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An English farmer told a... -- Titus 2:11-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
An English farmer told a companion that he had been saved by his good looks.
One Sunday morning in 1988... -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
One Sunday morning in 1988, as Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide (later to become president
At the entrance to the... -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
At the entrance to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in the Holy Land, there is a
Christmas Eve is always a... -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
Christmas Eve is always a special time for Joe and Barbara as their adult children along
Kevin and Samantha were scheduled... -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
Kevin and Samantha were scheduled to move into their new home at the end of the
It is precisely when every... -- Isaiah 9:2-7 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
"It is precisely when every earthly hope has been explored and found wanting, when every possibility
I was at a clergy... -- Isaiah 9:2-7 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
I was at a clergy conference in a remote, rural location when lightning struck and all the electrica
People have been stopping to... -- Isaiah 9:2-7 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
People have been stopping to see Mr. Green's Christmas lights for many years.
Have you ever been down... -- Isaiah 9:2-7 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
Have you ever been down a cave? The tour guide leads you down into the bowels of the earth.
Even if our culture didn't... -- Titus 2:11-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
Even if our culture didn't seduce us from a biblical focus upon Jesus' birth, our propensity to triv
A generation ago, many preachers... -- Titus 2:11-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
A generation ago, many preachers sermonized against ungodliness. They denounced sin and sinners.
An English farmer told a... -- Titus 2:11-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
An English farmer told a companion that he had been saved by his good looks.
One Sunday morning in 1988... -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
One Sunday morning in 1988, as Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide (later to become president of Haiti) wa
Many of us just enjoy... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- The Nativity of our Lord - A
Many of us just enjoy being in God's creation.
A minister was asked to... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- The Nativity of our Lord - A
A minister was asked to talk to a man who was dying of cancer.
When the lights begin to... -- John 1:1-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A
When the lights begin to go out, the natural response is to panic and lose faith.
John tells us that God... -- John 1:1-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A
John tells us that God sent his Word to the world, but what is the word we hear?
Wake up! Christmas... -- John 1:1-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A
Wake up!
What a shame that the... -- John 1:1-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A
What a shame that the holidays had to be marred by the war we are fighting in Iraq.
Please don't shoot the messenger... -- Isaiah 52:7-10 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A
Please don't shoot the messenger! We make that plea whenever we have to deliver some bad news.
In some households, people will... -- Isaiah 52:7-10 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A
In some households, people will go through the motions of celebrating Christmas.
The watchman ... and his blessed... -- Isaiah 52:7-10 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A
The watchman ... and his blessed feet.
There are those who believe... -- Isaiah 52:7-10 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A
There are those who believe the prophet Isaiah overstated the case for God when announcing that the
Jesus is the exact imprint... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- The Nativity of our Lord - A
Jesus is the "exact imprint of God's being." That sounds remarkably like reproductive cloning, doesn
Many of us, when we... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- The Nativity of our Lord - A
Many of us, when we were younger, liked to read comic books.

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Christmas Eve/Day -- Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97, Titus 3:4-7, Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20 -- B. David Hostetter -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
The Birth Of Jesus -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 1992
Suggestions:Use in ordinary sequence with the scripture reading.
CHRISTMAS EVE/DAY -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 96, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- B. David Hostetter -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
CHRISTMAS DAY -- Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97, Titus 3:4-7, Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20 -- B. David Hostetter -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
CHRISTMAS DAY -- Isaiah 52:7-10, Psalm 98, Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), John 1:1-14 -- B. David Hostetter -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
God's return to reign -- Isaiah 52:7-10, Psalm 98, John 1:1-14 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: Deutero-Isaiah's enthronement announcement - "Your God reigns!" - and vision of Yah
The power of God's presence -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 96, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: This joyous coronation anthem probably celebrated the enthronement rather than the
The joy of salvation -- Isaiah 62:6-7, 10-12, Titus 3:4-7, Luke 2:8-20, Isaiah 52:7-10 -- Heth H. Corl -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 1986
First Lesson: Isaiah 62:6-7, 10-12 Theme: The joy of salvation
Christ's unique superiority -- Hebrews 1:1-12, John 1:1-14 -- Heth H. Corl -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 1986
Call to WorshipPastor:
Unto us a child is born -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14 -- Heth H. Corl -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 1986
Call to WorshipPastor:Rejoice! For God's light has come to dispel our darkness!
CHRISTMAS EVE/DAY -- Psalm 96, Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20 -- Norman A. Beck -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 1986
The birthday of Jesus is celebrated more than any other birthday in the world.
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Every Sunday, a church broadcasts a one-hour service over the waves of 1450 WMIQ, the local radio station. It begins with this announcement, "From the shores of beautiful Crystal Lake, we bring you Our Saviour's morning service."

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Second Sunday In Advent

For Luke 1:68-79

(Distribute this sheet to the readers.)


Date:
Reader A:
Reader B:

Introit
(As the introit is being sung, Readers A and B come forward and stand by the Advent wreath until the music is finished.)

Litany
Reader A:
Please turn to the Advent litany in your bulletins.
(Pause as they do so.)
If we keep our minds steadfast and trust in God,
we will be kept in perfect peace.

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