Christmas Day, December 25, 2018 – 9:30AM

A warm welcome is extended to all who join with us in our Christmas Day worship service today!

May something of the glory of Christ’s coming to this earth as “Emmanuel”, meaning “God with us!” as Saviour of sinners come through in the preaching of the Gospel Word and in the Christian praise and fellowship of the congregation. Each Sunday we have two different worship services at 9:30 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. to which you are also very welcome! We are very thankful as church family for all who visit our services. A Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year to all, in the way of truly looking to Jesus Christ the Saviour, and ever following after Him and His word in all our ways. “Joy to the world! The Lord is come, Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, And heaven and nature sing!”

Love is patient:  by Sinclair Ferguson

“Love is not a commodity that comes down from heaven waiting to be unwrapped. No—it is actively exercising patience with other people and with the circumstances God has ordained.  It is being able to take the long-term view, knowing that nothing can happen to us without the will of our heavenly Father. Love acts and reacts without tensing up in irritation because life isn’t fair, without blaming other people for what we are experiencing, and without planning how we’ll get even…..The Son of God, who became flesh….He was patient. He waited, as it were, until all was ready—when David’s royal line had reached perhaps its lowest point, in the home of a Nazareth carpenter and a teenage mother.

The child in the manger is the perfect example of divine patience. The rest of his life gave expression to it. How longsuffering he was. He experienced opposition, virtually from the moment he stepped into the world. Later he tasted misunderstanding in his own family, who didn’t trust him. And then those disciples—so often foolish, at the most critical juncture in his life, they disappointed him. ‘Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me?’ Jesus asked Philip (John 14 v 9).  ‘Could you not watch one hour?’ he asked Peter, James and John (Mark v 37).

And then, on top of it all, there was betrayal by a man who had broken bread with him a matter of hours before—then an illegal trial, false witnesses, a judge with no moral fibre, a wrongful conviction. And then the spitting, the abuse, the humiliation, and the shame and agony of the cross.

If you want to know what patience is, what longsuffering looks like, all you need to do is to read through one of the Gospels. Yes, ‘love is patient’. Jesus was patient. And if the Lord of loving patience lives in you, your love will be patient too.

But there is more. For if you think about it, the greatest illustration you know of his longsuffering is the way he has been so longsuffering towards you.”  

O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant!

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant
Oh come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold Him, born the King of angels;
Refrain: O come, let us adore Him, (3x) Christ the Lord.

O Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation
O Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above;
Glory to God, all glory in the highest:
Refrain: O come let us adore Him, (3x) Christ the Lord.

O Saviour, we greet Thee, born this happy morning;
O Jesus, to Thee be all glory given;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing:
Refrain: O come let us adore Him (3x) Christ the Lord.

Elder’s word of welcome and song of praise: Psalter 413  

Silent prayer

Votum and Salutation (Prayer to God and Greeting from God)

Singing: The Song of Mary, all stanza, (to the tune of Psalter 306) found on     the 2nd page after Psalter 450.

Scripture Reading: Luke 2:1-20

Text: Same

Reading of Heidelberg Catechism Lesson 14, Questions and Answers 35&36, found on page 42 in back of Psalter.

Prayer

Offering

*  Singing: The Song of Simeon, all stanza, (to the tune of Psalter 163) found on the 2nd page after Psalter 450.

Sermon Theme:  

    Seven priceless pearls from Luke 2:1-20 telling of Jesus’ birth!

    Its H _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  –indisputably so!

    Its P _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ –marvelously so!

    Its P _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ –exactly so!

    Its E _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ –uniquely so!

    Its W _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ –infinitely so!

    Its M _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ –happily so!

    Its P _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ –eternally so!

Singing: Psalter 399

Prayer

Singing: Psalter 308

*  Benediction (The LORD’S parting blessing)  

*  Doxology: Psalter 196

GLORY TO GOD!

Glory to God, Glory to God

In highest, in the highest, in the highest!

Peace be on earth, peace be on earth,

And to mankind, goodwill for-ev-er.

Glory to God in the highest;

Glory to God in the highest!

Peace be on earth, Peace be on earth,

Peace be on earth, peace be on earth;

And to mankind, and to mankind, goodwill for-ever,

And to mankind, goodwill for-ever, goodwill for-ever.

Glory to God, Glory to God, In the highest,

In the highest, In the highest!

Peace be on earth, peace be on earth

And to mankind, good-will for-ev-er.

A-men. A-men.

O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant!

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant
Oh come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold Him, born the King of angels;
Refrain: O come, let us adore Him, (3x) Christ the Lord.

O Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation
O Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above;
Glory to God, all glory in the highest:
Refrain: O come let us adore Him, (3x) Christ the Lord.

O Saviour, we greet Thee, born this happy morning;
O Jesus, to Thee be all glory given;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing:
Refrain: O come let us adore Him (3x) Christ the Lord.