Heart Prep for Sunday, February 17th, 2019

The text for this week is Luke 5:12-32, where Jesus heals a leper and a paralyzed man and calls Levi as his disciple. He uses words in these accounts that can still pierce our hearts. The worship theme is “Cleansed and Forgiven.” The visual theme is fog, just because it’s fog season in Southeast Texas.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 190217 Heart Prep

Worship:

Leviticus 16:29-31 “And it shall be a statute to you forever that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict yourselves and shall do no work, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you. 30For on this day shall atonement be made for you to cleanse you. You shall be clean before the Lord from all your sins. 31It is a Sabbath of solemn rest to you, and you shall afflict yourselves; it is a statute forever.

Zechariah 12:10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.

Zechariah 13:1 “On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.

1 John 1:5-9 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Living Hope

At the Cross (Love Ran Red)

Second Chances

How Beautiful

Communion Meditation:
O Come to The Altar

Closing Worship
Redeemed (How I Love to Proclaim it)

Scripture for Meditation

Leviticus 14:2-7 “This shall be the law of the leprous person for the day of his cleansing. He shall be brought to the priest, 3and the priest shall go out of the camp, and the priest shall look. Then, if the case of leprous disease is healed in the leprous person, 4the priest shall command them to take for him who is to be cleansed two live clean birds and cedarwood and scarlet yarn and hyssop. 5And the priest shall command them to kill one of the birds in an earthenware vessel over fresh water. 6He shall take the live bird with the cedarwood and the scarlet yarn and the hyssop, and dip them and the live bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the fresh water. 7And he shall sprinkle it seven times on him who is to be cleansed of the leprous disease. Then he shall pronounce him clean and shall let the living bird go into the open field.

Heart Prep for Sunday, February 10th, 2019

The text this week is Luke 5:1-11, the story of Peter’s call to follow Jesus. The visual theme will be fishing boats (on the Sea of Galilee), and the worship will focus on following Jesus (a call implied in Luke’s text but explicit elsewhere).

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 190210 Heart Prep
Isaiah 6:1-8 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” 4And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” 6Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” 8And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

Build Your Kingdom Here

Oh, Zion Haste

Only A Holy God

O Happy Band of Pilgrims – not available on YouTube (but it should be!)

Preparation for Prayer:
Drawn to You

Closing Worship
I Am Resolved

Scripture for Meditation:

 Matthew 4:18-20 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

Luke 5:27-28 After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” 28And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.

Luke 9:23-24 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.

Luke 18:22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

Heart Prep for Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

The text this week is Luke 4:31-44, where Jesus ministers in Capernaum with mercy, authority and power. Our Worship theme is Jesus is Lord, and our visual theme is the Sea of Galilee.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 190203 Heart Prep

Worship:

Luke 2:10-11 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. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

Luke 4:41 And demons also came out of many, crying, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.

Luke 9:20 Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”

Acts 2:36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10  so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11  and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Come, Lord Jesus, Come

Fairest Lord Jesus – Hymn #88

Living Hope

What a Beautiful Name

Communion Song:
Amazing Love

Benediction:
Knowing You

Bonus: New Lyric Video this week:
Three Birds in Babylon

Heart Prep for Sunday, January 20th, 2019

The text this week is Matthew 4:1-13, the remarkably practical account of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness. The visual theme will be desert (wilderness) sunrises and the worship theme is “Thy Word,” since Jesus shows us how to use the Word of God, the Spirit’s sword, to fight temptation.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 190120 Heart Prep
Worship:

Psalm 138:1-2 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; 2I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Ephesians 6:14-17 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Is He Worthy?

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

Thy Word

All Things New

Transition to Communion:
Jesus Paid It All – Hymn #210

Closing Worship:
A Mighty Fortress is Our God – Hymn #26

Scripture for Meditation

James 1:13-15 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

1 John 2:15-16 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.

Heart Prep for Sunday, January 13th, 2019

The text this week is Luke 3:21-38, where Jesus is baptized and his genealogy presented and we see that he is both Son of God and Son of Man. The worship will celebrate his faithfulness to generation after generation, and the visual theme is a lone tree, signifying both Jesus’ family tree and the fact that he alone is able to save.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 190113 Heart Prep

Worship;

Psalm 89:1-8 I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations. 2For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.” 3You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant: 4‘I will establish your offspring forever, and build your throne for all generations.’” Selah 5Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones! 6For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord? Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord, 7a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him? 8O Lord God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O Lord, with your faithfulness all around you?

O God Our Help in Ages Past

Children of the Heavenly Father – Hymn #44

Your Great Name

Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah
(This isn’t the tune we’ll be using, but it’s a good one!)

Closing Worship:

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms – Hymn #354

Scripture for Meditation:

Isaiah 11:1-3 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. 2  And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 3And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.

Isaiah 42:1-4 Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. 2He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; 3a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. 4He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law.

Isaiah 61:1-2 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;

Heart Prep for Sunday, January 6th, 2019

We’re excited to be starting 2019 by continuing our study in Luke. Our text for this week is Luke 3:1-20, where we see the ministry of John the Baptist as he prepares the people for their Messiah. The visual theme will be snowy trails, and the worship theme is “Arise, My Soul, Arise,” as we come in repentance and faith to the same Messiah.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 180106 Heart Prep

Worship:

 Isaiah 40:1-5  Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. 3A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. 5And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Luke 24:45-47 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

Victory in Jesus

Laden With Guilt

Thy Mercy

In Christ Alone

Communion Song:
Arise My Soul Arise

Closing Worship:
Be Thou My Vision
Be Thou My Vision – Audrey Assad

Bonus: New Lyric Video
Abide With Me – Jill Phillips

Scripture for Meditation

 Luke 3:10-14 And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” 11And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” 12Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” 13And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.” 14Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.”

Isaiah 58:6-7 “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? 7Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

Spring 2019 in Luke: The Ministry of the Messiah

The Gospel of Luke

Beginning with Christmas 2018 and continuing into 2019, we are studying the Gospel of Luke. It’s been 25 years since we walked through this wonderful Gospel, so it’s time.

Part 1: The Beginning of the Gospel (Christmas, 2018)
Part 2: The Ministry of the Messiah (January to June 2019)
Part 3: The Journey to Jerusalem (August to November, 2019)
Part 4: The Climax of the Cross (January to Easter, 2020)

Here’s the calendar for Part 2: The Ministry of the Messiah

January 6, 2019
Sermon Title: Prepare
Preaching Portion: Luke 3:1-20
Key Sentence: Let John’s teaching help you be ready to walk with Jesus
Objective: That we would walk with Jesus forgiveness, fruit and fear
Worship: Arise, My Soul, Arise
I. John’s Mission – forgiveness (Luke 3:1-6)
II. John’s Message – fruit (Luke 3:7-14)
III. John’s Messiah – fear (Luke 3:15-20)

January 13, 2018
Sermon Title: Whose Son is He?
Preaching Portion: Luke 3:21-38
Key Sentence: We need him to be who He is, Son of God and Son of Man
Objective: That we embrace God’s promise and its fulfillment.
Worship Theme: Faith of our Fathers
I. Divine Son (Luke 3:21-22)
II. Heir of God’s Promises to His People (Luke 3:23-38)

January 20, 2019
Sermon Title: Temptation
Preaching Portion: Luke 4:1-13
Key Sentence: Temptation is resisted with the Word of God.
Objective: That we learn from the Sinless One to use the Word to overcome temptation.
Worship Theme: Thy Word
Introduction: James 1:13-15, 1 John 2:15-16
I. The desires of the flesh (Luke 4:1-4)
II. The desires of the eyes (Luke 4:5-8)
III. The boastful pride of life (Luke 4:9-13)

January 27, Guest Preacher, Murry Billingsley
Preaching Portion: Luke 4:14-30
(This is probably not Murry’s outline, but you can use it to look at the passage)
Sermon Title: He Confronts Us
Preaching Portion: Luke 4:14-37
Key Sentence: The Good News confronts us with the ministry of Jesus.
Objective: That we would be engage in the ministry of Jesus
Worship Theme: Good News!
I. The Good News . . . . (Luke 4:14-21)
II. Confronts Us . . . (Luke 4:22-30)

February 3, 2019
Sermon Title: Missing the Point
Preaching Portion: Luke 4:31-44
Key Sentence: The merciful authority of Jesus points us to the person of Jesus.
Objective: That we would recognize him as the Holy Son of God
Worship Theme: Jesus is Lord
I. Authority in teaching (Luke 4:31-32)
II. Authority over demons (Luke 4:33-36, 41)
III. Authority over disease (Luke 4:37-40)
IV. Authority in teaching (Luke 4:41-44)

February 10, 2019
Sermon Title: The Lord’s Levels of Inconvenience
Preaching Portion: Luke 5:1-11
Key Sentence: Jesus is calling you to fuller and fuller discipleship
Objective: That we would accept, obey and follow Jesus
I. Acceptance – Can I use your boat (Luke 5:1-3)
II. Obedience – Can I tell you what to do (Luke 5:4-7)
III. Discipleship – Will you give me everything (Luke 5:8-11)

February 17, 2019
Sermon Title: The Red Letters
Preaching Portion: Luke 5:12-32
Key Sentence: Let Jesus speak to your heart the simple words of life.
Objective: That we receive cleansing and forgiveness and follow him.
Worship Theme: Cleansed and Forgiven
I. “I am willing: Be clean” (Luke 5:12-16)
II. “Friend, your sins are forgiven” (Luke 5:17-26)
III. “Follow me” (Luke 5:27-32)

February 24, 2019
Sermon Title: But We’ve Never Done it that Way Before
Preaching Portion: Luke 5:33 – 6:11
Key Sentence: Question tradition – but do it with your eyes on Jesus.
Objective: That we would find freedom in His orbit
Worship Theme: To Be Like Jesus
I. Devotion which centers on Jesus (Luke 5:33-39)
II. Freedom which recognizes him as Lord (Luke 6:1-5)
III. Mercy which follows his example (Luke 6:6-11)

March 3, 2019
Sermon Title: On His Team
Preaching Portion: Luke 6:12-36
Key Sentence: As disciples of Jesus, we must follow his game plan.
Objective: That we would re-orient our lives to his priorities.
Worship Theme: To Imitate His Love and Mercy
I. The Coach: Our Allegiance is to Jesus. (Luke 6:12-19)
II. The Goal: Our Reward is from Jesus. (Luke 6:20-26)
III. The Game Plan: Our Assignment is to love like Jesus. (Luke 6:27-36)

March 10, 2019
Sermon Title: The Examined Life
Preaching Portion: Luke 9:37-49
Key Sentence: Don’t miss the benefits of self examination
Objective: That we would see areas in our lives which could change
Worship Theme: Christ the firm foundation
I. Examine yourself for Godly attitudes. (Luke 6:37-38)
II. Examine yourself for Godly leadership. (Luke 6:39-42)
III. Examine yourself for fruit. (Luke 6:43-45)
IV. Examine yourself for obedience. (Luke 6:46-49)

March 17, 2019
Semon Title: Great Faith, Great Compassion
Preaching Portion: Luke 7:1-17
Key Sentence: The one we trust is powerful and compassionate.
Objective: That we would confidently place our trust in Jesus.
Worship Theme: Merciful and Mighty
I. Those with great faith have a great estimate of Christ. (Luke 17:1-10)
II. Those with great need find great compassion in Christ (Luke 17:11-17)

March 24, 2018
Sermon Title: God’s Purpose
Preaching Portion: Luke 7:18-35
Key Sentence: Fixed expectations leave us in the dark about God’s purposes.
Objective: That we would resolve to wait patiently to see God’s purposes.
Worship Theme: In the Hands of a Faithful God
I. John needed to accept God’s purposes for Jesus (Luke 7:18-23)
II. The crowds needed to accept God’s purposes for John (Luke 7:24-29)
III. The pharisees needed to accept God’s purposes for themselves (Luke 7:30-35)

March 31, 2019
Sermon Title: Broken and Spilled Out
Preaching Portion: Luke 7:36-50
Key Sentence: Our love grows in response to his great forgiveness!
Objective: That we glorify God for what he has spent for us.
I. Love Demonstrated (Luke 7:36-38)
II. Love Explained (Luke 7:39-43)
III. Love Compared (Luke 7:44-47)
IV. Love Confirmed (Luke 7:48-50)

April 7, 2019
Sermon Title: Fruitful Hearing
Preaching Portion: Luke 8:1-15
Key Sentence: Changed lives come from hearing the word of God,
and allowing it to affect us deeply.
Objective: That God’s message would affect us deeply and change us.
Worship Theme: Broken and Spilled Out
I. Changed lives . . . . (Luke 8:1-3)
II. come from hearing the word of God . . . (Luke 8:4-10)
III. and allowing it to affect us deeply. (Luke 8:11-15)

April 14, 2019 Palm Sunday

April 18, 2019 Maundy Thursday (Passover is Friday)

April 21, 2019 Easter

April 28, 2019
Sermon Title: The Way of Obedience
Preaching Portion: Luke 8:16-25
Key Sentence: The way of obedience is God’s best way for the believer.
Objective: That we would renew our commitment to trust and obey
Worship Theme: Blessed Obedience
I. The way of integrity. (Luke 8:16-18)
II. The way of intimacy. (Luke 8:19-21)
III. The way of security. (Luke 8:22-25)

May 5, 2019
Sermon Title: The Pattern of Renewal
Preaching Portion: Luke 8:26-39
Key Sentence: An encounter with Jesus turns torment to testimony
Objective: That we would see the benefits of trial and encounter
Worship Theme: Greater than a Legion of Foes
I. Torment (Luke 8:26-29)
II. Encounter (Luke 8:30-33)
III. Sanity (Luke 8:34-36)
IV. Testimony (Luke 8:37-39)

May 12, 2019
Sermon Title: A Story Within a Story
Preaching Portion: Luke 8:40-56
Key Sentence: Have faith that the same love Jesus showed to someone else in need, he will show to you.
Objective: That we would have the assurance of his love
Worship Theme: A God of Great Compassion
I. The Outside Story – Part 1 (Luke 8:40-42)
II. The Inside Story (Luke 8:43-48)
III. The Outside Story – Part II (Luke 8:49-56)

May 19, 2019 (Guest Preacher)

May 26, 2019
Sermon Title: Who Can Do This?
Preaching Portion: Luke 9:1-17
Key Sentence: Only Jesus can meet the needs of all who seek him.
Objective: That we would rely on Jesus alone for life and ministry
Worship Theme: The Bread of Life
I. Do your work in dependence on him . . . (Luke 9:1-6)
II. Don’t even try to compare him to others . . . . (Luke 9:7-10)
III. Only Jesus can meet the needs of all who seek Him. (Luke 9:10-17)

June 2nd, 2019 (Guest Preacher, Tina’s Wedding)

June 9, 2019
Sermon Title: Who This Is
Preaching Portion: Luke 9:18-36
Key Sentence: He is the Christ who will suffer: follow Him.
He is the Son who will be glorified: listen to Him.
Objective: That we would see Jesus in His Glory
I. The Christ: follow Him (Luke 9:18-27)
II. The Son: listen to Him (Luke 9:28-36)

June 16, 2019
Title: Mid-Terms
Text: Luke 9:37-62
Worship Theme: The Lordship of Christ
Key Sentence: What area of discipleship do you need to work on?
Outline:
I. Confidence (37-45) Do I have confidence when Jesus is out of sight? Do I have confidence in his plan of salvation?
II. “I” Trouble (46-56) Do I have “I” trouble in my relationships? Do I suffer from spiritual intolerance? Am I compassionate toward those who oppose me?
Ill Priorities (57-62) Is Jesus more important than my comfort? Is Jesus more important than my duty? Is Jesus more important than my affections?

June 23, 2019
Title: A Special Relationship
Text: Luke 10:1-24
Key Sentence: God’s Messengers enjoy a special relationship with Him.
Outline:
I. They are appointed
II. They are empowered
III. They are blessed

June 30, 2019
Title: Love by Example
Text: Luke 10:25-42
Key Sentence: Love is learned by example. Therefore imitate those who love. Outline:
I. The Law of Love
II. The Samaritan: Love for Others
III. Mary: Love for God.

Heart Prep for Sunday, December 23rd and Christmas Eve, 2018

(Scroll down for Christmas Eve)

The text for Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 is Luke 2:21-40, where Mary and Joseph take Jesus to Jerusalem and Simeon and Anna rejoice in Him. The worship theme is Christmas with a focus on God’s faithfulness. The visual theme is still aurora.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 181223 Heart Prep and Christmas Eve
Worship

Psalm 98:1-6 Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. 2The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. 3He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 4Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! 5Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! 6With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!

Isaiah 52:7-10 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” 8The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice; together they sing for joy; for eye to eye they see the return of the Lord to Zion. 9Break forth together into singing, you waste places of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted his people; he has redeemed Jerusalem. 10The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

O Come All Ye Faithful

How Suddenly a Baby Cries – Getty

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Casting Crowns version)

The First Noel – Hymn #136

Prayer Time:
Now That I’ve Held Him in My Arms (Simeon’s Song) – Michael Card

Benediction:
O Holy Night – Hymn #148

Bonus: New Christmas music by Caroline Cobb
Emmanuel (Every Promise Yes in Him)

Scripture for Meditation

Isaiah 49:1-6 Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar. The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name. 2He made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow; in his quiver he hid me away. 3And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” 4But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my right is with the Lord, and my recompense with my God.” 5And now the Lord says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him— for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord, and my God has become my strength— 6  he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

Christmas Eve Service

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing – Hymn #133

Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Video: Matthew’s Begats

Matthew 1:17

Matthew 1:18-25

Special: Joseph’s Song – Michael Card

Carol:Welcome to Our World

Luke 2:1-7

Special: Labor of Love – (Andrew Peterson, Jill Phillips)

Carol: Silent Night – Hymn #147

Matthew 2:1-12

Carol:We Three Kings – Hymn #166

John 1:1-18

Special: Noel by Lauren Daigle

Colossians 1:13-20

Philippians 2:5-11 (Cross)

Let all Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Joy to the World – Hymn #125

Heart Prep for Sunday, December 16th, 2018

The text for this week is Luke 2:1-20, where good new of great joy comes to the humble town of Bethlehem. Worship will focus on the wonder of God humbling himself to a human birth. Visuals will still be aurora!

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 181216 Heart Prep

Worship:

Micah 5:1-5 Now muster your troops, O daughter of troops; siege is laid against us; with a rod they strike the judge of Israel on the cheek. 2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. 3Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel. 4 And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. 5 And he shall be their peace.

Angels We Have Heard on High – Hymn #132

How Many Kings – Downhere

Away in a Manger

One Small Child – Hymn #164

Offertory:
Strange Way to Save the World

Communion Song:
There Blooms A Rose in Bethlehem

Closing Worship:
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Scripture for Meditation

Luke 2:8-20 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

15When 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.” 16And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

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