Worship – December 13, 2015 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

“Three Important Questions Concerning Christmas”

3rd Sunday of Advent

Psalm 51:1–2, 4, 7, 13  (English Standard Version)

51 Have mercy on me,[a] O God,
    according to your steadfast love;…

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
    and cleanse me from my sin!

4 …you may be justified in your words
    and blameless in your judgment.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
    wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    and sinners will return to you.

Matthew 1:17-25  (English Standard Version)

17 So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

The Birth of Jesus Christ

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ[a] took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed[b] to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with childfrom the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
    and they shall call his name Immanuel”

(which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

Sunday School:
10:00 – 11:00 AM – in the Parish Hall Lower Level. A Children’s Church program is available weekly on Sunday mornings.

Nursery Ministry:
10:00 – 11:00 AM – in the Parish Hall Lower Level. Available every Sunday morning during the worship service.

Sunday Morning Worship:
10:00 AM – in the Sanctuary. Join us today for Pastor Tom Hendershot’s sermon “Three Important Questions Concerning Christmas.”

 

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