The Light of Men

The Light of Men

Psalm 72
Angels From The Realm Of Glory (Come And Worship) [Song]
Prayer of Confession
Prepare Him Room [Song]
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen [Song]
The First Noel [Song]
Nicene Creed
Message
He Will Hold Me Fast [Song]
Joy To The World [Song]
Benediction

Psalm 72
Of Solomon.

[1] Give the king your justice, O God,
and your righteousness to the royal son!
[2] May he judge your people with righteousness,
and your poor with justice!
[3] Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people,
and the hills, in righteousness!
[4] May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
give deliverance to the children of the needy,
and crush the oppressor!

[5] May they fear you while the sun endures,
and as long as the moon, throughout all generations!
[6] May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass,
like showers that water the earth!
[7] In his days may the righteous flourish,
and peace abound, till the moon be no more!

[8] May he have dominion from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth!
[9] May desert tribes bow down before him,
and his enemies lick the dust!
[10] May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands
render him tribute;
may the kings of Sheba and Seba
bring gifts!
[11] May all kings fall down before him,
all nations serve him!

[12] For he delivers the needy when he calls,
the poor and him who has no helper.
[13] He has pity on the weak and the needy,
and saves the lives of the needy.
[14] From oppression and violence he redeems their life,
and precious is their blood in his sight.

[15] Long may he live;
may gold of Sheba be given to him!
May prayer be made for him continually,
and blessings invoked for him all the day!
[16] May there be abundance of grain in the land;
on the tops of the mountains may it wave;
may its fruit be like Lebanon;
and may people blossom in the cities
like the grass of the field!
[17] May his name endure forever,
his fame continue as long as the sun!
May people be blessed in him,
all nations call him blessed!

[18] Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous things.
[19] Blessed be his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory!
Amen and Amen!

[20] The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are ended. (ESV)

We believe in one God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all things
visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus
Christ, the only Son of God, begotten from
the Father before all ages, God from God,
Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made; of the same essence
as the Father. Through him all things were
made. For us and for our salvation he came down
from heaven; he became incarnate by the
Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and was
made human. He was crucified for us under
Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried.
The third day he rose again, according to
the Scriptures. He ascended to heaven and
is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again with glory to judge
the living and the dead. His kingdom will
never end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord,
the giver of life. He proceeds from the Father
and the Son, and with the Father and the
Son is worshiped and glorified. He spoke
through the prophets. We believe in one holy
catholic and apostolic church. We affirm one
baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look
forward to the resurrection of the dead, and
to life in the world to come. Amen.

John 1:1-18
[1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [2] He was in the beginning with God. [3] All things were made through 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] The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

[6] There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. [7] He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. [8] He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

[9] The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. [10] He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. [11] He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. [12] But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, [13] who 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 became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. [15] (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) [16] For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. [17] For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. [18] No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known. (ESV)

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