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12-17-17

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Meditation

Advent Wreath: Shepherd’s Candle

Call to Worship                                                                                                                                           Matthew 4:10

Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.’”

Invocation

*Hymn # 218          “Angels, from the Realms of Glory”

 Call to Confession          Matthew 16:21-23

From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.  And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord!  This shall never happen to You.”  But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan!  You are a hindrance to Me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon          Hebrews 2:14-15

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.

* Hymn # 213          “What Child Is This”

*Old and New Testament Reading

O.T.:  Exodus 3:13-14 (“I AM”—One Eternal, Unchanging, Self-existing God)

N.T.: 1 Timothy 3:16 (The Great Mystery of Godliness, the Incarnation)

*Pastor: This is the Word of our God.

*Congregation: The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.

Affirmation of Faith          Definition of Chalcedon (AD 451)

Therefore, following the holy fathers, we all with one accord teach men to acknowledge one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, at once complete in Godhead and complete in manhood, truly God and truly man, consisting also of a reasonable soul and body; of one substance with the Father as regards His Godhead, and at the same time of one substance with us as regards His manhood; like us in all respects, apart from sin; as regards His Godhead, begotten of the Father before the ages, but yet as regards His manhood begotten, for us men and for our salvation, of Mary the Virgin, the God-bearer; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, Only-begotten, recognized in two natures, without confusion, without change, without division, without separation; the distinction of natures being in no way annulled by the union, but rather the characteristics of each nature being preserved and coming together to form one person and subsistence, not as parted or separated into two persons, but one and the same Son and Only-begotten God the Word, Lord Jesus Christ; even as the prophets from earliest times spoke of Him, and our Lord Jesus Christ Himself taught us, and the creed of the fathers has handed down to us.

Pastoral Prayer

*Hymn # 214          “Angels We Have Heard on High”

Tithes and Offerings

*The Hymn of Response          “O Come, all Ye Faithful” (1st vs. only)

O Come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,

O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;

Come and behold Him born the King of angels;

O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

*Prayer of Thanksgiving

Prayer for Illumination

*Sermon Text: Luke 2:1-21          “Christmas Is”          Chaplain Ken Godwin

 Sermon Outline: below

Prayer for Transformation

*Hymn # 200          “It Came upon the Midnight Clear”

*Benediction

*Hymn # 224          “Go, Tell It on the Mountain” (Chorus Only)

Go, tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere;

Go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born.

 

 

Sermon Outline:                              Christmas Is (Luke 2:1-21)

The meaning of Christmas for us individually has real and eternal value only when we base that meaning on what Christmas truly is.

What Christmas means to me. Does this matter?

For the purpose of a more meaningful Christmas season, we should be reminded of what Christmas IS.

  • Christmas IS History.
  1. Roman leaders – vv. 1-2
  2. Census and taxes – vv. 1-3
  3. Historical places – vv. 1-5
  4. Genealogies; a new generation begins – vv. 4-7
  5. Application:

Celebrating Christmas is commemorating historical events

Resist the temptation to mythologize Christmas.

  • Christmas IS Good News.
  1. The shepherds need it. vv. 8-9
  2. The angels declare it. vv. 10-14
  3. They preach the “gospel.” v. 10
  4. The shepherds receive it and confirm it (believe it). vv. 15-16
  5. Application:

The gospel message is found in every facet of Jesus’ life.

We should remind ourselves that the perfect life, death, resurrection and ascension of our Lord starts in Bethlehem.

  • Christmas IS Inherently Evangelistic.
  1. The shepherds “made known” the good news. vv. 15-18, 20
  2. Mary “pondered” these things. vs. 19
  3. The significance of Jesus’ name in evangelism. vs. 21
  4. Application:

As the shepherds did, we should share what we know this and every Christmas.

We must be sensitive to those for whom Christmas is not a time of joy.

Doxology: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked on the humble estate of His servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is for those who fear Him from generation to generation.”

Mary’s Magnificat, Luke 1:46-50

     
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    Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways!
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