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“Dwelling” (Colossians 3:12-17, Luke 2:41-52), Dec. 26, 2021

First Reading

Colossians 3:12-17 (NRSV)

 

As Gods chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to [Abba God] through him.

 

Second Reading

Luke 2:41-52 (CEB)

 

Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. When he was 12 years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to their custom. After the festival was over, they were returning home, but the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem… After three days they found him in the temple. He was sitting among the teachers, listening to them and putting questions to them. Everyone who heard him was amazed by his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were shocked.

His mother said, Child, why have you treated us like this? Listen! Your father and I have been worried. Weve been looking for you!” Jesus replied, Why were you looking for me? Didnt you know that it was necessary for me to be in my Fathers house?” But they didnt understand what he said to them. Jesus went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. His mother cherished every word in her heart. Jesus matured in wisdom and years, and in favor with God and with people.

 

Dwelling

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“Christmas Eve” (Luke 2:1-7, Luke 2:8-20), Dec. 24, 2021

The Prophecy

Isaiah 9:2-7 (NRSV)

 

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined.  For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

 

The Story

Luke 2:1-7 (NRSV)

 

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

 

The Story Continues…

Luke 2:8-20 (NRSV)

 

Nearby shepherds were living in the fields, guarding their sheep at night. The Lords angel stood before them, the Lords glory shone around them, and they were terrified. The angel said, Dont be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you—wonderful, joyous news for all people. Your savior is born today in Davids city. He is Christ the Lord. This is a sign for you: you will find a newborn baby wrapped snugly and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great assembly of the heavenly forces was with the angel praising God. They said, Glory to God in heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors.”

 

When the angels returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, Lets go right now to Bethlehem and see whats happened. Lets confirm what the Lord has revealed to us.” They went quickly and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger.

 

When they saw this, they reported what they had been told about this child. Everyone who heard it was amazed at what the shepherds told them. Mary committed these things to memory and considered them carefully. The shepherds returned home, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. Everything happened just as they had been told.

We apologize for we had sound issues with our video but we did include picture slides:

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“A Way to Have a Room with a View” (Love) (Micah 5:2-5a,Luke 1: 46-55), Dec. 19, 2021

First Reading

Micah 5:2-5a (CEB)

 

As for you, Bethlehem of Ephrathah,

    though you are the least significant of Judahs forces,

        one who is to be a ruler in Israel on my behalf will come out from you.

    His origin is from remote times, from ancient days.

Therefore, he will give them up

        until the time when she who is in labor gives birth.

        The rest of his kin will return to the people of Israel.

He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,

        in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.

        They will dwell secure,

        because he will surely become great throughout the earth;

        he will become one of peace.

 

Second Reading

Luke 1: 46-55

 

Mary got up and hurried to a city in the Judean highlands. She entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. With a loud voice she blurted out, God has blessed you above all women, and he has blessed the child you carry. Why do I have this honor, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. Happy is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill the promises he made to her.”

 

Mary said,

With all my heart I glorify the Lord!

    In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior.

He has looked with favor on the low status of his servant.

    Look! From now on, everyone will consider me highly favored

        because the mighty one has done great things for me.

Holy is his name.

    He shows mercy to everyone,

        from one generation to the next,

        who honors him as God.

He has shown strength with his arm.

    He has scattered those with arrogant thoughts and proud inclinations.

    He has pulled the powerful down from their thrones

        and lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things

    and sent the rich away empty-handed.

He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,

        remembering his mercy,

    just as he promised to our ancestors,

        to Abraham and to Abraham’s descendants forever.

 

“A Way to Have a Room with a View”

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“A Way to Know How Much Is Enough” (Joy) (Isaiah 12: 2-6, Luke 3: 7-18), Dec. 12, 2021

First Reading

Isaiah 12: 2-6 (CEB)

 

God is indeed my salvation;

    I will trust and wont be afraid.

Yah, the Lord, is my strength and my shield;

    he has become my salvation.”

You will draw water with joy from the springs of salvation.

And you will say on that day:

Thank the Lord; call on Gods name;

    proclaim Gods deeds among the peoples;

    declare that Gods name is exalted.

Sing to the Lord, who has done glorious things;

    proclaim this throughout all the earth.”

Shout and sing for joy, city of Zion,

    because the holy one of Israel is great among you.

 

Second Reading

Luke 3: 7-18 (CEB)

 

Then John said to the crowds who came to be baptized by him, You children of snakes! Who warned you to escape from the angry judgment that is coming soon? Produce fruit that shows you have changed your hearts and lives. And dont even think about saying to yourselves, Abraham is our father. I tell you that God is able to raise up Abrahams children from these stones. The ax is already at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn’tt produce good fruit will be chopped down and tossed into the fire.”

 

The crowds asked him, What then should we do?” He answered, Whoever has two shirts must share with the one who has none, and whoever has food must do the same.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized. They said to him, Teacher, what should we do?” He replied, Collect no more than you are authorized to collect.” Soldiers asked, What about us? What should we do?” He answered, Dont cheat or harass anyone, and be satisfied with your pay.”

 

The people were filled with expectation, and everyone wondered whether John might be the Christ. John replied to them all, I baptize you with water, but the one who is more powerful than me is coming. Im not worthy to loosen the strap of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. The shovel he uses to sift the wheat from the husks is in his hands. He will clean out his threshing area and bring the wheat into his barn. But he will burn the husks with a fire that cant be put out.” With many other words John appealed to them, proclaiming good news to the people.

 

“A Way to Know How Much Is Enough”

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Come Join Us Fri Dec 17, 6-8pm “The Real Story of Jesus of Nazareth” Live Story Telling, Nativity Sets, Gifts, Refreshments, Music and more…

We will be presenting live The Real Story of Jesus of Nazareth. A series of stations inside our sanctuary with storytellers at each will re-enact the arrival of our Savior – from the announcement to Mary and Elizabeth all the way to Jesus’ being taken into Egypt.

We will also have our display of Nativity Scenes, refreshments, music, and gifts for the kids available for our visitors.

Where: 6771 Tylersville Road, Mason OH 45040 Compass Christian Church

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