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The history of the world centers in a man, Jesus Christ. All that God is doing in his creation culminates in Jesus Christ in his first and second advents. The God who made all things has set the man Jesus of Nazareth high over all. This is the stunning message of the Scriptures—Jesus Christ is Lord. This theme surfaces over and over again. Consider the passage that will call us to worship this Lord’s Day, Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” God has created all that is for his glory, but the fall marred this great end with its tragic effects on creation and our race. Now, through Jesus Christ, God is at work to restore creation and bring himself glory. This is why the birth of Jesus Christ is so important. This is why God sent a company of angels to exult in his birth. And so, “with the angels let us sing” praise to God and give him glory for the salvation and reconciliation accomplished through Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
In the prayer service, I will bring a lesson from Psalm 119. To begin the service we will sing, “Safely through Another Week.”
This week, I return to Luke 2:10-14 and look at the response of the heavenly angels to the herald’s message to the shepherds. It is a wonderful passage that directs believers to glory in Jesus Christ. This is why verses 13-14 are very fitting for the Lord’s Table. There is very much here for a believer. The “song” of the angels calls us to give praise to God for who he is and what he has done through his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Call to Worship: Ephesians 3:20-21
Hymn 251 [Red] As with Gladness Men of Old
Congregational Reading: Philippians 2:6-11
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Scripture Reading: Daniel 10 & Colossians 1:15-29
Hymn 250 [Red] What Child is This?
Sermon: With the Angels Let Us Sing, Part 2 from Luke 2:10-14
Hymn [Insert] O Lord, How Shall I Greet Thee? We sang this hymn in last week’s prayer service, but I thought it would be good to return to this great Paul Gerhardt carol as we prepare to share in the Lord’s Table this week. Notice how Gerhardt in the third verse looks through the Incarnation of Christ to his atoning death: Love caused Your incarnation; love brought You down to me. Your thirst for my salvation procured my liberty. Oh, love beyond all telling, that led You to embrace in love, all love excelling, our lost and fallen race! The incarnation can only be explained by the Son of God’s desire to rescue lost humanity. He willingly assumed a human nature because he “thirsted” for our salvation. This is love beyond all telling, all love excelling, indeed.
The Lord’s Table
Hymn 245 [Red] Silent Night
In Sunday School, I will teach an introduction to and the first article of the Conservative Christian Declaration.