Resources for Worship – The Second Sunday of Christmas, January 3, 2021

These are worship resources for the Second Sunday of Christmas Day, January 3, 2021. The resources are gathered from a variety of sources and, while assembled mainly for The Anglican Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Kefalas, on the island of Crete in Greece, others may find them useful.


We will be observing the Second Sunday of Christmas, and so our readings, according to the Common Worship Lectionary, will be Jeremiah 31:7-14, Psalm 147.13-end, Ephesians 1:3-6,15-19a, and Matthew 2:13-15,19-23. The lectionary provides alternative for some of the readings for the Second Sunday of Christmas, and some churches may choose those in place of these. As well, some churches will be observing the Feast of the Epiphany, transferring it from January 6, which has a completely different set of readings. .


We are back to Zoom only for the Sunday service, but we are allowed to have an in-person service on the Epiphany, January 6, 2021. So, we will have a service of Holy Communion, with the maximum number of nine attendees, at 11:00 am that Wednesday, in the Tabernacle. If there is the demand, I am happy to add another service, so that people can share in the Eucharist. Pre-registration is required, so if you wish to attend please contact Pat Worsley by phone at +30 28257 71001 or by email at

The Zoom service this Sunday, the first of the new year, will be at 11:00 am as usual, and you can join by clicking this link or by entering the following into your Zoom application: Meeting ID: 850 4483 9927 Passcode: 010209.

The Order of Service can be downloaded here, if you wish.


I have not yet written my sermon for Sunday. In the meantime, here are the words of Pope Francis about the Holy Family and the plight of refugees today.


Almighty God,
in the birth of your Son
you have poured on us the new light of your incarnate Word,
and shown us the fullness of your love:
help us to walk in his light and dwell in his love
that we may know the fullness of his joy;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen


God our Father,
in love you sent your Son
that the world may have life:
lead us to seek him among the outcast
and to find him in those in need,
for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

I bid your prayers for the leaders and people of the nations; especially

I bid your prayers for the sick and suffering and all who minister to their needs;

  • remembering the over 22 million active cases of the novel coronavirus, and mourning with the families of the 1.8 million who have died in the pandemic;
  • for the 2.4 million people in the UK who have had covid-19 or are recovering from it, the over 71,000 who have died of it there, and the over 122,000 active cases here in Greece, and the families of the over 4730 dead here;
  • remembering those ill with other diseases, and those whose operations have been postponed;
  • all those having issues with mental health;
  • those suffering from addiction, and those in recovery;
  • those who have been affected severely by the economic effects of the pandemic, especially in food services and tourism;
  • and giving thanks for the efforts of researchers in finding vaccines, and the rollout of vaccines across the world.

I bid your prayers for the Church:

We pray for God’s faithfulness to be known in our world.

In a world of change and hope,
of fear and adventure,
faithful God
glorify your name.

In human rebellion and obedience,
in our seeking and our finding,
faithful God
glorify your name.

In the common life of our society,
in prosperity and need,
faithful God
glorify your name.

As your Church proclaims your goodness
in words and action,
faithful God
glorify your name.

Among our friends
and in our homes,
faithful God
glorify your name.

In our times of joy,
in our days of sorrow,
faithful God
glorify your name.

In our strengths and triumphs,
in our weakness and at our death,
faithful God
glorify your name.

In your saints in glory
and on the day of Christ’s coming,
faithful God
glorify your name.


Jesus Entered Egypt Tune: KING’S WESTON

Jesus entered Egypt fleeing Herod’s hand,
living as an alien in a foreign land.
Far from home and country with his family,
was there room and welcome for this refugee?

Jesus was a migrant living as a guest
with the friends and strangers who could offer rest.
Do we hold wealth lightly so that we can share
shelter with the homeless, and abundant care?

Jesus crosses borders with the wand’ring poor,
Searching for a refuge, for an open door.
Do our words and actions answer Jesus’s plea:
“Give the lowly welcome, and you welcome me”?

About Bruce Bryant-Scott

Canadian. Husband. Father. Christian. Recovering Settler. A priest of the Church of England, Diocese in Europe, on the island of Crete in Greece. More about me at
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