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December 2020

December 31, 2020 - New Year's Eve

TONIGHT’S WORSHIP FOCUS: There’s Time to Bear Fruit. Tonight’s Scripture readings reveal that God’s Word and the salvation it brings will last; however, this world and our lives will not. God graciously gives us time right now to hear his Word, which produces fruit (repentance). This Word leads to heaven! Personal Prayer Before Worship: Dear God, thank you for your enduring Word. I need it to lead me to repentance. I repent of all my sins and I pray that you would...

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December 27, 2020 - First Sunday after Christmas

TODAY'S WORSHIP FOCUS: Miracles of Christmas. There are two great miracles in Christmas: the one that God has become man for us and for our salvation; the other that he in grace reveals the first miracle even to each of us and blesses each of us with all its benefits. Personal Prayer Before Worship: Sovereign Lord, I rejoice at this miraculous opportunity to hear about and believe in Jesus, the salvation from sin that I need. You know all my thoughts. Forgive those which are sinful. Lead...

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December 24, 2020 - Christmas Eve

Prayer before worship: Father, open my heart to hear and believe your word, so that through faith, your Son may take his rightful place not just in the manger, but also within my heart. In his name I pray. Amen. Service of Lessons and Carols Our worship this evening is an adaptation of the Lessons and Carols service traditionally held at King's College, Cambridge, England, on December 24th every year. Lessons and Carols was first held on Christmas Eve, 1918. It was planned by Eric...

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December 25, 2020 - Christmas Day

Worship in Focus TODAY'S WORSHIP FOCUS: Our Savior's Glory. On Christmas many people, and we at times, focus only on what is cute or what, compared to Jesus, has little importance. Those cute and trite things may include gifts under the tree, goodies in the stockings, or Christmas food on the table. But today God's Word shows us what's more important than those: Our Savior's Glory. Our Savior has been born to us in the flesh. He is our salvation from sin. He sustains all...

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December 20, 2020 - Fourth Sunday in Advent

TODAY'S WORSHIP FOCUS: David’s descendant reigns forever. Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall, but one kingdom will never fall. King David’s descendant is the king of that kingdom. David’s descendant was born of a virgin Mary. He is now revealed to us in the Holy Scriptures. He is Christ the Lord. David’s descendant Jesus reigns forever! That means he rules the lives of us, who believe in him. We wait for his coming this Advent season. To God be glory forever!...

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December 16, 2020 - Midweek Advent 3

Midweek Advent Devotions: Lost and Found A look at the Christmas story from the perspective of people who lost parts of their lives for Christmas, but found something better in Christmas. The Shepherds (Luke 2:8-20) Joseph (Matthew 1:18-25) Mary (Luke 1:26-38)   Tonight's Worship Focus: Found: A Life of Peace with God's Will. God's will can be surprising to us, but it is always best! Tonight's devotion will highlight what Mary lost, but what she found that...

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December 13, 2020 ~ 3rd Sunday in Advent

TODAY'S WORSHIP FOCUS: Desire the Savior. Today we will hear especially in the Scripture lessons good news about our Savior. The fact is, though, that many people do not want him. They would rather have something else. Remember that this Savior is the light in this dark world. He binds up the brokenhearted. He will surely come again. The Savior is good! Desire the Savior. Personal Prayer Before Worship: Dear Jesus, I am thankful for John the Baptist, who while under pressure continued to...

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November 29, 2020 ~ 1st Sunday in Advent

~ Worship in Focus ~ The Season of Advent: In Advent the Word of God bids us prepare for the coming of Christ. The readings for Advent have this urgency to them: Since he is surely coming again in judgment, we desperately need for him to come to us first in grace. For without that coming in grace we will perish at his coming in judgment. The Prayer of the Day on each Sunday in Advent is especially beautiful. These ancient prayers were said by many of the faithful even during the week when...

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December 9, 2020 ~ Midweek Advent 2

TONIGHT’S WORSHIP FOCUS: Found: A Life of Losing Face for God. During the midweek Advent services this year we get to consider the general theme: "Lost and Found." Each week we look at another type of loss in life to find something better as a Christian. Tonight we hear that sometimes the Christian life means losing face for God. People may think badly of us when we have done right. Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, experienced that. The apostle Peter also speaks of that...

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December 6, 2020 ~ 2nd Sunday in Advent

TODAY'S WORSHIP FOCUS: Last week Jesus told us, "Watch!" His coming is sure, but the time will be unexpected. By looking to our coming Savior, we are prepared for his coming and the judgment of the living and the dead. This week we are reminded of those who bring us the message of the Savior. John the Baptist was one messenger. The prophets and apostles were too. Pastors and teachers also humbly share this message of the Savior. Let us hear these humble messengers of our...

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Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Romans 5:1