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Are You Ready For Christmas? -- Isaiah 40:3-4, Luke 2:1-7 -- William Powell Tuck -- 2007
As we approach Christmas, the question will be heard on many lips: "Are you ready for Christmas?" A
Christmas Is For The Young -- Isaiah 9:6-7, Luke 2:1-14 -- William Powell Tuck -- 2007
Christmas is usually associated in our memory as a time of great joy.
The Sounds Of Christmas -- Isaiah 53:1-6, Luke 2:8-14 -- William Powell Tuck -- 2007
Listen! Listen! Listen and you can hear the sounds of Christmas everywhere.
Joseph's Disturbing Dream -- Matthew 11:8-25 -- William Powell Tuck -- 2007
In our reading of the Christmas stories, the figures of Mary, Elizabeth, Zechariah, the angels, the
The Angels' Song -- Luke 2:8-20 -- William Powell Tuck -- 2007
We don't talk or even think much about angels anymore.
The Mystery Of Bethlehem -- Isaiah 53:1-6, Luke 2:1-7 -- William Powell Tuck -- 2007
A small boy, who was in a church kindergarten class, continued to go up to the nativity scene in his
What's In A Name? -- Isaiah 9:6-7 -- William Powell Tuck -- 2007
"What are you going to call the baby?" That is a question often asked of an expectant mother and fat
God's Inexpressible Gift -- John 1:1-5, 14, 2 Corinthians 9:15 -- William Powell Tuck -- 2007
Gift buying has become a major business at Christmastime in America and in other parts of the world,
The Music Of Christmas -- Luke 2:7-14 -- William Powell Tuck -- 2007
Have you ever thought how empty our celebration of Christmas would be without music?
Christmas And The Beast -- Isaiah 40:9-11 -- William Powell Tuck -- 2007
The passage in Matthew 2:13-20 about the slaughter of children by King Herod is usually bypassed by
Can There Be Peace On Earth? -- Luke 2:8-14, John 14:27 -- William Powell Tuck -- 2007
Two thousand years ago an angelic chorus heralded the birth of Jesus with the words, "Peace on earth
Christmas Gifts -- Matthew 2:1-11 -- William Powell Tuck -- 2007
The words have been asked, will be asked, and you will respond in one way or another.
Gifts For A King -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12 -- William Powell Tuck -- 2007
Several years ago, some small children were helping set up a nativity scene.
Holding On To Christmas -- Zephaniah 3:14-17, Luke 2:15-20 -- William Powell Tuck -- 2007
Since I was a small boy, one of my most memorable experiences at Christmastime has been listening to
The Gospel According To Mary -- 1 Samuel 2:1-10, Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- William Powell Tuck -- 2007
Several years ago, the famous statue by Michelangelo, the Pietá, was vandalized, and the face
Making Room For Christ -- Micah 5:2-5a, Luke 2:1-7 -- William Powell Tuck -- 2007
The story of Mary and Joseph's journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem is one of the most familiar parts
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Jesus said, "Peace be with you. You are witnesses to the living Christ." Let us welcome the living Christ in our worship today.

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Jesus, sometimes we are frightened and anxious.
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Here's the scene. The disciples are huddled together and they have just heard Simon's account of experiencing the risen Christ when Cleopas and his companion enter and add word of their encounter with the risen Christ. Luke describes the scene like this: "While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you.' They were startled and terrified, and thought they were seeing a ghost" (v. 36).
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Leader: Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!
People: Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven!
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People: Let us bring our offerings into the courts of Almighty God!
Leader: Let us come together and bring praise for our salvation in Christ!
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!

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