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Christmas stories new and old -- Isaiah 52:7-10, Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), John 1:1-14 -- David Kalas -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 2017
Christmas accommodates a lot of stories.
Where is God? -- Isaiah 52:7-10, Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), John 1:1-14, Psalm 98 -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 2002
There was a delightful article from the Associated Press some time ago that claimed God had been fou
The gift of receiving -- Isaiah 52:7-10, Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), Psalm 98, John 1:1-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2001
Christmas shops are not just for Christmas anymore.
Wonder-filled -- Isaiah 52:7-10, Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), John 1:1-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2000
What will be special about Christmas this year? What will be the same about Christmas this year?
FIRST LESSON FOCUS -- Isaiah 52:7-10, Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), John 1:1-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 1996
FIRST LESSON FOCUSBy James A. Nestingen
From God to us -- Isaiah 52:7-10, Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), John 1:1-14, Psalm 98 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A
There will be a lot of present-opening these days.

Children's sermon

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The Viral Jesus -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), Luke 2:1-20, Isaiah 9:2-7 -- Robin Lostetter, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2016
In Hebrews 1:3, Christ is described as “the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of
The Viral Jesus -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), Luke 2:1-20, Isaiah 9:2-7 -- Robin Lostetter, Mary Austin -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2016
Because of the close proximity this year of the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve/Day --

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The most important -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
Having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is
Jesus is God! -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- The Nativity of our Lord - A
Good morning! I want you to look into this mirror and tell
Merry Christmas! -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- The Nativity of our Lord - A
Good morning! Has your family received any of these this
A new way of speaking -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
A hundred years ago, most people spoke to one another
God's Word -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- The Nativity of our Lord - B
Whenever someone speaks to us, it is with words. Whenever
A reflection of God -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- The Nativity of our Lord - A
If you want to know what you look like, what do you do? (Let

Devotional

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Christmas Eve / Christmas Day -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2009
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last d

Illustration

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Sermon Illustrations for Christmas Day (2017) -- Isaiah 52:7-10, Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), John 1:1-14 -- Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 2017
Isaiah 52:7-10
Every so often, ministers will... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- 2002
Every so often, ministers will get an official looking manila envelope in the mail from an attorney'
One man tells of helping... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- 2002
One man tells of helping his mother pack her belongings for a move.
British actor Wilfrid Lawson once... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- 2002
British actor Wilfrid Lawson once invited fellow-actor Richard Burton to come to the theater so the
Harry and Eileen are in... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- 2001
Harry and Eileen are in their late fifties, and are grandparents. They are nice people.
I have a number of... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- 2001
I have a number of friends who collect angels. Some are made out of precious metals or crystals.
While attending a conference, I... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- 2001
While attending a conference, I unexpectedly came face to face with a person who had severely wronge
You don't have to be... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- 2001
"You don't have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things -- to compete.
In the late nineteenth century... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- 2000
In the late nineteenth century, Sir Francis Galton proposed that the human fingerprint could be used
Coach Mike Kryzewski has built... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- 2000
Coach Mike Kryzewski has built a wonderful basketball program at Duke University.
My confirmation class was discussing... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- 2000
My confirmation class was discussing the different ways the world began as part of their science cur
The writer of Hebrews reminds... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- 1999
The writer of Hebrews reminds his readers of the authority with which God has invested his Son, Jesu
Joel Robert Poinsett gave his... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- 1999
Joel Robert Poinsett gave his name to the red "flower" we see everywhere at Christmastime.
My wife had a baby... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- 1999
"My wife had a baby! Let's celebrate!" So said Tom as he handed out the cigars.
Whether it is an international... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- 1998
Whether it is an international event like the death of Princess Diana or a mere local event such as
The Hubble telescope, which modern... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- 1998
The Hubble telescope, which modern technology has hurtled into space, is announcing daily the wonder
God looked around. The hosts... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- 1998
God looked around. The hosts in heaven were in angelic array; the servants were far away.
Jesus is the radiance of... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- 1997
Jesus is the radiance of the Father's glory. The Hebrew word for "glory" is kabad.
We shall fight on the... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- 1997
"We shall fight on the beaches; we shall fight on the streets; we shall fight in the hills; we will
In chapter one of the... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- 1997
In chapter one of the Epistle to the Hebrews the author uses scriptural citations to prove the super
The author of Hebrews asserts... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- 1997
The author of Hebrews asserts that Jesus is "the reflection of God's glory and the exact imprint of
Scripture knows nothing of the... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- 1996
Scripture knows nothing of the solitary Christian.
When we're away from friends... -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- 1995
When we're away from friends and family for a long time, we may become "homesick" for them.

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The Viral Jesus -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), Luke 2:1-20, Isaiah 9:2-7 -- Robin Lostetter, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2016
In Hebrews 1:3, Christ is described as “the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of
The Viral Jesus -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), Luke 2:1-20, Isaiah 9:2-7 -- Robin Lostetter, Mary Austin -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2016
Because of the close proximity this year of the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve/Day --

Preaching

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The Viral Jesus -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), Luke 2:1-20, Isaiah 9:2-7 -- Robin Lostetter, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2016
In Hebrews 1:3, Christ is described as “the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of
The Viral Jesus -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), Luke 2:1-20, Isaiah 9:2-7 -- Robin Lostetter, Mary Austin -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2016
Because of the close proximity this year of the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve/Day --

Sermon

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The Viral Jesus -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), Luke 2:1-20, Isaiah 9:2-7 -- Robin Lostetter, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2016
In Hebrews 1:3, Christ is described as “the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of
The Viral Jesus -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), Luke 2:1-20, Isaiah 9:2-7 -- Robin Lostetter, Mary Austin -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2016
Because of the close proximity this year of the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve/Day --

Worship

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The Viral Jesus -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), Luke 2:1-20, Isaiah 9:2-7 -- Robin Lostetter, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2016
In Hebrews 1:3, Christ is described as “the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of
The Viral Jesus -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), Luke 2:1-20, Isaiah 9:2-7 -- Robin Lostetter, Mary Austin -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2016
Because of the close proximity this year of the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve/Day --

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Christmas Day -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- Robert S. Jarboe -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
(Distribute this sheet to the readers.)Date:Reader A:
Bulletin Insert for Christmas Day for Year A -- Isaiah 52:7-10, Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), Psalm 98 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
Christmas Day -- NOT Using John's Gospel Reading
Bulletin Insert for Christmas Day for Year A -- Isaiah 52:7-10, Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), John 1:1-14, Psalm 98 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
Christmas Day -- Using John's Gospel Reading
Christmas Day -- Isaiah 52:7-10, Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), John 1:1-14 -- Thom M. Shuman -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
Call To WorshipOne: Wonder of wonders, God has come to us!
Christmas Day -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- Robert S. Jarboe -- 2006
Christmas DayFor Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12)
Christmas Day -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- Robert S. Jarboe -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 2005
(Distribute this sheet to the readers.) Date: _________________________
Bulletin Insert for Christmas Day for Year B -- Isaiah 52:7-10, Psalm 98, Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- Robert S. Jarboe -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 2005
Service For The Christ CandleReader A: ___________________
Christmas Day -- Isaiah 52:7-10, Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12), John 1:1-14 -- James R. Wilson -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 1996
Call To WorshipLeader: Come, let us celebrate, for Christ our savior has been born!
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
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In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene— during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. (vv. 1-2)

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We knew it all along, but it takes good messengers if we are to hear it again.

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The Real Messanger
by Frank Ramirez
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See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me…. (Malachi 3:1)

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Roly lay down with his head on his paws and felt lonely. But he wasn't lonely for long, for lots of people came to the entrance to the maze and petted him and patted him and stroked him and spoke to him. Roly perked up, and wondered for the hundredth time what went on in a maze. Still, the family had told him very firmly to stay at the entrance in case he got lost in the maze, or worse, because he was so small, tripped people up by darting between their legs.

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Have you ever noticed that many people seem to feel they either have "too much" Christmas or "not enough" Christmas? Television commentator Andy Rooney is one who thinks he has had "too much" Christmas. Andy Rooney, in fact, has proposed a "Christmas Holidays Limitations Act." These are some of the provisions of that Act:

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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."

One Advent season, the pastor had selected an "in the sandals" sermon series. The first biblical character to be heard from was John the Baptist. As John entered clothed in the prophet's clothing, a reader announced: "Prepare the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight" (Luke 3:4b).
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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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