Year ABC
Holy Name of Jesus
1 January


Eucharistic Preface


Let us lift up our hearts.
    We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
    It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is indeed right to give you our thanks and praise, O God,
joining with the whole world
in telling of the greatness of your name.

From the moment you created and named every living thing
your handiwork has been a source of awe and wonder.
Like the moon and stars you set in place,
your face has shone upon us and blessed us with peace.

In the fullness of time you sent your Son,
born of woman and named by angels,
so that we too might be adopted by you,
and through your Spirit, the treasure of our hearts,
live worthily of the name you have given us.

Therefore with .....

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Short Preface
(for insertion into Eucharistic prayers with fixed prefaces)

We thank you for sending your Son,
born of woman and named by angels,
so that we too might be adopted by you,
and live worthily of the name you have given us.

©2000 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net




General Prayer of Thanksgiving
(Preface reformatted for use apart from communion)

We join with the whole world to give you thanks and praise, O God,
and telling of the greatness of your name.

From the moment you created and named every living thing
your handiwork has been a source of awe and wonder.
Like the moon and stars you set in place,
your face has shone upon us and blessed us with peace.

In the fullness of time you sent your Son,
born of woman and named by angels,
so that we too might be adopted by you,
and through your Spirit, the treasure of our hearts,
live worthily of the name you have given us.

Therefore, with our hearts lifted high,
we offer you thanks and praise at all times
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

©2000 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net




Declaration of Grace / Absolution

When the fullness of time had come,
God sent his Son, born of a woman,
born under the law,
in order to redeem those who were under the law,
so that we might receive adoption as Godís children.

Sisters and Brothers,
    your sins are forgiven;
        be at peace. 

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Commission & Benediction

Go now, glorifying and praising God
for all you have heard and seen.
You have been named as Godís adopted children:
Live worthily of the glory with which God has dressed you.

And may God bless you and keep you.
May Christ Jesus make his face to shine upon you
   and be gracious to you.
And may the Spirit smile upon you and give you peace.

We go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
    In the name of Christ. Amen.

©2000 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net






Paraphrases of the Scripture Lections
for the Holy Name of Jesus - Year ABC - January 1
Lections from The Revised Common Lectionary.
Copyright 1992 by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT)
P. O. Box 340003, Room 381, Nashville, TN 37203-0003, USA. Used with Permission.


* Numbers 6: 22-27

The LORD told to Moses to pass on the following instructions to Aaron and his sons for their work as priests:

ďThese are the words of blessing you are to use when you bless the Israelite people:
May the LORD set you up for life and look after you;

May the LORD smile upon you and be generous to you;

May the LORD keep an eye on you
and give you a life in which all is well.
With these words you will remind my people who they belong to, and I will bless them.Ē

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* Psalm 8

Our LORD and ruler,
........all over the world
................the mere mention of your name sets hearts pounding!

Your glory fills the universe!

The gurgling of babies makes more sense
........than the clever arguments of your enemies.
The innocent chatter of children
........silences the venomous talk of your opponents.

When I gaze at your handiwork in the night skies
........ó the moon, the stars, the milky way ó
................the whole cosmos under your control;
I canít help but wonder why you bother with us.
........Why do you care so much for mere human beings
................when we count for so little in the scheme of things?

And yet, for reasons known to you alone,
........you created us almost on a par with yourself
................and decorated us with the highest honours and glory.

You have even entrusted us with power over your precious creation;
........you placed the future of all life in our hands:
................sheep and cattle;
........................emu and kangaroo
................insects, reptiles, birds, and sea creatures;
........air, land and water and the planet itself.

Our LORD and ruler,
........all over the world
................the mere mention of your name sets hearts pounding!

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* Galatians 4: 4-7

When the clock had run down and the time was right,
........God sent a rescuer,
................Godís own Son;
........born to a woman in the usual way,
................growing up under the thumb of the law,
........................just like the rest of Godís people.

God sent him into such circumstances
........so that he could get everyone else out of them;
paying the price of our freedom
........and giving us the opportunity
................to be adopted into Godís family.

Because you are now Godís children,
........the Spirit of Godís child, Jesus,
................has been sent into your hearts;
........the Spirit who makes us as eager for God
................as children running into their parentsí arms
........................crying, ďDaddy! Mummy!Ē

So you are no longer at the beck and call
........of those things that once dictated your every move;
now you are Godís own children,
........and as Godís children, you will receive from God
................all that has been kept in trust for Godís children.

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OR

* Philippians 2: 5-11

Model your attitude on the attitude of Christ Jesus.

........Although Jesus was the same as God in every way,
................he did not think of his God-like privileges
................as something to milked for all they were worth.

........Instead, he laid it all aside
................and, with no more privileges than a slave,
................was born as a human being.

........Having become a human being,
................he was the model of humility.
........He didnít demand his own way
................but let God set the agenda;
........even when it included his own death,
................and a gruesome public death at that.

........Because of all this,
................God has raised him to the status of number one
........and honoured him more highly
................than anyone else in the universe.

........So now, just the mention of the name ĎJesusí
................should bring everyone to their knees;
................everyone who has ever lived or ever will.

........Everyone, everywhere will honour God
................by openly acknowledging
................that Jesus Christ is Lord of all!

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* Luke 2: 15-21

    When the angels went back to heaven, the shearers were left sitting there looking at one another, gob-smacked. ďWeíd better go and check this out,Ē they said. ďLetís go into town and see if we can see whatís happened, what the Lord has let us in on.Ē
    So without messing around they headed straight into Bethlehem, and sure enough, they tracked down Mary and Joseph and saw the baby lying in the feed trough. When they saw all this, they began telling everyone what they had heard about this child. People could hardly believe their ears when they heard what the shearers were saying. But their words were precious to Mary and she repeated them over and over in her mind, wondering what would become of it all. The shearers headed off towards their camp again Ė a rowdy mob, singing and shouting in the streets about how fabulous God was because of everything they had seen and heard. Everything had been just the way they had been told it would be.
    Mary and Joseph followed the law and custom of their people and held a ceremony for the baby boy when he was eight days old to circumcise him and name him. They named him Jesus Ė the name which Godís messenger had given him before he was conceived in the womb.

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