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January 2022

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The Light of Home

Come Home for Christmas

Second Sunday after Christmas, Year C

This week can be a continuation of last week; the Christmastide desire to hold on to the hope of Christmas. Except this week, we go from a position of strength and not of loss. Instead of focusing on the cloud, we look to the light.

Second Sunday After Christmas: The Light of Home

Jeremiah 31:7-14 and John 1:(1-9), 10-18

Fellowship – Snacks or a Meal (10 minutes with snacks; longer, obviously, if there is a meal)

Gathering Time (5-10 minutes). In pairs or groups of three, have participants share hopes for the coming year.

Group Dialogue (Approximately 30 minutes)

Read: Jeremiah 31:7-14 and John 1:(1-9), 10-18

  • How might we be part of the “world” that John mentions in 1:10? How might we be part of the people who did not accept Jesus in 1:11?
  • How are we also those who receive and believe in Jesus from 1:12?
  • How do we see God’s glory in Jesus?
  • How have we received “grace upon grace” (v. 16)?
  • How has grace and truth come through Jesus (v. 17)?
  • How is Jesus the true light of the world (v. 9)?
  • Optional Exercise – Participate in a Wesley Covenant Service (United Methodist Book of Worship, 288) at your church or a nearby United Methodist Church. Also see the Discipleship Ministries Resource at https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/covenant-renewal-service.

Prayer (10 minutes). Share prayer requests and respond appropriately.

Sending Forth (2 minutes). End by praying the following or a similar prayer:

God of life and light, it is through you that we experience grace upon grace. Through your Holy Spirit, may we see the world as you see it. May we continue to desire a home in your righteousness and love. Amen.

In This Series...


First Sunday of Advent, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Second Sunday of Advent, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Third Sunday of Advent, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Christmas Eve, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes First Sunday after Christmas, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Second Sunday after Christmas, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes

Colors


  • White

In This Series...


First Sunday of Advent, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Second Sunday of Advent, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Third Sunday of Advent, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Christmas Eve, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes First Sunday after Christmas, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes Second Sunday after Christmas, Year C - Lectionary Planning Notes