Worship Guide – December 18, 2016
Pre-Service Song: “God in Flesh & Blood”
Welcome & Invitation to Worship: Pastor Jayson
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11
Call to Worship: “Angels from the Realms of Glory”—Hymn #222
Adoration: “All Glory Be to Christ”—Hymn #133
Worship in Giving: “Silent Night”—E-Kids
Gospel Reflection: “What Child Is This?”—Hymn #230
(Children Pre-K-6th Grade Dismissed to E-Kids)
Text: Luke 1:13-17
Message: “The Magnificat: Mary’s Christmas Prayer”
Response & Invitation
Closing & Benediction
This Week At Emmanuel
9:30 AM—Children’s Sunday School & Adult Discipleship
10:30 AM—Morning Worship
6 PM—Life Groups
(No Life Groups next week on Christmas Day)
6:30 PM—Series: “How Firm a Foundation”
6:30 PM—Christmas Eve Service Carols, Candlelight, & Communion.
Christmas Gifts for Jesus: There is a box up front to give a Christmas gift for Jesus.
New Members: Welcome to Bart & Alethia Hunking to the Emmanuel family!
Women’s Bible Study: Meets every first Wednesday at 9 AM in the “Upper Room.” All ladies welcome! While going through “Becoming a Titus 2 Woman” by Martha Peace. they will be meeting weekly, beginning with the January 4 meeting.
Christmas Day: One service at 10:30 AM!
Sanctity of Life Sunday: Sunday, January 22.
“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.
Prayer Requests may be submitted the following ways:
¨ The online “prayer request form” on the church website
¨ The church’s One-Anothering Facebook Group. Join the group at: www.facebook.com/groups/emmanuelwv
¨ Via phone (304) 622-3584 or email ([email protected])
Online Giving: Secure online giving is a way for you to prioritize your giving no matter what your schedule or financial processes.
Text to Give: Just text 304-406-7467 to set up giving by text message!
“How to Stay Christian During Christmas”
Part 3. Share the Gospel!
The best way for a Christian to keep a faithful witness this Christmas season is to actually be a witness. We are celebrating the birth of Christ who saved us from sin. When we celebrate Christmas, we celebrate the gospel. Consider Philippians 2:
…though [Jesus] was in the form of God, he did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
This is truth! This is the gospel! Do not waste your time getting wrapped up in cultural Christianity’s battle when the salvific gospel needs to be preached! The worst thing that a Christian can do this holiday season is bemoan the lack of festivities on Starbucks cups when the baristas making your coffee are dead in their trespasses. How can we battle over putting Christ in X-mas when Christ in not in the life of your neighbor? God the Son became incarnate, and it is our mission to take that incarnation into a world that longs for reconciliation.
Unbelievers will not and cannot truly participate in Christmas because they have yet to hear and accept the good news of the Redeemer. This Christmas season, do not engage in a war that supports a nominal, damning shell of the gospel. Instead, make the gospel your focus. The gradual loss of cultural Christianity provides an ideal climate to identify and evangelize unbelievers. Pick your battles wisely, and ultimately, whether or not Christ is in the world’s “X-mas” does not prevent you from being a devoted follower of Jesus this Christmas season.