This Lord’s Day we will finish our look at Simeon’s word to Mary and Joseph. He predicted that their Son, Jesus, would bring radical division between people and would reveal what is really in the hearts of all people. He added that Jesus would bring great sorrow to Mary. What did Simeon mean by this prophecy and how would it be fulfilled?
Our sermon will explore the sacrificial work of Christ and its effect in the lives of all who hear his message.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Call to Worship 1 Timothy 1:15-16
Hymn 88 O Come, All Ye Faithful
Worship through Giving
Response: Hymn 103 What Child Is This?
Hymn 112 Away in a Manger
Note: This beautiful hymn is attributed to Martin Luther and was written for children. Luther was determined to teach the message of Christ to children through hymns and catechism.
Hymn Insert Behold, the Great Creator
Note: This theologically rich Christmas carol tells the story with the appropriate starting point: the eternal Son of God. It highlights the mystery of the Creator inhabiting the clay he created, the eternal, mighty Word now a baby crying. (The word “aye” at the end of verse 1 means “forever”).
Scripture Reading Titus 2:1-15
Hymn 108 We Three Kings
Note: This classic Christmas carol is well-known and well-loved. Technically, now one knows how many magi traveled from the east to visit Jesus. The traditional number three comes from the three types of gifts they brought. This hymn uses the gifts as symbols of the identity and sacrifice of Jesus.
Message The Grace of God has Appeared
Pastor Steven Thomas
Hymn 90 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Note: In the final verse of Charles Wesley’s classic hymn, we acknowledge and embrace Christ and his saving work.
Prayer Response Jon Lont
Benediction John Miles
Hymn 109 Silent Night! Holy Night!