The First Sunday of Christmas – Sunday 27 December

Almighty God,
who wonderfully created us in your own image
and yet more wonderfully restored us
through your Son Jesus Christ:
grant that, as he came to share in our humanity,
so we may share the life of his divinity;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Isaiah 63.7-9
   I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord,
   the praiseworthy acts of the Lord,
because of all that the Lord has done for us,
   and the great favour to the house of Israel
that he has shown them according to his mercy,
   according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
   For he said, ‘Surely they are my people,
   children who will not deal falsely’;
and he became their saviour
     in all their distress.
It was no messenger or angel
   but his presence that saved them;
in his love and in his pity he redeemed them;
   he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.

Psalm 105.1-11
    O give thanks to the Lord and call upon his name;
   make known his deeds among the peoples.
    Sing to him, sing praises,
   and tell of all his marvellous works.
    Rejoice in the praise of his holy name;
   let the hearts of them rejoice who seek the Lord.
    Seek the Lord and his strength;
   seek his face continually.
    Remember the marvels he has done,
   his wonders and the judgements of his mouth,
    O seed of Abraham his servant,
   O children of Jacob his chosen.
    He is the Lord our God;
   his judgements are in all the earth.
    He has always been mindful of his covenant,
   the promise that he made for a thousand generations:
    The covenant he made with Abraham,
   the oath that he swore to Isaac,
      Which he established as a statute for Jacob,
   an everlasting covenant for Israel,
      Saying, ‘To you will I give the land of Canaan
   to be the portion of your inheritance.’