Worship – December 18, 2016 – 4th Sunday of Advent

Children’s Christmas Pageant:

“Let’s Keep God’s Love in Christmas”

Watch as the children of a small church practice their Christmas Pageant.  Mr. Bartlett, the pageant director, worries that the spirit of Christmas has been lost in all the glitz, glitter, and commercialism of the season.  He tries to help the children see that God’s love is the real gift of Christmas.

Matthew 1:18-25  (English Standard Version)

The Birth of Jesus Christ

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from 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.

Coffee & Discussion:
9:00 – 9:45 AM – in the Parish Hall Upper Level.  Our current topic is “Peter: The Making of a Disciple.”

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 the children’s Christmas Pageant “Let’s Keep God’s Love in Christmas.”

 

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