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When you look closely at the birth narratives of Jesus Christ, the Scriptures reveal that one of the most important appropriate responses of any person to the good news of Christ’s birth is one of joy. Again and again, Luke (as well as Matthew) emphasize the high joy of believers at the events leading up to and including Christ’s birth. This theme also comes out in the Old Testament passages foretelling the coming of this Christ, one of which serves as our call to worship this coming Lord’s Day, Zechariah 9:9a: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he!” This passage is rightly associated with Palm Sunday, but it captures the spirit of the birth of Christ very well as well, for the coming of Israel’s true and eternal King is the cause of the greatest joy.
In the prayer service this Lord’s Day, we will return to the book of Acts and the next occurrence of prayer. We will begin the service singing “Lift Up Your Heads” (Red 224).
The sermon this Sunday will continue to look at God’s sovereign leading of Moses before the Lord uses him to deliver Israel out of slavery and oppression. Last week we saw how Moses loved God’s people and identified with them over this world’s riches. This week, we continue working through this wonderful text, and see further evidence of Moses’ faith in his father’s God.
Call to Worship: Zechariah 9:9a
Hymn 238 [Red] Good Christian Men, Rejoice
Congregational Reading: Psalm 49:5-6, 16-20
Doxology: Diademata, Red 293
Hymn 250 [Red] What Child is This?
Hymn 230 [Red] Angels We Have Heard on High
Scripture Reading: Daniel 9 & Colossians 1:1-14
Hymn 232 [Red] From Heaven Above to Earth I Come
Sermon: A Sojourner’s Faith, Part 2 from Exodus 2:11-25
Hymn [Insert] In the Bleak Mid-winter Probably a couple weeks ago, I saw it again; someone complaining about this great hymn for this or that reason. It is important to understand that Christina Rossetti is using the winter setting of Christmas as a symbol of the spiritual winter that had come across all humanity through our sin. Even if someone wants to quibble that we don’t know when Jesus was born (though it should be noted a decent case can be made for winter), the imagery is still poignant for its significance. In Moses’s life, we see an example of the great shepherd who would come after him, Jesus. As Moses by faith embraced suffering with God’s people, so did Christ for our salvation.
In Sunday School, Eric White will teach us the Theology of the Gospel according to John.