December 23, 2018

Welcome to church today. We are thankful for all who come from
the church family and very glad for any and all visitors too! We
come to worship the one true God. How great is the LORD when
you think of John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that He gave
His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not
perish but have everlasting life.” What more gracious good news
could there ever be? May we ourselves love to hear the precious
gospel tidings in a way that we not only be joyful recipients and
custodians of the only good news but also joyful reflectors and
conveyors of it to those around us, beginning in our homes and
church fellowship. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

This Tuesday, December 25, the congregation is invited to come
and worship the Lord in a special service remembering the most
astonishing miracle and everlasting wonder of Jesus’ birth, come
as “Emmanuel”, God with us. Our Christmas Day service begins at
9:30 a.m. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,
(and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the
Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14!

Quotes to reflect on: “There’s a weakness to be found somewhere inside you, even if you haven’t discovered it yet.” S. Ferguson

“There is tremendous relief in knowing that His love to me is based at every point on prior knowledge of the worst about me.” J.I. Packer

“The humanity assumed by Christ [when conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary] must be the same as ours in nature (sin apart, which is an accretion, [something added to] on our created existence). To the extent Jesus deviates in his humanity from our humanity, to that extent He is disqualified from functioning as our Saviour.” S. Ferguson commenting on Calvin’s faithful teaching on the Incarnation.

“…The sure path to ruining Christmas is to make it an obligatory holiday or a mark of Christian maturity. Celebrating it because we believe we must or because we believe it merits some kind of favor with God is to replace gospel with law and freedom with captivity. We celebrate Christmas best when we celebrate it not because we have to, but because we freely choose to. This freedom, after all, is what Jesus gave us by His coming. Once we acknowledge there is no special command to be obeyed or grace to be earned, then we can celebrate in true gospel freedom.” By Tim Challies in his article, Mind your Christmas Imperatives.

“You seek the difference betwixt [between] the motions of the [Holy] Spirit, in their least measure, and the natural joys of your own heart. Answer: If you sorrow for any thing that may offend the Lord, it will speak [show; demonstrate] the singleness of your love to Him.” S. Rutherford

“When we put our minds long to the idea of Jesus being one hundred percent God and simultaneously one hundred percent man, they naturally feel overwhelmed. The orthodox doctrine of the Incarnation is compelling, beautiful, biblically sensible, and salvifically necessary, but it is nevertheless utterly inscrutable. And that’s okay. In the end, the Incarnation is not for analysis but for worship.”  Jared C. Wilson (See here an example of this worship in II Corinthians 9:15!)

“Christianity preaches the infinite worth of that which is seemingly worthless and the infinite worthlessness of that which is seemingly so valued.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 Welcome & Pre-Service Singing:  Psalter 396:4

* Silent Prayer

AM Service

* 1. Votum and Salutation

* 2. Singing:  Psalter 391

3. Reading of the Law

4. Singing:  Psalter 69:1,2,4,7

5. Scripture Reading: Luke 11:1-13

   Text: same, especially verse 13!

6. Prayer

7. Offering

8.  Prayer

* 9. Singing:  Psalter 166:1,2,3,4

10. SERMON

     Theme: God, so very giving! –

     Jesus shows, samples, and seals this beyond measure!

11. Singing:  Psalter 204

12. Thanksgiving Prayer

13. Singing: Psalter 402:1,4,6

* 14. Benediction

* 15. Doxology:  Psalter 320:2,5

* Indicates Standing

Welcome and Pre-Service Singing: Psalter 288:4

* Silent Prayer

PM Service

* 1. Votum and Salutation

* 2. Singing:  Psalter 48:1,2,3,8

3. Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 36:21-37:14

   Sermon Text: Same, especially verses 26-27.  (See also Canons

   of Dort ¾: Article 11 & 13—page 108 in back of Psalter.)

4. Confession of Faith (Front Inside Cover of Psalter)

5. Singing: Psalter 233:5,6

6. Prayer

7. Offering

8. Prayer

*9. Singing:  Psalter 293

10. SERMON

     Theme: The miracle of being born again with a new heart!     

     1. Obviously needed; 2. The Operator; 3. The Operating

     Room; 4. The Operation; 5. The Outcome

11. Singing: Psalter 142:3,4

12. Prayer

13. Singing: Psalter 373:1,3,10

* 14. Benediction

* 15. Doxology:  Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

* Indicates Standing