Worship Guide – December 4, 2016
Pre-Service Song: “All I Have Is Christ”—Hymn #389
Welcome & Invitation to Worship: Pastor Jayson
Scripture Reading: Luke 1:26-38—Josh Brown
Call to Worship: “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”—Hymn #216
Adoration: “Who is He in Yonder Stall?”—Hymn #256
Worship in Giving: Mike Davis
Gospel Reflection: “Joy Has Dawned”—Hymn #237
(Children Pre-K-6th Grade Dismissed to E-Kids)
Text: John 17:1-5 Message: “Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer”
Response & Invitation
Communion: “Behold the Lamb”—Hymn #343
Closing & Benediction:
This Week At Emmanuel
9:30 AM—Children’s Sunday School & Adult Discipleship
10:30 AM—Morning Worship
6 PM—Redemptive Relationships
9 AM—Ladies Bible Study (in the “Upper Room”)
6:30 PM—Last week we began an exciting new series, “How Firm a Foundation.” We’ll be exploring how we got the Bible, why & how it’s inspired, how we know which books are supposed to be in the Bible, and learn about translations and preservation of the text.
Church Cleaning: The December sign up sheet is available on the bulletin board in the lobby! Please sign up for a week/section. Every member matters!
Be Informed!: Sign up for weekly emails, follow the church’s blog, and follow our Facebook page for recommended resources, articles, and announcements.
Christmas Giving: In the midst of our Christmas gift giving, let’s not forget the work God is doing here at Emmanuel.
Esther Play: Be sure to purchase your tickets soon! Showings this Friday at 7 PM and Saturday at 2 PM. Tickets are available now through the school office 304-624-6125. Dinner/play tickets for Friday evening and lunch/play tickets on Saturday are available as well!
Vision Night: Next Sunday, December 11 at 6 PM—Come celebrate some things God has been doing at Emmanuel, hear some vision, future plans and financial update, ask questions, and spend time in prayer.
Bring a favorite dessert to share!
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: Christmas Eve at 6:30 PM we are having a special evening of Carols, Candlelight, & Communion.
“Souper” Bowl of Chili Cook-off: Save the date for our annual Souper Bowl of Chili Cook-off on Sunday, February 5th after the morning service! A sign-up sheet is available on the bulletin board for chili contest entries as well as other soups and sides.
“How to Stay Christian During Christmas”
Part 1: Don’t Be Surprised By the World Being Secular
At its foundation, Christmas is a Christian holiday. It is the time of year when Christ followers recognize what C. S. Lewis describes as the “grandest miracle of all.” For Christians, having this understanding of the nature of Christmas is the undercurrent of why we partake in all of the festivities. All of the gift giving, parties, meals, family visits, etc. are built upon the foundation that Christ has come to earth, purchased our salvation, and delights in our delight of one another. It is fundamentally a theological understanding of the season.
By its very nature, the secular Christmas season does not recognize Christ. Secular culture is in rebellion against Christ’s lordship, and this extends to the holidays that are celebrated. Since Christ has dominion over all, and secular culture is in the business of rebelling against Christ, of course they will try to remove Christ from Christmas. If Christmas is about recognizing Christ’s incarnation, and secular culture by its very nature does not recognize Christ, then the Christian Christmas is not for the non-believer.