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“Average Joe”; Matthew 1:18-25

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 Matthew 1:18-25

 18Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” 24When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

“Average Joe”        

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: Average Joe Matthew 1:18-25 Sunday December 27, 2015

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Christmas Eve Service – Gifts of the Season

Christmas Eve Service Thursday, December 24, 2015  7 p.m.

GIFTS OF THE SEASON

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  • Prelude                        Instrumental
  • Welcome
  • Christ Candle Lighting
  • Opening Song “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice” Chal. 164, vss. 1-3
  • Children Worship & Wonder

Gifts of the Advent Season

Theme Scripture                      Character                     Songs

  1. Peace Isaiah 9:1-7                 Animals                      The Friendly Beasts
  •  Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
  • “The Friendly Beasts” sung by children & parents
  • (GREEN)
  •  CHILDREN UNDER 3rd grade
  1. Hope Luke 1:26-38               Mary
  • “Skit & dance” to “Breath of Heaven.
  • (BLUE)
  •  CHI-RO
  1. Faith Matthew 1:18-24        Joseph
  •  (PURPLE)
  •   NO Congregational Song.
  •   CYF
  •  Presentation of series of boxes with cross inside innermost.
  •  Solo performance
  1. Joy Luke 2:8-20                 Shepherds
  •  (GOLD/YELLOW)  Joy balloon
  • ELDERS
  • Congregational Song: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks, Chal. 154, vss. 1-4
  •  Brief sayings about joy of being elders/shepherds.
  1. Love Luke 2:1-7                   Jesus
  • (RED)
  •   CCF
  •  Congregational Song: Love Came Down at Christmas, New Century 165, vss. 1-3
  •  Reading a poem
  •  Baby Jesus in box.
  1. Grace Matthew 2:1-12          Magi                CMF
  •  White blanket
  •  Congregational Song: As With Gladness, Chal. 173, vss. 1-3

Closing:

  • Invitation to Offering & Communion
  • Passing out of Candles
  • Closing Song “Silent Night” Chalice 145, vss. 1-4 with “Peace, Peace”
  • Benediction

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A joyful thanks to Amy D. for organizing and planning this service and all whom also organized and participated!!!!

A personal thanks to our media team who worked this event Perry Mattern and Scott Ferguson and Bob Phillips for the prep work…Mairi

 

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Something About Mary; I Samuel 3:1-11Luke 1:26-38

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 I Samuel 3:1-11

1Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. 2At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 3the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” 5and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. 6The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 7Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 8The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy.

9Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 11Then the Lord said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle.

Luke 1:26-38

26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 29But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. 33He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. 36And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. 37For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

Something About Mary

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: Something About Mary;  I Samuel 3:1-11Luke 1:26-38 Sunday December 20, 2015

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“A Joy Unconstrained” Isaiah 35:1-10

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 Isaiah 35:1-10

 1The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus 2it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God. 3Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. 4Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.” 5Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;

6then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; 7the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes. 8A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God’s people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray. 9No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. 10And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

“A Joy Unconstrained”        

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: A Joy Unconstrained Isaiah 35:1-10 Sunday December 13, 2015

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“Living or Resting in Peace?” Isaiah 11:1-10

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Isaiah 11:1-10

 1A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 2The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 3His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; 4but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. 5Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. 6The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. 7The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.

9They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. 10On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.

“Living or Resting in Peace?”        

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Living or Resting in Peace?” Isaiah 11:1-10 December 6, 2015

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Christmas Sermon on Peace and Nonviolence, Massey Lecture #5
(Also known as “Peace on Earth” or “a Christmas Sermon on Peace”)
Aired on December 24th, 1967

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