Published on December 5th, 2016 | by Janell Zuercher0
Worship: December 11th, 2016
On Sunday, December 11th, Pastor Tony continued his 4 part Advent series, focusing on the Prophets of Advent. Through this passage we see that in some sense, the shepherds at Christ’s birth can be seen as representative of us all.
9:45 am Children’s Sunday School
10:00 am Youth and Adult Sunday School 11:00 am Late Worship Service
6:00 pm Christmas Nativity Pageant
Text: Luke 2:8-20
 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.  And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,  “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”  When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”  And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.  And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.  And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.  But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.  And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Hymn of Adoration: # 208 O Come, All Ye Faithful
Hymn or Spiritual Songs: # 215 While by the Sheep We Watched at Night
Hymn of Response: # 222 While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
Dismissal Hymn: # 218 Angels, from the Realms of Glory (5)
Additional Readings: The Westminster Confession of Faith Chapter 8, Section 2
The Son of God, the second Person in the Trinity, being very and eternal God, of one substance, and equal with the Father, did, when the fullness of time was come, take upon him man’s nature, with all the essential properties and common infirmities thereof; yet without sin: being conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost, in the womb of the Virgin Mary, of her substance. So that two whole, perfect, and distinct natures, the Godhead and the manhood, were inseparably joined together in one person, without conversion, composition, or confusion. Which person is very God and very man, yet one Christ, the only Mediator between God and man.
Full Liturgy for December 11th, 2016 (PDF)
Sermons from Advent
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