The Nativity of Christ

“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

Second Sunday of Easter

Watchword for the week — If we walk in the light as God is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

Sunday, April 11 — Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2; John 20:19-31

If riches increase, do not set your heart on them. Psalm 62:10

We give you but your own

in any gifts we bring;

all that we have is yours alone,

a trust from you, our King. (657)

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21

May your bounties thus

as stewards true receive,

and gladly, Lord, as you bless us,

to you our first fruits give. (657)

Where is our treasure, Lord? Help us to offer open and giving hands to you and to your people, destroying barriers of greed that can shield us from you. Amen.

(Courtesy: Moravian Daily Texts 2021)


Scripture Read & Listen

Listen here: Psalm 133 read by Tinasha LaRaye in the NKJV

Psalm 133

Blessed Unity of the People of God

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Running down on the beard,
The beard of Aaron,
Running down on the edge of his garments.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the Lord commanded the blessing—
Life forevermore.

Art Study for the Week

“The Nativity of Christ” by Vladimir Borovikovsky. Public domain images.

Christ is seen as the Light of the World and adored by the Holy Angels; Mary at His side.

Source: The Nativity of Christ


Hymns & Praises

Hymn: “Away In A Manger”
(Original Lyrics) Author: Martin Luther; Author (st. 1-2): Anonymous (1885); Author (v. 3, attr.): John T. McFarland (1892)

1 Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,
the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

2 The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
but little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.
I love thee, Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky,
and stay by my side until morning is nigh.

3 Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay
close by me forever, and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
and fit us for heaven to live with thee there.


Closing Prayer

In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Christ is my Lord, the Giver of light and wisdom, who opened the eyes of the blind man and transformed the fishermen into wise heralds and teachers of the Gospel through the coming of the Holy Spirit, shine also in my mind the light of the grace of the Holy Spirit. Grant me discernment, understanding and wisdom in learning. Enable me to complete my assignments and to abound in every good work, for to You I give honor and glory.

Amen.

Matthew 6:8-13, The Lord’s Prayer, and the Prayer of a Student