1st Sunday after Christmas Day (Year: C)
Date: Sunday, December 30th, 2018, 11:00
Old Testament: 1 Sam. 2:18-20,26
18But Samuel was ministering before the LORD -a boy wearing a linen ephod.
19Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went up with her husband to offer the annual sacrifice.
20Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, "May the LORD give you children by this woman to take the place of the one she prayed for and gave to the LORD." Then they would go home.
26And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the LORD and with men.
1 Samuel 2:18-20,26 (NIV)
1Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD from the heavens, praise him in the heights above.
2Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
3Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars.
4Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies.
5Let them praise the name of the LORD, for he commanded and they were created.
6He set them in place for ever and ever; he gave a decree that will never pass away.
7Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
8lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding,
9you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars,
10wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds,
11kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth,
12young men and maidens, old men and children.
13Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
14He has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his saints, of Israel, the people close to his heart. Praise the LORD.
Psalms 148 (NIV)
12Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:12-17 (NIV)
41Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover.
42When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom.
43After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.
44Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends.
45When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.
46After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
47Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
48When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you."
49"Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?"
50But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
51Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.
52And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
Luke 2:41-52 (NIV)