soldiers and townspeople in a snowy village commons

First Sunday of Christmas (A)

Call to Worship based (loosely) on Matthew 2:13-23

Praise the ever-present God of love
   Whose care we glimpse in human kindness;
   Whose compassion comforts those who mourn.

Praise the ever-present God of life
   Whose justice beckons the oppressed
   Whose Spirit calls us to new places, new challenges

Praise the ever-present God with us
   Who brings peace; who is peace.
   Alleluia! Let us worship God!

Thus says the Lord:
A voice is heard in Ramah,
    lamentation and bitter weeping.
Rachel is weeping for her children;
    she refuses to be comforted for her children,
    because they are no more.
Thus says the Lord:
Keep your voice from weeping
    and your eyes from tears,
for there is a reward for your work,
            says the Lord:
    they shall come back from the land of the enemy;
there is hope for your future,
            says the Lord:
    your children shall come back to their own country.

Jeremiah 31:15-17

Image: “The Massacre of the Innocents,” Pieter Breughel the Younger, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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