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"For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

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    References:

  • Isaiah 9:2–7
  • Psalm 96 (UMH 815)
  • Titus 2:11-14
  • Luke 2:1–20

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him . . ."

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    References:

  • Isaiah 52:7–10
  • Psalm 98 (UMH 818)
  • Hebrews 1:1–4 (5–12)
  • John 1:1–14

"But 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 children" (Galatians 4:4-5, NRSV).

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    References:

  • Isaiah 61:10-62:3
  • Psalm 148
  • Galatians 4:4-7
  • Luke 2:22-40

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted. . ."

    References:

  • Ecclesiastes 3:1-13
  • Psalm 8 (UMH 743)
  • Revelation 21:1-6a
  • Matthew 25:31-46

"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband."

    References:

  • New Year's Day
  • Ecclesiastes 3:1-13
  • Psalm 8 (UMH 743)
  • Revelation 21:1-6a
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"Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.  For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you"  (Isaiah 60:1-2, NRSV).

    References:

  • Isaiah 60:1-6
  • Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
  • Ephesians 3:1-12
  • Matthew 2:1-12