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Here is a reading I put together for our Christmas Eve service a few years ago. This reading is mostly different passages of scripture blended together for a fast paced rhythmic read.  It takes the first line of Genesis 1 and John 1, “In the beginning…” and plays off the theme of light. We did this reading in conjunction with our Advent Wreath lighting the final and center candle (the Christ candle) on Christmas Eve. If you come across this reading and find that it would be helpful in one of your worship services, feel free to use it in any context.

Reader 1: In.

Reader 2: The.

Reader 3: Beginning.

Reader 1: In the beginning.

Reader 3: Was the word.

Reader 1: In the beginning.

Reader 2: Was God.

Reader 1: In the beginning

Reader 3: The Word was with God.

Reader 1: In.

Reader 2: The.

Reader 3: Beginning.

Reader 1: In the beginning God created.

Reader 2: Through him all things were made.

Reader 3: Without him nothing was made that has been made.

Reader 2: Through him all things were made

Reader 1: Things in heaven and on earth.

Reader 3: Things visible and invisible.

Reader 2: Whether thrones

Reader 1: Or powers.

Reader 3: Or rulers.

Reader 1: Or authorities.

Reader 2: Through him all things were made.

Reader 3: All things.

Reader 1: All things.

Reader 2: All things were made through him.

Reader 1: In.

Reader 2: The.

Reader 3: Beginning.

Reader 1: In the beginning God created.

Reader 3: In the beginning God was the word.

Reader 2: In the beginning God said.

Reader 1: Let there be light.

Reader 3: God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.

Reader 2: Jesus said, “I am the Light.”

Reader 3: “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Reader 2: In him was life and that life was the light of all humankind.

Reader 1: God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.”

Reader 2: The light shines in the darkness and the darkness can not over come it.

Reader 1: In.

Reader 2: The.

Reader 3: Beginning.

Reader 2: Was the word.

Reader 1: Now, there was a man,

Reader 2: Sent from God,

Reader 3: Whose name was John.

Reader 1: He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him everyone might believe.

Reader 2: He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

Reader 1: The verdict is this: Light has come into the world

Reader 3: The true light that gives light to all humankind was coming into the world.

Reader 2: For God so loved the world

Reader 3: That he sent his one and only son into the world

Reader 2: Not to condemn the world

Reader 3: But to save the world.

Reader 2: For God so loved the world.

Reader 3: Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.”

Reader 1: The verdict is this: Light has come into the world.

Reader 2: He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.

Reader 3: He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.

Reader 1: Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believe in his name

Reader 3: Abraham believed

Reader 2: Moses believed

Reader 1: David believed

Reader 2: Tax collectors and sinners believed

Reader 3: The least likely people believe

Reader 2: Whoever hears and believes

Reader 1: These things are written so that you might believe

Reader 3: And to all who do believe

Reader 1: He gave the right to be children of God.

Reader 2: Children born not of natural descent,

Reader 3: Nor of human decision,

Reader 1: Nor a husbands will,

Reader 2: But children born of God.

Reader 3: To those who believe.

Reader 1: The word became flesh.

Reader 3: Making himself nothing.

Reader 2: Taking on the very nature of a servant.

Reader 3: Being made in human likeness.

Reader 1: The word became flesh.

Reader 2: And being found in appearance as a man,

Reader 3: He humbled himself

Reader 2: And became obedient to death,

Reader 3: Even death on a cross.

Reader 1: The word became flesh.

Reader 3: For this reason he had to be made like them,

Reader 2: fully human in every way

Reader 1: The word became flesh

Reader 3: And made his dwelling among us.

Reader 2: And we have seen his glory.

Reader 1: Therefore God exalted him to the highest place

Reader 3: And gave him the name that is above every name,

Reader 2: And we have seen his glory.

Reader 3: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

Reader 1: In heaven

Reader 3: And on earth

Reader 1: And under the earth,

Reader 2: And we have seen his glory

Reader 3: And every tongue confess

Reader 1: That Jesus Christ is Lord,

Reader 3: To the glory of God the Father.

Reader 1: The word became flesh

Reader 2: And we have seen his glory

Reader 3: the glory of the one and only Son,

Reader 2: who came from the Father,

Reader 1: full of grace and truth.

Reader 2: In the beginning

Reader 1: In

Reader 2: The

Reader 3: Beginning

Reader 1: In the beginning was the word.

Reader 3: And the word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.

Reader 1: In

Reader 2: The

Reader 3: Beginning

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2 Responses to “In the Beginning”

  1. marie

    AWESOME. We having been walking through the gospel of John this year at church, just sent to our pastor to ask if we could include it in our christmas gatherings/services. LOVE IT Bryan – thanks for sharing!

    Reply

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