12-27-2020: “The Testimony of Anna”

December 27, 2020

(1st Sunday of Christmas)

~ WE GATHER IN GOD’S NAME ~

Greeting

Call to Worship: (Responsively)

Pastor: Despite all that stands in our path, we remain God’s wise men and women,

following the Light in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

People: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

Pastor: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word became flesh and lived among

us.

People: To all who receive him, who believe in his name, the Word gives power to

become children of God.

Pastor: The light of the Word has made us wise.

People: In this New Year of 2021 and every year, the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness will never overcome it.

~ WE GIVE ADORATION & CONFESSION TO GOD ~

Prayer of Adoration

Confession and Words of Assurance

We recount your gracious deeds, O LORD, your praiseworthy acts. You sent your Son to embrace poverty and humility so that he could rescue us from the devil and the power of death. We are in awe of the saving name, but still we sin. We focus on losing weight, but we neglect to strengthen the soul. Even so, we continue to offend you. We slaughter the innocent. We harm others so we can hold on to our power. We sit back and do nothing while others commit shocking violence. We fail to take care of creation. You have renamed us, but we live according to the old names, Adam and Eve. We put Christmas in the attic or garage long before the twelve days are over. We are full of doubt about the New Year, not trusting that you will be with us. For the Infant’s sake, forgive us. Make us newborn. Amen.

~ WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD ~

Prayer for Illumination

Lesson from the Epistles of the New Testament: Galatians 4:4-7

“The Word of our Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Lesson from the Gospels: Luke 2:22-38

“The Gospel of the Lord,” “Praise to You, O Christ”

Sermon: “The Testimony of Anna”

  • Affirmation of Faith – “The Apostle’s Creed”

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; The holy catholic church; The Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the Body, And the Life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

~ WE GIVE THANKS TO GOD ~

Presentation of Gifts & Offerings

Prayer of Dedication

~ WE GO AND SERVE IN GOD’S NAME ~

  • Charge and Benediction

Remember: “Feed Your Faith – Not Your Fear!”

“The Testimony of Anna”

Luke 2:36-38

Summary: We analyze the testimony of Anna in order to see how God works in the life of a dedicated follower of God.

I. Introduction

II. Anna.

A. The Person of Anna (2:36-37a)

1. Her Calling (2:36a)

2. Her Name (2:36b)

3. Her Heritage (2:36c)

4. Her Marriage (2:36e)

5. Her Age (2:36d, 37a)

B. The Piety of Anna (2:37b-d)

1. Her Dedication (2:37b)

2. Her Fasting (2:37c)

3. Her Prayer (2:37d)

C. The Praise of Anna (2:38a)

D. The Proclamation of Anna (2:38b-d)

1. The Subject of Her Proclamation (2:38b)

2. The Audience for Her Proclamation (2:38c)

3. The Message of Her Proclamation (2:38d)

III. Conclusion