.

Amen.

Our Bible reading Matthew 2: 1-12

The Magi Visit the Messiah

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

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Collect

Almighty God,

in the birth of your Son

you have poured on us the new light of your incarnate Word,

and shown us the fullness of your love:

help us to walk in his light and dwell in his love

that we may know the fullness of his joy;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

Prayers of intercession

Christ is born to us, Son of God given for us: help us to know you, to worship and to serve you…
Lord, in your mercy…
Hear our prayer.

Wonderful counsellor, you order all things with your wisdom; help the church to reveal the mystery of your love and fill her with the Spirit of truth…

Lord, in your mercy…
Hear our prayer.

Mighty God, the government is on your shoulders; guide the leaders of the nations and bring in your kingdom of justice and righteousness…

Lord, in your mercy…
Hear our prayer.

Everlasting Father, you call us to liver together in unity; protect by your mercy all your children, bless our families and renew our communities…

Lord, in your mercy…
Hear our prayer.

Prince of peace, you bring reconciliation through the cross; by your healing power give to all who suffer... your gift of wholeness and peace…

Lord, in your mercy…
Hear our prayer.

In a moment of silence, we will bring before God people, places and situations that we carry in our hearts…

(Silence is kept for few moments)

Lord, in your mercy…
Hear our prayer.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ who reigns with you in the unity of Holy Spirit,

Amen.

Sending prayer

Lord, as we continue our journey with you this week,
as we seek to live out our faith every day,
be with us, surprise with your love,
nudge us when you want us
to see or do something new –
for Jesus’ sake.

Amen.

Final blessing

The Lord bless us, and preserve from all evil,

and keep us in eternal life.

Amen.

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