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Ephesians 1 opens with Paul announcing peace and the grace of God to the believers in Ephesus. He describes God's spiritual blessing on humanity in Jesus’ name. The text makes clear that the spiritual blessings are the everlasting purpose of God. God’'s will has always been that God's people remain...

Loving God, help me understand your everlasting purpose of uniting all things in the church of Jesus Christ. Amen.


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Lectionary Week
December 27–31, 2021
Scripture Overview

The readings for this week are full of praise for God’s gift of Jesus Christ and an emphasis on human helplessness apart from God. Jeremiah portrays an exiled people’s despair turning to joy at their restoration. The psalmist proclaims God’s power to protect and provide for God’s people, and Paul’s letter to the Ephesians explains that God’s will from the beginning has been for our adoption as God’s children through Christ. Praise and thanksgiving to God are the common and appropriate responses to all these mighty acts of God.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Jeremiah 31:7-14. How have you been restored by God’s kindness?
Read Psalm 147:12-20. In what ways have you experienced God strengthening and restoring you?
Read Ephesians 1:3-14. How do you set your hope on Christ? How do you live differently because of that hope?

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